At its annual meeting on Monday, the American Medical Association adopted a new policy to provide medical students with “hands-on” experience with electronic health records to improve patient care and increase the accuracy of clinical communications.

Specifically, AMA’s policy recommends that medical students—with appropriate supervision—learn as part of their education how to document patient encounters and enter clinical orders into patients' EHRs. Towards that end, AMA has committed to working with medical school accreditation bodies to support U.S. medical schools, as well as residency and fellowship training programs, in teaching students how to use electronic devices in the examination room and at the hospital bedside.

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