In the modern era of medicine, the norm for medical students has been completing their degree requirements in the span of four years. However, Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum, initiated by former Medical School Dean Deborah Powell, aims to speed up the time it takes for certain students to receive their degree. She was inspired by other career fields that had fast tracks for students who already had a background in their field of study. 

“It’s pretty obvious that some people learn things faster than others,” Powell told MinnPost. “It doesn’t intrinsically make sense that everybody has to move at the same rate.”