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93X – Training the Systems Citizen: The Impact of Health Systems Science on Medical Education

Wednesday, March 25th

About the Session

This seminar will begin with a short background on the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative and consortium. Small groups will discuss common knowledge gaps among incoming residents followed by a brief report from each group. You will be introduced to the Health Systems Science framework, tying the domains back to knowledge gaps identified by the small groups. The small groups will then consider two to four short case studies of medical students adding value to health systems, including examples from the American Medical Association’s student impact challenge, Penn State School of Medicine’s patient navigator program and other consortium initiatives. This will lead to group brainstorming about how Health Systems Science-trained learners can add value to health systems.

Faculty also will describe the Teachers of Quality Academy program at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University as a robust example of Health Systems Science training in action. You will be guided through a sample exercise focused on quality improvement principles. You also will contemplate the value of implementing HSS training in your system. The presentation will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions and pursue any points of interest from the session. You will take away resources about the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, Health Systems Science and the Teachers of Quality Academy program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Health Systems Science and describe its value to health systems.
  • Identify approaches to Health Systems Science training that have application in your setting.


Presented By

Kevin Heckman

Director, Product Development
American Medical Association

Luan Lawson

Assistant Dean, Curriculum, Assessment and Clinical Academic Affairs
Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University