The New Year offers an opportunity to take stock of what we are doing to advance the science of health care delivery. In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, one of the ways we do this is through education – both organic and collaborative programs.
We focus on integrating programs and opportunities to deliver training to current and future health care providers. We seek to equip health care providers with an understanding of the complex issues in the health care system today, and provide them the tools they need to fix it. Such education creates a knowledgeable team equipped to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while increasing the efficiency of the delivery system.
At Mayo Clinic, there are a number of ways for providers and others across the health care delivery continuum to gain knowledge and build relationships that can lead to improvements in health and the way patients experience health care.
Lectures, mentored experiences, presentations and courses in health care delivery are available via:
- Residencies and fellowships. Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education has more than 1,500 trainees and offers more than 270 programs in virtually every medical specialty. When appropriate, these programs include a health care delivery rotation or component tailored to the specialty.
- Scholars programs. With two different foci — health care delivery and population health — the scholars programs are the center's innovative approach to training clinicians in health care delivery research through a one- to three-year heavily mentored training program. Didactic course work is drawn from the curriculum in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), while the hands-on mentoring and training is provided by center faculty.
- Post-doc and other Fellows. The center supports a number of fellows (graduate and postgraduate) with a goal of developing well-rounded health services researchers. These individuals learn how conduct health science research and how to identify questions that are relevant to patients, providers and others along the continuum of health care delivery. They also learn current methodology for data collection and analysis
- Clinician-Investigator Training Program. The Clinician-Investigator Training Program provides two years of mentored research training for individuals in a Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education clinical residency or fellowship. Several positions are available in the program each year, with health care delivery as a focus area for one or two investigators each year.
- Graduate courses. Mayo Graduate School provides advanced scientific training in biomedical research. Scientific courses, conferences, seminars and journal clubs offer training in how the biological sciences support and enhance health care delivery. In addition, the center is creating a new health care delivery curriculum.
- Education collaboration. The center partners with the Arizona State University (ASU) College of Health Solutions to offer students and staff the opportunity to formally study health care delivery. ASU’s Department of Biomedical Informatics is located on Mayo's Scottsdale campus, enabling ASU students to work alongside Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists to improve health care delivery through biomedical informatics research and applications.
- Medical school courses. By integrating health care delivery concepts into its curriculum, Mayo Medical School educates and prepares medical students to be physician leaders who are able to blend this science into their chosen area of practice. Mayo Clinic is expanding Mayo Medical School from a Rochester, Minnesota-only campus to a national presence, adding campuses in Arizona and Florida. This expansion will double the student body, and concurrently incorporate a certificate in the Science of Health Care Delivery, with the option to obtain a master’s degree. This dual track program awarding an M.D. with additional health care delivery curriculum is believed to be the first of its kind. It is also conducted in collaboration with Arizona State University.
- Delivery Science Summit. Founded in 2015, this biannual, multi-day conference is designed to bring together leaders from across the continuum of health care delivery to explore ways to enhance the patient experience, improve population health and manage the cost of care. Convening national and international attendees with a singular goal — to build the evidence base in the science of health care delivery. View presentations from 2015, and Save the Date: October 16-18, 2017.
- Continuous professional development courses. Through hundreds of courses, both live and Web based, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development weaves health care delivery management and execution into its comprehensive selection of clinical, surgical and research courses.
- Grand Rounds. On a regular basis, our center leaders and invited guest speakers give presentations at Grand Rounds that provide exceptional education value to others in the area of health care delivery. Many of these video presentations are made available outside of Mayo Clinic to medical professionals, students, patients and others via the Medical Professional Video Center.
- Publications. Our team publishes extensively on topics related to health care delivery. This method of education is an effective medium for our experts to share their knowledge with health care providers around the world. We also publish and present in other national and international public forums. Other Mayo Clinic publications for medical professionals offer insights on the applications of health care delivery into virtually all areas of practice.
This list gives you a look at what we are doing to educate both our workforce now, and the next generation of health care providers. I invite you to investigate options that might be of interest to you – hope to see you in the seat next to me sometime soon.
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