M. Fernanda Bellolio, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic, and a Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
I remember like yesterday when I received an e-mail from Drs. Jon Tilburt (@DrJonTilburt) and Erik Hess (@ErikHessMD) that I was accepted as a scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery! Wow.
I felt honored to be part of a select group of clinicians being trained and mentored in health services research to transform health care delivery and improve patient-centered outcomes. My friends asked, “Didn’t you already finish residency? What does being a scholar mean?”
As scholars we assess existing health care delivery systems and various care models, with the goal to improve those systems and improve the delivery of health care. Health services research harnesses the disciplines of the social sciences, including epidemiology, statistics and sociology, to providing evidence-informed and patient-centered health care.
The Kern Scholars Program brings together Mayo Clinic's strategic goals — to transform the health care delivery process by using our knowledge and information to provide solutions and remain trusted and affordable to patients and sustain a scholarly workforce relevant to recent health care reform legislation.