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Papanagnou D, Jaffe R, Ziring D. Highlighting a curricular need: Uncertainty, COVID-19, and health systems science. Health Science Reports. 31 August 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.363

This perspective addresses how health systems science may improve medical education around uncertainty, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Greenhouse AR, Goldstein RS, Bradley CD, Spell NO, Spicer JO, George MR. Student-faculty co-creation of experiential learning in health systems science. Medical Teacher. DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2021.1994936

This paper outlines a patient outreach initiative co-developed by medical students and faculty during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic and integrated into a new experiential health systems science elective beginning May 2020. Students called patients identified as high-risk for adverse health outcomes and followed a script to connect patients to health care and social services. Subsequently, this initiative was integrated into the required third-year primary care clerkship.

Lazorick S, Teherani A, Lawson L, Dekhtyar M, Higginson J, Garris J, Baxley E. Preparing Faculty to Incorporate Health Systems Science into the Clinical Learning Environment. American Journal of Medical Quality. November 19, 2021. doi: 10.1097/JMQ.0000000000000028

This study assesses participants’ perceptions of the long-term impacts of the Teachers of Quality Academy, a medical school faculty development program designed to prepare faculty to both practice and teach health system science.

Ridinger HA, Bonnet K, Schlundt D, Tekian A, Riddle J, Lomis KD. Defining Successful Practice within Health Systems Science Among Entering Residents: A Single-Institution Qualitative Study of Graduate Medical Education Faculty Observations. Academic Medicine. November 2021 - Volume 96 - Issue 11S - p S126-S135. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004357

This qualitative study explores graduate medical education faculty observations of residents exemplifying successful practice across health systems science domains to inform targets for undergraduate medical education training and assessment.

Santen SA, Hamstra SJ, Yamazaki K, Gonzalo J, Lomis K, Allen B, Lawson L, Holmboe ES, Triola M, George P, Gorman PN, Skochelak S. Assessing the Transition of Training in Health Systems Science From Undergraduate to Graduate Medical Education. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. (2021) 13 (3): 404–410. https://doi.org/10.4300/JGME-D-20-01268.1

This study evaluates the effectiveness of health systems science curricula by using a large dataset to link medical school graduates to internship Milestones through collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Health systems science education: The new post-Flexner professionalism for the 21st century. Borkan JM, Hammoud MM, Nelson E, Oyler J, Lawson L, Starr SR, Gonzalo JD. Health systems science education: The new post-Flexner professionalism for the 21st century. Medical Teacher. 2021 Jul; 43 (sup2): S25-S31. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2021.1924366.

This paper proposes a framework for the twenty-first century physician that includes an expectation of new competency in health systems science, creating ‘system citizens’ who are effective stewards of the health care system.

Gonzalo JD, Chang A, Dekhtyar M, Starr SR, Holmboe E, Wolpaw Dr. Health Systems Science in Medical Education: Unifying the Components to Catalyze Transformation. Academic Medicine. 2020 Sep;95(9):1362-1372. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003400.

This article describes health systems science and highlights a schema crosswalk between health systems science and systems-related national competency recommendations, accreditation standards, national and local curricula, educator recommendations, and textbooks. It also articulates six rationales for the use and integration of a broad health systems science framework within medical education.

Gonzalo JD, Ogrinc G. Health Systems Science: The "Broccoli" of Undergraduate Medical Education. Academic Medicine. 2019 Oct;94(10):1425-1432. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002815.

This perspective explores student receptivity challenges to health systems science, including the marginalization of health systems science coursework, infancy of the health systems science field, relative nascence of curricula and educators, heterogeneity of pedagogies, tensions in students’ perceptions of their professional role, and culture of health systems science integration. The authors call for the reexamination of five issues influencing health systems science receptivity including student recruitment processes, faculty development, building a health systems science academic “home,” evaluation metrics, and transparent collaboration between medical schools.

Morris H, Jones R, Tumin D, Garris J, Kohler J, Reeder TJ, Lazorick S, Lawson LE, Higginson J. Dissemination of Quality Improvement Project Results After Local Presentation. American Journal of Medical Quality. November/December 2021 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 395-401. doi: 10.1097/01.JMQ.0000735488.70012.9b

This article explores how often quality improvement project results presented locally are eventually disseminated through national/international presentation or peer-reviewed journal publication.

Gonzalo JD, Wolpaw DR, Cooney R, Mazotti L, Reilly JB, Wolpaw T. Evolving the Systems-Based Practice Competency in Graduate Medical Education to Meet Patient Needs in the 21st-Century Health Care System. Academic Medicine. 2022 Jan 18. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004598. 

This paper identifies five areas of focus necessary to further evolve systems-based practice including comprehensive systems-based learning content, a professional development continuum, teaching and assessment methods, clinical learning environments in which system-based practice is learned and practiced, and professional identity as systems citizens.

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