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Health systems science, the third pillar of medical education, is the study of how health care is delivered, how health care professionals work together to deliver that care and how the health system can improve patient care and health care delivery.

The AMA has created the Health Systems Science Scholars program to cultivate a national community of medical educators and health care leaders who will drive the necessary transformation to achieve the Triple Aim: improved patient experience, improved health populations and reduced cost of care. In addition to providing faculty development and curricular resources, the program serves as a community that advances the field through curricular implementation and research development.

The Health Systems Science Scholars Program will begin accepting applications on June 27. The application site will be accessible via this page.

Read about the 2021–2022 scholars (PDF).

Previous co-horts

2020-2021 scholars (PDF)

2019-2020 scholars (PDF)

Meet the faculty


Amy Christison, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria

Ronan Hallowell, EdD, MA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Lisanne Hauck, MD, MSEd

Clinical Professor ,CCNY-CUNY School of Medicine

Natalie E. Karp, MD

Assistant Professor, Urogynecology; OBGYN Clerkship Director; Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice Domain Co-leader, Carilion Clinic/Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Stephanie Mann, MD, MS

Associate Dean for Clinical Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Toledo College of Medicine

Valerie Press, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, University of Chicago

Karen Segerson, MD

Director of Quality Improvement Systems for Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Washington School of Medicine

Jordan Warchol, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor Organization, University of Nebraska Medical Center

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