Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Joined September 2013

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is creating an educational model to prepare students to practice within and lead patient-centered, community-oriented, science-driven collaborative care teams that deliver high-value care. Mayo is working closely with health system leaders and launched teams that are developing detailed educational models for each of the 6 science of health care delivery domains.

2019 spring consortium meeting

Poster presented: Transforming Medical Education Through the Science of Health Care Delivery (PDF)

Need/gap addressed

Learning environment: A supportive learning environment is critical to achieving desired learning outcomes. Existing measures of the learning environment (such as those included in the Association of American Medical Colleges Year Two and Graduation Questionnaires) provide valuable and important data, but incompletely assess aspects of the learning environment relevant to SHCD competencies. Furthermore, combining feedback from medical students with the perspectives of other stakeholders may provide valuable insights and help galvanize improvement efforts.

Integration of health systems science into clinical settings: Our SHCD curriculum exists in all four years of the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (MCASOM) curriculum, but current learning experiences are primarily in non-clinical settings (blended learning with classroom and simulation activities). A more expansive curriculum reform enabling a larger percentage of SHCD content to be integrated into clinical experiences would.

  • Facilitate better student understanding of the relevance of SHCD to practice
  • Facilitate opportunities for authentic SHCD-related skill development
  • Foster the development of a physician professional identify that incorporates SHCD (via new early longitudinal clinical experience and/or existing clinical experiences)
  • Foster development of adaptive expertise by emphasizing learner understanding, providing learners with opportunities to embrace struggle and discovery, and maximizing variation in the teaching of concepts.

Principal investigator: Andrea Leep, MD, MHPE, assistant professor of neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; associate director, program on professionalism and values, Mayo Clinic