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Teaching New Content in Health Systems Science

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To fully serve patients today and into the future, physicians need to know more than biomedical and clinical sciences. They need to understand the content of health systems science.

This new discipline includes understanding how to improve health care quality, increase the value of care provided, enhance patient safety, deliver population-based medical care and work collaboratively in teams.

Physicians need to learn how to advocate for their patients and communities and understand the socio-ecological determinants of health, health care policy and health care economics.

It's time for us to take a leap forward in educating physicians for the health care delivery models of the future—those that aim to improve not just the health of the individual patient and their family, but also the community and the population.
Jeffrey Borkan, MD, PHD, co-investigator and chair,
Department of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

New Textbook Teaches Third Pillar of Medical Education

As the U.S. health care system moves toward value-based care, medical schools must adapt their curricula to ensure students acquire not only basic and clinical scientific knowledge but also an understanding of how patients access and receive health care. A new textbook is the first of its kind to define and codify this third pillar of medical education and provide a framework for its implementation nationwide.

Investigate the Barriers to Integrating Health Systems Science in Medical Education

This paper identifies several widely perceived challenges to integrating health systems science into medical school curricula, responds to each concern, and provides potential strategies to address these concerns, based on their experiences designing and integrating health systems science curricula. The authors recommend the initiation and continuation of discussions between educators, clinicians, basic science faculty, health system leaders, and accrediting and regulatory bodies about the goals and priorities of medical education, as well as about the need to collaborate on new methods of education to reach these goals.

Explore Assessment of Health Systems Science Milestones

This paper proposes a novel set of milestones that are grounded within the existing ACGME competencies. These milestones define fundamental expectations within health systems science that can be used and adapted by medical schools in the assessment of medical students in this emerging curricular area. These milestones provide a blueprint for health systems science content and assessment as ongoing revisions to milestones and curricula occur.

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