Acad Med 2018 06;93(6):843-849
J.D. Gonzalo is associate professor of medicine and public health sciences and associate dean for health systems education, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania; ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1253-2963. K.J. Caverzagie is associate dean for educational strategy, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska; ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8363-8111. R.E. Hawkins is vice president, Medical Education Outcomes, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois. L. Lawson is assistant dean for curriculum, assessment, and clinical academic affairs and associate professor of emergency medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. D.R. Wolpaw is professor of medicine and humanities and vice chair for educational affairs, Department of Medicine, and director, Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania; ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7567-2034. A. Chang is professor of medicine and Gold-Headed Cane Endowed Education Chair in Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, California.
With the aim of improving the health of individuals and populations, medical schools are transforming curricula to ensure physician competence encompasses health systems science (HSS), which includes population health, health policy, high-value care, interprofessional teamwork, leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety. Large-scale, meaningful integration remains limited, however, and a major challenge in HSS curricular transformation efforts relates to the receptivity and engagement of students, educators, clinicians, scientists, and health system leaders. The authors identify several widely perceived challenges to integrating HSS into medical school curricula, respond to each concern, and provide potential strategies to address these concerns, based on their experiences designing and integrating HSS curricula. Read More