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Harvard Macy Institute: Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education

June 12, 2016 - June 17, 2016


Forward progress in health care delivery is dependent on fundamental reform across the continuum of health care education, including graduate and post-graduate education, continuing professional development, and accreditation processes. Using a systems approach and design thinking processes, participants are equipped with the tools and knowledge to lead and manage change in their health care delivery system and educational environment. Design thinking examines what the target population needs and wants in a particular process or service. The design process creates the product with the users’ needs in mind. In this course, participants and faculty collaborate to develop strategies and action plans for leading innovation within their own evolving health care delivery systems and institutions. Classic management studies and case studies of educational reform are used to conduct “deep dives” into the interlocking elements of change strategies. The goal is to develop an impactful leadership style to fulfill their institutions’ educational and health care delivery missions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Anticipate the disruptive innovations likely to impact health care delivery and intertwined educational programs, including disruptive technologies.

• Use design thinking and design processes to identify and meet needs of target populations.

• Identify local relevance of international trends in health care education and resources as well as accreditation.

• Assess an institution’s structure, processes, culture, and readiness for change.

• Identify and develop leadership styles that foster systemic educational innovation.

• Negotiate and build coalitions.

• Design strategic and operational plans.

• Obtain and allocate resources.

• Manage conflict and resistance to change.

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dieticians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Other Mental Health Professionals, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Practitioners, Researchers (PhDs), Any faculty involved in training healthcare professionals.


Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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+1 (617) 432-1217

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