The Young Hospitalist Academy (YHA) is an intensive training program for medical students at any level who seek to lead innovative transformation of American healthcare. Though advances in science, technology, and models of collaboration promise continued discovery and improvement in human health, the care systems designed to bring benefits to patients do not live up to their potential. Medical school typically does not provide the knowledge or skills necessary to drive reinvention of healthcare systems.
The six students participating in HISP during summer 2013, representing schools from across the country, worked closely with the Stroke Program at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) to improve the quality, efficiency, and patient-centeredness of the discharge process for ischemic stroke patients. Using tools from LEAN, design-thinking, and change management, in just under 5 weeks the students carefully analyzed existing workflows affecting discharge coordination, identified targets for improvement, and tested prototype solutions with patients, providers, and staff. They presented their findings to the Stroke Leadership Council at UCH, which endorsed and implemented all 4 major recommendations. See their excutive summary in the sidebar!
The YHA aims to produce leaders who are prepared to beneficially reinvent the healthcare system. Utilizing the core principles and practices of the hospital medicine movement, our program creates a cadre of future leaders, who can transform the quality, safety, efficiency, and patient experience in healthcare.
Health Innovations Scholars Program
The Health Innovations Scholars Program is an intensive, 5-week summer experience for pre-clinical medical students, which accelerates mastery of the skills necessary to be a strong physician leader and healthcare innovator. Up to 6 students are selected via a competitive application process. Through classroom learning, hands-on projects, intensive mentorship, and shadowing in the hospital, program graduates will learn to:
- Observe the practice of high-value, evidence-based hospital medicine
- Explore effective models for creating and developing teams in the healthcare setting
- Identify effective leadership strategies that can drive change within complex systems
- Design projects that lead to improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency in existing clinical systems
- Utilize design-based methods to envision new models of care centered on meeting patients’ needs
Program participants will receive a stipend of $2,500, and the program covers the cost of air travel for students enrolled in medical schools outside Colorado. All program activities are located on the Anschutz Medical Campus at University of Colorado, Denver.
Health Innovations Scholars Program candidates will be selected based on interest in systems improvement and innovation, potential to become a physician leader, and evidence of strong interpersonal skills. Applications will be accepted in early 2015.
Health Innovations Scholars Program Application Form
Jeffrey Glasheen, MD
Patrick Kneeland, MD
Read Pierce, MD
Darlene Tad-y, MD
Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH