Three Ways to Put Innovation Back into Medical Education

Inside Edge Consulting, Princeton

January 13, 2014

Originally posted in Fierce Healthcare

The healthcare industry emphasizes innovation far more than do medical schools, creating an “innovation gap” that healthcare leaders must narrow, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post.

The post’s authors, Regina Herzlinger of Harvard Business School, Kevin A. Schulman of Duke University School of Medicine and Fuqua School of Business, and Vasant Kumar Ramaswamy, CEO of Scriplogix, surveyed 58 healthcare CEOs about future needs for their organizations. The words used most frequently by the respondents were “change” and “innovation.” However, an analysis of healthcare-related curricula at 26 schools offering graduate degrees in healthcare administration found the most common words were “organization” and “policy.”

“At far too many programs, curricula focus on isolated subjects–such as health policy, analytics, quantitative problem solving–that are taught primarily through lectures in theoretical settings,” the post states. “Despite the excellence of the individual faculties, programs, and schools, this siloed, abstract approach does not meet the needs of future innovators.”

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