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Priority Areas

Explore the priority areas of Goal 3 of the Penn State College of Medicine strategic plan.

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Education in Systems Science and Systems Thinking Expand answer
We believe that the road to improving our healthcare system starts with educating our healthcare workforce in systems principles.

We are committed to training all members, including patients and their families, of the interprofessional healthcare community in the key components of Health Systems Science, as outlined below.

We currently have extensive Health Systems Science curricula in place for medical students, physician assistant students, residents, faculty and staff so that all members of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health can participate in investigating, diagnosing and treating our healthcare system.

Dr. Elizabeth Werley stands next to a large paper with writing on it while looking out toward an unseen room, with a smiling man's profile in the foreground.

Dr. Elizabeth Werley helps document better workflow efficiencies during the resident pilot project Feb. 23, 2023.

Implementation of research that directly impacts practice Expand answer

We seek to quickly conduct and apply evidence-based research that is relevant to clinical practice.

We work in collaboration with our Clinical and Translational Science Institute, basic science departments, and Operational Excellence Program Office to support innovation in clinical healthcare delivery science, dissemination and implementation science, that directly impact how we provide care to the patients we serve.

The focus areas of these projects are to promote advancement in one or more of the core domains of Health Systems Science.

Health policy advocacy that improves community health Expand answer
Three students, two in foreground and one behind, bicycling on bikes with a Penn State logo on the front and wearing bike helmets.

Students ride on the College of Medicine campus using bike share bicycles.

We know that everyday clinical practice as well as individuals in the community’s everyday lives are affected by the health policies that are formed at the local, state and federal level.

We hope to create transformational solutions in healthcare delivery via health policy advocacy and by engaging our community in helping us build the solutions they need.