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HSyE to Collaborate on "Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments" Award

August 2, 2016

The Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) will collaborate with Maine Medical Center on one of 8 “Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments” awards from ACGME. The 4-year $4.8M initiative plans to innovate and redesign graduate medical education in the US. The other awardees include some of the most prestigious academic medical centers in the country. MMC is the lead and HSyE's contribution will be to provide systems engineering, design, and innovation expertise to the national collaboration, first prototyping ideas at Maine Medical Center and then spreading to the other awardees in later years, which was cited as a distinguishing feature in the selection.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education governs and accredits the roughly 9,600 medical residency and fellowship programs across the US, and has launched this program to promote redesign of medical resident education. MIE assistant professor Awatef Ergai and HSyE director James Benneyan will lead the Northeastern effort. The award also leverages their work in design, extending their visibility more often as a modeling, analytics, and human factors group more broadly across the systems engineering continuum.


Source: HSyE

The Maine Medical Center and Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) at Northeastern have received one of eight “Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments” awards from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to collaborate on a 4-year $4.8 million initiative to innovate and redesign graduate medical education in the U.S., along with some of the most prestigious academic medical centers in the country. With matching funding from the participating academic medical centers, this initiative addresses the growing need that, given medicine has significantly changed and become more complex, how care providers are trained needs to be redesigned as well.

HSyE’s contribution will be to provide systems engineering and design expertise, initially prototyping ideas at Maine Medical Center and later spreading useful results to other awardees. HSyE director James Benneyan and Professor Awatef Ergai will lead the Northeastern effort, building on pilot work in HSyE’s National Science Foundation healthcare systems engineering center, along with an accomplished team at Maine Medical . “We are very excited by this opportunity to support MMC, while our role is modest, and the impressive list of awardees”, stated Dr Benneyan, a national expert in healthcare systems engineering. “All education is a system–medical education being a particularly complex one inextricably intertwined with the system of healthcare delivery itself–and the principles and methods of complex socio-technical systems science should be equally useful here.”

ACGME is responsible for accreditation of approximately 700 medical institutions and 9,600 residency and fellowship programs across the United States , recently launching the Pursuing Excellent in Clinical Learning Environments program to promote transformative improvement in the clinical learning environments of all 700 institutions . Maine Medical is the primary tertiary academic medical center in Maine, serving over 600,000 patients annually, a teaching hospital of Tufts Medical School , and a 3-time recipient of Magnet nursing designation. The HSyE Institute focuses on improving healthcare through research, application, and education in systems engineering methods , housing 4 federally-awarded centers and 3 undergraduate through postdoctoral training programs and with core funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.