What do Harvard Macy Institute scholars take back to their home institutions?
One of the great testaments to the quality of the Institute's programs is the number of institutions who support scholars again and again. More than 150 institutions have had five or more participants in the Harvard Macy Institute's programs. Many of these have been represented by 20 or more scholars over the years.
Institutions that have supported a number of individuals over time have witnessed the development of a common understanding and mindset regarding health care education and innovation. Within many of these institutions, a cadre of Harvard Macy alumni has been influential in curricular reforms and other innovations.
Our hope is that the principles that we see as critical to transforming health care delivery and education become embedded into institutions around the world because of the contributions of Harvard Macy alumni. Through our programs we provide educators and leaders with the tools to be innovators.
Benefits to institutions include:
- Practical solutions to common problems, tested by a global network of scholars and refined through project collaborations fostered by program work
- Perspectives from different fields and disciplines that are readily applicable and provide a new lens through which to view too-familiar institutional issues
- An appreciation for interprofessional collaboration, and insight into how to foster teamwork across subject matter divides
- Systems thinking to help the institution organize how it assesses and addresses critical issues
- Renewed energy and enthusiam for the challenges of health care delivery and education
“The programs are not only developmental as a person, leader and educator, but they enable you to be bold while realistic, experimental yet persistent, and most of all to envision large change and implement it. The continued support (both of the program faculty and new colleagues) through friendship, advice and support is a critical piece of this as well.”
Joan A. Friedland, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Chief of Medical Care Line, VAMC, Houston, TX; Associate Professor in Department of Medicine & Center of Ethics and Health Care Policy and Chair of Committee for Education Development, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.