Leaders, Educators, Innovators

The Harvard Macy Institute brings together health care professionals, educators, and leaders to discuss the critical challenges of the day and design innovative solutions that have a lasting impact on the way medicine is practiced and students are educated.

Our goal is to foster transformative learning experiences that prepare the Harvard Macy scholars to lead institutional change as well as discover and harness new perspectives which may contribute to their professional growth.

The Institute grew out of recognition that leaders and innovators in health care education benefit from intensive collaboration with like-minded individuals. In our programs we strive to foster a collegial think tank atmosphere that provides scholars with not only an environment conducive to deep engagement with the challenges they face, but practical input from others to help address them. This attribute, more than any other, separates our programs from other continuing education offerings.

The Harvard Macy Institute was established in 1994 with a grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The Institute is a collaborative effort of Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Business School. Preeminent Harvard faculty members like Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong (HMS), Dr. Clayton Christensen (HBS), and Dr. Robert Kegan (HGSE) work with colleagues from leading institutions around the world to design and implement the programs. Many program alumni return to the Institute to serve as faculty.

An inter-professional, international incubator for innovators in health care education since 1995, the Harvard Macy Institute takes a collegial “think tank” approach to continuing professional development, bringing together diverse perspectives in health care education. It inspires participants to examine their own assumptions and behaviors in a new light, leading to fresh approaches to their careers and their capacity as leaders of organizational change.

There are five courses offered by the Harvard Macy Institute so participants can choose an initial focus, and continue to build their expertise and network of innovative colleagues worldwide.

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