The Harvard Macy Institute’s programs foster deep study, active engagement, group learning, and ample opportunity for feedback, reflection, and knowledge exchange. Program participants frequently cite the importance of being introduced to the diversity of perspectives on health care, education, and institutions represented by the diverse backgrounds of fellow scholars.
Our scholars also report transformational learning experiences in which they learn to examine their own assumptions and behaviors in a new light, leading to fresh approaches to their career and their capacity as a leader of organizational change.
BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUALS INCLUDE:
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:
The Harvard Macy Institute provides the connective tissue for a growing global network of like-minded individuals in search of new ways to think about innovation in health care delivery and education through the lens of organizational change. Our programs introduce scholars to new colleagues across disciplines, and create new networks and collaborations that often live beyond the life of the program. These scholars form and benefit from a continuing and expanding base of expertise and innovation.
One way the Institute keeps participants engaged in its work is by inviting them to return in future years as faculty scholars. In this role, they facilitate a small-group session or teach an elective and are able to participate fully in the rest of the course.
What does the Harvard Macy Institute community contribute to the careers and work of its members?
The 2020 virtual course was a rich, immersive learning environment enhanced by experienced faculty and other learners who brought diverse perspectives from all over the world. The course served as a catalyst to advance innovative projects in our undergraduate medical education track. I was able to immediately apply the concepts to move from the idea stage to implementation.”
I came to Boston with ideas around my project; but no plan, or any ideas, to make it happen. This weekend has given me the tools I needed to move forward, with attainable goals and a real plan. I am confident (and very excited) that I will have something to account for it in the next year”
Attending the Harvard Macy Institute as part of a team that included three physicians, a pharmacist and a nurse opened a journey into understanding healthcare education from multiple perspectives. Viewing teaching and learning from the perspective of the multiple rather than the single profession opened a door to reviewing new ways of teaching and collaboration. Most enlightening was the effect that inter-professional communication has on professional competence and patient outcomes.”