Congratulations on your decision to apply for A Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professions Educations! You are one step closer to joining our dynamic community of medical educators, leaders, innovators, and scholars from all over the world.

The Harvard Macy Institute faculty carefully review each application to select a group of scholars who will work together collaboratively within the many small groups you will experience throughout the course. The institutional project you will submit as part of your application will help you focus your learning around an initiative that matters to you and your institution. 


Block out thirty to forty-five minutes on your calendar, find a quiet corner, and be prepared to complete the application in one sitting. Progress cannot be saved and returned to once you begin the online application – any information that is not submitted may be lost. We advise you to draft your work in a separate document, using the prompts below as a guide, so that you have it saved in case of unanticipated interruption.  

Contact and Background History:

This information helps us to form the diverse interprofessional, interdisciplinary, and international groups that are the hallmark of all the Harvard Macy programs. 

  • Contact information
  • Professional, scholarly, and personal background 

Project Information:

Harvard Macy Institute course scholars are required to bring an institutional challenge or project to work on during the course. The work should be pertinent to your institution and will be instrumental in forming the foundation for learning that takes place during the program. Your project may be fully formed or in the preliminary stages, as there will be consultations on projects throughout the week. One of the major goals of this course is to teach you to refine and shape your project in such a way that you will have an actionable strategic plan for assessment upon return to your institution.  

  • Project Title
  • Focus of Project: What is the primary focus of your project? What question, concern, problem, or situation is addressed by your project? What evidence and/or observations are available to support the need for your project?
  • Project Goals: List 1-3 specific goals of your institutional project. 
  • Goal alignment: How do the goals of your project align with the goals of your organization, department or team?  
  • Project Description: Describe your project including the plan for implementation and assessment data. Identify 2-3 short-term indicators that progress is being made. What outcome(s) will define success? What is the plan for measuring those outcomes?
  • System in which your project will be introduced: What individuals or groups (stakeholders) need to support your efforts in order for you to achieve your goal(s)? Who else will be interested in or impacted by your proposal? What sources of resistance do you anticipate?
  • Target Population: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Continuing Professional Development.

We hope this helps and has provided you with helpful information to best prepare your application submission. Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out to your Harvard Macy team at

Good luck and we hope to see you soon!


HMI Staff