The Third Pillar of Medical Education: Health Systems Science

Presented by Jed Gonzalo, MD, MSc and Ami DeWaters, MD on March 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

In this introductory session, the core twelve domains of health systems science (HSS) will be defined and the historical evolution of HSS that has resulted in the development and implementation of HSS into medical education will be described. The necessary characteristics of health systems and providers that are grounded in HSS tenets will be discussed. This session will set the stage for the remainder of the series, which will more particularly address incorporation of HSS into undergraduate and graduate medical education, culminating in a final session describing challenges that have been faced.

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Dr. Jed Gonzalo graduated from the University of Scranton in 2002 (B.S. biology/philosophy), receiving the Frank O’Hara Gold Medal Award (awarded to the student with the highest GPA). Jed received his MD degree from the Penn State College of Medicine in 2006, being inducted into AOA Honor Society and chosen by his classmates as “Classmate you would most want as your physician.” He completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, where he was Instructor at the Harvard Medical School, and awarded the Lowell McGee Award, which is given to the resident who most demonstrates the “fundamental importance of teaching and to the spirit and substance of being a physician.” Following residency, Jed completed a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in General Internal Medicine/Medical Education, earning a Master of Science in Medical Education/Clinical Research.

As Associate Dean for Health Systems Education, Jed’s work focuses on: 1) exploring the relationship between education and health systems, and, 2) leading the field of Health Systems Science. He has implemented 15+ programs related to health systems education, which have garnered national recognition from the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, NPR radio, and AMA newswire. Jed has a well-established track record for scholarship, and in particular, multi-institutional collaborations. He is lead author/editor of several textbooks, and has received funding from the AMA, AAMC, HRSA, CTSI, and Josiah Macy Foundation (Faculty Scholar Award). He mentors 25+ students, residents, and faculty per year.

Ami DeWaters is currently an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Assistant Director of Health Systems Science Education at Penn State Health. She completed her medical degree at Medical College of Georgia, her internal medicine residency at Penn State, and a general internal medicine fellowship at UT Southwestern. During her fellowship, she obtained a MSc, with a focus on medical education. She is clinically active as a hospitalist, and her education interests are focused on curriculum development in health systems science spanning across the continuum of medical education.