Health Science Education Innovation Competencies

We identified seven competencies essential to personal and professional development in health science education (HSE) innovation.  Our innovation competencies were determined thorough a review of the literature and refined in collaboration with our Advisory Council members. Below, we invite you to explore what these competencies mean, learn how to adopt them into your own HSE innovation development, and assess your progress in developing these competencies.

Creativity: thinks beyond traditional, and often dogmatic ideas, rules, and patterns to generate meaningful alternatives

Critical Thinking: pinpoints the actual nature and cause of problems and the dynamics that underlie them to logically identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches

Initiative: independently or collaboratively develops, assesses, and operationalizes ideas that foster positive changes, while overcoming real and perceived constraints that often impede the launching of ideas

Intellectual Curiosity: acquires new knowledge, challenges beliefs and knowledge constructs, and seeks explanations—even when the applications of that new learning is not immediately apparent

Intelligent Risk-taking: weighs potential benefits and disadvantages of an action or choice to assume calculated risks

Teamwork: effectively and efficiently collaborates with others in a diverse group and works with stakeholders to assimilate ideas and needs towards outcomes and solutions

Visioning: assesses future directions and risks based on existing and potential opportunities and threats to implementation