Health Science Education Innovation Competencies 

We identified seven competencies essential to personal and professional development in health science education innovation (HSEI).  These innovation competencies were determined through a review of the literature and refined in collaboration with our Advisory Council members. They have been used to guide funding decisions, develop assessment tools, and monitor the longitudinal innovation development of members of our community. Below, we invite you to learn how to adopt these competencies into your own HSE innovation development and assess your progress in developing these competencies.



Creativity: generates ideas, alternatives, and possibilities to expand thinking beyond traditional rules and patterns

Critical Thinking: applies reasoned consideration to evidence, context, and methods to inform decision-making 

Initiative: adopts a proactive approach for developing, assessing, and operationalizing ideas to foster positive change while remaining persistent in overcoming constraints

Intellectual Curiosity: asks thought-provoking questions to explore unknown aspects of an idea and challenge existing perspectives and explanations

Intelligent Risk-taking: weighs benefits and disadvantages of choices to assume calculated risks that yield important outcomes

Teamwork: collaborates with a broad network of individuals with diverse expertise and viewpoints to generate unique ideas and solutions

Visioning: develops a clear direction for the desired future state with sufficient detail to determine if it has been achieved