Innovation in Health Sciences Education

Multidimensional Context of an Innovation Culture

To foster a culture of innovation, we must cultivate an environment and promote behaviors that drive innovation.  As a community we will work to cultivate, support, promote, and achieve innovation in health sciences education.

Based on Dobni’s Blueprint for Innovation, Dobni CB. The innovation blueprint. Bus Horiz. 2006;49:329-339.


Evaluation of Our Innovation Culture

To accomplish our goals for achieving innovation, we surveyed the Michigan Medicine community (February – June 2019) to better understand our organization’s perceptions of innovation education culture.  The infographic below highlights the major findings.

Innovation Culture Survey Results (2019)

The full report available here

These innovation culture survey results allow us to better understand the current state of education innovation at Michigan Medicine and what can cultivate a culture of innovation here.  In response to these results, we are working to deconstruct barriers to innovation and better inform aspiring innovators how and where to become involved.

Specifically, we have created an Innovation Lab to create a time and place for innovators to come together to cultivate innovative ideas and engage with other innovators – outside of work.  Through Fellowships and Mini-Grant funding, we are encouraging people to take intelligent risks in innovation and providing key resources to do so.  We are also growing our community to keep innovators within and outside Michigan Medicine aware of our activities and training opportunities that support innovation development.

"Innovation requires a movement, a culture and a means. RISE will provide a platform for all three; connecting people with different perspectives, skills and ideas towards a new community of educational practice."

Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar, Executive Director, RISE

"I often think about who will lead the next big breakthrough, and what innovations will further distinguish our Medical School as a world leader in education, research and clinical care. The answer could very well be you — our talented faculty, staff and learners."

Carol R. Bradford, MD, Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

"A better healthcare system and the pipe-line for discovery is dependent on our ability to transform how we educate scientists and providers. Great research institutions such as ours must elevate the importance of innovation and avoid becoming confined by legacy and the ways of the past."

Joseph C. Kolars, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives
Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education
Professor of Internal Medicine