Health Science Education Innovation Culture


Multidimensional Context of an Innovation Culture

A health science education innovation culture is defined according to four domains: intention to cultivate innovation, infrastructure to support innovation, influence to promote innovation, and implementation to achieve innovation. These domains ensure we are able to cultivate an environment and promote behaviors that drive education innovation.

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


Evaluation of Our Education Innovation Culture

RISE aims to create a Michigan Medicine culture where bold, scalable education innovations impact health and science. As part of our continued efforts to achieve this mission, we launched our second biennial Health Sciences Education Innovation (HSEI) culture survey (January-April 2021). Results from the HSEI culture survey provide important feedback regarding the current Michigan Medicine HSEI culture as well as areas where we can further cultivate a culture of innovation.


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 and Virtual Talking Circles 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 education innovation and providing key resources.  We are also continue to communicate with our community to keep innovators within and outside Michigan Medicine aware of activities, available funding and training opportunities that support education innovation.

"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

"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

"I really appreciate your efforts to train education innovators and to promote a culture of innovation at our institution. As I was reflecting on the RISE session I wanted to let you know that I feel fortunate to be at an institution where this is happening. I found our first session engaging, fun and inspiring, and I look forward to future sessions. Thanks for your hard work on this and leading the charge!"

Daniel Cronin, MD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

"RISE gives me space to be intentional and supported as I develop my ideas. This space is different from my day-to-day work, where I'm driven by deliverables and grant deadlines, and often, where true collaboration and risk-taking are luxuries."

Jenni Lane

"RISE has been an essential component in the development of this innovation, and so for that I'm so grateful for the mentorship and guidance you both have provided"

Emily Johnson