ASU and the Mayo Clinic announced a partnership last week aimed at transforming medical education and health care in the U.S., helping doctors reduce costs, simplify the system and save more lives.
The pairing between the nation’s most innovative university and the world leader in patient care and research brings together all aspects of the field — including clinical, legal and administrative work — under one curriculum.
The Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care will create doctors “more broadly scoped and more empowered to change health care outcomes at the individual scale, change health care at the national scale and help us to be able to afford this fantastic medical care that we all would like,” ASU President Michael Crow said.
As part of Mayo’s new medical school in Scottsdale, the partnership is creating a specialized curriculum and certification in the science of health care delivery. The jointly developed courses will focus on how patients receive care to improve quality, outcomes and cost, Crow said. Students will earn this certificate concurrent with their medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and have the option of pursuing a master’s degree in the program through ASU.
The alliance seeks to create a more sustainable system through integration.
Evidence of the alliance soon will rise on land owned by ASU in northeast Phoenix adjacent to Mayo Clinic. ASU is planning to build a 150KSF Health Solutions Innovation Center to deliver a world-class learning environment. The leading-edge facility will feature a med-tech innovation accelerator, biomedical engineering and informatics research labs, and an education zone.
The Health Solutions Innovation Center is scheduled to break ground in 2017.
The formalized alliance, Crow said, grew out of a recognition that U.S. health care needs to evolve beyond individual specialties and organizational walls. “We need to innovate to transform health care and train the next generation of health care professionals who will help lead this change,” he said.
“We do this by, basically, reimagining the physician of the future,” he said, as “not only scientist, doctor, healer, designer, but also engineer, economist, administrator, problem solver, community engager — all those things together.”
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