A lot of medical schools teach health policy, but they don’t really teach the complexities of what it takes to actually build effective, functioning, health care systems, clinics or hospitals.
– Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim
Basically, they don’t teach implementation. Few educational programs do. What is, arguably, the most important skill on the job? Getting things done. And it takes an incredible amount of work to do just that.
Cool news out of Dartmouth (i.e., those Dartmouth people are up to it again) (the home of the oft-cited research of the Dartmouth Atlas): through an anonymous donation the college will create a Center for Health Care Delivery Science that will offer degree programs in healthcare delivery science and, more importantly, find ways to make healthcare delivery better.