In May 2014, the Department of Medical Education became the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS). We are a first-in-the-nation basic science department focused on learning, which we view as a continuous process of study and change, leading to improvement. Study converts information into knowledge, and change applies that knowledge to practice. Learning in this sense can occur at different levels of scale: individuals can learn; groups can learn; organizations can learn; and ultra-large scale systems, such as the health system of an entire nation, can learn.
The department focuses on the sciences that can make learning effective, routine, and efficient. Our research programs generate new knowledge that can enhance learning at all levels of scale; our educational programs train new researchers and appliers of the sciences of learning; our service programs help health systems become learning health systems. DLHS engages colleagues across the entire University of Michigan community, as well as the state, the nation, and the globe.
The department is organized into three sub-units:
- The Division of Professional Education focuses on learning by individuals and teams in health settings
- The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems focuses on learning at the levels of complex organizations and large-scale systems that span states and nations
- The Clinical Simulation Center focuses on learning by individuals and teams in environments with advanced simulation technology that model the real world of health care practice
The first article in the 2017 Yearbook of Medical Informatics is "Toward an Information Infrastructure for Global Health Improvement" by Charles P. Friedman, PhD, Chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences, Joshua C. Rubin, JD, MBA, MPP, MPH, Learning Health System Initiatives along with Kevin J. Sullivan, PhD, an associate professor in the University of Virginia Department of Computer Science.
Second CSC location in Medical Science Building II will open in January 2018.
Bioethicist and sociologist Raymond De Vries, PhD presents a deeper look into the history of Trust in medicine for the The Trust Project at Northwestern University.
Recently Karandeep Singh, M.D., MMSc, Clinical Assistant Professor, Learning Health Sciences was among nine recipients of the 2016 U-M Endowment for Basic Sciences Teaching Award.
A new video shows students from Cass Technical High School in Detroit on a recent visit to Michigan Medicine.