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
Cheryl A. Moyer, MPH, PhD co-authored a Lancet article: a call to action to improve maternal health on a global scale. This piece summarizes six articles in a series.
The Clinical Simulation Center Research Committee is pleased to announce it has awarded a total of $30,000 to support two research projects for the 2016-2017 cycle.
Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE and Robert Anderson, EdD received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Diabetes Educators at their annual meeting in August.
The Learning Health Systems Journal, published in collaboration with U of M, published its first article "The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data" on July 25th. The journal is still accepting submissions for its first issue.