Education and Training

Educational offerings in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery provide content that meets individual learners' needs to enhance the provision of patient-centered, cost-effective health care.

The center seeks to equip health care providers with an understanding of the complex issues in the health care system today and the tools they need to fix it. Such education creates a knowledgeable team equipped to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while increasing the efficiency of the delivery system.

The center takes a comprehensive approach to developing specialized knowledge, methods and curricula for integrating health care delivery science into Mayo Clinic's educational offerings. The educational program seeks to:

  • Create and evaluate learning resources that promote health, health care and innovation for providers, patients and the community
  • Launch an educational infrastructure for dissemination and diffusion of learning opportunities that meet the individualized needs of a wide variety of learners
  • Ensure a workforce of clinicians, educators and consumers who are knowledgeable and able to thrive in settings that feature innovative health care delivery methods
  • Network with national groups to enhance Mayo Clinic's reputation as a leader in health care delivery science and innovation
  • Invest in the training of clinicians with expertise in health services research

Programs for medical professionals

In the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, educational opportunities include lectures, mentored experiences, presentations and courses on health care delivery provided via:

  • Scholars programs. The center supports several different scholar programs focused on health care delivery, population health and surgical outcomes. The scholars programs are the center's innovative approach to training clinicians in health care delivery research through heavily mentored training programs that are 1 to 3 years long. Didactic coursework is drawn from the curriculum in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), while hands-on mentoring and training comes from mentors within the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and from collaborators across the enterprise.

    Through interactions across the center's different research activities, scholars are exposed to secondary data analysis, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, and various statistical and data-modeling techniques. They are mentored in both the selection and conduct of their research, which is chosen to address problems they and their colleagues see in the health care system today. Many of the scholars go on to successfully compete for additional career development awards, both internal and external.

  • Interns and fellows. The center supports interns and graduate and postgraduate fellows with a goal of developing well-rounded health science researchers. These individuals learn how to conduct health science research and how to identify questions that are relevant to patients, providers and others along the continuum of health care delivery. They also learn current methodology for data collection and analysis.
  • Grand Rounds. On a regular basis, center leaders and invited guest speakers give presentations at Grand Rounds that provide exceptional education value about health care delivery.
  • Publications. The center's team lectures and publishes extensively on topics related to health care delivery. This method of education is an effective venue for center experts to share their knowledge with health care providers around the world. Other Mayo Clinic publications for medical professionals offer insights on the applications of health care delivery into virtually all areas of practice.


Lois E. Krahn, M.D.

Stephanie M. Pagel, M.A., M.B.A.