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 teaches medical professionals about complex issues in the health care system today and the tools they need to fix them. 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 clinicians, patients and the community.
  • Launch an educational infrastructure for sharing and spreading 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.

Education 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.

Scholars programs

The center supports several different scholars programs focused on:

  • Health care delivery.
  • Population health.
  • Surgical outcomes.

These programs are the center's innovative approach to training the next generation of health care delivery experts. They expand Mayo Clinic's capacity for health services research and practice transformation.

Didactic coursework is drawn from the curriculum in the Mayo Clinic 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 learn about 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 from Mayo Clinic and external funding sources.

Internships and fellowships

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, health care teams, 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 Grand Rounds presentations that provide exceptional education value about health care delivery.


The center's team lectures and publishes extensively on topics related to health care delivery. Publications allow center experts to share their knowledge with health care professionals 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.

These education opportunities demonstrate Mayo Clinic's ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing the health care workforce of the future. The center seeks to nurture health care delivery scientists who propel innovation in clinical practice. The center's robust education program strengthens Mayo's position as a top research institution and a nationally recognized leader in the changing landscape of health care delivery.


Lois E. Krahn, M.D.

Jacquelyn J. Gosse, M.A.