Health Outcomes and Policy Track

Lindsay A Thompson

Lindsay A Thompson M.D.

Department: MD-PEDS-GENERAL
Meredith E Mowitz

Meredith E Mowitz MD, MS

Department: MD-PEDS-NEONATOLOGY

Introduction PowerPoint Presentation

Introduction Video

Introduction:

The Health Outcomes & Policy Discovery Pathway is a formal track within the University of Florida College of Medicine curriculum. This pathway is designed to help students answer the following crucial questions.
What works?
For which patients or populations?
Under what circumstances?
Training in health outcomes and policy focuses on how to evaluate and inform health care delivery systems, community-level interventions, and health policy. Nationally, the National Institutes of Health and other federal and state agencies focus on the development of evidenced-based programs and policies to promote health, improve health care delivery, and enhance health outcomes. Students who enroll in this track will develop additional knowledge and skills about translating research into practice and policy, improving the quality and efficiency of health programs, and achieving more equitable and appropriate delivery of health programs and clinical care, particularly for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Overall Goals and Objectives:

Students who complete the Health Outcomes and Policy Discovery Pathway will gain increased exposure to evidence-based practices in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention, health outcomes for a range of medical conditions, comparative effectiveness studies, and health policy development, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, students will also be better prepared to more effectively participate in community-based research, critically evaluate clinical research studies, and participate in policy development.

Specific pathway objectives include foundational understanding of:

  • The basic conceptual framework of measurement and evaluation of health outcomes for a range of patient populations and healthcare settings
  • How economic, social, and environmental conditions and policies influence health risks, behaviors, and outcomes and how physicians can incorporate this knowledge into patient care
  • Healthcare organization, financing, and policy development and implementation processes in the U.S
  • The key phases in the translational research continuum and the role of health outcomes research and health policy in translational research
  • Different types of outcomes research questions, appropriate study designs, and ethical and privacy considerations for different types of data sources and study designs
  • Critically analyze peer-reviewed articles in the health outcomes and policy academic literature
  • Formulate a research question or problem statement and use appropriate and rigorous methods to conduct a final project that will be reviewed by faculty and peers and publicly disseminated.

Requirements

  • Develop a learning compact in collaboration with the Faculty Mentor and Course Director that includes project objectives, action/research plan with timeline, outcomes, and assessment criteria.
  • Complete Option 1 or 2 below in consultation with the Faculty Mentor and Course Director.
  • Submit and present final project.

Outcomes and Assessment

Students will develop a learning compact in collaboration with the Faculty Mentor and Course Director that includes their project goals and outcomes. Project outcomes include a poster presentation at the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy/Institute for Child Health Policy’s Research Day and may additionally include abstract presentation at medical student research forums, conference presentations, co-authorship on a manuscript, curriculum design, development of instructional materials or teaching modules, etc.

The final project will be judged according to Glassick’s criteria for scholarship (Scholarship Assessed, 2000):

  • Clear goals
  • Adequate preparation
  • Appropriate methods
  • Significant (meaningful) results
  • Effective presentation
  • Reflective critique

Timeline for Core Components of the Health Outcomes and Policy Discovery Pathway

The courses below are part of the core curriculum and provide foundational material for the Health Outcomes and Policy Discovery Pathway.

MS-1 (Fall) Research and Discovery Foundations in Medicine

  • Critical appraisal of the medical literature
  • Research designs and concepts of data analysis
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Research ethics
  • Translational research

MS-1 (Spring) Health Outcomes and Policy

  • U.S. health care system and health policy
  • Ethical issues in health care policy
  • Clinical quality assessment and performance improvement
  • Evidence-based medicine, health policy, and quality improvement

Option 1:
MS-1 Spring Term

  • Summer project preparation – 10 hours of preparation for summer research project (through Thursday afternoons and/or other seminars or learning modules) – specifics to be determined with the Faculty Mentor and Course Director
  • UF IRB-01 Training
  • Develop individualized learning plan with the Faculty Mentor and Course Director
  • MSRP – Medical Student Research Program
  • Complete MSRP project on a health outcomes and policy topic with Faculty Mentor

MS-2 Fall Term

  • 3 contact hours of health outcomes and policy topics seminars (through Thursday afternoons and/or other seminars or learning modules)
  • Continue with 3 contact hours of health outcomes and policy topics seminars (through Thursday afternoons and/or other seminars or learning modules) Spring Term
  • Monthly meetings with Faculty Mentor and/or Course Director
  • 2-3 Track Meetings with all students in track – opportunities to share project experiences, discuss successes and challenges, get feedback on oral or written presentations

MS-3

  • Quarterly meetings with Faculty Mentor and/or Course Director
  • Participation in Health Outcomes and Policy seminars as appropriate

MS-4

  • Health Outcomes and Policy elective – 2 credits
  • 2  Track Meetings
  • Final Project

 Option 2:

MS-2 Fall Term

  • Develop individualized learning plan with Faculty Mentor and Course Director
  • 3 contact hours of health outcomes and policy topics seminars (through Thursday afternoons and/or other seminars or learning modules)
  • Monthly meetings with Faculty Mentor and/or Course Director
  • 1-2 Track Meetings with all students in track – opportunities to share project experiences, discuss successes and challenges, get feedback on oral or written presentations

MS-2 Spring Term

  • 3 contact hours of health outcomes and policy topics seminars (through Thursday afternoons and/or other seminars or learning modules)
  • Monthly meetings with Faculty Mentor and/or Course Director
  • 1-2 Track Meetings with all students in track – opportunities to share project experiences, discuss successes and challenges, get feedback on oral or written presentations

MS-3

  • Quarterly meetings with Faculty Mentor and/or Course Director
  • Participation in Health Outcomes and Policy seminars as appropriate

MS-4

  • Health Outcomes and Policy elective – 2 credits
  • IRB-01 Training
  • Health Outcomes and Policy research – 4 credits
  • 2 Track Meetings
  • Final Project