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TIME: High Value Healthcare

This three-day course is offered in February of Year One after the Microbiology and Infectious Disease section. The goals of the course are to empower students to understand high value care and advocate for its practice. Lectures serve as the background on why providers order unnecessary labs, imaging, and medications and the changes that are occurring. Interactive small group sessions then allow students to participate in hands-on approaches to improving their role as stewards of healthcare for the healthcare system and most importantly their patients.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe how both insurance companies and beneficiaries pay for healthcare.
  • Choose laboratory tests and imaging tests that provide the highest value to the patient.
  • Apply the concepts of behavioral economics to patient and physician behavior.
  • Develop communication skills that incorporate value.
  • Demonstrate the ability to decrease a patient’s financial burden from pharmaceuticals.
  • Propose a solution to decrease the overuse of a non-beneficial health care service.
High Value Healthcare
Dr. Emily Pherson leading a small group on medication formulary.
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Students presenting their high value care project for the Shark Tank competition.

Course Director


Pamela McCann
Sr. Medical Training Program Administrator

Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for 10 hours over 3 days.


Year One | Year Two | Year Three | Year Four

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