Mayo Clinic, ASU form alliance to advance medical education, research

Phoenix-based Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic's Scottsdale, Ariz.-based branch are teaming up to accelerate medical research, transform education and improve patient care, with the goal of producing physicians and health professionals who can transform the healthcare system.

The partnership, announced Friday, is dubbed the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care. It involves implementing a new curriculum and certification in the Science of Health Care Delivery, which will be installed at Mayo Clinic's new medical school in Scottsdale. Students at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine will be able to earn a certificate or a master's degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery while completing their medical degree, according to ASU Now.

The coursework focuses on improving the quality, outcomes and cost of care, and will support improved collaboration between physicians and other professionals, such as engineers and mathematicians.  

"Our strategy is to educate people differently," Victor Trastek, director of ASU's School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, told ASU Now. "To train the healthcare workforce for the future so that they think differently and can make the best decisions for the patient. And then, hopefully, you'll get good care for a reasonable price."

To further support the partnership, ASU also plans to break ground in 2017 on a new medical facility adjacent to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., called the Health Solutions Innovation Center.


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