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How Systems Thinking Applies to Health Care

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
1. Define systems thinking;
2. Explain the importance of systems thinking in clinical care;
3. Identify how a health system fits the definition of a complex system;
4. List the habits of systems-thinking health professionals and how they can be applied to improve clinical care.
0.5 Credit

This module introduces the habits needed for learners to better understand, navigate and change complex systems, such as those found within the US health care system.

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The AMA Health Systems Science Learning Series
Deepen your knowledge on how health care is delivered, how health care professionals work together to deliver that care, and how the health system can improve patient care and health care delivery. Learn more

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Activity Information

Subject Matter Expert(s):

Stephanie R. Starr, MD Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Jed Gonzalo, MSc, MD Associate professor of medicine and public health sciences, Associate Dean, Health Systems Education, Penn State University College of Medicine

Maya M. Hammoud, MD, MBA, Senior adviser, medical education innovation, American Medical Association


Jed Gonzalo, MSc, MD; Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA; Stephanie R. Starr, MD

Participation Statement: Upon completion of this activity, learners will receive a Participation Certificate.


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