The School of Medicine is launching a year-long master’s program for medical professionals and other professionals who want to improve health care with management skills and technology.
The new Master’s degree program at the Stanford School of Medicine is designed to provide business and digital expertise to professionals in medicine, information technology, and related fields to improve quality and reduce health care costs.
The very first class of students in the Master’s degree program in Clinical Informatics Management (MCIM) will begin their studies in June 2021. Students will learn core business and technology skills and explore the operational, clinical, and ethical implications of digital innovations in healthcare settings.
Including its innovative curriculum and format, MCIM will provide graduates with the information, knowledge, and insights needed to bring technology together, and the clinical enterprise in a completely new way. “COVID-19 has highlighted the need for a wide range of digital applications in health care so that the launch of this program could not be more timely,” said Lloyd Minor the Dean of the School of Medicine.
The one-year program is designed for work professionals. Approximately one-third of the students will represent the medical field -including nurses, doctors, and administrators- while the rest will come from technology and other sectors.
“Cost reduction is a business issue, and technology is the way to get there. You have to make a business case and build the best possible solution if you’re going to change and improve health care. That’s what this program is all about.” said Kevin Schulman, MD, MCIM Director, and Professor of Medicine.
Applicants will have to demonstrate their academic preparation for a detailed master’s program and their opportunity to adapt to classroom discussions. The first class includes about 25 students; at the end of the day, Schulman intends to graduate 60 students a year. Classes will take place every other Friday and Saturday at Stanford, with remote learning for the rest of the time.
Schulman said that he wants the graduate degree to create more opportunities for a diversified group of professionals. “We are very interested in using the program to advance the career opportunities of women or underrepresented minority groups.”
The Faculty of Medicine and the Stanford School of Engineering will teach courses in finance, ethics, data science, health information technology, quality of health care, management, and other subjects. Students will learn how to cooperate in multidisciplinary teams, how to develop and implement effective technology applications, how to get technology implemented within an organization, and how to communicate the value of a project with health care leaders or venture capitalists.
Graduate students of the program will be able to apply their knowledge to health-care clinics and hospitals, life science organizations, and technology companies.
Schulman, who also holds a courtesy appointment at Stanford Graduate School of Business, helped to start a Master’s degree program in Clinical Informatics Management at Duke University a decade ago. He came to Stanford Medicine in 2018 hoping to launch a similar program; he stated, Standford is indeed an ideal place for him.
“Stanford is a great place to set up a program like this. We are bringing together Stanford’s expertise in business, technology, and medicine, creating a program that we believe will have a real impact on how we approach and deliver health care,” he said.