2020 – 2021 Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation

The Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital is pleased to announce the second year of the MGH HTL Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation. This one-year action-learning program, made possible by a generous grant from the Aetna Foundation, provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals interested in hands-on care delivery transformation projects to make an impact on the front lines. Fellows will spend the majority of the year leading care delivery innovation projects in an academic medical center with mentorship from experts in the field as well as support from senior leadership. Sample focus areas of interest could include: a) digital health and health IT; b) quality, safety, and outcomes; c) population health; and d) patient-centered care.

Elements of the Program

The program is designed to be a hands-on experience with a majority of the time spent on innovation projects. However, fellows are also encouraged to spend up to 20% effort on clinical duties, depending on acceptance into a clinical role by departmental leaders. Fellows will be required to attend didactic lectures and attend monthly meetings with the program director. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in digital health, health IT, quality, safety and outcomes, population health, patient-centered care, and healthcare entrepreneurship not only within MGH and Harvard Medical School, but also the wider Boston/Cambridge community.

Eligibility

Prospective applicants should be healthcare professionals with a strong interest in care delivery and implementation science; and have a track record of academic productivity.

Funding

The fellows program provides competitive salary plus benefits for one year (July 2020 – June 2021).

Program Information

Program Director: Jared Conley (jconley@mgh.harvard.edu)

Program Coordinator: Victoria Vacaro (vvacaro@partners.org)

Past Fellows

Numa Perez (left), and Kosta Stojanovic (right), pose with HTL Program Coordinator, Victoria Vacaro

The MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab celebrated the second class of its Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows Program May 15, honoring Numa Perez, MD, Surgery resident, and Konstantin Stojanovic, MD, Neurology resident, for their work throughout the past year.

The year-long action-learning program provides an opportunity for MGH health care providers interested in care delivery transformation projects to make an impact on the front lines. Fellows lead innovation projects with mentorship from experts in the field, while gaining hands-on experience guiding their projects from ideation, to iteration, to implementation.

“This program afforded me the opportunity to further develop my passion for digital health and allows me the time and space to focus primarily on innovative projects,” says Stojanovic, who focused on areas where technology and digital health could play a role in patient care. By joining the Healthcare Transformation Lab as a research fellow, he has been pursuing a project using big data to create machine learning algorithms to diagnose sleep disorders.

After three years in the operating room, Perez saw an opportunity to improve both the experiences and outcomes of his patients. The Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows Program led him to partner with an industry vendor to deploy a novel patient engagement and data collection platform for MGH Colorectal Surgery patients. The app will serve as a digital surgical companion, providing patients with education, notifications and reminders as they traverse what can be a very daunting perioperative journey.

“In an ever-more-complicated health care environment, the most effective way to create lasting change is to work at the system level,” says Perez. “We must identify sophisticated solutions to the complex situations our patients encounter.”