After months of preparation, the time has come: the 2016-17 Health for America at MedStar Health fellowship has officially begun! Monday was the first day on the job for Stephanie, Michael, King, and Katia, and they really hit the ground running. This week, the fellows are preparing to learn extensively about stroke and immerse themselves in the four pillars of Heath for America--health, design, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Below are some highlights from the fellows' first day and a preview of what's ahead in their first three weeks as fellows.
Lunch with Physician Mentors and MedStar Institute for Innovation leadership: The '16-17 fellows are fortunate to have a highly-engaged team of experts ready to help guide their journey through Health for America's exploration, ideation, and implementation phases. During our meet-and-greet lunch, the excitement in the room was palpable as the fellows and mentors looked toward the year ahead. Read more about Health for America leadership and this year's physician mentors.
Tour of MedStar's Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) Headquarters: The fellows are quickly learning that there are extensive (and super cool!) resources throughout the MedStar network. On their first day, the team had the opportunity to tour the headquarters of SiTEL, the education technology group at MedStar Health. During their tour, they learned about (and, in some cases, tried out) some of the 3-D virtual simulation tools and hands-on, high-fidelity simulation systems SiTEL has created to support the education and training of clinicians.
Moving in and getting settled: The fellows have also moved into "HFA Headquarters." This also includes going over the nuts and bolts of the fellowship with HFA director, Mandy Dorn, and HFA alum and strategic advisor, Amanda Newman. Over the next few weeks, the fellows will take on more and more responsibility for their day-to-day experience, giving them the opportunity to chart their own course toward an innovative solution for stroke care.
That said, HFA leadership and physician mentors have mapped out a number of experiences for the fellows during their first few weeks, designed to expose the fellows to a variety of experiences related to stroke care and the larger healthcare ecosystem. Just a few of the activities in the fellows' first month include:
Getting to know the resources, mentors, and network at 1776
Attending a daylong "Stroke Crash Course" led by the '16-17 physician mentors
Shadowing at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Participating in various stroke simulation experiences with the support of MedStar Washington Hospital Center Comprehensive Stroke Center and SiTEL
Visiting Dr. Paul Rosen and colleagues at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, for perspectives on telehealth, patient experience, and innovation strategy in healthcare settings
It's going to be an incredible journey, and we're so excited to have officially kicked of this year's fellowship. Stay tuned for updates on the fellows' experiences through our blog and social media!