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Education

We invest in education and training to support the professional growth of our entire hospital learning community.

From our roots as the original teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School to the founding of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Massachusetts General Hospital has long been dedicated to educating the next generation of health care trailblazers. We’re building on that success through education and training that support the continual development of every member of our hospital community.

  • More than 10,000 Mass General clinicians remain at the leading edge of their fields through our continuing medical education and professional development courses taught by experts in all areas of health care.
  • Every year, some 200 Harvard Medical School students and 2,800 nursing and health professional students rotate through the hospital, enriching the care they deliver to patients at Mass General and around the world.
  • More than 1,300 residents and clinical fellows benefit from our high patient volumes, multidisciplinary approach and robust research programs while training in our graduate medical education programs.

As a globally renowned leader in medical education, Mass General raises the bar for academic medical centers everywhere and helps shape the future of medical care. Our education infrastructure will continue to play a critical role — not only in times of crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic — but as a vital underpinning of routine hospital care.

 

Physician in scrubs gives a presentation to colleagues

Imagine a future where … 

  • Care teams routinely step away from their busy clinical schedules to receive timely training on the latest innovations in their field.  
  • This knowledge is strategically shared via a curated mix of classroom and online learning, with focused practice drills that support system-wide clinical learning and care. 
  • Patients know their clinicians are regularly trained to bring the most up-to-date advancements in science and care delivery directly to the bedside.  

Thanks to our powerful advantages in history, resources, expertise and leadership, Mass General is uniquely positioned to bring this future to life.  

James Gordon, MD, chief learning officer at Mass General
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Attending physician rounds on patients with residents.

People

Mass General is committed to facilitating learning and building care skills at our hospital and around the world.

  • Endowed education chairs, scholars and fellows: Investment will create at least 10 endowed positions to support education-focused faculty leaders who will build and sustain teaching programs across disciplines. These positions will serve as a critical tool to recruit and retain the most talented educators and ensure that advances in medical science and clinical care benefit all patients.
  • Team learning grants: High-quality training requires that learners take the time to experiment, reflect, give and receive feedback and practice key skills individually and in teams. While care teams are taking part in training, other providers must cover their everyday clinical duties. Endowed funding will allow departments to maintain full-time clinical service operations when members are engaged in education and training activities. This investment will promote continuity of patient care while expanding learning opportunities for providers.
Ether Dome at Mass General

Infrastructure

We seek to build state-of-the-art facilities that will magnify the scale and scope of our educational operations.

  • Learning Hospital: The Mass General Learning Hospital will be a facility that supports integrated workforce education as a key driver of health care quality and safety. The entire Mass General workforce — as well as regional, national and international colleagues — will have access to the Learning Hospital and its many resources. The first-of-its-kind facility will operate solely as an education and training resource but will be built, staffed and equipped like an actual small-scale hospital. By replicating the entire Mass General patient care experience, care teams will be able to train and practice together to improve collaborative care delivery.
  • The New Ether Dome: This best-in-class conference center, a proposed part of our future Cambridge Street building, will bring together worldwide experts for shared learning and exploration, sparking an educational dialogue that extends far beyond our walls. A large auditorium integrated with a web-based distance learning and conferencing platform — along with adjacent convening space for hosting large national and international gatherings — will bolster Mass General’s reputation as the go-to destination for health care learners.
Dr. Alberto Puig with students/interns

Programs

We envision expanding to an everyday model of education that reaches our entire workforce of trainees, providers and teams.

Central to this future will be the creation of the Academy for Applied Learning in Health Care, the institutional home for our ambitious education and training efforts. The Academy team will provide ongoing support and resources for all education-focused faculty and staff who are developing, testing and deploying bold breakthroughs in teaching and learning to enhance patient care.

When paired with the Learning Hospital, the Academy for Applied Learning in Health Care will offer unprecedented opportunities for systems-based education across our professional workforce. This facility promises to revolutionize care for Mass General patients and set a new standard for how innovation in education can improve health care worldwide.