From: Academic Medicine

Addressing Gaps in Health Outcomes

KPSOM’s Dr. Lindsay Mazotti helps discover five components to improve systems-based practice competency

June 09, 2022

Lindsay Mazotti, MD, KPSOM Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Associate Professor of Clinical Science, has co-authored a research study that prioritizes five focus areas to improve systems-based practice (SBP) competency.

SBP is the sixth competency defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Outcome Project. It requires "Residents [to] demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value." SBP was introduced more than 20 years ago to “address gaps in health outcomes and facilitate the education of trainees to better meet the needs of patients.” Unfortunately, these efforts have been fragmented and incomplete, and Dr. Mazotti and her fellow researchers’ findings suggest several solutions to aid in evaluating and operationalizing SBP in clinical learning environments.

Improvements include “comprehensive systems-based learning content, a professional development continuum, teaching and assessment methods, clinical learning environments in which SBP is learned and practiced, and professional identity as systems citizens.” According to the study, the development of SBP is vital in improving patient outcomes and supporting the next generation of effectual, systems-minded medical professionals.

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