Announcing the RISE initiative

February 14, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Michigan Medicine is pleased to announce the next phase in its efforts to enhance innovation in education across the spectrum of physicians and scientists.

For 170 years, the organization has been at the forefront of imagining what the physicians and scientists of the future need to succeed and change health care globally. Now is a chance to lean on these strengths to further innovation in medical and graduate education, a key strategic priority for the institution.

To that end, the organization is announcing a new initiative, RISE (Research. Innovation. Scholarship. Education), that will facilitate meaningful opportunities for all members of Michigan Medicine to engage in medical and graduate education innovation.

Last year, a diverse group of stakeholders throughout the university explored the need for innovation in education to better meet the challenges facing health care. Their conclusion: the usual work in educational improvement is limited by real and perceived constraints, and the organization often struggles to move the needle in addressing strategic priorities, as well as the larger needs of society.

This group felt that a new set of education innovation activities has the potential to break through these constraints, and Michigan Medicine is well positioned to lead in this area. As a leading academic medical center, team members have the freedom and opportunity to explore dramatically different ways of teaching and learning across the spectrum of medical and graduate education programs. The goal will be to build a community of faculty, staff and learners who are passionate about education and innovation. This is an opportunity to “Think Big,” and advance new ways of teaching and learning that capitalize on the spirit of innovation. It dovetails perfectly with the education pillar of the new Medical School strategic plan: to cultivate a learning community that engages all in bold and innovative education for the advancement of science, health and health care delivery.

In the near future, RISE will fund several innovation fellowships (open to all members of the medical school, with funding and protected time), mini-grants to explore new ideas, training programs for members of our community on innovation, and launch innovation in education discussions and an annual symposium. In addition, there will be opportunities to serve as an advisor for this initiative through advisory councils, and RISE also will identify strategic leads in each of the education missions (medical student, graduate student. residency training, and CME), to assist with a collaborative approach to innovation. Please stay tuned for these invitations.

The organization is also very interested in fostering dialogue among the broad community on the opportunities available in education innovation. As such, you are invited to take this brief survey to contribute your thoughts.

The members of the initial RISE team will include:

  • Paula T. Ross, Ph.D., who has led the Medical School’s advancing scholarship efforts for the past four years
  • Nikki Bibler Zaidi, Ph.D., who has deep expertise in program evaluation and novel assessments in education

For additional information, please contact, or reach out to any of RISE team members.