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ASU-Mayo certificate to focus on how patients receive care to improve outcomes.
Combining strengths of Mayo Clinic and ASU leads to a more sustainable system.
October 21, 2016

Partnership will bring together all aspects of the field — including clinical, legal and administrative work — under one curriculum

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ASU and the Mayo Clinic have formalized a partnership Friday aimed at transforming medical education and health care in the U.S., helping doctors reduce costs, simplify the system and save more lives. 

The pairing between the nation’s most innovative university and the world leader in patient care and research brings together all aspects of the field — including clinical, legal and administrative work — under one curriculum.

The Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care will create doctors “more broadly scoped and more empowered to change health care outcomes at the individual scale, change health care at the national scale and help us to be able to afford this fantastic medical care that we all would like,” ASU President Michael Crow said.

The announcement has formalized the alliance after 12 years of working together on programs that range from nursing to medical imaging to regenerative and rehabilitative medicine to wearable biosensors. 

As part of Mayo’s new medical school in Scottsdale, the partnership is creating a specialized curriculum and certification in the science of health care delivery. The jointly developed courses will focus on how patients receive care to improve quality, outcomes and cost, Crow said. Students will earn this certificate concurrent with their medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and have the option of pursuing a master’s degree in the program through ASU.

“Our strategy is to educate people differently,” said Victor Trastek, director of ASU’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. “To train the health care workforce for the future so that they think differently and can make the best decisions for the patient. And then, hopefully, you’ll get good care for a reasonable price.”

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The alliance seeks to create a more sustainable system through integration.

“We have found that in health care, going forward, in terms of sustainability, you can’t do it alone,” Trastek said. “So you have this huge, wonderful university, and you have this great medical center. Instead of competing against each other, why don’t we share?”

Evidence of the alliance soon will rise on land owned by ASU in northeast Phoenix adjacent to Mayo Clinic. ASU is planning to build a 150,000-square-foot Health Solutions Innovation Center to deliver a world-class learning environment. The leading-edge facility will feature a med-tech innovation accelerator, biomedical engineering and informatics research labs, and an education zone. 

The Health Solutions Innovation Center is scheduled to break ground in 2017.

In addition to launching the Arizona medical school campus and enrolling the first 50 students in Arizona in summer 2017, Mayo Clinic also has a school in Minnesota. All 200 students there are eligible for the certificate.

“The Alliance for Health Care between our two organizations is really a national relationship,” said Wyatt Decker, vice president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “Mayo Clinic has operations in over five states, including our flagship operations here in Arizona; Rochester, Minnesota; and Jacksonville, Florida.”

He said ASU and Mayo share “a bold vision that will help create legions of doctors that are not only taught in the important skills of diagnosing and treating illness, but also in how to keep populations healthy, and how to keep people healthy, how to work in teams” and use skill from other disciplines, including business, engineering or social sciences, “to measure the system that they’re in and understand it and improve it.”

The newly formalized alliance greatly expands an existing relationship that began more than a decade ago using arts and humanities to deliver “bedside solutions to patients who are anxious” through “shared music or shared creative writing programs,” Decker said.

That has grown, he said, “both through grassroots and strategic involvement of our leaders, and we have quite a broad and deep list of projects and strategic initiatives together.”

One such project is the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Program, which draws on ASU physicists, engineers and technologists. Another is a $40 million effort to develop a prototype to detect radiation exposure. Other collaborative work involves a range of fields, including biomedical informatics, molecular detection and medical imaging, metabolic and vascular biology, regenerative and rehabilitative medicine, and wearable biosensors and knowledge management.

The formalized alliance, Crow said, grew out of a recognition that U.S. health care needs to evolve beyond individual specialties and organizational walls. “We need to innovate to transform health care and train the next generation of health care professionals who will help lead this change,” he said.

“We do this by, basically, reimagining the physician of the future,” he said, as “not only scientist, doctor, healer, designer, but also engineer, economist, administrator, problem solver, community engager — all those things together.”

 At 9:30 a.m. Friday, Crow and Decker will discuss the new initiative live on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mayoclinic.

Top image: Artist rendering of the Health Solutions Innovation Center by Architekton

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ASU bicyclists can get free water, take part in Bike Blitz week of Oct. 24.
Cyclists can use BikeMaps to report hazards, collisions, thefts to community.
October 21, 2016

ASU director getting the word out on bike benefits, safety information in conjunction with Bike Month

For Trisalyn Nelson, inspiration hit when the oncoming car almost did.

One day in 2014, Nelson was cycling on her way back from work at the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Lab she founded at Canada’s University of Victoria. As she was coming around a blind corner, a car passed by too close for comfort. By the time she arrived back at the lab the next day, an innovative new idea was in the making.

“I was mad … I said, ‘That’s it … our lab is going to work on a project, and we’re going to call it Flip the Bird and it’s going to be a place where people can rant about things that happen to them on their bike,’” said Nelson, now the director of Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

“But then I started looking around and I realized, ‘Wait, this isn’t just a place for ranting, because nobody has good data on this. So why don’t we do it properly and we will help be part of the solution.’”

That’s how BikeMaps.org was born.

Aside from being a case study on how to effectively channel frustration, the website and app aim to make cycling safer for bike enthusiasts worldwide. Cyclists can use BikeMaps to report hazards, collisions, near misses and thefts to the rest of the cycling community.

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Cyclists can use BikeMaps to report hazards, collisions, near misses and thefts to the rest of the cycling community.

 

During the week of Oct. 24, the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, ASU Fitness and Wellness, University Sustainability Practices and the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists will collaborate to help distribute 1,000 water bottles imprinted with the BikeMaps logo to ASU and Tempe cyclists. The bottles will be delivered to bike racks and bike cages in the area.

Called “Bike Blitz,” the distribution occurs in conjunction with ASU’s Bike Month this October, and the bottles will contain a message encouraging recipients to take part in the BikeMaps citizen science effort.

Nelson hopes to use the data gathered from the “Bike Blitz” to help cyclists and the city of Tempe make better-informed decisions about bicycle safety practices.

“A lot of cities are focused right now on getting more people on bikes because [of] its good public health benefits, good environmental benefits, [and] you can save a lot of money if you ride your bike,” Nelson said. “But the number one barrier for more people riding is that people don’t feel safe. So the more we can make it a safe activity, the more we will make it an accessible activity.”

In addition to the Bike Blitz, the BikeMaps team will be handing out bottles at the Food Truck Thursday event Oct. 27 at the College Avenue Commons in Tempe.

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