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National Science Foundation LHS workshop

Learning Health System (LHS) National Science Foundation Workshop

This two-day invitational workshop in 2013 engaged 45 prominent researchers and identified fundamental science and engineering research challenges to achieving a national-scale LHS.

Graphic for Learning Health Fellows Program

Applications for the Learning Health Fellows Program for PhD students are due Dec. 1 for School of Information, Dec. 15 for School of Public Health. 

Professional Education class

Educational Programs For Learners of All Levels

We offer a variety of in-person and online educational programs for medical students, residents, faculty, practitioners, and others, including courses, workshops, and a degree program.

Simulation Lab monitors

Clinical Simulation Center

The Clinical Simulation Center provides risk-free, hands-on educational programs. UMHS faculty and trainees use state-of-the-art simulators to learn the practice of medicine. 

Kanter Foundation LHS National Summit

Learning Health System - National Summit - April 2012

Dr. Charles Friedman chaired the planning committee for a two-day summit convened by the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation that brought together over 80 prominent individuals in health care.

Med Ed Day 2014 Keynote

This year's event included a keynote address by Dr. Olle ten Cate about Entrustable Professional Activities and coincided with an American Medical Association conference.

Learning Health Sciences


In May 2014, the Department of Medical Education became the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS). Learning, broadly defined, is a continuous process of information-directed study, reflection, and change. We are a basic science department focused on the science of learning, applied to health, at all levels of scale, including for: 

  • An individual student, resident, or practicing professional; 
  • Care teams made up of individuals from multiple health professions disciplines;
  • Organizations, which can be a single hospital or a complex institution that includes hospitals, outpatient care sites, a physician group, and home care; and 
  • Ultra-large scale health systems, which may reach statewide, nationwide, or worldwide.

DLHS engages colleagues across the entire University of Michigan Health Sciences community, the state, and the nation. 

The department is organized into three sub-units:

  • The Division of Professional Education, which focuses on learning by individuals and teams; 
  • The Clinical Simulation Center, which focuses on learning by individuals and teams in environments that model the real world of practice; and
  • The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems, which focuses on learning at the organizational level and at ultra-large scale.