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Tufts Health Care Institute (THCI) created and conducted more than 300 live educational programs on aspects of high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care for local, national, and international audiences. Highlights include the following:

  • From 1998 to 2015, THCI offered a “Mini-Rotation on the Health Care System“, an intensive seminar for twenty-five senior and chief residents, focusing on contemporary issues related to the organization and financing of the health care system and the delivery of care to patients and populations.
  • In the early 2000s, when ACGME introduced its revised core competencies, THCI trained more than 1,000 residency program directors nationwide, to help them understand the competencies of Systems-Based Practice (SBP) and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI) and incorporate these into their curricula.
  • Starting in 1999, THCI developed the THCI Online Learning Campus (OLC) to help residency programs teach Systems-Based Practice, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement and Professionalism; through 2015 THCI had enrolled more than 3,000 residents in over eighty training programs.
  • From 2005 to 2015, THCI conducted an annual conference on “Information Mastery: A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Care.” The conference was organized with and led by two national experts in this field. The goals were to (1) help learners acquire the core concepts and skills of information mastery — i.e., to find, evaluate and apply the best evidence for everyday practice; and (2) provide teachers of health care professionals with instruction and practice in teaching information mastery. Learn more about the Tufts University School of Medicine Center for Information Mastery.

Other THCI accomplishments include:

  • Awarded a three-year grant by the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education (FIPSE) – the only medical education grant awarded in the FY 2002 cycle – to implement and evaluate an online learning program for graduate medical education.
  • Delivered presentations, facilitated workshops, presented posters at fifteen national educational conferences, including: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Association of Program Directors in Medicine (APDIM), Association of Hospital Medical Educators (AHME), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and National Quality Colloquium.
  • Recognized for best practices in medical education by:
      • Online Learning Campus (2002, 2003)
    • ACGME
      • Faculty development for residency program directors (2004)
      • Online Quality Improvement modules and exercises: “A Blended Learning Approach to Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Projects” (2005)
    • AAMC
      • Evidence-based medicine program (2009)
    • ACCME
      • Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative (2009)
      • Collaboration with New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA) to improve care for patients with Type 2 Diabetes (2010)

During its twenty-one years of operation, THCI was awarded multiple grants to support its activities.