Health Systems Science | Series Intro and Overview with Dr. Maya Hammoud
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Welcome to the first episode of our Health Systems Science series! This episode is an overview of what Health Systems Science is and why it is important. 

Today’s guest is Dr. Maya Hammoud. Maya is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is the Associate Chair for E-Learning and Enabling Technologies, Chair of the Center for Education, and Clerkship Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology. She serves on the Medical School Executive Committee and is Assistant Director for Education, Global Reach at the Medical School. Dr. Hammoud currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) as the Secretary-Treasurer and she is APGO’s President-Elect. Her research interests are in the field of medical education, as well as in women's health with a focus on cultural competence. She serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals and she is currently on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Questions and topics covered in this episode include:

  • Why HSS is important and has become more important with COVID-19
  • Why students need to be taught HSS during medical school
  • What is systems-based thinking
  • How HSS affects practicing physicians

With support from Elsevier, and produced in collaboration with the American Medical Association, the HSS series seeks to broaden students’ understanding of the nature of medicine, medical education, and what separates them from other human endeavors. Medicine is not a “pure science,” a kind of “applied biology.” Rather, it is fundamentally an art that uses science. As a discipline, Health Systems Science considers those ideas and concepts which are integral to medicine as a profession but don’t fall under the domain of the clinical or basic sciences.

The National Board of Medical Examiners includes HSS topics in its USMLE Content Outline and even offers a dedicated Health Systems Science subject examination. Each episode of this series will include on-the-go learning with practice exam questions explained by expert guests. 

This series is sponsored by Panacea Financial: Banking Built for Doctors, by Doctors. ITB and Panacea share a common goal which is to make med school better. Panacea Financial is designed to handle the unique situation of medical students. We hope you will check them out to see how they can make your life easier.


Learn more about the series and view the content outline on the ITB website. https://insidetheboards.com/Health-Systems-Science/. Get all of the episodes organized into a single playlist in the ITB app. Upcoming episodes will be released early. 

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