In 2008, students took action to improve a broken health care system, building an online school —
an Open School —
that would provide quality and safety skills to student leaders and disrupt the traditional health education system.
Today, it's clear that our system is even more broken — our health care system does not create health. Lives are at stake, and change is coming too slowly. Even with the greatest medical science in the world, the next generation of health professionals will be powerless to help many of their patients because patients' problems originate outside the walls of clinics and hospitals.
The Open School community believes that together, we can lead this change once again. By becoming a part of the IHI Open School Change Agent Network, students, residents, faculty, and professionals working both inside and outside of health care are committing to making a difference in their clinics, organizations, campuses, and communities -- both individually and together.
We need a generation of health leaders with the will, knowledge, and skills to change our broken system. Will you join us?