Mayo Clinic, ASU launch quality and cost model for healthcare research and education

As part of the formal alliance announced Friday, ASU will build a 150,000-square-foot facility to house Mayo's new medical school and innovation center.
By Jeff Lagasse
03:47 PM

On Friday, the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic announced a formal partnership to launch a medical certificate program at the clinic's new medical school in Scottsdale that will focus on healthcare costs.

The organizations will offer courses on how patients receive care that will improve quality, outcomes and cost. Students will earn this certificate concurrent with their medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine with the option to pursue a master's degree in the program through ASU.

ASU plans to build a 150,000-square-foot medical facility that will house Mayo's new medical school, as well as a medical technology innovation accelerator and biomedical engineering research labs. The Health Solutions Innovation Center is scheduled to break ground in 2017.

Learn on-demand, earn credit, find products and solutions. Get Started >>

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

The newly announced alliance 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," said Wyatt Decker, vice president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, in a statement.

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.

Twitter: @JELagasse