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School of Medicine Greenville

High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health

The High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health Distinction Track prepares future physicians to be effective leaders and innovative participants in health care improvement. Students will learn established strategies and methods for performance improvement to achieve high-value health care for their patients and the surrounding community. The critical population health issue of substance misuse and addiction will serve as the centerpiece of this track as we work with our community partner FAVOR Greenville (Faces and Voices of Recovery).


  1. Define and explain the importance of high-value health care and its impact on population health.
  2. Discuss “costs” in health care including the basics of health insurance, payment models and definitions of “charges and costs” to both the patient and the health system.
  3. Participate in system improvement activities such as root cause analyses and quality improvement meetings.
  4. Incorporate concepts of high value care, performance improvement, and population heath in the delivery of patient care.
  5. Engage in scholarly activity pertaining to high value care, performance improvement and population health.
  6. Implement the learned Recovery Coach for Addiction skills/techniques and community resources to address, manage and treat substance misuse and addiction as an example of a population health crisis.


Curriculum Overview:

M1 & M2
  • Introduction
  • Enroll in the IHI Open School and complete required online modules (National Certificate of Completion)
  • Monthly group meeting to build on understanding of the online modules
  • Online discussion on current events from high value care conferences, webinars, or meetings and other assigned readings
  • Recovery coach training and participation in coaching with FAVOR Greenville
  • Attend meetings involving performance improvement engineers, physicians and risk management specialists
  • Begin development of a performance improvement project based on a low value care observation from a clinical clerkship
  • Write a vignette and submit for publication
  • Participate in recovery coaching projects at GHS
  • Complete the performance improvement project
  • Submit for publication
  • Project presentation
  • Participate in recovery coaching projects at GHS