TMC Star Course: The U.S. Health Care System and Its Place in the World, Jan 22 – April 23

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“The U.S. Health Care System and Its Place in the World” is an online live weekly webinar series highlighting eminent national health policy experts who are the “stars” of health policy, (hence the name the STAR course) will engage students from four universities (The University of Texas School of Public Health, the University of Virginia, Cornell University, and Vanderbilt University) in a one hour question and answer session. Members of the public are invited to listen, although the students taking the course for credit are the ones asking the questions. Leading the course is Arthur Garson Jr., M.D., MPH, and director of the TMC Health Policy Institute, and Carolyn Engelhard, Director of the Health Policy program at U.Va.

The course is Thursdays at 6:00 PM from January 22-April 14.

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Full schedule:

Jan. 22: Introductory Session/ACA & How many doctors do we really need, Garson and Engelhard

Jan. 29: Gerard Anderson, Johns Hopkins: Health Care Spending: Why is the U.S. so expensive?

Feb. 5: Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton: How can we reduce waste?

Feb. 12: TBD

Feb. 19: John McDonough, Harvard: Health Insurance Reform

Feb. 26: David Blumenthal, former national coordinator of health information technology: Health information technology and Health Care System Performance

March 5: Marc Boom, president, CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital: Challenges Facing Hospitals

March 12: Sara Rosenbaum, George Washington University: Medicaid

March 19: Mark McClellan, former Administrator of Medicare and Medicare Services and former Commissioner of the FDA: New ways to organize doctors and hospitals

March 26: David Goodman, Physician Workforce Supply

April 2: Bill Stead, Vanderbilt, AHCs and Population Health

April 9: Sean Nicholson, Cornell University: Why is it so expensive to educate a doctor?

April 16: Tsung-Mei Cheng, Princeton: What can we learn from overseas?

April 23: Harlan Krumholz, Yale: High-Quality Decision Making


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