Researchers at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care are working on an ambitious project to create case studies to help teach primary care. The case studies are to be separate from the extensive library of case studies Harvard Business School has created. (Yes, the HBS library includes case studies on some of the medical specialties. The more difficult question would be “What doesn’t the HBS library include?”)
The stated goal of this project is to transform how primary care is provided. Erin Sullivan, Ph.D., the center’s research and curriculum director, stated, “Our cases engage students outside of their comfort zones. We ask them to read and discuss issues of management, infrastructure and leadership — real issues that they are likely to face when they start practicing.” There is no denying that case studies have worked extremely well for HBS and we’re anxious to see how this project works out for HMS.