Ms. Battle-Fisher spoke at TEDxDartmouth 2018 "Paradigm Shift".

Date: April 21, 2018



Filene Auditorium

"Can a systems thinking curriculum improve health outcomes?"

Direct links:

  1. (TED website)

2. (TEDx YouTube CHANNEL)


Systems thinking is meant to highlight just how dynamically human we are as patients. In response to the need to develop complexity-savvy clinicians, an innovative required curriculum called Health Systems Science is considered the “third pillar of medicine” alongside basic and clinical sciences. Michele answers why delving into tackling complexity within medical school pedagogy will make physicians better prepared for medical practice. Michele Battle-Fisher is a scholar of health systems science, specializing in applying systems science and systems thinking to public health policy, bioethics and clinical medicine. She founded and wrote for the academic oriented, systems thinking and health blog, Orgcomplexity. She was formally introduced to the study of systems science at the 2012 National Institutes of Health Institute on Systems Science and Health. She is a member of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science and a Research Scholar for the Ronin Institute. As Adjunct Assistant Professor at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, she wrote Application of Systems Thinking to Health Policy and Public Health Ethics- Public Health and Private Illness (Springer), a 2016 Doody’s Core Title. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

A free interactive lesson (Systems Thinking, Health Systems Science and Tackling Complex Health Care) based on this talk is available on TED-ED at

Me speaking at TEDxDartmouth 2018- copyright Dartmouth College