Innovation and Research at MedStar Health

At MedStar Health, we're using our vast innovation, research, and academic capabilities to advance health throughout the communities we serve and the world at large.

Learn about our programs, initiatives, and institutes dedicated to research, innovation, education, quality of care, patient safety, and performance improvement.


Clinical Research

Medical education programs

Medical Education program

We are committed to advancing health care through medical education. We offer training in nearly 100 specialty and subspecialty programs and train more than 1,100 residents annually. We also offer our employees an array of continuing professional education programs and faculty development programs.

MedStar Health Research Institute

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The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is a world-class research facility with more than 180 active scientists and investigators who conduct high-quality translational and health sciences research. We provide scientific, administrative, and regulatory support for clinical research throughout the MedStar Health system.

MedStar Institute for Innovation

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The MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) has catalyzed innovation and advanced health for more than a decade, growing into one of the largest and most diverse innovation institutes embedded in the U.S. health system. We develop and deploy deep technical capabilities and serve as the portal for engaging collaborators to apply new ideas and innovative approaches to health care.

MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

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The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare is committed to the scientific study of how humans think, work, and interact in the healthcare environment. We strive to improve the safety, efficiency, and quality of health care through the innovative application of the science of human factors and system safety.

MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab

Training and education program

MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) combines the brightest ideas in education and technology to drive better performance and safer care for our patients. We design and deliver a blended learning model of interactive online training, virtual and hands-on high-fidelity simulation, and continuing professional education products used at MedStar Health and by healthcare organizations in more than 40 states.

MedStar International Training Center for Bloodless Medicine

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The MedStar International Training Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery (MedStar Bloodless) is committed to improve quality of care and patient safety for Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide by providing free training in the tools and techniques of bloodless medicine and surgery. We offer free consulting services for administrators and physician leaders wishing to establish a bloodless medicine and surgery program.

MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety

Quality and safety

The MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety provides best-in-class research, education, and training programs to deliver the safest and highest level of care to patients, their loved ones, and care teams. Our goal is to improve patient care, outcomes, and reduce the global burden of preventable harm.

MedStar Health Performance Improvement

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MedStar Health Performance Improvement focuses on inspiring a system-wide culture of continuous improvement at MedStar Health. Our objective is to enhance the quality of care for patients while designing a better patient experience.