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Designated Emphasis in Healthcare Leadership


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Designated Emphasis in Healthcare Leadership

The Designated Emphasis (DE) in Healthcare Leadership builds a foundation of knowledge and wealth of skills for medical students to utilize as they work towards becoming the healthcare system leaders, including deans, CEOs, and CMOs. Students will develop self-awareness, leadership, and communication skills, and will learn to improve efficiency, reduce waste, and foster professional networks with peers, mentors, and community leaders.

Questions? Contact Dr. Paul Lyons at paul.lyons@medsch.ucr.edu

About the Program

Any student is welcome to apply. There will be an application and subsequent interview. Up to 10 students will be accepted into the program. Students must complete a total of 304 hours of contact time divided up through the four years of medical school.

Upon successful completion of the program across all four years, students will be given distinction on their Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) and receive a DE on their transcript.

Year 1 Program Goals

Students receive one unit of selective credit on their transcript by completing 14-of-20 available activity hours for the school year. These include:

  • Self development and awareness
    Students will complete StrengthsFinder and Myers Briggs assessments to understand their strengths and then collaborate with team members with different strengths.
  • Improving efficiency and reducing waste in an organization.
    Students will complete training and certification in the LEAN/6 Sigma white belt and yellow belt.
  • Guest speakers/class presentations
    Students are responsible for choosing a topic related to leadership and presenting to the class.
  • Leadership speaker series
    Healthcare leaders will speak about their journey to become a healthcare leader and offer advice.
  • Mentorship program
    Students will be paired with a leader who will assist them and provide guidance. Academic performance will be monitored as well.
Year 1
total number of sessions
Hours/Session Total Possible Hours
Minimum hours to receive credit
Leadership speaker series 4 1 4 4
6 Sigma 5 1 5 3
Presentations 8 1 8 4
Mentorship 2 1 2 2
Self development & awareness 1 1 1 1
Totals 20 14

 

Year 2 Program Goals

Taking principles from M.B.A., M.P.H. and M.P.P.programs, students receive one unit of selective credit on their transcript by completing 10-of-20 available activity hours for the school year. These include:

  • Lectures
    Guest lecturers from M.B.A., M.P.H. and M.P.P. programs.
  • Case studies
    Students will team up to complete medical case studies.
  • Mentorship program
    Continued from previous year.
Year 2
total number of sessions
Hours/Session Total Possible Hours
Minimum hours to receive credit
Public policy 3 2 6 2
Public health 3 2 6 2
Business Administration 3 2 6 2
Student choice of one of the above 1     2
Mentorship 2 1 2 2
Totals 20 10

Year 3 Program Goals

Students will receive 12 units of selective credit on their transcript by completing 120 hours during their three-week selective. Students can earn the following grades while on their selective: honors, high pass, pass, or fail. Selectives include:

  • Hands on experience
    Students will be paired with a leader (e.g. C.E.O., C.M.O., chief of staff, residency program director) or join a team (e.g. LEAN, quality improvement, consulting). Students will be expected to shadow their roles, join in meetings, and intern on projects.
  • Observation and formal report
    Students will use LEAN/6 Sigma training to identify areas of improvement and develop a step-by-step plan to implement change at their assigned sites.
  • Resource summaries
    Students will submit three resource summaries.
  • Mentorship of MS1 and MS2 students
    Students will serve as mentors to students in years 1 and/or 2.

Year 4 Program Goals

This elective will count as a scholarly activity block. Students are responsible for submitting the necessary completed documentation as indicated in the Student Handbook to ensure that they start on time. Students will receive 16 units of selective credit on their transcript by completing 160 hours during their four-week elective. Students can earn the following grades while on their selective: honors, high pass, pass, or fail. The elective includes:

  • Hands on experience
    Students are paired with a leader from the community or join a team (e.g. L.E.A.N., quality improvement, consulting) and will shadow their roles, join in meetings, and intern on projects.
  • Capstone project
    Students compile a final report detailing their observations as well as their ideas for improvement at their assigned sites. Students present their project to a capstone committee and their grade from the project will be factored into their final grade.
  • Resource summaries
    Students will submit four resource summaries.
  • Mentorship of MS1 and MS2 students
    Students will serve as mentors to students in years 1 and/or 2.

 

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