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Designated Emphasis Programs

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.

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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.

Designated Emphasis in Medical and Health Humanities

The Designated Emphasis (DE) in Medical and Health Humanities builds a foundation for medical students to examine the individual, social, and historical experience of health, pathology, medicine, and clinical encounters. The DE will enhance skills of observation, analysis, self-expression and self-reflection; and foster the development of research, creative, innovative and improvisational responses needed to navigate multiple contexts of care.

The unique integration of interdisciplinary courses highlights diverse contexts, helping students to better understand how structural dynamics impact the communities with whom they work and cultivate more humane, effective, and collaborative relationships with patients and colleagues.


About the Program

Students are welcome to join the program any time during their first three years of medical school. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 180 hours of acceptable study that include course work, research, a capstone project, and public presentation of the project. Students pursuing the DE must complete its requirements by their fourth year of education.

Upon successful completion of the program across all four years, students will receive a DE on their transcript.

Year 1 and 2 Program Goals

Years one and two build the foundation for examining medicine as a humanistic endeavor, understanding different facets of art as medicine. Students will complete three qualifying courses. One course must be the Medicine is Humanities Introduction. Students receive two units of selective credits for each class.

In addition to building their knowledge of medical humanities, students will also acquire the following skills:

  • Apply principles of social-behavioral sciences to provision of patient care.
  • Students will identify strengths and limits in one’s knowledge and expertise through their engagement with arts and humanities.
  • Write an abstract for a medical and health humanities research or creative project.
Year 3 Program Goals

Year three deepens students’ medical humanities knowledge by connecting their previous coursework with their rotation experiences.

Students along with their Medical Humanities mentor will meet at least three times during year three. Students will write up three patient case studies. During their mentor meetings they will discuss interpretations of the patient case from different humanities lenses. Students will also finalize the design of their medical and health humanities project.

Writing up case studies and mentored interpretations will assist students in acquiring the following skills:

  • Collect and interpret qualitative data.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to diverse patient populations.
  • Use self-awareness knowledge and skills to engage in help-seeking.
  • Recognize that ambiguity is part of clinical health care and respond by using appropriate resources.
  • Design a medical and health humanities research or creative project.
Year 4 Program Goals

During year four students will complete their medical and health humanities research or creative project and present their work at a Medical and Health Humanities Conference or the Annual Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Discovery. As a final activity, students will write a self-statement (of no more than 1000 words) articulating their practice of the statement medicine is humanities.

Skills acquired during year four include:

  • Analyze and interpret humanities and arts-based data or materials.
  • Write-up and present their research or creative project.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity, and respect for others.
  • Demonstrate insight and understanding about emotions and human responses to emotions that allow one to develop and manage interpersonal interactions.
Qualifying Courses
  • Medicine is Humanities: An introduction to medical humanities
  • History of medicine: Race and gender
  • History of medicine: Science and technology
  • Co-constructing doctor and patient narratives
  • History of medical imaging
  • Objectivity and ambiguity
  • Structural competency
  • Community engaged practice
  • Faculty approved – independent study
  • Health and social justice
  • Cultural, medicine, and healing
  • Medical ethics
  • Health literacy
  • Healthcare relationships
  • Literature and medicine
  • Creative writing
  • Science fiction and medicine
  • Graphic medicine

Designated Emphasis in Medical Spanish

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The Designated Emphasis (DE) in Medical Spanish, also known as HABLAMoS (Hispanic And Bilingual Ambulatory Medical Studies), is a four-year language learning program that includes classroom instruction and experiential learning opportunities in Spanish-speaking clinics, communities, and families in Southern California’s Inland Empire and urban and rural Spanish-speaking countries. The DE provides medical students with skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and families in clinic and community settings, as well as a foundation to understand how culture and structure influence patient health and well-being and clinical interactions. The DE considers medical students baseline Spanish language skills, sets goals to improve oral and written language skills in medical contexts, and improves communication and knowledge gaps needed to navigate care for Spanish-speaking patients.

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About the Program

Students of all language levels can join the program any time during their first two years of medical school. Students must complete a minimum of 200 hours of Spanish-language learning spread out across medical school to receive the DE in Medical Spanish.


Year 1 Program Goals

Year one builds the foundation for Spanish-language learning in medical contexts. Students receive one unit of selective credit on their transcript by completing 16 of 20 available activity hours for the medical Spanish selective. Students are expected to:

  • Participate in conversational lunch workshops.
  • Attend in grammar lessons.
  • Apply language skills to clinical encounters with Spanish-speaking patients.
  • Practice effective communication in patient-provider interactions through hands-on modules and OSCEs.
Year 1 Total Number of Sessions Hours/Session Total Possible Hours Minimum hours to receive credit
Conversation lunch workshops 5 1 5 4
Grammar lessons 5 2 10 8
Clinic attendance 1 1 1 1
Modules/OSCEs 4 1 4 3
Totals 20 16

Summer Program Goals

During the summer between Years 1 and 2 of medical school, students have the option to participate in a Spanish-language and cultural immersion experience in a global context through the program or via a partnering immersion program.


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Year 2 Program Goals

Year two of strengthens students’ language skills and emphasizes oral communication in clinical encounters with Spanish-speaking patients and families. Medical students co-design a plan tailored to their language needs and future practice goals. Tailored programs may include:

  • Attend Medical Spanish activities (grammar lessons, OSCEs).+
  • Work with the faculty director to integrate Spanish into your LACE Practice Improvement Project (PIP).
  • Select a patient case study to discuss with our professor of Spanish as a second language.  Write up a short paragraph on the case study for discussion.
  • Conduct research with Spanish-speaking patients or communities.

Year 3 Program Goals

Year three deepens students’ medical Spanish vocabulary and cultural humility in the context of caring for Spanish-speaking patients. Medical students work independently on their written and oral language skills. Activities may include:

  • Present findings from your Spanish PIP project at the School of Medicine's Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research.
  • Write the 5-page paper in progress from your PIP work in Spanish.
  • Complete online language learning models via CanopyLearn, recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) innovation award recipient.
  • One-on-one instruction with our professor of Spanish as a second language.

Year 4 Program Goals

Year four  immerses students in Spanish-speaking clinics and families in Inland Southern California and provides experiential learning into the cultural and structural factors that shape the health of Latino patients, patient-provider dynamics, and patient experiences in clinical spaces. Activities include:

  • Four-week stay with a Spanish-speaking Latino family.
  • 30-hour clinic rotation with a preceptor with a Spanish-speaking patient panel.
  • Participate in 8 hours of online Spanish grammar instruction.
  • Attend 6 hours of virtual classroom discussion.
  • Present on culture and structure in the care of Spanish-speaking patients to clinic staff.