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Designated Emphasis Programs

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.


About the Program

Students can begin the designated emphasis any time during their first three years.

Requirements
  • Complete three courses (the introductory course and two courses in the list of qualifying courses).
  • Work with a selected medical humanities faculty mentor to integrate a humanities perspective for your Practice Improvement Project (PIP).
  • Select a patient case study to discuss with your mentor. Write up three short papers based on that case study.
  • Present findings from your medical humanities PIP project at the School of Medicine's Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research.
  • Write a self-statement that describes how your own medical practice is a humanistic practice.
  • All these materials will create your Medical and Health Humanities portfolio that can be used when on the job market.
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 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.

Contact Dr. Paul Lyons with any questions


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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