The Physician as Leader

Director(s): Meghan Dierks, Stan Finkelstein, Erin Sullivan
Offered: March
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: This month-long elective will offer post-clerkship (third, fourth and fifth year) medical students exposure to a portfolio of concepts and skills that will contribute to their professional development as health care managers and leaders. Health care delivery and the roles of health professionals are evolving rapidly; there is now a greater need than ever for physicians to manage and lead effectively within complex organizations. This class will be organized around a set of inter-related themes: leadership, team building and teamwork, organizational culture, change management, innovation, patient safety and quality improvement, and design thinking. These themes will be illustrated in a number of different contexts, including primary care, clinical specialty practice, product/technology development, and global health. Instructors will use multiple teaching formats to link underlying concepts to practical skills. Class sessions will be led by a mix of HMS faculty, faculty from other Harvard schools, and invited guests who are experienced leaders and managers. Students will complete a team project during the course.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Grade Criteria:
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory S- Satisfactory advanced preparation as well as in-class participation and contribution. Satisfactory completion and presentation of field project. Attendance at all class sessions. U- Inadequate performance in the above.