In 1993, a Joint Defense Task Force identified 34 competencies required of a military healthcare professional to command a DoD medical facility. In 1996, that number was increased to 40 competencies following a census survey of healthcare management organization commanders and is the basis for the Executive Skills Core Curriculum. Since that time, the military medical departments have focused their efforts on assessing the executive skill needs of their medical leaders, developing educational programs, and offering courses to satisfy the jointly developed core curriculum. These activities are collectively accomplished under the purview of the Joint Medical Executive Skills Program (JMESP) in accordance with DoDI 6000.15. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences offers MedXellence to ensure senior military healthcare executives possess the requisite professional knowledge and skills to efficiently and effectively manage the DoD's healthcare system.
"Critical Decision Making for Medical Executives: Keys to Improving Health Care Delivery" is an advanced-level course offered by USUHS to educate military health care professionals in the tools and methods needed to continuously improve high-quality health care systems. The course supports the Congressional mandate that health care leaders receive education in healthcare management. With the establishment of the National Quality Management Program, medical executives are accountable for clinical effectiveness and efficiency in the use of health care resources at their facilities. This course focuses on improvement in the quality and cost efficiency of clinical practice and population health outcomes through evidence-based decision making.
The course provides an overview of current approaches to the assessment and improvement of health care delivery in the DoD and civilian managed care environments. Emphasis is placed on the analytic methodologies that support decision-making by medical executives, and the evaluation of processes that improve health status of the patient and minimize resource costs.
Overall Goal: MTF Leaders will increase their competence and efficacy in fulfillment of the JMESI criteria and organizational excellence.
Course Cost: There is no tuition fee for MedXellence attendance; however, your command must fund travel and per-diem related expenses.
The course, delivered approximately five times per year, consists of a combination of pre-course distance learning modules, in-class lectures and discussions, and small-group case study exercises. Throughout the course week, group workshops and exercises allow participants the opportunity to reflect on current issues and problems encountered by medical executives, integrate what they have learned from the course, and to exchange ideas.