The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) has been training health professionals in leadership since its inception in the 1970s. The Leader and Leadership Education and Development (USU LEAD) program was established in October 2014 to align leadership training with the USU Strategic Framework.
The USU LEAD Program teaches and develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes to help students become effective uniformed healthcare leaders. LEAD sessions include classroom, small group, medical field practica, clinical relevance, and self-reflections. The philosophy of USU LEAD is that Leader and Leadership Education and Development: (1) can be taught; (2) is a necessary aspect of undergraduate medical education; (3) is central and vital for all medical students; (4) must be aligned with a conceptual framework for curriculum and assessment; and (5) must be a life-cycle approach. The USU LEAD Program conducts research and scholarship to identify, develop, and deliver effective leader and leadership education and training relevant to the mission of USU and the needs of the Military Health System, military families, and the health of the nation.