USU LEAD Curriculum

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The leader and leadership curriculum is woven and integrated throughout all four years of undergraduate medical education starting on the first day. It focuses on professional identity formation, development of relevant knowledge and skills, and learning through experience. Specific topics include: leadership types; personality and leadership; emotional intelligence; effective communication; self-assessment and peer support; crisis communication; leaders, managers, and followers; team building; performance under stress; effective leadership in context; organizational systems and leadership. Each session is based on at least one element of the conceptual framework. Various pedagogical styles and venues are used, including interactive plenary sessions, flipped classrooms, small group exercises, group discussions, applied clinical and field settings. “Near peers” (more senior medical students) and core faculty facilitate small group discussions about leadership in health care settings. This curriculum forms a foundation for leader and leadership education and development post medical school. 

Leader and Leadership Sessions: Medical Students
Session TitleWhoPurposeLeader- Follower Conceptual Framework Focus
Introduction and Overview of LeadershipMS1To introduce principles and types of leadership and to have students discuss leadership experiencesCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P, I, T, O
Emotional Intelligence and PersonalityMS1To discuss emotional intelligence relevant to leadership and introduce personalityCh, Cp, Cm,
P, I
Patient ExperienceMS1To experience medicine and leadership from patient's perspective Cp, Cm,
P, I
Film and LeadershipMS1To learn and discuss leadership in medical and military settingsCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, I, T
Personality and LeadershipMS1To discuss personality relevant to leadershipCh, Cp, Cm,
P, I
Leadership Challenge CourseMS1To perform as a team of leaders and followersCp, Cx, Cm,
Roles of Context and OrganizationMS1To discuss leadership at the organizational levelCx, Cm,
T, O
Effective CommunicationMS1To learn and practice effective communication skills and techniquesCh, Cp, Cm,
P, I, T
Informational and Decision BriefingsMS1To practice communicating clearly and effectively Cp, Cx, Cm,
P, I
Crisis Communication and PerformanceMS1To learn and practice effective communication in stressful and crisis situationsCx, Cm,
P, I, T
Understanding PatientsMS1To foster compassion for the patient and an understanding of the competencies required for success in careCp, Cx,
I, T
Self-Assessment of Leadership ElementsMS2To discuss value of self-assessment to improve leadershipCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P
Leadership in Historical Context MS2To examine leadership lessons in an actual historic military medical eventCp, Cx, Cm,
T, O
Leaders, Managers, FollowersMS2To discuss follower types and distinction with Managers and LeadersCh, Cp, Cx, Cm,
P, I, T
Peer SupportMS2To discuss value of peer input to develop as leadersCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P, I, T
Team BuildingMS2To discuss key elements for effective teamsCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, T
Clerkship Sessions (multiple)MS2/3To develop professional identity; Interprofessional team building; Clinical leadership: lessons learnedCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P, I, T
Team Performance under StressMS3To discuss and practice teamwork under stressCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, I, T
Cross-Cultural CommunicationMS3To discuss the importance of understanding different cultures for communicationCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P, I, T, O
Advanced Role-Based LeadershipMS4To discuss self, peer, and team-based leadership assessment in medical field simulationsCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P, I, T, O
Operational and Strategic Public CommunicationMS4To understand the tactical, operational, and strategic dimension of medical leadership; Learn and practice communication to the publicCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P, I, T, O
Medical Field SimulationMS4To practice leadership practice in field settings: application of the leadership assessment toolsCh, Cp, Cx, Cm, P, I, T, O