The Physician as Leader

Credits: 4.00 Credits (Clinical Elective)
Offered: Feb 29th - March 25th
Location: Longwood Medical Campus

This month-long Harvard Medical School block elective will offer advanced medical students exposure to a portfolio of concepts and skills that will contribute to their professional development as 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 function effectively in complex organizations. This class will be organized around a set of inter-related themes: leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, quality/safety improvement, technology, operations and systems redesign and management. These themes will be illustrated in a number of different contexts, including primary care, medical, surgery, and behavioral health specialties, product development, and global health. Instructors will utilize multiple teaching formats to link underlying concepts to practical skills including Harvard Business School style cases. Course participants will spend mornings in didactic sessions led by a mix of HMS and Harvard Business School faculty, and invited guests who are experienced managers. Students will spend afternoons working in teams on mentored projects aimed at building creative solutions to contemporary issues in health care.
Course Directors:
1. Meghan Dierks MD, HMS and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;
2. Andrew Ellner MD MSc, HMS Center for Primary Care and Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
3. Stan Finkelstein MD SM, HMS and Harvard MD/MBA Joint Degree Program 
4. Erin E. Sullivan PhD, HMS Center for Primary Care and HMS Department of Global Health & Social Medicine
Learning Goals:
1. Expose students to fundamental approaches to understanding how systems and organizations work, and how to make them work better;
2. Prepare students to effectively work within and lead complex organizations, including teams of health care providers;
3. Provide an opportunity for students to apply leadership and teamwork concepts to a real-world problem;
4. Recognize how to understand and influence group behavior and performance;
5. Learn about how to work with and manage people;
6. Describe approaches to leading, motivating, and aligning people behind a common vision or direction; 
7. Explore well aligned, high performance organizations and the challenges of leading change in organizations;
8. Apply basic management skills to the analysis of real-life leadership challenges via the HBS case method.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Class participation and contribution, completion and presentation of entrepreneurship project. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.
Real-time feedback from faculty and fellow students as part of class sessions. Office hours will be held for student meetings and feedback.
Grade Criteria:
S- Satisfactory advance preparation as well as class participation and contribution. Satisfactory completion and presentation of field project. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.
U- Inadequate performance in the above

The Physician As A Leader - Syllabus 2015