The outcome of the Clinician Executive Medicine Program experience is for medical students to develop a strong understanding of the profound stresses on the American health care system and the critical need for major reform requiring Clinician Executive insights that span the continuum from the intimate, individual physician-patient interaction to the complex population-based decision making in the executive suite and board room of integrated healthcare organizations serving large populations of patients.  The Clinician Executive Medicine Program seeks to provide insights into the clinician executive skills and knowledge essential to addressing this complex challenge. In addition, participants will build relationships with their cohort, a small group of 15-20 medical students who have a shared interests in strategic innovation and clinical enterprise leadership in medicine.

Participants will gain competency in interdisciplinary problem-solving, which includes an appreciation and understanding of varying perspectives brought from other disciplines, including health policy and politics, strategic planning, marketing, financial management, health economics, decision analysis, human resources, and ethics.  The Clinician Executive Medicine program is designed to provide “real world” experiential, self-directed and team oriented problem-based learning.  As healthcare organizational and health policy changes in medicine and healthcare continue to impact the way clinicians provide care, this program seeks to provide exposure and insights into executive decision-making and population health principles that are important to solve fundamental problems in clinical healthcare delivery.

Specific Learning Objective—Participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the roles of health system administrators and clinicians as leaders in the complex environment of health care delivery and the interface between administrators and clinicians.
  2. Summarize the process that creates current health policy.
  3. Acquire the basic language and principles used in health care finance.
  4. Describe the complexity of the socio-cultural issues affecting the health of the population.
  5. Show how a basic working knowledge of quality and effectiveness assessment and assurance improves clinical services to patients.
  6. Describe the basic elements of core ethical precepts of healthcare organizations and the conflicts that may arise.
  7. Describe the need for solutions to the interface of clinical services of healthcare organizations and community needs.
  8. Describe the importance of collaboration among the variety of clinical healthcare professionals in various healthcare organizations.
  9. Show how effectiveness of operations is influence by the working relationships among medical staff, administrative staff, and board members in healthcare delivery organizations.
  10. Show how ethical marketing and sales strategies are important in healthcare delivery.