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Leadership Program

Influencing Positive Change

Physicians must provide transformational leadership at many levels. This begins with a deep self-awareness and connection to one's values, purpose and mission. Transformational leadership is key to building highly effective teams, fostering interprofessional collaboration, providing exceptional patient care, and positively impacting complex systems.

Michigan has a long history of graduating leaders. Our innovative curriculum embeds and integrates leadership training during the entire medical school experience with the goal of preparing students to influence positive change.

As a medical student at Michigan, your leadership and management skills are cultivated through a variety of action-based learning experiences that fulfill five critical competencies for future physicians:

  • Leading yourself
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Building teams
  • Executing and problem solving
  • Impacting systems

Working with your faculty coaches and mentors, you’ll track progression with the Michigan Leadership CV. This tool provides an individualized framework to map leadership activities and assess milestones as they are completed, with the flexibility to adapt to your personal goals and interests.

Specific activities are chosen for developing leadership skills and include:

  • Large-group events
  • Case-based learning
  • Hands-on sessions
  • Capstone projects
  • Self-reflection
  • Longitudinal faculty mentorship

The speed and slope of change is accelerating in medicine and in the world. It is our goal to profoundly impact students on their leadership journey — to help them develop the knowledge and skills to make positive and lasting changes in health care and in the world.

David Fessell, M.D., Clinical Professor of Radiology, Co-Director, Medical Student Leadership Program