Physician Leadership Development Program

Executive Council

The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) is a unique composition of five years of dual-degree students committed to leadership in health care. The PLDP Executive Council was initiated by students to integrate their skills and interests as well as to collaborate to promote their professional, academic and leadership development.

Mission

Embracing the unique opportunities and increased responsibilities of students bridging the institutions in which we learn, our goal is to develop formal networks through communication and collaboration among students in the Physician Leadership Development Program providing a representative presence and influential voice within the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine; the Center for Global Health; the WSU Graduate School; and into the greater community.

Executive Council

PLDP Executive Council officers are:

Rebecca Esther Beesley

Medical Student
Student college:
School of Medicine
Student major:
Medicine

Alexandra Marie Lawson

Medical Student
Student college:
School of Medicine
Student major:
Medicine

Jasmin Cortney Scott-Hawkins

Medical Student
Student college:
School of Medicine
Student major:
Medicine

Questions about the PLDP program may be directed to the current PLDP Executive Council. We are happy to share our experiences with the PLDP program.


Program Accomplishments

Celebrating Life and Health Fair

Every spring, the PLDP sponsors and runs an interactive booth at the Dayton Celebrating Life and Health Fair. PLDP students measure height and weight, in order to calculate the BMI of fair attendees. Over 5,000 Dayton residents attend the health fair each year.

Documentary Screenings

the weight of the nation documentary graphicThe Weight of the Nation, May 10, 14, 17, & 21, 2012

The PLDP hosted a series of screenings of the HBO four-part documentary series. The miniseries examined Consequences, Choices, Children in Crisis and Challenges. Each segment of the film featured case studies, interviews with experts around the nation, and individuals and families struggling with obesity. After each screening, a panel of local experts offered their views on the content and fielded questions about the movie.

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, Sept. 19, 2012

escape fire documentary graphicAn estimated 140 students, faculty, healthcare professionals and community members attended an advance screening of the Sundance film ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine Physician Leadership Development Program, the WSU Chapter of the American Medical Association, the WSU chapter of the American Medical Student Association and the Military Medical Interest Group hosted the screening.

Two medical students led a facilitated discussion with the audience following the film. The directors hoped to compel Americans to empower themselves to be healthier, even before they become ill. The local Call to Action was “Empower someone to be healthy.” The STEPS Health Initiative was introduced as one avenue to address the call to action. The STEPS Health Initiative is a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals and students that use motivational interviewing to encourage individuals with chronic conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) to make healthier lifestyle choices by setting attainable goals.  Visit the STEPS Health Initiative webpage for more information.

Remote Area Medical, Oct. 23, 2014

Remote Area Medical film posterThe Physician Leadership Development Program, the WSU Chapter of the American Medical Association and the WSU chapter of the American Medical Student Association co-hosted a screening of Remote Area Medical.  The film takes its name from the nonprofit Remote Area Medical, which operates pop-up health care clinics. The film was shot over three days in 2012 at the NASCAR speedway in Bristol, Tenn., where nearly 2,000 people received free medical, dental and vision care provided by a team of medical volunteers.  Described as “a film about people, not policy,” Remote Area Medical puts a human face on what it means not to have access to health care. 

A panel discussion followed the film screening.  Panelists included Steven Bognar, a faculty member in the WSU Department of Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures and an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker; Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of family medicine at the medical school; Lauren Gunderman, a second-year Boonshoft medical student who had volunteered at a Remote Area Medical event; Matthew Noordsi-Jones, M.D., state coordinator of Doctors for America and a physician with Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton; and Julia Reichert, a three-time Oscar nominee and WSU professor emeritus of motion pictures.


Activities

Leadership Elective

  • In 2011, faculty and students recognized that the PLDP concepts of physician leadership and healthcare management should be adopted into the traditional medical school curriculum. A group of fourth-year PLDP students, in collaboration with faculty, developed a healthcare leadership elective course to achieve the goals of:
    • increasing understanding of the U.S. healthcare system,
    • engaging in self-assessment and self-awareness of leadership characteristics,
    • increasing inter-professional communication, and
    • practicing healthcare leadership decision-making.
  • These objectives were achieved through a monthly seminar class offered to medical students in the second semester of their first year of school; a fourth-year student facilitated each session.
  • The course utilized online leadership self-assessment tools, online modules from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and readings from various medical and leadership publications. Group exercises and interactive discussions with local community physician and healthcare management leaders introduced students to leadership principles and increased awareness of the challenges and opportunities that exist in leading U.S. healthcare organizations.
  • This student-led Healthcare Leadership elective remains a key aspect of the Physician Leadership Development Program because it represents another avenue in which PLDP students maintain an active role in both curriculum and community development.

Annual Medical Student Leadership Conference

photo of attendees of the leadership conferenceDuring fall term 2012, PLDP students organized a leadership conference for Boonshoft School of Medicine students.  All medical students were invited to attend, but a strong emphasis was placed on first- and second-year students.  The first annual conference had one keynote speaker (Dr. Arthur Pickoff), and five small group sessions with the opportunity to choose from seven different topics.  The conference was attended by 42 students, with warm reviews and suggestions for next year’s event. 

The PLDP hosted a second leadership conference on Sept. 28, 2013. The conference featured keynote speaker Dr. Alexander Djuricich of the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Conference attendees rotated through two large group sessions and four small group sessions.  The conference was attended by 42 students, with positive reviews from both students and physicians. 

Now an annual event, the third leadership conference was held on Oct. 18, 2014, and was organized by the PLDP, the Medical School Student Council, the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, American Medical Association, Phi Rho Sigma and Boonshoft for Healthcare Improvement.  The conference keynote speaker was Cameron M. McGregor, M.S.N., R.N., FACHE, corporate clinical director of operations innovation at Premier Health. One hundred student participants attended the conference.

Boonshoft for Healthcare Improvement (BHI)

PLDP alumni Colleen McCormick, M.D., M.P.H., and Lakshman Swamy, M.D., M.B.A., established a local chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School in 2011. The chapter supports students of all health professions in learning about health care quality and patient safety. BHI encourages medical students to participate in the IHI coursework and student training conferences, and provides the tools to facilitate student-initiated quality improvement projects in the Dayton community. The courses are also accessible free-of-charge to interested students, residents and faculty physicians who are not members of BHI.

Last edited on 02/26/2015.