Department of Medical Education

Physician Leadership Pathway

With the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and medical education, it is critical that we provide our students with the skills necessary to lead and motivate others to accomplish goals. The very nature of having the MD credentials behind one’s name elicits others to look to physicians for leadership, as they will assume formal and informal leadership roles throughout the duration of their careers. To address this need, the Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) will be offering the brand-new Physician Leadership Pathway (PLP) to our BSOM students beginning with the matriculating class of 2024. Students will be invited to apply to the PLP in January 2021 and sessions will begin soon after the first PLP cohort is selected.  

The core curriculum of the PLP will be facilitated across the first 3-years of the MD program, to maximize the time with students before they embark on their Advanced Doctoring electives during Year 4. Students will be required to complete a Leadership Pathway Experience (LPE) prior to BSOM graduation, and which may include a Healthcare Leadership Immersion elective during their Advanced Doctoring year where they would work directly with area physician/healthcare leaders; work with a faculty mentor to complete a Healthcare Leadership research project/manuscript; or develop Healthcare Leadership curricular content.

PLP Learning Objectives

The following objectives guide the PLP curriculum. Upon completion of this pathway program, students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of contemporary leadership virtues and character development
  • Identify the need for a formally trained and diverse population of physician leaders to lead interdisciplinary teams
  • Recognize and consciously use emotional intelligence (EQ) to create and maintain productive relationships and team environments
  • Manage and adapt one’s EQ and behaviors that influence one’s leadership in a variety of situations
  • Reframe situations by applying culturally reflective leadership styles, organizational theories, and creative, innovative leadership methods
  • Demonstrate appropriate ways to deal with conflict and have crucial conversations
  • Exhibit ways to enhance group-decision making processes and mitigate team conflicts
In addition, the BSOM Institutional Objectives that will be met with this program include:
  • 4.1 Reflect upon one’s personal strengths and weaknesses to make positive changes in one’s behavior
  • 4.5 Communicate and work effectively with others
  • 4.6 Demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of settings
  • 6.1 Develop a personal plan to become a better medical professional

Dr. Colleen Hayden serves as the program director for the PLP, working closing with Dr. John McAlearney (program director for the Physician Leadership Development Program for dual-degree MBA and MPH student), and other physician and healthcare leaders within BSOM and across the Miami Valley community to facilitate opportunities for our students to practice communication, leadership, group-decision making, and other critical skills. Learning from physician and healthcare leaders from the community will provide our students with access to mentors to aid them in reaching their personal leadership goals.


If you are interested in applying to the inaugural cohort of the PLP program, please complete the application found here.

Last edited on 12/15/2020.