IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 18ZP701 — LEADERSHIP IN MEDICINE


The Leadership in Medicine clerkship is designed to outline the leadership competencies physicians need to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services through their day to day practice. This includes developing the personal qualities required to be an active team member; supporting others who are in leadership roles; and taking an active role in leadership when appropriate.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org)

Director: J. Matthew Neal, M.D.

Campus: Muncie

Location: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and intelligently articulate (in the form of exercises, discussions, and projects): 1) Basic principles of quality management as it is applied to healthcare systems (SBP4)
  • 2) LEAN methodology and the basics of process improvement, including Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs) (SBP4)
  • 3) Basic principles of healthcare operations & finance (SBP3)
  • 4) Importance of negotiation (e.g., contracts, acquisitions) (SBP3)
  • 5) Common issues in Organizational Politics (social and hierarchical structure of an organization which governs many aspects of daily functioning) (P3)
  • 6) Principles of conflict resolution (P3)
  • 7) Importance of running an efficient meeting and problems/pitfalls in doing so (P2)
  • 8) Importance of health information technology to proper health system operation (SBP1)
  • 9) Developing interviewing skills (as both interviewer and interviewee) (ISC5)
  • 10) Key traits of effective leaders and basic leadership skills(ISC1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Report will be critiqued as would any other scholarly paper (style, formatting, content, introduction, conclusions, references, etc.) using the provided written essay evaluation tool. 1. Assessment (by faculty member) regarding degree of preparation for day's tasks (e.g., completion of assigned readings prior to meeting) 2. Interactive quizzes (weekly, on various management topics; 5-8 questions, one best answer) 3. Required report (1,000-1,500 words) on healthcare leadership topic mutually agreed upon by student and faculty member. One on one meetings with preceptor 4. Participation in various interactive role play activities (e.g., interviewing, conflict resolution, etc.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-45 (7:30am-4:30pm M-F

Time Distribution: 70% Lecture/Seminar; 30% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org) Every effort will be made to provide housing; arrangements will be made prior to arrival.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Student will spend one week, time permitting, on a LEAN Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), where he/she will have the opportunity to work with other health professionals (nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, etc.) to solve system processes. In addition, the student will participate in meetings and other projects with other health care professionals.

Service Learning Included: None