IU School of Medicine



This clerkship is designed to help the student understand the qualities physicians need to help develop the next model of practice in the new model of health delivery which is emerging in the United States. These qualities include mindfulness of the requirements of external regulatory and payer organizations, the need for collaborative relationships with non-physician caregivers, and the skills necessary to work within and lead teams. Modern physician leaders frequently lead through influence and collaboration rather than through direction. This is a unique skill set which is not frequently practiced by medical professionals.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Paul M. Calkins MD (pcalkins@iuhealth.org)

Director: Paul M. Calkins, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health North Hospital (Carmel) and North Central Region

Other Faculty: Gaurav Arora MD, David Sheets RN, Pamela Lowe RN, Randall Yust CFO, Suzanne Del Boccio RN, Jonathan Goble CEO

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the key traits of effective leaders (P2)
  • 2) Identify basic leadership skills and expected qualities of a physician leader (P3)
  • 3) Demonstrate how external regulations can be applied to quality management processes in healthcare systems today (SBP3)
  • 4) Identify the basics of process improvement in healthcare systems (SBP3)
  • 5) Describe LEAN methodology in healthcare including Rapid Improvement Events, sustainment, and the development of an improvement mindset in the gemba (SBP5)
  • 6) Identify the relationship between Patient Safety, Quality and Risk Management (SBP4)
  • 7) Demonstrate principles of change management (SBP5)
  • 8) Demonstrate proper application of health information technology in the health care environment (PBLI1)
  • 9) Identify the role of healthcare culture in organizational activities (SBP1)
  • 10)Demonstrate how to balance leadership with clinical and personal


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Assessment is by the course director based on participation and understanding of leadership concepts; (In concert with other faculty members (chiefly Dr. Arora) and after observation and discussion with the student, other IU Health North Central Region Executives, and consideration of the A3, PDP, and final paper produced by the student, an evaluation of the student's performance will be proffered by Dr. Calkins).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th Year

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40--

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

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

This clerkship involves travel to several hospital locations.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Many of our councils/committees include multidisciplinary participants. In addition to this, our LEAN waste elimination efforts also require collaboration amongst individuals from multiple areas. We do expect students to participate with these activities and this participation will provide them a unique experience with individuals from across the facility.

Service Learning Included: None