Due to the ever-growing demands for exceptional physician leadership, both in developing a dynamic health care environment and managing the demands of modern clinical practice, the Mass General Internal Medicine Residency Program has developed a formal Leadership Program for all residents. Led by Christiana Iyasere, MD, MBA and Meridale Baggett, MD, the Leadership Program is based on the case method created at Harvard Business School, and provides residents with hands on learning around key leadership concepts that they can immediately bring to practice in their everyday care environments.

The Leadership Program’s goals are to:

  1. Provide all residents with the essential tools to become effective clinical leaders
  2. Foster an environment of support and understanding of clinical leadership
  3. Continue ongoing research into effective physician-led leadership and clinical teams

Over the course of the three years of medicine residency training, residents are exposed to the key concepts of: Team Dynamics, Leadership Styles, Leading Clinical Teams, Emotional Intelligence, Negotiation, Conflict Management, and Leading Change. These concepts are introduced through multiple settings, including noon conferences, small group discussions of case studies, and experiential learning embedded in the medical simulation and consult curriculums. In addition, the Leadership Program is designed to complement the Internal Medicine Professional Development Coaching Program. The Coaching Program provides residents with one-on-one coaches and offers opportunities for reflection on personal leadership development.

Leadership Program Topics

Leadership Research

A key component of the Leadership Program’s success is developing ongoing course assessment and research into concepts of clinician leadership development. Sample research concepts include:

  1. Impact of the Leadership Program as an intervention on clinician professional development and clinical outcomes at Mass General and additional sites
  2. Composition and work habits of effective clinical teams
  3. The role of simulation in teaching and evaluation of leadership skills

Resident Leaders

Each year, senior residents are asked to serve as Leadership Program resident leaders. These resident leaders assist with program logistics and planning, curriculum design and research related to the program. The resident leaders provide important feedback to the program directors and ensure that the program continues to meet residents’ leadership development needs.

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