Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare Distinction Track

The Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare Distinction Track will provide the student a structured, yet flexible, faculty‐mentored experience to explore many facets of healthcare education, administration, finance, delivery and policy. It will draw upon the expertise of leaders from the colleges of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, UA main campus, and the community, including the Healthcare Transformation Institute. This program will ensure that these select future providers achieve competencies in health leadership and advocacy—in addition to patient care—and will assume critical roles as a generation of physician leaders in healthcare innovation.

What will you learn?

The Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare curriculum includes leadership training, and objectives that align with various domains of healthcare and innovation, including how to engineer a system of care, and reimbursement strategies. Upon completion of this experience the student will be able to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate skills in leadership and professionalism (e.g. leadership styles, change management, conflict resolution, inter-professional team dynamics, use of organizational management tools);
  • Describe the U.S. healthcare system, and its components, including (but not limited to):
    • The provider perspective (e.g. academic health centers, integrated health systems, community hospitals and health centers);
    • The payer perspective (e.g. Veteran’s Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, private insurance);
    • The population/community and patient perspective;
    • The innovator perspective, including thought leaders and organizations in policy and reform (e.g. Institute of Medicine, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Kaiser Family Foundation);
  • Explain how the healthcare system interfaces with public health;
  • Describe approaches to achieve quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare;
  • Describe how the health system is structured at your home institution and what its strategic plan is.
  • Discuss the role of health technology in healthcare innovation and delivery of value based care; and
  • Identify and implement the skills gained in this experience to continue leadership activities in healthcare innovation. This is applicable to a wide variety of venues such as incorporating new models of care into private practice, assuming a leadership position within a healthcare organization, and starting your own healthcare company, etc.

How will I be recognized?

Successful completion of this distinction track will be recognized by the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Furthermore, completion of this track will be noted in your Dean’s Letter and official transcript.

When should I apply?

The Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare Distinction track will be available to first and second year students beginning in the fall semester. Interested students must enroll in the Emerging Leaders in Healthcare Enrichment elective. After participation, interested students will be selected for participation in the distinction track based upon merit.

Where do I apply?

The first step is to apply to the Emerging Leaders in Healthcare Enrichment elective. You will receive information about enrichment elective sign-up in your University of Arizona email account at the start of the fall and spring semesters.

Please note: This distinction track is only open to students at the Tucson campus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine.