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Elective Title: 93ZP710 — LEADERSHIP IN MEDICINE


The curricula of most US medical schools provide little or no opportunity for medical students to study leadership. Physicians are trained to view medicine in terms of the physician-patient relationship, yet many of the greatest opportunities to treat disease and promote health lie in the organizational and social contexts of healthcare. The future of medicine and the patients we serve depends on cultivating responsible and effective physician leaders. This course introduces medical students to the key traits and skills of effective leaders and provides them an opportunity to study these broader contexts of healthcare. To gain a basic understanding of the traits and skills of leaders, students will read an eclectic range of texts including imaginative literature, biography, history, and business. We will discuss each of these readings and review student progress on the course project in class meetings. Every student also contributes to a class project. The course meets for an average of four hours per day.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu )

Director: Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate skills and habits required to become responsible and effective physician leaders (P2)
  • 2) Discuss and exhibit basic leadership skills and key traits of effective leaders (P2)
  • 3) Cultivate positive physician-patient relationships (P1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (The course director assesses student performance, and assessed activities include oral presentation and discussion with faculty)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 20

Time Distribution: 30% Research; 50%project; 20% Presentations

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu ) This fourth year elective, created and overseen by Dr. Richard Gunderman, is offered during the month of October and typically enrolls 10-15 students each year.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None