Distinction in leadership will join the four Distinction programs offered to medical students: Distinction in Research, Distinction in Medical Education, Distinction in Global Health, Distinction in Service to the Community, and Distinction in Leadership. This prestigious and rigorous program will support and recognize Robert Wood Johnson Medical School students who show exceptional interest, leadership, and commitment to careers in academic medicine. Students will distinguish themselves by integrating the complexities of academic medicine in the context of higher education and developing skills in the in the collaborative planning, implementation, and participation and dissemination of a field project in the realm of academic medicine administration. Students who are accepted into this program and who fulfill all requirements as certified by the Distinction in Leadership committee will receive diplomas at Commencement stating that they have graduated with "Distinction in Leadership."
The program will run over two years. Courses will run over two academic years in each cycle. Students in any year can begin the program with the understanding that a leadership capstone project will need to be completion.
A Distinction in Leadership Committee will oversee the program. Participants will be required to complete the didactics program, spend the equivalent of four weeks in an “administrative” externship, create a scholarly projects, author a publication ready manuscript and present the project at an annual symposium.
Eighteen sessions over four semesters - a combination of online, hybrid, and in-person classes. Sessions run 2.5 hours each. On-line sessions will be synchronous. Cohort program in which participants will development leadership skills and competencies by discussing case studies, simulations, presentations, and readings.
Field-based projects under the mentorship of senior campus leaders. The Distinction in Leadership Committee will review project proposals and approve final scholarly projects
First externship in academic medicine leadership (department, division, hospital based) Prepare initial draft for project.
Complete the application for the Distinction in Leadership program for review and approval by the DGH committee. The application will be a formal proposal of the background/rationale for the project, the method of intervention the expected outcomes, and the evaluation plan. Begin manuscript preparation