Preparing residents in training to become health-care leaders: A pilot project

Ronald J. Gurrera, Rodney Dismukes, Matthew Edwards, Usama Feroze, Firas Nakshabandi, Gen Tanaka, Michael Tang

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Objective: The aim of this study is to describe a successful and exportable training module that addresses Next Accreditation System (NAS) behavioral milestones for leadership competencies. Methods: A novel leadership training module, which required the creation of original business plans by teams of residents, was incorporated into a psychiatry PGY-2 training curriculum. Results: In the creation and presentation of their business plans, the residents demonstrated competencies in the NAS functional domains of interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Residents who responded with feedback after completing the course were very positive about their experience. Conclusions: The leadership training module described here allowed residents to acquire and demonstrate many of the competencies specified in leadership-oriented NAS milestones. The module did not require additional funding or a formal rotation or "track," is scalable to accommodate any number of residents and can be modified based on available local teaching resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-705
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 11 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Professional development
  • Residents
  • Teaching methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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