A workshop on leadership for MD/PhD students

Erin J. Ciampa, Aubrey A. Hunt, Kyle O. Arneson, Daniel A. Mordes, William M. Oldham, Kel Vin Woo, David A. Owens, Mark D. Cannon, Terence S. Dermody

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Success in academic medicine requires scientific and clinical aptitude and the ability to lead a team effectively. Although combined MD/PhD training programs invest considerably in the former, they often do not provide structured educational opportunities in leadership, especially as applied to investigative medicine. To fill a critical knowledge gap in physician-scientist training, the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) developed a biennial two-day workshop in investigative leadership. MSTP students worked in partnership with content experts to develop a case-based curriculum and deliver the material. In its initial three offerings in 2006, 2008, and 2010, the workshop was judged by MSTP student attendees to be highly effective. The Vanderbilt MSTP LeadershipWorkshop offers a blueprint for collaborative student-faculty interactions in curriculum design and a new educational modality for physician-scientist training.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7075
JournalMedical Education Online
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • Case-based instruction
  • Coaching
  • Conflict resolution
  • Feedback
  • Leadership
  • MD/PhD curriculum
  • Motivation
  • Organizational behavior
  • Student-directed course design


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