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The Distinction in Leadership in Academic Healthcare program is offered by the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in collaboration with the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. The program is coordinated by Senior Program Administrator, Sara Spear.  Contact Dr. Carol Terregino or Dr. Ralph Gigliotti for further information or questions.

Program Objectives

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities associated with leadership in academic medical centers.
  • Gain a greater understanding of fundamental perspectives and concepts of leadership and communication, along with a better understanding of the structure and landscape of academic medicine and academic medical center.
  • Increase understanding of important dimensions of administration, including organizational structure and mission, finance and budgeting, legal and regulatory issues, diversity, and ethics, along with specific tools needed for leadership in academic medical centers.
  • Interact with senior leaders from the academic medical center and higher education more broadly.
  • Enhance personal and professional leadership competencies in formal and informal settings.
  • Learn from the experiences of others through a four-week field experience.
  • Lead a field-based project from conception through completion.

Program Goals

  • As a result of participating in the program, students will gain a deeper understanding of their individual leadership and communication styles.
  • As a result of participating in the program, students will use their own leadership and communication behaviors to lead effectively within the Academic Health Center.

Program Methods

  • 12-13 didactic sessions, of which students must attend 10 to receive elective credit.
  • In addition to these sessions, students who want to pursue full Distinction and have this noted on their diploma will also complete a practicum component and a capstone project that will be presented at the annual Distinction Symposium.