Allison R. Linehan, MD; Alexander R. Chartier, MD; Yizeng He, BA; Michael Sobin, MD; William J. Hueston, MD; John R. Meurer, MD, MBA
Background: The Student Leadership Development Initiative was founded at the Medical College of Wisconsin to unite local physician leaders with Medical College of Wisconsin students to develop leadership skills and prepare for careers expanding beyond clinical practice.
Methods: An anonymous survey was distributed to 246 current and past Student Leadership Development Initiative participants, probing confidence in leadership skills, professional goals, and the perceived importance of leadership training. Feedback interviews were also conducted.
Results: Respondents reported improvement in areas such as compassion, leadership, and development of career goals. The perceived benefit for developing professional goals and compassion are positively related (P < 0.01) to the number of sessions attended.
Discussion: Survey results highlight the importance of leadership training in medical education and suggest an integration strategy for a successful leadership training platform.