Medical Management Track
The purpose of the Medical Management Track (MMT) is to expose healthcare students to fundamental principles of business and management. The traditional medical school curriculum has focused on the pathology and treatment of disease leaving many students without competencies in leadership, communication, and finance necessary to operate a medical practice. Consequently, the MMT will provide a foundation in these areas over the course of a four-year curriculum involving the following courses: 1) Medicine and Management, 2) Introduction to Leadership Skills, 3) Advanced Medical Management Lecture Series, and 4) the Management Track Preceptorship. It is anticipated that additional courses will be added as options to fulfill the requirements, but the Medicine and Management course and the 4th year Preceptorship will be required.
Medicine and Management
Upon completion of this course, first year medical students will be able to discuss and explain how medicine is practiced at the team, institutional, and national level. Discussion will include the role of insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies, hospital management, and the application of teamwork and quality control. Grading will be pass/fail based upon attendance, and the lectures will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 noon – 1pm. There will be no unusual student expenses; readings will be selected so as to be available online, in the library, or distributed in-class as handouts.
Health Policy and Healthcare Structures
Statement of Goals: The fundamental objective of this elective will be to educate students on the influence of health policy on the design, structure, and operation of health care systems. Throughout the elective, students will develop an understanding of the political forces that shape the various facilities in which they will undertake clinical rotations and establish their careers. Students will also gain insight into the debate over health care reform through the introduction of both recent proposals along with the health care systems implemented in other countries. With the fulfillment of these objectives, students will have been exposed to a broad overview of the policy issues that continue to shape health care as it is practiced on a local and national level. It will be the function of the course director to actively ensure that these objectives are being met and that students are benefiting from them.
Lecture topics will address broad themes in health policy, including ethical considerations, care of the underserved, and global health. Additionally, lecturers will be invited to speak on existing health care structures: the VA, the county hospital system, private hospitals, insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Medicare/Medicaid, and the future Baylor Hospital. Lecturers will be asked to submit an article to be read by students prior to their presentation. The combined commitments of attending lecture (6 out of 8) and pre-reading will amount to approximately two hours per week. Below is a list of proposed lecture topics. Final scheduling will depend on time-constraints and availability of lecturers to be determined as coordination continues.
1. Ethics of Health-Care
3. Insurance Companies/Pharma
4. Policy and the Developing World
5. County Hospital System
6. Private Hospitals
7. Academic Medical Centers
8. VA and Military Medicine
9. Canadian/UK Systems
10. Presidential Candidates’ Health-Care Plans
Introduction to Leadership Skills
Designed for second year students, this course will introduce themes of communication, teambuilding, and organizational skills. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to define leadership skills and understand how these skills impact their current learning and future career. Students will participate in lecture every Monday from 12:00pm-1pm for twelve lectures, and the class will be pass/fail based on attendance of at least 70% of the lectures.
Advanced Medical Management Lecture Series
Offered to students having completed the Medicine and Management course, the Advanced Medical Management Lecture Series will meet monthly throughout the course of the school year. This course will provide a fundamental understanding of financial theory, marketing, operations, and negotiation. Lectures will last for an hour and will be taught by Baylor and Rice faculty. Grading will be pass/fail based on attendance in addition to an entrance and exit essay.
Management Track Preceptorship
This course serves as the culmination of the Medicine & Management Track for fourth year students. Students will dedicate one full-time month to a hands-on managerial experience in healthcare. Students will meet with advisory faculty to select a preceptor and ultimately a management project. Upon completion of the preceptorship, students will submit a brief description of their experience. Evaluation will be pass/fail and will be based on three meetings with faculty and the student’s written project summary.