Teaching Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Service (ALSCS) to medical students.


Inadequate access to health care, lack of health insurance, and significant health disparities reflect crises in health care affecting all of society. Training U.S. physicians to possess not only clinical expertise but also sufficient leadership skills is essential to solve these problems and to effectively improve health care systems. Few models in the undergraduate medical curriculum exist for teaching students how to combine needed leadership competencies with actual service opportunities.The Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Service (ALSCS) selective developed in response to the shortage of leadership models and leadership training for medical students. The ALSCS selective is designed specifically to increase students' leadership skills, with an emphasis on community service. The selective integrates classroom-based learning, hands-on application of learned skills, and service learning. More than 60 medical students have participated in the selective since inception. Short-term outcomes demonstrate an increase in students' self-efficacy around multiple dimensions of leadership skills (e.g., fundraising, networking, motivating others). Students have also successfully completed more than a dozen leadership and community service projects. The selective offers an innovative model of a leadership-skills-based course that can have a positive impact on leadership skill development among medical school students and that can be incorporated into the medical school curriculum.

DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a40660
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@article{Goldstein2009TeachingAL, title={Teaching Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Service (ALSCS) to medical students.}, author={Adam O. Goldstein and Diane Coucoulas Calleson and Rachel Sobel Bearman and Beat D Steiner and Pamela York Frasier and Lisa M Slatt}, journal={Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges}, year={2009}, volume={84 6}, pages={754-64} }