Harvard Medical School Post-Graduate Certificate Program

Skills Development

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GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL SKILLS-DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

This program offers both group and individual skills-development activities to help you advance your surgical leadership objectives. These skills include:

  • Building and leading high-performing teams and organizations
  • Developing surgeons as entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Undserstanding costs and outcomes measurements
  • Adopting new technologies and developing apps to improve clinical practice
  • Crisis management, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Quality and safety theory and practice
  • Informatics, electronic medical records and data management skills
  • Writing research and grant proposals
  • Medical education and mentorship development
  • Developing your personal brand

 

PERSONALIZED CAPSTONE PROJECT

The Capstone Project allows participants to demonstrate creativity, innovation and proficiency in the knowledge and skills taught in the program.

The objective of the Capstone Project is to develop and communicate a real-world intervention that can improve surgical practice. Each participant is required to write a business plan and deliver a 3-minute elevator pitch to Harvard faculty as part of their Capstone.

Examples of these real-world surgical improvement scenarios include:

  • Development or commercialization of a novel surgical device or innovation
  • Delivery of a new surgical curriculum for residency training
  • Implementation of a patient quality and safety intervention in the participant’s own institution

 

ASSIGNMENT OF A PERSONAL HARVARD FACULTY MENTOR 

Every participant of the Harvard Medical School Surgical Leadership program will have access to a Harvard faculty mentor. These will be assigned by the program directors based on the mentor's expertise and ability to provide specialist guidance.

Your mentor will provide guidance for your Capstone Project, including:

  • Assistance in choosing the focus for your project
  • Providing feedback at the outline phase of your project
  • Reviewing the first and final drafts of your project and providing guidance to help you optimize its value