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Incorporating medical leadership into undergraduate curricula: a proposal for a spiral curriculum

Ross I. Lamont (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK)
Ann L.N. Chapman (Directorate of Medicine, NHS Lanarkshire, Airdrie, UK)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 28 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

There is increasing recognition of the importance of incorporating medical leadership training into undergraduate medical curricula and this is now advocated by the General Medical Council (GMC) and supported through the development of the Undergraduate Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF). However to date, few medical schools have done so in a systematic way and training/experience in medical leadership at undergraduate level is sporadic and often based on local enthusiasm. The purpose of this paper is to outline a theoretical curriculum to stimulate and support medical leadership development at undergraduate level.

Design/methodology/approach

This study describes a theoretical framework for incorporation of medical leadership training into undergraduate curricula using a spiral curriculum approach, linked to competences outlined in the Undergraduate Medical Leadership Competency Framework. The curriculum includes core training in medical leadership for all students within each year group with additional tiers of learning for students with a particular interest.

Findings

This curriculum includes theoretical and practical learning opportunities and it is designed to be deliverable within the existing teaching and National Health Service (NHS) structures. The engagement with local NHS organisations offers opportunities to broaden the university teaching faculty and also to streamline medical leadership development across undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

Originality/value

This theoretical curriculum is generic and therefore adaptable to a variety of undergraduate medical courses. The combination of theoretical and practical learning opportunities within a leadership spiral curriculum is a novel and systematic approach to undergraduate medical leadership development.

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Citation

Lamont, R.I. and Chapman, A.L.N. (2019), "Incorporating medical leadership into undergraduate curricula: a proposal for a spiral curriculum", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 435-444. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-12-2017-0075

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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