Health Care Transformation and Leadership Distinction Track

The Health Care Transformation and Leadership Distinction Track prepares students with advanced expertise in patient safety, quality improvement, interprofessional team-based care and population health, with emphasis on leadership and change management skill development through enhanced training and applied experiences at the clinical systems level. 

  • Demonstrate Patient Safety/Quality Improvement principles and practices through participation on PS/QI committees/taskforces and mentored experiential learning projects.
  • Conduct an analysis and critique of health systems and apply quality improvement change principles to individual and populations health needs during small change projects at the clinical systems level.
  • Apply innovative health systems leadership principles as it relates to population health, patient care practices as patients move from community – acute care – maintenance care (Acute care hospital setting, ambulatory practice/medical home, long term care, mental health care delivery systems, etc.).
  • Demonstrate interprofessional core competencies to include team science skills as it relates to a health care environment and demonstrate collaborative practice skills.

Required Activities

M-1 Year

  • Apply for LINC scholars program
  • Successfully complete requirements of REACH longitudinal curriculum
  • Attend Health Care Transformation and Leadership Track Lecture Series
  • Attend periodic LINC Scholar planning meetings
  • Identify potential mentor and discuss options for summer QI project
  • Participate in a summer immersion program in the summer following the M1 year
    • Participate in a combination of didactic, online, and experiential learning experiences during an 8-week summer program.  This experience includes clinical practice exposure to provide the context for discussions about clinical quality improvement and patient safety.
    • Select mentor for ongoing quality improvement activities.
    • Participate in a health care quality improvement project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

M-2 Year

  • Attend quarterly LINC lunch and learn sessions
  • Participate in mentor lead scheduled quality improvement meetings
  • Submit required reflection paper
    • Review personal development plan
    • Begin to identify longitudinal quality project
  • Submit an abstract and create a poster to present at Brody School of Medicine Medical Student Research Day

M-3 Year

  • Participate in ongoing LINC Scholars Learning Activities (Includes both online, independent, and face to face components)
    • Quarterly lunch and learn sessions
    • Required reflection papers (submitted quarterly)

M-4 Year
  • Complete an M4 Healthcare Transformation and Leadership Capstone Elective.
    • PS/QI activities may be ongoing projects extending throughout the M4 year.  Students will work with their LINC Scholars Mentor to finalize the capstone project. Approval is required from the Healthcare Transformation and Leadership Track Evaluation Committee.  The student will be expected to continue with ongoing activities such as literature review, manuscript, and additional data collection, as well as hardwiring and spread of improvement project into care provided within clinical setting.
    • Participate in the didactic, online, independent, and face to face activities required as part of the Capstone course.
    • Complete a manuscript that has either been submitted for publication or submitted to the Evaluation Committee in the approved format. In the case of an unpublished manuscript, the mentor is expected to have seen and approved the manuscript as representing the student’s PS/QI contributions. All manuscripts will be submitted to the Healthcare Transformation and Leadership Track Evaluation Committee for review
    • LINC Scholars will present their findings at the Brody Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Symposium.
Completion of Requirements
Students must complete all requirements listed above prior to graduation. Final approval by the Healthcare Transformation and Leadership Track Evaluation Track Committee is required for graduation with distinction.

Presentation of Longitudinal Quality Project
  • The student will be required to present the results of their QI project on at least two occasions including Medical Student Research Day and during a formal presentation and defense to the Healthcare Transformation and Leadership Track Evaluation Committee.
  • Students are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at local/state/national meetings with the approval of the mentor.  Financial travel support will be provided through an application process when available.
  • Prepare the results of QI project according to publication guidelines for QI reports

Students are required to assemble a portfolio to represent the training and products related to this Distinction Track. The portfolio will be used to present work products to other Distinction Track students and invited guests. The portfolio must include:
  • Summer Immersion Experience Paper
  • Capstone Manuscript
  • Abstracts or posters presented
  • Reflection about goals as a clinician with expertise in PS/QI, progress toward those goals, and future goals.
  • Feedback/evaluation received from faculty, staff and peers involved in training and project work
  • Documentation from meetings with mentors and original (revised if appropriate) project plans
Acknowledgement of track participation is contained in the MSPE letter and noted on the student’s transcript, contingent upon demonstration of acceptable progress towards program requirements. The MSPE letter concerning student’s track participation will contain a description of completed, current, and expected requirements. The student’s mentor will submit comments for inclusion.  Successful completion of the track requirements will be noted on the student’s transcript and will be recognized during the senior awards and graduation programs.

Application Process
  • Students submit an application that identifies their PS/QI interests and goals.
  • Students must be in good academic standing in order to apply for the track.
  • Selections will be based on application and interviews.

For more information about Distinction Track programs and administration, please contact Jenna Garris at

For more information about Distinction Track curriculum development and assessment, please contact Luan Lawson at