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Presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2019: Learn Serve Lead


Today’s doctors are expected to fulfill many roles, and yet, traditional medical education does not include the following:

  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Management and business techniques
  • Financial knowledge
  • Quality improvement
  • Information technology
  • Systems based approaches

Physician Executive Leadership (PEL) was founded in 2013 at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical School to directly address gaps in medical education The PEL curriculum is both student run and student led, informed by student demand and feedback Students can complete the curriculum at the standard level of commitment or be more engaged to earn Distinction The PEL curriculum is centered around six pillars:

  • Applied Leadership
  • Care Quality & Experience
  • Health Finance
  • Health Policy
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Law & Ethics

Programming includes:

  • Guest lectures (large and small groups)
  • Student run journal, The Diagnostic
  • PEL Plus, a s tructured capstone program focused on management/leadership, with Jefferson lecturers outside SKMC and industry lecturers
  • Funded summer internship of up to $1,500; self directed student projects focused on innovation