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Leadership development through the Emerging Leaders Program

The second class of Emerging Leaders recently graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Business with their MA in Management, and I was fortunate to be a part of that class. We spent 10 months learning the fundamentals of business and developing our leadership capabilities. We are now very excited to advance into the next phase of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)—the preclinical year of PA school.

The MA program was fast paced and full of opportunities to learn, develop, and apply business knowledge. The program’s coursework is specifically designed to help students with liberal arts backgrounds develop the skills necessary to become successful leaders in a variety of different fields. The curriculum allowed us to build a business foundation that we will be able to use in future clinical and administrative roles. While we learned a lot of invaluable information in the MA program, for me the most important component of the program was the emphasis on teamwork.

During our time in the MA program, the 13 members of the ELP were split into three different teams, and we completed most of our class assignments and projects while working in these teams. We participated in two major Action Learning Projects (ALPs), both of which focused on health-care related topics.  For our first ALP, we partnered with a health insurance company to help them develop a marketing campaign that targeted a very specific group of consumers. In the second ALP, we worked as consultants to help different departments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center solve problems that had both business and healthcare implications. Our projects spanned multiple months and culminated with presentations on our findings to faculty at both WFU and WFBMC. These projects allowed us to apply much of what we had learned in our coursework and, perhaps more importantly, allowed us to significantly improve our ability to work in teams.

As a former collegiate athlete, I thought that my skills as a teammate and a leader were pretty well developed before beginning the MA program. However, the transformation that I saw in my leadership skills over the past 10 months proved that leadership development is an ongoing process. The extent to which we worked in teams and focused on leadership development was the one of the strongest aspects of the MA Program. The Emerging Leaders Program has been an invaluable experience thus far and an experience that I would recommend to all aspiring PAs who would like to become leaders in the profession and on their healthcare teams. [written by Trevor Doolittle, Class of 2018]


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