Physician Leadership Development Program

Sabrina Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director

PLDP Class of 2013
The Physician Leadership Development Program class of 2013: (back, L-R) Shamie Das, Colleen McCormick, Kiran Faryar and Mathias Iberico; (front, L-R) Lakshmana Swamy, Robert Eick, Sarah Elswick, Robert Mikan and Meaghan Ebetino.

About Our Students


Graduates from the Physician Leadership Development Program have pursued careers in dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry and surgery. Our students have gone on to residencies at prestigious institutions including:

Students Say...

Katherine Wehri TakayasuAs my education in medical school became more clinical, I began to see the commonalities among my two degrees and how integrated the topics in medicine and business really are. The program has definitely exceeded my expectations in terms of helping me to connect two seemingly dissimilar topics.

— Katie Takayasu ('09)
M.D./M.B.A. Program

Chad GarvenPublic health needs medicine and vice versa, and there is no better way to show that than in this program. The leadership stressed in this program was also attractive. Having this second degree in the medical field makes you a leader in the community and this is an opportunity to foster those leadership characteristics.

— Chad Garven ('12)
M.D./M.P.H. Program

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center, Brook, Ill. (Pediatrics)
  • Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, N.Y. (Internal Medicine, Psychiatry)
  • Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Mass. (Internal Medicine)
  • Clinton Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, Ohio (Family Medicine)
  • David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (Transitional Year)
  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn. (General Surgery)
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. (Emergency Medicine)
  • Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio (Family Medicine)
  • Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind. (Pediatrics)
  • Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, Calif. (Internal Medicine)
  • Kettering Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio/Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (General Surgery)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis. (Internal Medicine/Geriatrics)
  • Mountain Area Health Education Center, Asheville, N.C. (Obstetrics/Gynecology)
  • New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y. (Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine)
  • Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. (Pediatrics)
  • Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio (Psychiatry)
  • Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio/University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. (Dermatology)
  • Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Penn. (Dermatology)
  • Trident Medical Center, Charleston, S.C. (Family Medicine)
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, La. (Obstetrics/Gynecology)
  • University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio (General Surgery)
  • University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif. (Family Medicine)
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. (Pediatrics)
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Ill. (Internal Medicine)
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. (Emergency Medicine)
  • University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Internal Medicine)
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. (Emergency Medicine)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Va. (Internal Medicine)
  • WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio (Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry)

PLDP Student Accomplishments

Radio Rounds
  • Radio Rounds is the first and only radio program in the United States that is created and hosted entirely by medical students. The organization was created by Avash Kalra and founded with PLDP students Shamie Das and Lakshman Swamy in 2008.
  • Since the first episode was broadcast in April 2009, more than100 episodes have been produced. Episodes are available as podcasts, streaming on the website, and on local radio stations. To date, there have been more than 50,000 downloads from iTunes.
  • The organization has expanded from the radio show to a comprehensive media organization which includes live-audience shows, documentary features and original literary work.
  • Radio Rounds’ mission is to promote the art of medicine to a broad audience, while also enhancing the development of current and future physicians by sharing experiences and perspectives of physicians, patients and leaders in medicine and health care.
  • Radio Rounds strives to deliver high quality content that upholds the values and integrity of the profession of medicine, with a particular emphasis on the qualities of empathy, humanism and leadership.
  • Radio Rounds provides a unique voice for the medical community, representing current medical students, pre-medical students, practicing physicians and healthcare leaders to a national audience.
STEPS Initiative
  • The STEPS (Students Teaching Educational Plans for Success) Initiative was formed in 2012 and modeled after the University of Cincinnati Interprofessional Clinic open school chapter at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. Two PLDP students were influential in the founding and implementation of the STEPS Initiative.
  • The STEPS Initiative serves vulnerable populations (the poor, the homeless, refugees, minorities and other marginalized populations) in the Dayton area with chronic illness management. Motivational interviewing is utilized to empower individuals to choose healthy behaviors and goal setting techniques.

Colleen McCormick presenting on Finding Meaning in Medicine
Colleen McCormick presenting on "Finding Meaning in Medicine".

Finding Meaning in Medicine
  • Finding Meaning in Medicine, or FMM, was developed by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen (also the founder of The Healer’s Art). In 2011, Boonshoft School of Medicine students (including two PLDP students) and faculty started a Finding Meaning in Medicine for Medical Students group using the model defined by Dr. Remen.
  • The goals of this program are to provide medical students in the clinical years with an opportunity to reflect on difficult clinical and ethical situations while improving their generous listening skills and reminding students of their humanistic goals in being physicians.
  • The structure of the event was first modeled on The Healer’s Art: students share personal and/or professional stories or experiences with a small group (4-10 students) based on a pre-selected topic. Since then, adjustments were made to suit the group dynamic, including expansion of the number of students per group to include all attendees (as opposed to splitting into small groups).
  • The sharing is confidential, and students are given the chance to reflect out loud on what they observe, think, feel, experience. An FMM conversation is focused on listening and discussing together, rather than on offering advice.
  • Approximately 30 students have participated thus far, and most have responded positively to these sessions, stating they are more likely to listen to and reflect on their patients’ stories rather than jump to diagnoses and treatments.
  • In addition to organizing monthly FMM meetings, our group is designing a one-day retreat that will take place during the Internal Medicine Clerkship, giving students additional opportunities to reflect on their clinical experiences.
  • The students will be presenting FMM at the Gold Humanism Honor Society Biennial Conference and the fall 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges of national meeting. In addition, the students continue to research this program and the benefits of medical student group reflection.
Service Learning at Hospice of Dayton
  • In 2012, two PLDP students developed a service learning opportunity for other medical students at Hospice of Dayton.
  • The service learning experience serves as an extension of the skills and empathic listening learned during Healer’s Art. The ability to practice these skills before the clinical years is a huge benefit for the students.
  • The service learning experience includes the full orientation for all Hospice volunteers. Students gain comfort in the hospice setting by shadowing a social worker or chaplain for a few visits. When they are comfortable, students are free to visit patients and their families in Hospice.

All MPH culminating experiences are listed on the Wright State University CORE website.

Tom Hagele discusses his poster with fellow student Robert Beaulieu at the 2012 Medical Student Research Symposium.
Tom Hagele discusses his poster with fellow student Robert Beaulieu at the 2012 Medical Student Research Symposium.

Travel information
  • Dominican Republic – Volunteer Clinical and Public Health Leader
  • Paraguay – Volunteer Clinical and Public Health Leader, Culminating Experience
  • Honduras – Hearts for Honduras
  • Bolivia – Boonshoft elective
  • Peru – Fulbright Scholar
  • Lesotho – Clinical experience with HIV-positive pediatric patients
  • Costa Rica – Volunteer clinical experience
  • Nicaragua – Volunteer clinical experience

Laura Previll at APHA 2012
Laura Previll at APHA 2012.

Conferences attended
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) “Leap Ahead for Medical Education” webinar
  • Association for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)/Practice Based Research Network Conference
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association for Prevention, Teaching, and Research (APTR)
  • Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement/Academy for Healthcare Improvement
  • Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Conference
  • Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience Panelist at College of Wooster
  • Medicine 2.0
  • Pediatric Academic Societies
  • Society for Neuroscience Research
  • Student Quality Leadership Academy
  • Team Based Learning (TBL) Conference
  • Unite for Sight, Global Health and Innovation Conference
  • WSU Medical Student Research Symposium