Professional Development

Pathways training includes professional development to equip learners with the skills they need to create networks, garner support, and disseminate their work.

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Research and Scholarship Training

Each of the 5 Pathways provide comprehensive development along a continuum toward research and innovation impact during clinical training.

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Leadership, Advocacy, & Community Engagement

Learners in all Pathways learn how to lead and advocate to advance the improvements they want to make in health sciences and healthcare.  In four of the five Pathways, learners can tackle real-world issues for local and international communities via coursework, projects, and legacies.

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Research, Engagement, and Leadership via Pathways

Pathways to Discovery Competencies

The Pathways-wide competencies encompass the abilities described above, and each of the 5 individual Pathways develop these competencies toward specific content areas, methods, and challenges of innovation in that Pathway. The chart below includes samples. For more information, please contact the sspecific Pathway.

Competency DomainPathways-Wide CompetenciesExamples of Pathways-Specific Competencies
Research and Scholarship
A. The mindset and ability to perceive gaps in knowledge amenable to analysis and innovation. 
B. The ability to evaluate research and scholarly approaches to a discipline or disciplines and apply them appropriately. 
C. The ability to communicate findings through professional channels.

HPE: Review articles related to research and best practices in education, so as to translate educational theory and strategies to the health professional environment

MMP: Learn the language and thought processes used by basic scientists

CTR: Can describe the utility, characteristics and feasibility of different research designs

GH: Framing problems using global health language  and concepts (disparities, burden of disease, determinants of health, health metrics)

H&S: Evaluate the relevance, appropriateness, and feasibility of different data sources for addressing a given question

Leadership & Advocacy, and Community Engagement
A. The ability to advocate for inquiry and innovation that lead to improved healthcare, and improved health.
B. The possession of leadership qualities necessary to implement change.
C. The ability to disseminate findings that have impact to the public at large.

HPE: Demonstrate leadership skills and advocate for quality health professions education via participation and/ or leadership on committees and other venues.

GH: Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with on-the ground/local/community partners

H&S: Develop and practice high‐yield communication skills necessary for effective organizational management (teamwork, negotiating, and influencing decision‐makers via writing, public speaking, and informal discussions)

CTR: Disposition to pursue when possible interdisciplinary and interschool collaboration as a reflection of a system- and problem-based perspective on health care, science and delivery.

MMP: Advocate for a broad based national research effort that strikes an appropriate balance between the acquisition of knowledge that comes from basic research and the pursuit of solutions for contemporary problems through clinical research

Professional Development
A. The demonstration of a commitment to impact health beyond the care of individual patients.
B. The ability to collaborate with others in a discipline, field, or community.
C. The demonstration of a knowledge of, and commitment to, ethical practices.

H&S: Identify the health care leaders with the potential to generate or sustain change

GH: Form alliances with other health professionals to address global health issues

HPE: Demonstrate the cognitive, practical, and ethical values (or habits of the mind, hand, and heart) of the health professions scholar and leader in service of health beyond the provision of direct medical care.

CTR: Can speak at professional and other other meetings, including public speaking

MMP: Form alliances with other basic scientists, including PhD scientists, to pursue scientific inquiry into questions posed by medical problems  (MM)