Leadership and Business of Medicine Curriculum

Chief residents and fellows in the UF Department of Surgery benefit from structured training in leadership skills and practice management, delivered by experts in the field and catered to the residents’ specific needs and career plans. 

Preparing for Practice Curriculum

The business of medicine is an often-overlooked component of medical education. The UF Department of Surgery seeks to support professional development of senior residents through monthly didactic sessions designed to provide residents with the skills and tools to excel in their desired healthcare settings. UF experts provide targeted lectures, advice and guidance on topics deemed most important by our senior resident corps. 

Topics covered include:

  • Contract Negotiation
  • Practice Models
  • Private Practice Ownership – What You Need To Know
  • Compensation Models
  • Provider Benefits
  • Cost of Living and Geographic Differences in Compensation
  • Measuring Work
  • Patient Safety & Quality
  • Licensing & Credentialing
  • Types of Insurance
  • Legal Considerations
  • Coding, Billing, and Fraud Risks
  • Promotion & Tenure
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Relations

Leadership Curriculum

Our 18-month leadership curriculum series takes place in the fourth and fifth clinical years for general surgery residents.  Through a series of facilitated sessions, participants examine their experiences and develop skills to manage their behaviors and define their personal leadership style.  This curriculum engages residents in self-reflection, learning and discussions to explore topics that support their growth, both individually and as a cohort. Residents also receive mentoring and guidance from attendings in the department and the UF health system. Residents also receive feedback through the UF 360 Leader multisource assessment and create a leadership development plan to meet their needs and aspirations.

 Learning and discussion topics include:

  • Building Trust and Developing Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication for Leaders
  • Providing Feedback and Coaching
  • Supporting Accountability and Resolve