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Leaders among healers

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The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell closed out a successful second summer of the Klar Leadership and Innovation Management (LDIM) program, a mentoring initiative that teaches medical students skills in business administration, team building, policy and decision-making, and quality improvement. The program concluded with a reception held for students and their mentors at the Zucker School of Medicine on Aug. 7, 2018.

The Klar Leadership Program was developed by the Zucker School of Medicine in collaboration with Northwell Health and Steven Klar, an attorney and accomplished real estate developer. Klar initially implemented this leadership program for his alma mater, the University of Toledo, before his partnership with the medical school and Northwell Health. At the Zucker School of Medicine, students involved in the program learn to navigate leadership and business within the healthcare field through mentoring, case-study discussions, and seminars.

This year’s program began in June with four rising second-year students and spanned eight weeks.  Each student was paired with a Zucker School of Medicine professor to serve as a mentor. Students and mentors included: Michael Catalano mentored by Peter Silver, MD, associate professor of pediatrics; Julie Hemphill, mentored by JoAnne Gottridge, MD, associate professor of medicine; Marcel Souffrant mentored by Joseph Conigliaro, MD, professor of medicine; and Christopher Luccarelli mentored by Jason Naidich, MD, chair of the radiology department. By the close of the program, the goal for each student was to complete a project that helped improve quality of care, administration, and delivery.  Projects ranged from evaluating issues in medical billing and coding to compensation for academic physicians.

“The Klar Summer Immersion Program provided me with the incredible opportunity to work closely with Dr. Peter Silver and other Northwell leadership, learning of the hard and soft skills of leadership through observation, workshops, and direct project experience,” stated Michael Catalano, one of the participants, “It exposed me to a side of medicine that is not often covered in medical school, but one which is absolutely vital in our nation’s changing healthcare ecosystem.”

 For more information about the Klar LDIM program, please contact Tiffany Jordan, Assistant Director of Dual Degree Programs and Curricular Initiatives, at 516-463-7417 or visit the Klar Program page.

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