Leadership Academy for Compassionate Care
Description of Program
In 2013, Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine launched The Leadership Academy for Compassionate Care to work with first- through fourth-year medical students.
The founders believed that there is a lack of compassionate care in our medical system and a lack of leadership training in skills for medical students. There is also a need to teach compassionate care from a diversity perspective.
Students are often overwhelmed by the pressures of studying and neglect their own self-care. For that reason, we are taking an arts approach.
A Mission Statement, Four Pillars and a set of core values were created upon which the Leadership Academy is based.
We also provide a clearinghouse for academic and professional presentations to consolidate the wealth of information, including research, collaborations among other medical schools and articles.
“The Leadership Academy for Compassionate Care inspires the art of caring while promoting the science of medicine and the power of touch.”
Vision: The vision of the MSU-COM Healthcare Leadership Academy is to improve the health and wellbeing of our world by educating and empowering our students to be tomorrow’s healthcare leaders. Our graduates will be the future leaders of healthcare institutions, medical schools and government agencies improving health and wellness of our communities.
Pillar 1 = Arts in Medicine
Pillar 2 = Self Care
Pillar 3 = Patient-Doctor Relationship
Pillar 4 = Economics and Ethics of Compassion
1. We believe that a major goal of medical education is to create practitioners who are focused not only on health but also on the relief of suffering.
2. We support excellence in end-of -life care as an integral part of undergraduate medical education.
3. We recognize that suffering has many components including physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspects, and that the relief of suffering requires attention to all of these components.
4. We work for honest patient-centered communication between a caregiver and a patient in creative ways.
5. We embolden self-care as an important trait of the caregiver including healthy lifestyle practices and preventive medicine.
6. We value self-reflection and ongoing communications of caregivers with others in order accurately assess strengths and weaknesses, both of which are essential components of fostering quality-of-life for our patients.
7. We inspire a respect for the spiritual and religious traditions of each person.
8. We encourage a team concept in patient treatment where such treatment is focused not only on the preservation of life but also the quality of life.
9. We recognize the economic components of compassion including financial and personal burdens placed upon the patient, caregiver and society as well as the benefits.
10. We promote community involvement in local, national and global arenas, and recognize the integral role that healthcare professionals play in the public policy-making process.