Overview

The goal of the RealMD program is to connect learners (this includes faculty and staff within the RealMD community) with their authentic purpose in medicine. The specific objectives below represent growth in the meaning, community, and purpose aspects of professional identity and leadership development.

  • MEANING: Greater Sense of Self-Determination.
  • COMMUNITY: Greater Sense of Empathy and Belonging.
  • PURPOSE: Clearer Sense of Purpose.

To achieve the three objectives, there are three main themes of activity and learning: reflection, participation, and leadership.

Objective

Activity Themes

Greater Sense of

Self-Determination

 Realized through activities of Reflection

Reflection Activities where learners reflect upon their professional identity and leadership. For example, reflecting on why they went to medical school by revisiting their personal statements in their medical school applications. Reflection activities causes one to “look within” and to use personal insight to guide one’s actions.

 

Greater Sense of

Empathy and Belonging 

Realized through activities of Participation

Participation Activities where learners interact with one another for the purpose of professional development. For example, professional coaching is a core activity for the RealMD program, and students meet with faculty coaches to explore the student’s professional values and intentions. Socialization and relationships are foundational to the development of a future physician.

 

Greater Sense of

Purpose

 Realized through activities of Leadership

Leadership Activities which are initiated by the student which positively impact the learning community or the health of the larger community. These are not CV fillers but activities which are aligned with one’s authentic interests. These activities have a benefit to others. Example activities include (but are not limited to):

·      Forming an accountability group for professional development among peers

·      Producing content on social media to encourage learners in the community about committing to purpose

·      Coaching and mentoring other students

·      Developing and leading a RealMD session

·      Taking leadership actions (not necessarily leadership roles) to promote health in the community

·      Taking initiative to complete a project, which benefits others, aligned with one’s professional interest

·      Contributing to the culture of authentic purpose in medical education in a meaningful way.

 

Medical Student Activities

Below are listed a number of activities for learners to engage in during their time in medical school. This is to provide a structure for those who are interested in maintaining engagement with the program. For those learners who have maintained a high engagement with the practices of reflection, participation, and leadership, the RealMD program will recognize those learners for their commitment to professional and leadership development.

For students who desire a structure for managing their participation, the following tables serve as a resource for students. As students complete engagement criteria for each year, the program plans to recognize students for their effort and commitment.

MSI Activity

Engagement Criteria

Reflection

Participation

Leadership

RealMD Lunch Sessions 7 sessions X X  
Meet with RealMD Coach 2 meetings X X  
Take CiM Assessments 3 assessments X    
Student-initiated leadership activity (optional) 1 activity     X

MSI Recognition: Recognition at RealMD Lunch session 

 

MSII Activity

Engagement Criteria

Reflection

Participation

Leadership

RealMD Lunch Sessions 4 sessions X X X
Meet with RealMD Coach 2 meetings X X  
Complete reflection on questions 12 questions X    
Engage potential mentors 5 meetings   X  
Student-initiated leadership activity 1 activity     X

MSII Recognition: Recognition at RealMD Lunch session 

 

MSIII Activity

Engagement Criteria

Reflection

Participation

Leadership

Meet with RealMD coach 2 meetings X X  
RealMD Kickback Sessions 2 sessions   X  
Engage potential mentors 5 meetings   X  
Student-initiated reflection activity 1 activity X    
Student-initiated leadership activity 1 activity     X

MSIII Recognition: Recognition at RealMD Kickback session 

 

MSIV Activity

Engagement Criteria

Reflection

Participation

Leadership

Meet with RealMD coach 2 meetings X X  
Professional Development Capstone 1 capstone X    
RealMD Kickback sessions 2 sessions   X  
Student-initiated reflection activity 1 activity X    
Student-initiated leadership activity 1 activity     X

MSIV Recognition: Recognition at Dean’s Reception