Preparation for Practice

This novel component will coalesce around contemporary themes including informatics, gerontology, public health, patient safety, global health, health care delivery, health policy and advocacy and team approaches to care.

This approach goes beyond a traditional medical education, providing students with practical tools and information to solve real-world problems and adapt to radical changes in their career.

Course Director: Dr. Valerie Johnston,

Assistant Director – Community Impact Project: Dr. Stacy Grau,


Lead: Stuart Pickell, M.D.,


Lead: Lesca Hadley, M.D.,

Global Health

Lead: Ryan Stroder, D.O.,

Health Care Delivery

Lead: Mark Chassay, M.D., M.B.A.,

Health Care & Human Centered Design

Lead: Stacy Landreth Grau, Ph.D.,

Health Care Policy & Advocacy

Lead: Valerie Johnston, Ph.D., M.B.A.,

Health Equity

Lead: Ric Bonnell, MD,


Lead: Michael Hicks, M.D.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS)

Lead: Paul Bhella, M.D.,

Psychological & Behavioral Science

Lead: Erin Nelson, Psy.D.,

Public Health

Lead: Talmage Holmes, Ph.D.,

Team-Based Care

Lead: Val Gokenbach, D.M., R.N., M.B.A.,