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Leadership development in undergraduate medical education: evaluation of students’ perceptions of a student-selected leadership module
  1. Ann LN Chapman1,2,
  2. Ross Christie2,
  3. Ross Lamont1,
  4. Marta Lewandowska2,
  5. Luan Tong2,
  6. Fiona Tsim2,
  7. Mohammad Abul2,
  8. Helen Mackie1
  1. 1 NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire, UK
  2. 2 University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ann LN Chapman, NHS Lanarkshire, Airdrie ML6 0JS, UK; ann.chapman2{at}


Background There is increasing recognition of the importance of leadership development within undergraduate medical training. One method of doing this is through student-selected components (SSCs), optional modules that allow students to explore an area in greater depth than in the core curriculum. An SSC in medical leadership has been offered at the University of Glasgow since 2015. We evaluated students’ perceptions of this SSC.

Methods Students are required to submit a written reflective report on the SSC. These were analysed thematically to determine students’ lived experience. Respondent validation and independent anonymised feedback to the university were used for triangulation.

Results Students reported that the SSC allowed them to experience aspects of healthcare not encountered elsewhere in their training. Three themes were derived from the analysis, relating to SSC structure, areas of learning and personal development/impact. Students recognised that leadership development is important within the curriculum and felt that it should be available to all medical students.

Conclusion This evaluation of students’ perceptions of a leadership SSC identified characteristics of the module that were felt by students to be valuable in leadership development and will support development of similar leadership modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • medical student
  • medical leadership
  • development
  • curriculum

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  • Contributors ALNC and RC devised the study and conducted the qualitative analysis. RL, ML, LT, FT and MA provided respondent validation. All authors contributed to the preparation of the manuscript for submission. ALNC and HM are guarantors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval was deemed unnecessary.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.