Using the Arts and Humanities to Build Resilience and Well-Being and Reduce Burnout in Pediatrics Health Leaders
  • Curriculum Topics


    Leaning on theories and practical skills that enhance effectiveness in leadership positions, coursework in this topic teaches students to apply a variety of models to understand optimal team dynamics and functions; to develop leadership skills related to communication, coaching and delegation and to recognize the value of cultivating personal relationships to promote growth in an organization.

    Quality and Safety

    Lectures in this topic will strengthen your ability to develop a culture focused on value, quality and safety. You will learn to develop a deeper understanding of safety and quality design and to integrate improvement science into clinical practice. Coursework includes a team-based assignment in which students will design a safer system, value-based system or a person-centered care system.

    Academic Tracks

    Learners have the opportunity to select an area of focus in the program’s academic module – Research or Medical Education. Lectures in each topic address current practice in pediatrics.


    Lectures in this topic area address both the implicit and explicit systems of teaching the humanistic values of medicine. Using art sciences as a means to connect with the complexity of human nature, students examine governance through a dynamic conversation between the physician and the patient, the administrator and the staff, and self-care.

  • On-Demand Lectures and Webinars

    Coursework in the Pediatrics Leadership Program includes a mix of 50 pre-recorded online lectures about the latest scientific advances in the field of pediatrics.

    Monthly live webinars focus on controversial or cutting-edge pediatrics topics and are moderated by expert panelists. 

    Note: Students must attend a minimum of 75 percent of all live webinars. Recordings of the webinars are available if students cannot attend due to occasional scheduling conflicts.

  • Academic Tracks

    In addition to the core curricula in medical quality improvement and patient safety, there will be two academic tracks from which students will select a major area of focus: Medical Education and Research. A series of online lectures and exercises will be available in both tracks and individual and team projects will focus on the participant’s major field of study.

    Monthly live webinars are moderated by expert panelists and focus on controversial or cutting-edge topics. Examples* include:

    • Childhood Obesity
    • Quality Improvement
    • Global Health in Pediatrics
    • Leadership and Wellness

    *Titles subject to change

  • Curriculum Modules

    1. Foundation
    2. Leadership: Developing as a Leader
    3. Leaderships in Pediatrics: Developing as a Leader in Pediatrics
    4. Quality
    5. Patient Safety
    6. Academic: Research and Medical Education
    7. Humanism
  • Capstone Project

    Participants of the Harvard Medical School Pediatrics Leadership Program will have access to a Harvard faculty member. The faculty member will be assigned by the program director based on the member’s expertise and ability to provide specialty guidance. 

    This individual project allows participants to demonstrate creativity, innovation and proficiency in the knowledge and skills taught in the program, with the goal of developing and communicating a real-world intervention that can improve pediatric care. This project should be aligned with the participant’s academic track in either Medical Education, Research or Quality and Safety. Examples of past projects include: 

    Medical Education:

    • Develop a new curriculum
    • Design a workshop
    • Develop a peer observation program
    • Create a program assessment tool
    • Submit an educational research grant
    • Draft a paper for an educational journal


    • Collect data and submit an abstract
    • Draft and submit a primary manuscript
    • Conduct meta-analysis
    • Assign levels of evidence to a literature group 
    • Design a research project
    • Submit a research grant

    Quality and Safety: 

    • Improve attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) patient care
    • Develop a patient safe epilepsy monitoring unit
    • Improve process of transfer from unit to Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
    • Improve patient communication at time of discharge
    • Reduce admission rates to Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

    Your faculty member will provide guidance for your capstone project including: 

    • Assisting you in choosing the project focus 
    • Providing feedback at the outline phase 
    • Reviewing the first and final drafts
    • Providing guidance to help you optimize the project value