A new program in medical education has been jointly created by the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Health Network. The Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Experiences, Collaborative Training program, or SELECT, will prepare physician leader who can accelerate change in health care. The program will offer 56 students per year the opportunity to shape their educational experiences in a unique long-distance collaboration between a highly progressive, student-centered medical school, the USF College of Medicine in Tampa, FL, and at one of the country’s top health networks known for its quality, safety and modern team care, Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA.
Students admitted to SELECT will spend their first two years taking classes at USF College of Medicine, and then go to Lehigh Valley Health Network for two years to focus on clinical education. The curriculum provides a value- added approach to the USF core curriculum, emphasizing leadership skills, team training, and health system education, preparing graduates for both their specialty of choice and for leadership which will help drive reform in medicine and health care.