First Class of
The first students to be trained under
The Ohio State University College of
Medicine’s (OSUCOM) Lead.Serve.
Inspire. (LSI) curriculum—which, after
years of planning, began in 2012 with
the entry of the 2016 OSUCOM class—
graduated in May.
Daniel Clinchot, MD, vice dean for
Education, and John Davis, PhD, MD,
associate dean for Medical Education,
reflect on what it took to create the
innovative curriculum—and what the
future holds for LSI.
How does it feel to finally see the first
generation of LSI students graduate?
DC: I continue to be amazed at the
success of the LSI curriculum. In
2006 we began work with a very
diverse committee that included
patients, nurses, teaching and
learning specialists, health information
management specialists, basic
scientists, physicians and residents
to develop a blueprint for rolling out
the curriculum (in 2012) on time for the
entering class of 2016. These students
took a chance when they chose to
come to a school that was rolling out
a new curriculum. Their exceptional
USMLE (United States Medical
Licensing Education) scores and
matches at very competitive residency
programs tell us that LSI served them
well. I am truly proud of and humbled
by the great work of all our faculty and
staff; however, I am especially proud of
What are some of the new skills that
LSI-trained graduates left with?
JD: Our graduates have competency in
Community Health Education (assessing
community health needs, developing a
program to meet the need, implementing
the program, and studying the program’s
ability to meet the originally identified
need), Health Coaching, Systems
Thinking, Quality and Patient Safety,
Population Health, Self-Assessment,
Reflection and Clinical Informatics.
How has LSI evolved since
JD: While LSI has guiding principles, it
was intended to be a dynamic curriculum,
with the ability to incorporate and
encourage multiple methods of achieving
learning outcomes. Many of the changes
made to the curriculum, from ordering and
timing of content to conduct of projects,
was heavily influenced by the students and
faculty, and all for the better. But it is very
powerful to see that the original blueprint
remains unchanged and students have
valued the multi-faceted curriculum.
What does the future look like for LSI?
JD: The LSI framework was designed
to make it much easier to update as
medicine evolves, truly making it the
curriculum for the future of medicine.
For example, we are currently planning
on offering a three-year version of our
curriculum, intended to address the
shortage of primary care physicians in Ohio.
John Davis, PhD, MD
Daniel Clinchot, MD