Volha Mazziotto, a fourth-year College of Medicine student, is one of 11 students selected nationally to participate in the American Medical Association Foundation’s Leadership Development Institute.
Throughout the course of the program year, students are provided professional development opportunities and mentoring by leading professionals. Monthly meetings and quarterly webinars will be held from September until the 2021 AMA Annual Meeting in June 2021.
Mazziotto learned about the program through a Northeast Ohio Medical University staff member. She pursued it, as she explains, because, “Whether a physician wants to be a leader or not, their role automatically puts them in the position where colleagues and patients view them as a leader. Without holding an official leadership title, doctors in training are expected to manage medical teams, junior residents, and medical students. I hoped that through the AMA leadership program I could improve my leadership skills, learn strategies on how to effectively coordinate team dynamics and collaborate inter-professionally, and develop greater confidence in my abilities by getting more exposure to leadership opportunities.”