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Doctor of Education




medical education, curriculum standards, global, leadership, health care, competency-based medical education


Significant effort has been made in improving global health care over the last several decades, however, there had been a lack of consistency in the delivery of care. This includes a lack of access to safe and affordable surgery and comprehensive care in low- and middle-income countries. Health care organizations require that medical providers are equipped with the highest quality of medical education programs to enhance the provision of patient care. This Organizational Improvement Plan (OIP) examines a global, medical mission-based, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), that provides highly specialized surgery and comprehensive care locally and internationally through medical volunteers. The Problem of Practice (PoP) discussed is the lack of consistency in the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of medical education curriculum at the organization. A systems theory approach through the lens of authentic and transformational leadership to address the PoP is presented, including the introduction of a global medical education strategy through the implementation of global curriculum standards. Evidence-based, best practices such as balancing both local and global education requirements, a framework as opposed to a prescriptive approach to implementing global medical education, and the importance of competency-based medical education are examined. The OIP incorporates the application of Kotter’s eight-step process for leading change, Kaplan and Norton’s balanced scorecard to monitor and evaluate change efforts, and Klein’s management strategy for developing a robust communication plan. Ethics, equity, and social justice to improve patient outcomes through medical education is woven throughout, and the paper concludes with next steps and future considerations.