College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Medical Practice Management

YEARS 1 & 2 ELECTIVE COURSE TITLE: Medical Practice Management


DEPARTMENT: Family Medicine

DURATION: Semester

DIRECTOR: Daniel P. Hickey, JD, MBA;; (419) 383-5576; Dowling Hall 2226



LOCATION: Health Science Campus

COORDINATOR: Lindsey N. Brillhart;; (419) 383-5557; Dowling Hall 2200

FACULTY: Daniel P. Hickey, JD, MBA

Medical Practice Management explores and analyzes methods of organizing, delivering, financing, and evaluating health care provided in medical practices in the United States. The purpose of the elective is to introduce students to fundamental business aspects of the practice of medicine. Domains explored may include operations management, financial management, human resource management, organizational governance, patient-centered care, risk and compliance management, facilities planning, and marketing.
The elective will meet eight times (12 hours), and will include lecture, case analysis, and small-group discussion and presentation. Students will be required to complete one-half hour of independent study (i.e., readings, videos, etc.) per topic in preparation for, as well as post a brief reflection following, each evening session (4 hours). Students also must attend at least one-half of the Business of Medicine Organization business meetings and educational events (2 hours).

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: [Links to Core Competencies]
At the conclusion of this elective, students should be able to:

  1. Describe financial systems that can be implemented to ensure a profitable medical practice. [MK-12, PB-1, IPC-2, PBL-2, SBP-1, SBP-3]
  2. Discuss how a human resources staffing plan can be used to achieve and enhance organizational performance. [MK-16, PB-1, IPC-2, PBL-2, SBP-1]
  3. Describe elements of facility planning and design that enhance patient comfort and improve practice productivity. [MK-16, PB-1, IPC-2, PBL-2, SBP-1]
  4. Explain how elements of an effective risk and compliance management program can be used to improve medical practice performance. [MK-16, PB-1, IPC-2, PBL-2, SBP-1, SBP-3]

Independent Study (Readings/Videos), Lecture, Case Analysis, Small-Group Discussion, Student Presentations

Attendance, Participation, Faculty and Peer Assessment of Student Presentations


  • MK-12 Knowledge of the non-biological determinants of health and the economic, psychological, social, and cultural factors that contribute to health and disease.
  • MK-16 Knowledge of fundamental principles of patient-centered and team-based care, patient safety, as well as quality improvement in healthcare delivery.
  • PB-1 Ethical, responsible, reliable, and dependable behavior in all aspects of their professional lives and a commitment to patients, society, and the profession.
  • IPC-2 The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues within one’s discipline as well as other health professionals in a respectful, professional, and timely manner to ensure interdisciplinary and interprofessional delivery of high-quality care.
  • PBL-2 The ability to independently set learning and improvement goals.
  • SBP-1 Knowledge of the role and responsibilities of physicians and other healthcare professionals in various models of healthcare organizations and the impact of finances/economics on the delivery of health care.
  • SBP-3 Knowledge of the economic impact of diagnostic and therapeutic evaluation and risk-benefits analysis in both patient and population-based care.

QUALITY ASSURANCE: Ongoing student feedback will be elicited as the elective progresses. Students will complete an evaluation of the elective at its conclusion.

PREREQUISITES: First- or second-year medical student in good academic standing.

Last Updated: 1/8/23