June 30, 2010

Local Leadership


Fact: one person cannot do it all. As passionate as you are and as much as you want to make sure all your good ideas come to fruition just as you imagine them, your group will suffer if one person tries to do it all. Giving other people leadership titles helps them to develop a sense of responsibility and commitment to the group. We found it to be extremely beneficial to have a core leadership team (hopefully including the chaplain, and physician professor associated with your school) meet monthly for dinner. It helped us to bond as a leadership team, helped the clergy to know what issues we needed support on, and helped to make sure we had a consistent vision for our group. Below are some specific leadership roles different groups have found to be useful:

Someone needs to orchestrate the activities of the group. This person needs to be organized and passionate, able to motivate the other members and perhaps more dedicated to the group than their pathology grade.  They are the representative of the group to the school at-large as well as to the local community.

Communications officer
Some people have a knack for sending eye-catching e-mails with upcoming events.

Technology guru
Having a website can be invaluable to your group!

White Mass coordinator
Very effective role for the person who gets excited, works hard at one activity, but does not necessarily want to make a year-long commitment.

Leader of prayer
Every group needs to have prayer to be successful! Perhaps this person can commit to leading a weekly rosary. One CMA leader chose to send inspirational e-mails to the first and second years a few days before their exams. Another group coordinated a prayer service for the night before anatomy lab began. All groups have found prayer to be essential.

Bible study leader
Bible studies are great bonding experiences to learn more about each other while strengthening our faith.  For some, it may be difficult to commit to a weekly meeting, so perhaps consider getting together more regularly during Advent and Lent.  Having an Advent or Lenten retreat or day of reflection may prove very helpful to busy students as well.

Nutrition officer
You know that person who always bakes the best cookies; invite them to be responsible for coordinating food at your events.


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