Case Method of Instruction
This program uses the case method of instruction and relies almost entirely on cases from the health care field, with most set in departments of internal medicine. In the case method, participants analyze each case individually and then discuss it in small groups. The case is then discussed in a plenary session led by a faculty member. Pioneered at Harvard Business School, this method effectively promotes a productive, enjoyable, and professional learning experience. It also provides opportunities for participants to interact with and learn from each other.
With the case method, faculty expect a high degree of preparation and participation from participants. People who have participated previously in management education programs using the case method know it is an exciting way of learning. In particular, it recognizes not only participants' experience as health care professionals but also that the real world is a complicated place where "cookbook" solutions simply will not work. As such, the case method puts participants in the middle of the action, forcing them to use management concepts, not just reiterate them.
In preperation for the program participants are expected to spend about 15 to 20 hours reading background information and analyzing cases prior to the start of the program.
Over the course of six days, participants will explore:
- Strategic Analysis and Marketing
- Cost Analysis and Operations Management
- Organizational Design and Leadership
- Financial Control Systems and Change Implementation
As indicated in this sample schedule for a typical day, the program includes a high level of participant interaction in large- and small-group discussions. Approximately six hours of preparation in the afternoon and evening are vital to realize the benefits of the interactive program.
|8:00 a.m.||Small group meetings to discuss the day's cases|
|9:00 a.m.||Large group discussion of case study 1|
|11:00 a.m.||Large group discussion of case study 2|
|1:15 p.m.||Large group discussion of case study 3|
|2:35 p.m.||Wrap-up and summary|
|3:00 p.m.||Preparaton for the next day (up to six hours)|