UVA SOM Leadership Domains and Competencies

The UVA SOM Domains of Leadership and their Competencies

The UVA SOM aims to promote and foster the development of leadership in each of four domains. Foundational competencies necessary for becoming a leader in each of the domains will be taught across all years of the MD and BIMS curriculum.



  • Communication (Verbal and Nonverbal)
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Feedback (Giving and Receiving)
  • Organization Skills
  • Professional skills (e.g., CV/Portfolio)
  • Wellness


  • Collaboration & Team Work
  • Conflict resolution
  • Developing Others
  • Integrity & Ethical Behavior
  • Managing People
  • Interviewing & Networking
  • Research Ethics


  • Complex Problem Solving & Innovation
  • Health and Biomedical Research Policy
  • Influencing and Navigating Change
  • Introduction to the Business of Medicine
  • Managing Ambiguity
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Quality Improvement & Resource Utilization


  • Self-Awareness
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Social Disparities
  • Valuing Diversity


Domains & Competencies