Strategic Training for Future Healthcare Professionals


WeLEAP stands for WEllness Leadership, Ethics, Applied Economics, and Professionalism.

WeLEAP is hosted at the UT San Antonio Medical School and the University of the Incarnate Word – School of Osteopathic Medicine and is a free monthly program, provided by The Patient Institute, to enhance the training of future physicians and other healthcare professionals.


WeLEAP Board Members 2017-2018


Jacqueline Suttin
Chair of WeLEAP

Phyllis Nwokolo
Co-Chair of WeLEAP

Alauna Hunt
Public Relations Chair of WeLEAP


Minyoung Chung
Director of Social Media of WeLEAP

Javier Torres

Caroline Zhu
UTSA Co-Chair of WeLEAP




Why participate in WeLEAP?

  • Gain the skills and tools to become an effective and caring provider while also knowing when to care for yourself
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to speak with practicing physicians and other healthcare professionals
  • Participate in interactive presentations from experts in the field

What topics are covered?

  • Wellness
  • Happiness
  • Leadership & Professionalism
  • Negotiation & Strategic Planning
  • Health Literacy
  • Ethics
  • Quality & Safety
  • Personal Business / Financial Planning
  • Legal 101
  • Planning an Academic Career

When is WeLEAP?

WeLEAP will begin meeting monthly starting on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 from 1:30 – 2:20 pm at the University of the Incarnate Word – School of Osteopathic Medicine (2510 Kennedy Circle, Bldg. 1, San Antonio, TX 78235 Building 2, Interactive Learning Studio).

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for our Live Broadcasts:

Instagram : @weleapprogram

Facebook: @WeLEAPProgramSA

UIW Seminar Schedule: 1:30 – 2:20 pm

January 9th, 2018 - Introduction: Adam V. Ratner, MD FACR

January 16th, 2018  - Diabetes, Metabolism and Personal Health: Bruno Doiron, PhD

January 23rd, 2018  - DO Student Panel Discussion

February 6th, 2018  - Discussion: Health Care Systems and Delivery: Dr. Lori Kels Psychiatry

February 13th, 2018  - Leadership in Public Health: Dr. Anil Mangla

February 20th, 2018  - Metacognitive Approach to Learning/Reasoning: Dr. Amber Heck

March 6th, 2018  - Discussion: The Healthcare Marketplace: Dr. Meaghan Nelsen OB/OMM

March 20th, 2018  - Tactical Combat Casualty Care: Dr. Rob Allen

March 27th, 2018  - Financial Fraud: Ms. Sandy Sullivan, VP Frost Bank

April 3rd, 2018  - Emergency Medicine/Free Clinic: Dr. Hans Bruntmyer

April 10th, 2018  - Discussion: Regulation of Drugs and Medical Devices: Dr.  Lora Watts, Research

April 17th, 2018  - Discussion: Healthcare Reform: Dr. Darlene Metter, Family Medicine and Radiology

April 24th, 2018  - Discussion: The Future of Healthcare: Dr. Gary McWilliams, Practice Leadership

May 1st, 2018  - Public speaking: Javier Torres

May 8th, 2018  - Introduction to Personal Finance

How much does WeLEAP cost?

As a student, by registering, you will have access to seminars assessing every aspect that a career in healthcare has to offer. The entire program is free.

What are examples of past expert WeLEAP speakers?

  • Karen Aufdemorte, MHA, Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy at the UTHSCSA
  • George P. Becknell, III, CLU, ChFC, CFBS, Financial Planner specializing in assisting physicians, past president of the San Antonio Sports Foundation
  • Graciela Cigarroa, J.D., LL.M., Attorney, Director, The Patient Institute, General Counsel at CentroMed
  • Jacqueline Dansby, Ph.D., Director Upward Bound Pre-College Program and Adjunct Faculty at St. Mary’s University
  • Phillip Holcomb, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty and Professor of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine at UTHSCSA
  • Carlos N. Moreno, AIA Principal, Director, The Patient Institute, Partner at THW Design
  • Adam V. Ratner, M.D., F.A.C.R., Chair, The Patient Institute, Clinical Professor Radiology UTHSCSA
  • Varda H. Ratner, MBA, President and CEO of The Patient Institute
  • Larry L. Roberson, J.D., Bexar County District Attorney’s Office-Civil Division, Chairman of Supervisory Committee, SAFCU
  • Melanie Stone, MPH, M.Ed., Director of Community Service Learning Program-Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at UTHSCSA
  • Beverley Wright, R.N., B.A., Senior Operations Clinical Advisor for Aspen Medical USA, Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and The Canberra University

How do I sign up?

For more information, please contact:
Janet Poole, Secretary
The Patient Institute
or email weleap@patientinstitute.org

WE LEAP 2016-2017 Photos

Session 1 (9.13.16)

Session 3 (11.15.16)

Session 2 (10.11.16)

Session 4 (12.13.16)

Session 5 (2.21.17)

Session 6 (3.21.17)


Session 7 (4.11.17)



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