WeLEAP: 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 is a free monthly program, provided by The Patient Institute, to enhance the training of future physicians and other healthcare professionals.


WE LEAP 2016-2017 was a success! Planning for 2017-2018 has already begun, stay tuned!
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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 Thursday, September 7th, 2017 from 5-7pm at the UTHSCSA (7703 Floyd Curl Dr). Sessions will continue through the academic year with future dates to come for the spring.

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.

This is priceless.

What are examples of past expert WE LEAP 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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