A Physician Leadership Development Program
Health care organizations recognize the importance of including physicians at their leadership tables. For hospitals, the traditional medical staff leadership roles are no longer the only voices needed; for independent clinics, the business aspects of practice have grown in complexity; for integrated systems, the physician perspective is necessary throughout the continuum of care. However, physicians have little formal training or experience in dealing with administrative issues.
There are many educational offerings and training experiences available for those who have decided to take this step in a new career direction. However, for those who are contemplating a change or who are still wanting to remain clinically active, few options are available that can offer affordable, convenient opportunities.
This program is designed to give physicians and potentially other clinicians a chance to “put their toe in the water” and see if the administrative world matches their interests and career aspirations. It is also meant to provide organizations with a tool to develop interest in physicians to pursue leadership roles.
- Learning to Lead is a six-month virtual program that utilizes a cohort model of up to 15 physicians. It is designed to educate physicians on the major topic areas that health care leaders must understand to be successful. Additionally, the curriculum is designed for busy physicians who wish to gain insights and improve their leadership abilities while also exposing and gaining greater competency in business issues. There are two primary focus areas:
- Leadership – Personal and Organizational Concepts
- Self-awareness and Strengths Finder assessment
- Adaptive Leadership and other relevant approaches
- Leadership concepts applied to organizational settings
- Leadership – Personal and Organizational Concepts
- Technical – Business and Administrative Concepts
- Strategy and Innovation
- Quality and Process Improvement
- Organizational Design and Human Resources Concepts
- Legal and Ethics
- Each participant completes the Strengths Finder Assessment and has a one-on-one coaching session with a certified trainer. This assessment will assist in the assignment of the participant’s mentor and provide a starting point for personal leadership assessment.
- Each physician has a personal mentor who is a seasoned physician leader. These mentors are available throughout the program to provide guidance and assist with any pressing issues. Mentors will meet with their participants at least once per month.
- One topic area is covered each month; these monthly modules will be led by industry leading subject matter experts who provide readings and two hours of prerecorded content along with an assignment to complete. At the end of the month, the cohort meets in a live virtual session at an agreed upon time for 1.5 – 2 hours to discuss the content and their assignments. Time is reserved at each live session to discuss leadership implications related to that month’s content.
- Projects are assigned pertaining to the module topics. These assignments help ensure competency in the topic and take approximately two hours to complete. They require the support and cooperation of the participant’s sponsoring organization. The mentors and SMEs are available throughout the month for email exchanges and with office hours for more in-depth assistance.
- A “capstone” project will be required at the conclusion of the Program. Participants will reflect on their original learning objectives, what they’ve learned about themselves and healthcare organizations, and what action steps they intend to take as a result.
- Each module will have detailed objectives and methods to evaluate successful completion. Examples include:
- Articulate their core purpose, leadership style, components to adaptive leadership and how best to lead change
- Identify at least five industry trends that impact the physician’s organization
- Accurately assess a Balance Sheet and Income Statement and conduct a Return-on-Investment analysis
- Describe recent legislative and regulatory actions that impact the physician’s organization
- Identify the key components of a Just Culture and a Process Improvement methodology
Continuing Medical Education Credits
56.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Credit Designation Statement
American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this hybrid activity for a maximum of 56.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education and C-Suite Resources. University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Program Fees: $8,500
50% due on acceptance in the Program; remaining balance due at the course onset