How did this program come about?

In recent years it has become clear that there is a growing need for educational programs to provide physicians the leadership skills they need to affect personal and organizational change that benefits patient outcomes and improves health care overall. 2019 is the third year of the Physician Leadership Program, known in its first two years as the Berkeley Physician Leadership Program. While no longer officially a joint-program of UC Berkeley and ACCMA, the program has the same faculty and core curriculum as the first two years held on UC Berkeley’s campus. The program was brought in-house to ensure we could provide the best education at the lowest cost to participants.

What is included in my program fee?

All program materials, including any handouts and pre-course material. On the Saturday full-day session, breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with coffee and refreshments. For the five evening sessions, buffet dinners will be provided. Parking is free and secured in ACCMA’s lot.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If five or more physicians from the same organization sign up for the course, each will receive 15% off. To register using the group discount, please call ACCMA at (510)-654-5383 BEFORE registering online.

What is the educational format of the sessions?

These seminars will be about half presentation and half exercises and discussion. There will be some preparatory readings, some videos and some online content, not to exceed 4 hours per month.

What are the topics covered?

This course is thoughtfully designed and sequenced to provide leadership education and tools to help physicians lead and affect change in their organizations. By the end of the course, you will improve your ability to:

  • Lead teams effectively
  • Develop and communicate your vision
  • Influence and motivate others
  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Understand your unique qualities of leadership
  • Leverage your leadership style to create change

Does this course count for CME credit?

ACCMA designates this activity for a maximum of 19.5 hour(s) of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the sponsorship of Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Accociation. The ACCMA is accredited by the IMQ/CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

What have people had to say about the program?

“We’re learning skills that put us in the driver’s seat. I think for so long we’ve just been concentrating on the taking care of patients...”
— 2018 participant

“We’ve covered getting to know yourself, what kind of negotiator you are, what kind of leader you are, what kind of personality we have, and how that’s going to work with different ways to lead a group. All physicians would benefit from this...”
— 2018 participant

“I think that this program is for physicians in all fields...”
— 2018 participant

“We’re trying to give people something that will be very valuable to them, not only to help their own careers, their own practices, their own organizations, and the healthcare system in general, but it’s acutally very useful elsewhere in life”
— Dr. Hilary Worthen, Course Director