Physician Leadership Program
Fundamentals of Leadership
As physicians in today’s dynamic health care environment, we need to be effective leaders in order to ensure organizational and individual success, and we need tangible leadership skills that build on our clinical knowledge and experience. Communicating a vision, motivating colleagues, leading teams, negotiating with payers, collaborating across silos – these skills enable physicians to build organizations, compete for resources, lead change, influence policy and overcome challenges.
The Physician Leadership Program, from the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA), is an innovative program developed in 2016 by physician leaders in collaboration with faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Haas School of Business. It addresses the fact that physicians are, and should be, placed in roles with organizational responsibility, but have limited formal opportunities to learn the concepts, skills, and tools of leadership. It meets the educational need for a structured course that builds upon the deep knowledge that clinicians already have of complex systems such as the human body, families, and communities, as well as their experience of exerting influence through clinical encounters and clinical team leadership.
Each 2-hour virtual session provides an intense interactive learning experience led by nationally recognized faculty using a dynamic online format. Supplemental materials, including literature, video links, short didactic talks developed by and for clinicians, and simple preparatory exercises are provided as preparation for the live portion of each course session and for those wishing to dig more deeply into the principles and practice of leadership. In addition to these plenary sessions, Dr. Worthen hosts a 90-minute optional Q&A drop-in session on alternate weeks. The program is sequenced and scheduled to accommodate busy physicians. Participants will gain practical skills and insights directly applicable to their practice opportunities and challenges. Participants can earn a certificate of completion and up to 24 hours of category 1 CME credit.
Principles of leadership and leading change
September 21, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Why do we need leadership, and why should clinicians lead? This first session will be an engaging introduction to key concepts, tools, and skills used by effective leaders. Common models of leadership, its importance to organizations, ways that clinical skills can inform leadership, and the interdependency of leadership and followership will be presented.
Understanding ourselves and others through personality preference types
October 5, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
We will focus on how self-understanding makes us more effective leaders. The use of tools, such as the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator®, to discover our style preferences and those of others will be demonstrated, as well as strategies for leading and collaborating based on those preferences.
Moving toward an anti-racist workplace
October 19, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
While systemic racism has been part of American life for over 400 years, recent events have broadened awareness and heightened the urgency for change. More than an absence of discrimination, active anti-racism work is being demanded of us all. In this session we will be addressing what an anti-racist workplace can look like and the changes needed to achieve this, as well as what each of us can do, from our unique positions, to support and lead the change.
November 9, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
How do you craft a compelling shared vision, articulate it persuasively, and engage people to join you in realizing it? Beginning with active listening, we will examine the power of stories and how we tell, hear, elicit, validate, and suppress them. The power of reframing and vulnerabilities to persuasion will be discussed, as well as how to use narrative to create effective presentations and meetings.
November 30, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
In this session we will address the problem of collaborating in the context of conflicting aims within and across teams, departments, and institutions. We will discuss the principles of negotiation and practice them in simulated negotiation exercises.
Inspiring motivating and mobilizing others
December 14, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
How can physicians tap into the energy of deeply held values to motivate and to build a trusting environment? Having tools for balancing competing values and aims in complex situations can enlist the team’s best efforts toward shared organizational purpose. This session will also provide an introduction to the structure and functions (and dysfunctions) of teams.
Managing conflict - difficult conversations
January 4, 2022; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Team collaboration is essential to maintaining a healthy workplace and delivering high-quality patient care. How can we navigate the dynamics of managing up, across, and down? How do we build productive relationships with toxic colleagues and bosses? What collaborative approaches can we take with our colleagues to improve the structure and functions (and dysfunctions) of our teams?
Planning and succeeding at projects
January 18, 2022; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Physicians already know how to manage patient caseload in their clinical work. This session is an introduction to the formal project management framework and its connections with clinical management. Physicians can use their clinical skills coupled with project management knowledge to build credibility with administrators and managers and to foster innovation in constrained settings
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Hilary Worthen, MD (Course Director)
Reed G. Pierce, MD
Patrick Kerwin, MBA
Michelle Guy, MD
Jennifer Caleshu, MBA
Kimberly MacPherson, MPH, MBA
Arpana Vidyarthi, MD
Eight Tuesday Evening Sessions:
September 21, 2021
October 5, 2021
October 19, 2021
November 9, 2021
November 30, 2021
December 14, 2021
January 4, 2022
January 18, 2022
Medical Society/CMA Members
Full Program $1400
Full Program $1900
10% off for groups of 3-4 from the same organization
15% off for groups of 5 or more from the same organization
Early Registration Discount
Register by August 31st to receive $100 discount.
Combined discounts cannot be offered
Interactive Online Series
Accreditation Statement: ACCMA is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education.
Credit Designation Statement: ACCMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.