Fundamentals of Leadership



  • Covers broad-based skills that strengthen physician leadership across specialties and modes of practice
  • Curriculum developed by experts from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health
  • Unique among leadership programs - affordable, accommodates busy physicians’ schedules, manageably sequenced
  • Exceptional educational experience featuring nationally recognized faculty and a dynamic, interactive format
  • Earn up to 24 CME credits

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.


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