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 virtual session provides an intense, experiential learning experience led by nationally recognized faculty using a dynamic interactive online format. Supplemental materials, including literature, video links, short didactic talks developed by and for clinicians, and simple preparatory exercises, will be available online as preparation for the live portion of each course sessions and for those wishing to dig more deeply into the principles and practice of leadership. 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.
Principles of leadership and leading change
October 6, 2020; 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 20, 2020; 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
November 10, 2020; 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 17, 2020; 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.
December 1, 2020; 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 15, 2020; 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 5, 2021; 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? We will examine how the structure and functions (and dysfunctions) of teams affect the outcomes we can accomplish.
Planning and succeeding at projects
January 19, 2020; 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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October 6, 2020
October 20, 2020
November 10, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 1, 2020
December 15, 2020
January 5, 2021
January 19, 2021
All Tuesday evening sessions
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 September 15th to receive $100 discount.
Combined discounts cannot be offered
Interactive Online Series