The Physician Leadership Program

  • 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 19.5 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 session provides an intense, hands-on experiential learning experience led by nationally recognized faculty using a dynamic interactive 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 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. 

Participants can earn a certificate of completion and up to 19.5 hours of category 1 CME credit.

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
6230 Claremont Ave. 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94618

Session Dates:

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, January 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, January 21, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

For more information please visit https://learning.accma.org/leadership

  • Session 1: Physician Leadership In Action

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Saturday, October 19, 2019

    ACCMA Headquarters:
    6230 Claremont Ave. 3rd flr.
    Oakland, CA 9461

    Registration 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Morning Session: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Why Leadership, and Why Not Clinicians?
    This full-day kickoff session will begin with 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.

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 

    • Draw on a broader understanding of leadership to select the optimal approaches to organizational challenges.
    • Recognize patterns of leadership and fellowship. 
    • Ability to apply leadership skills to organizational situations.

    *Breakfast Included

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM - 4:30

    Understanding Ourselves as Leaders
    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 on how to collaborate around those preference

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

    • Describe and use common classification systems for understanding their own personality preferences and those of others.
    • Ability to broaden their own range of preferences. 
    • Utilize a range of styles to increase leadership effectiveness. 

    *Lunch Included

    Read Pierce, MD

    Dr. Pierce is a practicing internist at the University of Colorado and also serves as Vice President of Culture Transformation and Strategy at the Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE). At IHE,  he works with health systems around the country on clinical transformation, creating healthy workplace culture, and increasing performance of physicians, clinical teams, and health care leaders. In 2010, he founded the hospitalist program at the San Francisco VA Hospital. He later led the hospital medicine division of 75 physicians at the University of Colorado for two and a half years, where he also helped found the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency.

    Patrick Kerwin, MBA

    Principal of Kerwin & Associates in San Diego, California, specializing in the development of leaders, teams, and organizations. He is one of 12 master practitioners of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® in the US and Canada, and has over 25 years of experience working with health care, corporate, education, and non-profi t organizations to put the MBTI® instrument into practice for leadership development, team-building, communication enhancement, change management, stress management, and individual development.

    Hilary Worthen, MD

    Course Director

    Dr. Worthen is an internist who has served in many leadership roles, including CMIO, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a public academic health care system affiliated with Harvard and Tufts medical schools. He taught leadership for physicians through the UCSF’s Healthforce Center for nine years, and is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Worthen has served as course director for the first two cohorts of the Physician Leadership Program on UC Berkeley’s campus.

  • Session 2: The Role and Power of Values, Mission, Vison, Goals, Strategy

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    ACCMA Headquarters:
    6230 Claremont Ave. 3rd flr.
    Oakland, CA 94618

    What do these buzzwords actually mean, how are they connected, and how can they be used effectively to motivate, align, and inspire teams? How can physicians tap into the energy of deeply held values? 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.

    At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to: 

    • Ability to use the language and concepts of values in team-building, organizational motivation and goal setting.
    • Eliciting and connecting with the values held by others.
    • Utilizing values to engage people 

    *Dinner Included


    Hilary Worthen, MD

    Course Director

    Dr. Worthen is an internist who has served in many leadership roles, including CMIO, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a public academic health care system affiliated with Harvard and Tufts medical schools. He taught leadership for physicians through the UCSF’s Healthforce Center for nine years, and is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Worthen has served as course director for the first two cohorts of the Physician Leadership Program on UC Berkeley’s campus.

  • Session 3: Conflict and Negotiations

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    ACCMA Headquarters:
    6230 Claremont Ave. 3rd flr.
    Oakland, CA 94618

    This session will build on our earlier discussion of teams and look at our style preferences for dealing with conflicting aims within and across teams, departments, and institutions. We will discuss the principles of negotiation and practice them in simulated negotiation exercises.

    At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:     

           - Understand the concepts behind principled negotiation     

           -  Negotiate more effectively using these principles     

           - Understand the importance of diverse negotiating style preferences 

    *Dinner Included

    Kimberly MacPherson, MPH, MBA

    The Executive Director of Health Management at the Haas School of Business and the Faculty Program Director for Health Policy & Management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She directs the MBA/MPH program, the two-year MPH in HPM program, a one-year MPH for clinicians and the MPP/MPH offered with the Goldman School of Public Policy. She is also the Co-Director for the Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) a research and education center that studies the need to balance affordability and innovation. At BCHT, Kim focuses on health system strategy, digital health, and on coverage and adoption of biotech and medical devices.

  • Session 4: The Art Of Effective Communication

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    ACCMA Headquarters:
    6230 Claremont Ave. 3rd flr.
    Oakland, CA 94618

    How do you craft a compelling shared vision, articulate it persuasively, and engage people to join you in realizing it? Physicians can use stories to persuade, motivate and align others. We will examine how we tell, hear, elicit, validate, and suppress stories. The power of reframing and vulnerabilities to persuasion will be discussed, as well as how to create effective presentations and meetings as forms of narrative.

    At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

            - Recognize legitimate and illegitimate acts of persuasion.

            - Understand how to make communication gripping and compelling.

            - Utilize narratives to motivate and align people.

           

    *Dinner Included

    Jennifer Caleshu

    A lecturer, facilitator, and certified executive coach for programs in leadership, communications, design thinking, and innovation. She is a member of the professional faculty at UC’s Haas School of Business, where she lectures on Leadership Communications, Fundamentals of Design Thinking, and Building Trust-Based Relationships. She has also facilitated both leadership and innovation programs through UC Berkeley Executive Education. She serves as Vice President of Marketing and Operations in her faculty member position for the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute (BECI).

  • Session 5: Leveraging Patient Management Skills

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    ACCMA Headquarters:
    6230 Claremont Ave. 3rd flr.
    Oakland, CA 94618

    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 to build credibility with administrators and management and to foster innovation in constrained settings.

    At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:         

           - Understand the difference between workflows and projects.         

           - Plan, execute, measure and report on projects using language and concepts shared by management and administrative leadership.         

           - Utilize project management framework and its use in organizations and parallels to clinical care.         

           - Utilize project management skills to establish credibility with and collaborate effectively with managers and administrators. 

    *Dinner Included

    Hilary Worthen, MD

    Course Director

    Dr. Worthen is an internist who has served in many leadership roles, including CMIO, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a public academic health care system affiliated with Harvard and Tufts medical schools. He taught leadership for physicians through the UCSF’s Healthforce Center for nine years, and is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Worthen has served as course director for the first two cohorts of the Physician Leadership Program on UC Berkeley’s campus.

  • Session 6: Managing Up, Down And Out Across Disciplines

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    ACCMA Headquarters:
    6230 Claremont Ave 3rd Flr.
    Oakland, CA 94618

    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 in HR, finance, marketing, and other departments? We will end with reflections on Part 1 of the course and a look forward to Part 2.

    At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:         

    - Collaborate more effectively with HR and fiscal colleagues.         

    - Manage reports more effectively. Be, and help others to be, more effective followers.         

    - Take better advantage of supervisors. Recognize and deal with toxic behavior. 

    *Dinner Included

    Hilary Worthen, MD

    Course Director

    Dr. Worthen is an internist who has served in many leadership roles, including CMIO, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a public academic health care system affiliated with Harvard and Tufts medical schools. He taught leadership for physicians through the UCSF’s Healthforce Center for nine years, and is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Worthen has served as course director for the first two cohorts of the Physician Leadership Program on UC Berkeley’s campus.