The Physician Leadership Program

  • Registration Closed
  • 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 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.

  • 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.