Developing Physician Leaders the Right Way!

Monday, April 11th

About the Session

This program will provide essential suggestions on how to create the most successful physician leadership development programming. While many healthcare organizations have increased their physician leadership development activities, most have failed to understand the special needs of physicians when designing these programs. Most programs are a haphazard collection of “topics of the month” with featured speakers, but they have little impact. These offerings have little focus on using or applying newly acquired knowledge. Nor are real-life opportunities provided to incorporate the learning into everyday life. Moreover, these programs ignore traditional physician training. Traditional physician training relies on a “command and control” orientation—the doctor knows best and patients/staff follow the doctor’s orders. This is inculcated into all aspects of physician training. But contemporary leadership requires leading teams, engaging staff, gaining participation by all, encouraging and managing conflict, and communicating more effectively about change.

A more contemporary approach to physician leadership development integrates traditional physician learning patterns with experiential learning. Consider medical school and further physician training. Physicians are accustomed to learning in the following stages: scan for problems, decide to engage in learning tasks, learn new knowledge and skills, and gain experience by practice. The best physician leadership development approaches use this formula and include the opportunity for assessing self, managing people and relationships, managing teams and projects, and understanding the organization and its systems.

This seminar will provide a detailed outline of tactics, programs and activities to inculcate into physician leadership education. The program will provide several specific examples of successful physician leadership development programs. As healthcare changes significantly, organizations must realize that the attributes needed to be successful physician leaders are just different and that for many reasons, including the complexity of demands on modern-day leaders, physicians need to be put on different paths before they can wear different hats.

Learning Objectives:

  • Design physician leadership development activities that make significant organization impact.
  • Examine how organizations have built internal physician leadership capabilities through education, meaningful projects and physician involvement.


Presented By

Carson F. Dye, FACHE

Exceptional Leadership LLC

Raúl Zambrano, MD, FAAFP, FACHE

Senior Consultant
The Greeley Company