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Physician Leadership Curriculum

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The complete physician leadership curriculum consists of nine modules. These modules are tied together with an underlying framework for practical leadership.

Physician Leadership Curriculum


Each module covers one or more topics in leadership development for health care professionals. Other modules include personal projects.

We are accustomed to crafting leadership programs to meet client needs. We can offer everything from an introductory sampling, a  three - five day overview, or one of our longer programs. For more information contact us.

The program includes educational and practical ideas that will help participants with ongoing projects at their own health care system or related service projects.   

Cohort Style Learning: Everyone wants a place where they can learn and share in a safe environment. This uniquely planned program is designed around a cohort style of learning with one fundamental rule, “Everything said in the room stays in the room.”

Ten to twenty participants engage together on a monthly basis on the issues confronting them in the healthcare marketplace. Together, participants learn, collaborate, and share ways to address these complex issues in concrete and highly practical ways.

Applied Learning: Effective application of the principles, concepts, and tools learned and used in the program is critical to authentic engagement and learning. To maximize both cognitive learning and practical use with our participants, we have found that a four-part approach works best:

  • Discover and validate new ideas personally
  • Deepen the engagement and apply with discussion, exercises and case studies;
  • Apply principles outside class to real world/real work. 
  • Reflect and share with cohort participants.

Focused case study work is a core part of every module, and specific exercises are assigned upon completion of each module for discussion and review during the refresh portion of the next module.

Individual project reports are the key application of program principles to the participant’s real world. In some cases, 2 or 3 participants will identify and work together on a relevant project or issue that is important to them. Generally, individuals identify an important personal or professional issue or project that they already must address. The ideas and principles learned in the program typically provide a clarifying lens through which to address their project. Participants work on their issue or project, then create and share project reports about their progress, insights, and outcomes. 

Topics Include:

  • Healthcare Economics: Participants will look at a ‘big picture’ overview of the healthcare industry including: understanding the history of healthcare payment, how the buyers of healthcare drive policies and the evolution of third party insurance companies. What’s on the horizon as the industry responds to healthcare reform and affordable care organizations?
  • My Leadership Style: Participants learn how their unique performance affinity defines their leadership style, and how to continue to grow and develop new leadership competence. Through a variety of assessments, participants learn what their strengths are, what areas can potentially derail their relationships and how to best work with others and their unique performance styles.
  • High Performance Teams: The keys to creating and sustaining high-performance teams and work environments are introduced through a simple metaphor. Learn how to engage your colleagues and staff members; then harness that energy into powerful, challenging goals.
  • Solving Adaptive Problems: While often complex, the protocols at the core of medical care tend to follow a logic that is comforting to the scientific mind. Yet when it comes to getting a team to work well together, all logic can seem to disappear. We can spend significant resources solving a problem’s symptoms, yet fail to address its root cause. In this session participants learn to move from symptoms to the root causes of adaptive issues – and to solve them.
  • Conflict & Difficult People: Learn to diagnose and characterize difficult colleagues using a simple Adaptive/Productivity Assessor. Prepare for and role play difficult conversations in simulations that will help you understand just what action needs to be taken with your most challenging colleagues and difficult situations.
  • EQ vs. IQ: What really makes a difference in the work place. IQ isn’t enough anymore to rise to the top. Participants will learn the importance of the ‘soft skills’ as well – and the practical steps to develop them.
  • Innovation & Change: Change is continuous today. Participants will explore the innovative ideas shaping the future of healthcare. Since all new opportunities require change, we explore the nature of change itself, and uncover our own resistance and barriers. Learning to think more creatively, to innovate, and to become more open to new perspective, perceptions, and possibilities is the window to new opportunity for each of us.
  • Effective Communication: Healthcare depends profoundly on science and technology. Yet at the heart of its many disciplines is one common denominator: people. The actions and interactions of care givers, patients, and family ultimately determine the quality, success or failure in patient care. Our program emphasizes the interpersonal skills required to effectively lead in today’s healthcare environment.  

The AWL Group is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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