Physician Leadership Academy
Facilitating your journey to health care enterprise leader
Rising costs and increasing demands for quality are accelerating the movement toward value-based health care—driving the need for physicians to take on broader responsibilities and navigate higher, more complex levels of leadership. How will you get to the next level of leadership?
Physician Leadership Academy: Helping shape the future of health care
Deloitte Consulting LLP, the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and Wharton Executive Education have joined forces to create a first-of-its-kind program to prepare physicians to shape the marketplace. Now in its second year, this innovative program facilitates participants’ journey from physician leader to health care enterprise leader.
Physician Leadership Academy provides the necessary leadership skills that a traditional medical education and business education do not. Through in-person learning sessions with individual feedback, leadership coaching, mentoring, and peer support, physicians will acquire the understanding, insight, and definitive skill sets required to successfully lead within a constantly changing health care ecosystem.
Physician Leadership Academy provides the skills and insight you need to help you develop into a versatile leader. Participants begin with leadership evaluations that provide insight into their behavioral patterns in a professional context. They continue their leadership development journey over the following nine months with one-on-one leadership coaching in three in-person modules, facilitated by world-class Wharton faculty and Deloitte leaders, interspersed with real-world application to their own professional challenges.
The modules each build upon the themes of individual, organizational, and system leadership, and they explore the following topics:
Module 1: Leading in the new world of health care | October 25-28, 2017
- Defining your purpose as an enterprise and marketplace leader
- Optimizing financial, physical, and human resources
- Designing and implementing a dynamic business strategy and clear vision
Module 2: Building momentum for change | February 8-10, 2018
- Developing versatile approaches for leading teams and organizations through change
- Building and leveraging social capital while effectively managing stakeholder relationships
- Creating a culture that meets market and consumer demands through patient centricity
Module 3: Reimagining the future of health care | April 26-28, 2018
- Developing your team into the next generation of health care leaders
- Anticipating future health care needs by driving next-level strategies
- Utilizing your new knowledge and network to solve critical industry challenges
This program consists of three non-consecutive sessions. All sessions are required for completion. Tuition for this program includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change.
Testimonials from year one
Daphne Adele Haas-Kogan, MD
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
“I’m a new chair and new to the Harvard system. It was very clear to me that I had a lot of room for growth and learning. I chose this course as it seemed like a very well thought-out program that would move me significantly along the path of learning and improving my leadership skills on all levels.
In my role, I need to make sure world-class clinical care is being provided to our patients, that our staff feels supported and empowered, and that they are practicing at the top of their licenses. I am responsible for ensuring that the clinical, educational, quality improvement, research, and academic missions are moved forward, and that all members of our faculty–medical, physics, and biology–feel supported in their academic careers. I also help ensure that we’re aligned with the hospital and enterprise missions, and that we support the #1 radiation oncology training program in the country.
“The Physician Leadership Academy has helped in every aspect of my job. It has enabled me to think of practical aspects of clinical and academic medicine that I could then put into use to maintain and further develop our world-class department.
“Wharton brought the perfect balance of academic rigor, practical advice, insights from finance experts, and inspirational talks and sessions. In addition, the great value and pleasure of interacting with my peers cannot be underestimated. We all had different backgrounds but similar and overlapping challenges, so we most definitely learned from each other.
Michael T. Harris, MD
Senior vice president and chief medical officer, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey
“This program is really amazing; what an incredible group. A very natural and amazingly quick friendship has developed among our cohort, and we are learning a great deal from each other. Even though I’ve only been through one-third of the program, it has been one of the most exciting experiences of my professional career. It has already changed the way that I do business.
As an example, I begin many meetings now by having an open conversation about decision ownership. Having that discussion up front has made an enormous difference—it is extremely effective in clearing the path to getting real work done.
The executive coaching piece is also great. I am learning a lot about myself and look forward to continuing that engagement over the course of the program. I have found the 360-degree feedback and Hogan Assessments to be very useful. They helped validate some of the things I thought about myself, in terms of strengths as well as areas where I can work to improve as a leader.
I’m a huge fan of this program. I am champing at the bit to get back to Wharton for the next round, because it is truly that good.”
This powerful, interactive curriculum provides physicians with:
- A broadened perspective on current trends within the constantly changing health care space.
- The skills and mindset needed to impact pressing issues and help shape the future in their enterprise and the broader health care ecosystem.
- The capability to navigate higher and more complex levels of leadership.
- An opportunity to increase recognition of their leadership and accelerate their career success.
- A clearer insight into their own leadership style, strengths, and development areas. They will work with coaches and mentors throughout the program to gain specific and objective feedback to support their development.
Who should attend
Physician Leadership Academy is targeted to practicing physicians who have taken on increasing levels of responsibility in their careers and aspire to be enterprise-wide leaders.
Ideal candidates will possess:
- Desire to become a driving influence in the future of health care
- Desire to build strategic, entrepreneurial, and people leadership skills
- Motivation to develop, learn, and perform in unfamiliar and more demanding contexts
- Willingness to reflect and change
The curriculum is beneficial to physicians with diverse backgrounds in health care, including within the industries of delivery, policy, foundations, and global health.
As physician leaders, we are being called upon to navigate the uncharted waters of a transforming health care industry. To meet the challenges needed to improve the health of our communities, we need new skills, new competencies, and a new mindset.
—Kenneth J. Abrams, MD, MBA, Managing Director and Chief Physician Executive, Deloitte Consulting LLP