Thursday: September 17, 2020 - Orientation & Welcoming Reception


Orientation is an opportunity for Academy participants to become acquainted with one another and members of the core faculty. Participants will be introduced to the curriculum, Academy policies and Academy requirements that will enable them to participate fully and get the most out of the year of study.

Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18, 2020 - Fall Residential Retreat at Northpointe Conference Center

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter is a series of skills and techniques to promote excellent communications between individuals and among groups of individuals. It is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and other innovative strategies to address complex challenges.

Additionally, participants will be introduced to the concept of social/emotional intelligence, why it is important to facilitating extraordinary physician leaders and learn their personal results from the Emotional/Social Intelligence Assessment (ESCI). Participants also learn how to interpret and use the data from the assessment.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Improving Our Leadership Mindset


Our mindset is the lens of which we see our work, our relationships, and our entire world. It is at the foundation of all that we do, and more importantly how we do it.

Thursday, December 3, 2020- Introduction to Organizational Culture and System Change


Human Beings tend to organize themselves both personally and organizationally. Organizational Culture consists of the values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of the organization. The culture of an organization may be observed in the way the organization conducts its business, treats their employees and most importantly how they perceive and conduct themselves with their patients, clients or customers as well as the broader community. Organizational culture reflects the organization’s values, beliefs and its reception to new ideas, decision-making processes and personal expression. Finally, organizational culture is expressed in the way power and information flows through the organization’s hierarchy and employee retention and turnover.

Most physicians work within various systems that make decisions that are in the best interest of the organization, their core customers, or both. Extraordinary physician leaders must have knowledge of organizational culture and a set of strategies that will enable them to be transformational change agents. This session will introduce recipients to various organizational assessments that provide insight into an organization’s culture. It will also discuss “open” vs. “closed” cultures and offer strategies for altering or changing the culture of a health care organization.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - Money in Medicine: A Mindful Exploration of Finance



In this era of health care reform one of the central decisions to be made is how to financially sustain a health care system that is opening itself to a greater number of people who previously had no access to health care. Developing an innovative financial model will make all the difference in institutionalizing health reform or observing its demise. The healthcare system’s financial model must be developed with input from extraordinary physician leaders and not by politicians and actuaries alone.

This session will incorporate a discussion on financing health care in a time of sustained reform with pragmatic basic business practices including developing, reading and understanding financial statements, basics of constructing an operating budget and other basic financial reports. Strengthening these essential skills will enable physician leaders to play a vital role in the success of private practice and in providing quality health services for all.

Thursday, February 4, 2021 - Managing in Complex Environments


Managing in complex environments requires leaders to understand the nature of problems they are working on and to design appropriate processes to address or solve those problems. The nature of complex problems - nonlinear, emergent, unpredictable and unknowable - means that traditional problem solving methods are inadequate. In this workshop you will learn a framework to help make sense of complexity and provide you with key principles for leading and decision making in complexity.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Introduction to Systems and Design Thinking


As a physician, systems’ thinking is not new to you. You have been trained to be aware of how cells become tissue, tissue becomes organs, organs become systems, and systems ultimately become a person and they are intrinsically linked together. You understand that in the diagnostic process what appears to be at issue may only be a symptom of something else. This is also true of organizations. Organizations are made up of human beings (each with their own uniqueness’s), that are organized based on some rationale (a department) and those are further organized within themselves. It is usually expected that those organizations (departments) will function well with other groups of organized people (departments) within some larger construct of the whole organization.

Systems’ thinking is often applied to problem solving within organizations by helping us to view “problems” as part of an overall system, rather than reacting to specific parts, outcomes or events. In systems thinking it is argued that the only way to fully understand why a problem or element occurs and persists is to understand the parts in relation to the whole. Systems’ thinking attempts to illustrate how small catalytic events that are separated by distance and time can be the cause of significant changes in complex systems. Leaders are called upon everyday to make organizational diagnoses from a system’s perspective. Understanding systems thinking as it applies to organizations is a critical tool for all leaders to have. This session will be an introduction to systems’ thinking.

Design thinking has come to be defined as combining empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions and rationality in analyzing and fitting various solutions to the problem context. (Wikipedia) The premise of design thinking is that by knowing how designers approach problems and the methods they use, individuals and businesses will be better able to improve their own problem solving processes and take innovation to a higher level.

Design thinking, in the scheme of things, is a relatively young concept (1960’s). The difference in thinking is often described as the difference between problems based solvers and solution-based solvers. Design thinking has most often used in the creation of products, but more recently is being used to innovate organizational solutions. This session will be an introduction to design thinking as it relates to organizations.

Friday & Saturday April 9 & 10, 2021 - Non-Residential Weekend Retreat at Antrim park (begins each day at 9:00am)



Most strategic thinking and planning is based upon a model in which we are reflecting on the past in order to predict and act for the future. However, to bring about the level of transformation required in our current environment, we need a new way of learning and of leading that tunes into the possibilities of the future and helps us to crystallize, prototype and realize those possibilities.

Presencing or Theory U is a five-stage process for learning: from the emerging future and growing the capacity for deep innovation and collaborative action. And, it’s also a set of principles that invite us to design our work processes and relationships in a different way and to use deeper sources of knowing as we move from awareness into action. This retreat is an experiential introduction to the concepts and practices of Presencing and Theory U, as described by Otto Scharmer. Through individual and collective practices, dialogue, Social Presencing Theatre and case clinics you will “travel the U” by applying gestures of suspending, redirecting, letting go, letting come and embodying to personal and organizational change efforts. Through awareness-based methods you will experience the underlying, often hidden wholeness in your life organizations and projects. You will strengthen your capacity to work with others, to see the systems that you are part of, and how to lead from the future as it emerges. Theory U is at the center of a global action research community, housed at M.I.T. that seeks to facilitate profound innovation and change. The Presencing Institute was founded in 2006 and so is very young both in its development and implementation.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - Understanding and Making Sense of Data & The Power of Influence and Advocacy to Create Change


The healthcare industry has never seen the degree of change it has in the last 5 years. As a result of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s approach to incentivizing cost management for healthcare, health systems have had to become smarter and leaner about data management. The volume to value transition requires deeper insights into quality gaps and cost opportunities. The space of healthcare analytics has grown exponentially as a result. Now more than ever, health systems are looking for physicians who can drive the value agenda and navigate the technology infrastructure to support a new healthcare paradigm. In this seminar, you will learn the basics of data management; technology used to support quality initiatives and cost improvement efforts; and how health systems operationalize these efforts.

“Advocacy” is not a new tool for the physician leader. Most physicians have spent hours on the phone with insurance providers pleading for needed medications and/or procedures for their patients. Although this form of advocacy is unfortunately needed, there is a larger component of advocacy that requires skills to influence large groups of people, especially “power brokers” that may lead to changes in policies and practices on the organizational level as well as the State and National Level.

This session will introduce participants to the concept of “Social Capital”, the premise that social networks have value and how the collective use of these networks can influence them to do together things they could not achieve alone. It recommends strategies to assess their social networks and provide skills and tools to influence others to advocate for change on the policy level.

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - The Mindful Physician


Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Graduation