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10 Successfully Designed Physician Leadership Academies

10 Successfully Designed Physician Leadership Academies

The move to clinical integration needs more than smart care management protocols. You need to find, develop, support, review, and reward a new generation of physician leaders. Physician leadership development, however, is easier to talk about than to accomplish. Ten examples of effective “Physician Leadership Academies” are profiled for your leaders to emulate in out own local planning and program refinements.

To secure the needed number and quality of physician leaders, hospital boards are authorizing increased investment into the formation and enhanced operation of physician leadership academies.

The scope and nature of physician leadership academies have expanded substantially during the past five years to support physician leaders in their successful achievement of three classic performance imperatives:

  • Align physicians’ time and talents to deliver a superior patient-care experience in a coordinated continuum of care system;
  • Encourage physician engagement for the design of new medical care protocols that yield enhanced clinical quality outcomes and cost effectiveness; and
  • Earn service volume gains from better designed and managed clinical service lines, referral support systems, and physician co-ventures in new high-tech and high-investment diagnostic and surgical centers. 


Successful designs for physician development programs can be studied in these 10 health systems:

1. Baylor Scott & White Health – STEEEP® Global Institute

2. Carilion Clinic

3. Cleveland Clinic – Samson Global Leadership Academy

4. Dignity Health

5. Florida Hospital

6. Legacy Health

7. Beaumont Health

8. Sanford Health

9. Sutter Health

10. UnityPoint Health


Physician leadership associations can also help1. Through associations, physicians can strengthen their ability to effectively lead both clinical and nonclinical healthcare colleagues and advance as leaders in the healthcare delivery system.

The primary organizations that serve these purposes are the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL); the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), in part through its Physician Executives Forum; and the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum.

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