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Providing the tools needed to solve complex challenges faced by seasoned physician leaders.

Leadership Masterclass

The WSMA Leadership Masterclass an intensive three-day adaptive-learning course that examines the complex challenges faced by seasoned physician leaders and provides the tools necessary to solve them.

Why it's important

We know that as physicians mature in their roles, they face increasingly complex problems. Early in their careers, physician medical directors rely on technical skills such as meeting management, basic finance, quality improvement, and tactical management skills that are helpful in running clinics. With experience, leaders recognize the problems they are trying to solve are complex, adaptive problems that involve personal style, group dynamics, and cultural components that resist easy solutions.

How it works

The WSMA Leadership Masterclass will provide additional growth opportunities to physicians who have completed our Physician Leadership Course and have moved on to middle levels of management in their facilities. Designed to expand awareness of adaptive leadership solutions, the course is not a one-size-fits-all "fix." Rather, it provides an individualized framework building on each leader's style and gifts in order to help them achieve a delicate, but deliberate, management approach.

Course details

This three-day course is limited to 12 physicians. Interested participants must email program manager, Monica Salgaonkar at to determine eligibility. If determined eligible, you will be invited to a brief interview and/or submit a letter of recommendation by a mentor, supervisor, or peer.The cost of the course is $2,500 and includes a 360-degree Leadership Circle Profile.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Details on CME credit are included in the curriculum information below.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations received less than thirty days before the first day, the registrant will be charged 50% of tuition, and have the opportunity to attend a future course, where we will collect the remaining 50%.


Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA

This course is led by Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA, professor emeritus in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and health services at the University of Washington in Seattle and senior physician advisor for the WSMA Center for Leadership Development.

More information

For more information about upcoming dates for the course, contact Monica Salgaonkar at or 206.956.3641.

What You’ll Learn

The WSMA Leadership Masterclass examines the challenges physician leaders will encounter and provides the tools needed to solve those challenges. The course provides an individualized framework building on each leader's style and gifts in order to help them achieve a delicate, but deliberate, management approach.

The course facilitates development of new, higher-level leadership skills by immersing participants in interactive problem-solving with peers facing similar situations. This learning experience equips developing leaders with self-knowledge about their reactive and creative problem-solving tendencies, while enabling them to test higher-order skill sets as they receive real-time feedback from peers.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the difference between technical and adaptive problems.
  • Detail the results of a 360-degree Leadership Circle Profile, outlining their current problem-solving style.
  • Articulate the use of adaptive leadership techniques based on the work of Ron Heifetz.
  • Receive and give feedback on a range of complex, adaptive problems and formulate solutions.

CME Credit

The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 24 hour(s) of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.


The content of this activity is not related to products or services of an ACCME-defined commercial interest; therefore no one in control of content has a relevant financial relationship to disclose and there is no potential for conflicts of interest.

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