The WSMA Physician Leadership Course is a 40+ hour hybrid-distance
leadership skills-development course for physicians and physician
assistants who want to know more about health care leadership.
Once out of residency, many physicians will find themselves leading a
multidisciplinary team charged with delivering the highest quality care to
our patients. To be an effective team leader, core leadership competencies
are required—skills not taught in medical school. Without these skills,
physicians may find themselves unprepared and overburdened with unexpected
responsibilities—a recipe for burnout.
The WSMA is committed to helping physicians develop the skills they need
to thrive professionally in today’s health care environment, regardless of
the type or size of your organization. Developing core leadership
competencies can strengthen clinician resilience, improve time and stress
management, and help you achieve greater workflow efficiency.
The WSMA Physician Leadership Course combines face-to-face and online
learning to enable course participants to begin developing and honing
their leadership skills at their convenience. Designed with a physician's
busy schedule in mind, only three in-person classes are required; the
remainder of the course is conducted online. It’s important you are
present all-day for the three in-person sessions. If you are unable to
attend all three sessions, then it’s best register for the PLC when you
The full curriculum for the WSMA Physician Leadership Course is detailed
below. The max capacity for the course is 30 participants. Individuals or
group/system teams are encouraged to apply. The tuition for the course is:
WSMA Member: $2,250; Non-member: $2,800. A 5% discount is offered for
groups of five or more.
The Physician Leadership Course will be held in-person at The Silver Cloud
Broadway Hotel, March 3 to May 12, 2023. The first two days will be held
Friday and Saturday, March 3-4. Course participants will then have 11
weeks of online instruction and interaction, finishing with the final
in-person session on Friday, May 12.
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.
for the Physician Leadership Course. Questions? Contact Monica Salgaonkar
at 206.956.3641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refunds are available for live event registration depending on when the
refund is requested in relation to the start of the course.
WSMA reserves the right to cancel the course. If so, preregistered
participants will be notified, and full refunds provided. No shows will
receive no refund. Registrations may not be transferred to another person
at any time. A participant may transfer registration one time to the next
available course if space permits. All subsequent transfers of
registration will incur a change fee of $250. All refunds will be issued
to the original form of payment.
For in-person courses, the WSMA cannot be held responsible for other costs
or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines,
travel agencies, or hotels.
The course is designed from a social-constructivist point of view, which maintains that experienced adult learners do best when they work in teams to build new understandings of their previous experience by developing new, better-informed mental models. We will work in teams, sometimes face to face and at other times asynchronously, using multimedia resources and health care-oriented case scenarios to acquire a basic understanding of leadership, management, and quality improvement.
Unit 1 – Leadership and Management
Week 1 – In-person/Live
Module 1: Managing Yourself and Others: Personal Style and Emotional
Module 2: Managing the Organization – Teams and Culture: Working in
Teams and Basics of Coaching
Unit 2 – Quality and Patient Safety
Week 2 – Online
Module 3: Performance Improvement Basics
Week 3 – Online
Module 4: Patient Safety, Error Reduction, and High Reliability
Week 4 – Online
Module 5: Disclosure of Error and Just Culture
Unit 3 – Planning and Budgeting
Week 5 – Online
Module 6: Personal and Short Range Planning
Week 6 – Online
Module 7: Long Range and Strategic Planning
Week 7 – Online
Module 8: Finance 101 – Budgets and Revenue Management
Unit 4 – Synthesis and Application
Week 8 – Online
Module 9: Engaging Physicians in Change
Week 9 – Online
Module 10: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Leadership
Week 10 – Online
Module 11: Capstone Case Formulation
Week 11 – In-person/Live
Module 12: Planning for Next Steps: Communication, Influence,
Feedback, Conflict & Negotiation
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
will be awarded for the online activity.