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Improving team function to help you achieve greater operational success within your clinical system.

Dyad Leadership Course

The WSMA Dyad Leadership Course is a month-long course with three live educational workshop days. This course is intended for physicians and their administrative dyad partners who wish to improve team function and achieve greater operational success within their clinical system.

Why it's important

Safe, cost-effective, and quality care can only be achieved when physicians and administrators are strong partners in leadership. Forging such a partnership effectively connects the culture of patient care with the culture of business, yielding better outcomes and real change.

Teamwork is necessary to achieve better outcomes. Having the whole team on the same page for the right reasons is crucial to drive real change.

How it works

The WSMA Dyad Leadership Course is designed as a working “retreat” focusing on three aspects of leadership development:

  • Assessment of current individual, dyad, and team function, with attention to opportunities for improvement.
  • Construction of a remediation process using classroom-based and health care facility-based resources to plan for individual, dyad, and team growth.
  • An evaluation of progress toward goals at the completion of the course.

This WSMA Dyad Leadership Course develops leadership knowledge and skills based on the ongoing operational needs of the physician and their administrative partner. The course is adapted to fit the specific clinical culture of participating teams. At the end of the course, participants will have a greater understanding of how to enhance leadership and operational success within their clinical system.

Course details

2024 course dates are coming soon.


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.


To register for the WSMA Dyad Leadership Course, physicians must have completed the WSMA Physician Leadership Course or be on a leadership track within their practice or organization. Learn more about the Physician Leadership Course.

Questions? Contact Alyssa Crawford at 206.956.3637 or

Cancellation policy

Refunds are available for live event registration depending on when the refund is requested in relation to the start of the course.

  • 91 days or more until start of event: a 100% refund less a $100 processing fee per person
  • 61 – 90 days until start of event: a 75% refund
  • 31-60 days until start of event: a 25% refund
  • 30 days or less until start of event: no refund

The 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.

Dyad Leadership Course Curriculum

Course goal

Improve the working relationship with your team partner by having those conversations you never seem to get around to having.


Unit 1: How you function today and your imagined best future together (Day 1)

  • Current state: Where are we now, and where are we going?
  • Appreciative inquiry: We at our very best
  • Our “one big thing”: What’s the single best thing we could do to take us to the next level?
  • Personal style, vulnerability, and versatility: How do our personal styles help and hinder?
  • Emotional Intelligence: How does emotional intelligence improve our partnership?

Unit 2: Becoming the best we can be (Day 2)

  • Leadership competency analysis: where do we have strengths and weaknesses?
  • Dyad tune up and liberating structures: Improving our daily function and learning new tools.
  • Coaching to success, mental complexity, and decision-making: Support for difficult problems.
  • Overview of capstone and expectations: Design a capstone project that demonstrates how you’ll achieve your “one big thing.”

Unit 3: Working with your partner/team in real-time (3 weeks on your own)

  • Given you know your partner a little better now, work together on the capstone project that demonstrates how you’ll get to that next level.

Unit 4: Capstone (Day 3)

  • Present your project to your colleagues for feedback
  • Hear other best practices from the other groups


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