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Physician Leadership Course

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.

The course combines face-to-face and online learning to enable course participants to begin developing and honing their leadership skills at their convenience.

Course details

The fall 2018 course will be held Sept. 7–Nov. 9. The in-person classes will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8 in Seattle. Course participants will then have eight weeks of online instruction and interaction, finishing with a third in-person session on Friday, Nov. 9.

The full curriculum for the WSMA Physician Leadership Course is detailed below. The course is limited to 30 participants. Individuals or group/system teams are encouraged to apply. The tuition for the course is $2,000 for WSMA members and $2,800 for non-members. A 5 percent discount is offered for groups of five or more.

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

To enroll

We are no longer accepting applications for the fall 2018 course, which is now full. We'll post details on the next Physician Leadership Course shortly. For questions, contact Lauren Beverly at 206.956.3622 or lauren@wsma.org.

Physician Leadership Course Curriculum

Learn more about our basic "boot camp" to familiarize physicians and physician assistants with the core components of health care leadership.

This is a course for physicians and physician assistants who want to know more about health care leadership. Many physicians and PAs who take this course will go on to further training and become leaders and managers in their local clinical care settings. The course is a basic "boot camp" to familiarize physicians with the four important components of health care leadership: performance improvement, patient safety and high reliability; leadership and management of individuals, teams and organizations; planning and finance; and creating and maintaining a personal leadership development plan.

Course Philosophy

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.

Faculty

Edward Walker, MD, MHA
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Schedule

Unit 1 – Leadership and Management

Week 1 – In person
Module 1: Managing Yourself and Others
Module 2: Managing the Organization – Teams and Culture

Unit 2 – Quality and Patient Safety

Week 2 – Online
Module 3: Performance Improvement Basics

Week 3 – Online
Module 4: Patient Safety, Error Reduction

Week 4 – Online
Module 5: Disclosure of Error and the 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: Capstone Case Formulation

Week 10 – In person
Module 11: Planning for Next Steps

Presentation of your capstone project on the final day is required as assessment for the online portion of the course. No partial AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will be awarded for the online activity.

CME accreditation

The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this Other activity (blended course of live instruction and online enduring materials) for a maximum of 40 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 40 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Dates of release/termination

This activity is available from January-December 2018. This activity was last reviewed and approved for CME credit Sept. 15, 2017.

Disclosure

The planning committee and faculty for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose because the content of this activity is not related to products or services of commercial interests.

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