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 Physician Leadership Course will be March 22–May 31, 2024, in person
at The Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway in Seattle. The first two in-person
sessions will be held Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Course
participants will then have 11 weeks of online instruction and
interaction, finishing with a final in-person session on Friday, May 31.
The deadline for registration is Feb. 22, 2024.
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
Learn more about the course from Dr. Ed Walker and hear what PLC
graduates have to say about growing their leadership skills to drive
positive change in health care.
for the Physician Leadership Course. Questions? Contact Alyssa Crawford at
206.956.3637 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.
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 or change charges assessed by
airlines, travel agencies, or hotels.
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.
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.
The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical
education for physicians.
The WSMA designates this Other (blended course of live and enduring
material) activity 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
This activity meets the criteria for up to 40 hour(s) of Category I
CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington
State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes
participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to
earn up to:
It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant
completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC
To claim MOC credit, learners must earn a minimum of 75% on all online
quizzes and participate in the live portions of the course, including
participating in role play exercises.
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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