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.
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!
In-person course details
The Physician Leadership Course will be Sept. 8 - Nov. 17, 2023, in person
at The Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway in Seattle. The first two in-person sessions will be held Friday
and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9. Course participants will then have 11
weeks of online instruction and interaction, finishing with a final
in-person session on Friday, Nov. 17.
Virtual-only course details
The virtual-only Physician Leadership course will be held Oct. 13 - Dec. 15, 2023. The first live virtual sessions are Friday and
Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14. Course participants will then have 11 weeks
of online instruction and interaction, finishing with a third live virtual
session on Friday, Dec. 15.
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.
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.