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Team-Based Leadership Course
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Improving team function to help you achieve greater operational success within your clinical system.

Team-Based Leadership Course

The WSMA Team-Based Leadership Course is a month-long course with three live educational workshop days. This course is intended for physicians and their administrative 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 Team-Based 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 Team-Based 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

Course dates for2025 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 Team-Based 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.

Team-Based 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

CME and MOC Credit

CME Credit

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this Live activity for a maximum of 19.5 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 19.5 hours of Category I CME Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

MOC Credit

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

  • 19.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;
  • 19.5 MOC points in the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements;
  • 19.5 part II self-assessment credit in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s Continuing Certification (ABOHNS) program (formerly known as MOC);
  • 19.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) MOC program;
  • 19.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) MOC program;
  • 19.5 MOC points for the CME requirement of the American Board of Surgery’s (ABS) Continuous Certification program; and
  • 19.5 MOC points in the American Board of Thoracic Surgery’s (ABTS) MOC program.

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM or ABP MOC credit.

To claim MOC credit, learners must attend the live portions of the activity, participate in role play exercises, and complete an A3 presentation with their partner(s).


The content of this activity is not related to products or services of an ACCME- defined ineligible company, also known as a commercial interest; therefore no one in control of content has a relevant financial relationship to disclose.


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