The International Leadership Development Program for Physicians
Develop the knowledge and skills you need to effectively lead your health care organization.
Physicians are often selected for senior leadership positions based on clinical expertise. No matter the setting, these expanded roles require knowledge of critical management skills and leadership practices, which are not typically part of physician training.
This executive education program brings together a peer group of physician leaders from a variety of health care settings around the world who face similar challenges. Harvard experts and industry leaders provide focused leadership and management training, ensuring participants are prepared to direct change and drive value within their organizations and communities.
During this highly interactive course, participants will engage with each other and expert faculty in small groups, experiential activities, and full-class discussions, allowing for an open exchange of ideas to address the challenges inherent in creating a healthy population, quality health care, and maintaining cost effectiveness.
As a participant, you will:
- Develop a deeper awareness of your own leadership strengths and development opportunities
- Enhance your strategy, negotiation, conflict management, peer and team management and other key leadership skills
- Expand your understanding of responsibilities and options as a manager of a clinical department, service, or program and as a senior institutional leader
- Learn strategies and tactics to lower costs and improve operations while increasing quality and safety
- Advance knowledge and skills in the art and science of improvement, allowing each participant the opportunity to immediately apply the skills they learn to a selected improvement project during the program
- Visit and engage with change agents in high performing health care delivery organizations in the greater Boston area
- All while innovating and developing new and better ways of delivering care to meet the needs of patients and employees
You will also have the opportunity to learn from the Harvard case-based style of learning, which provides a deep understanding of how leadership concepts apply to everyday situations in settings around the world.
Improve Health Care, Experience, and Value
As part of the program, each participant will identify and develop a plan for an improvement project connected to her or his organization’s business plan. Each participant will identify a key area of change prior to the start of the program, submit the idea to faculty for review, and actively work on the project during the program and beyond.
The improvement project may be in any one of three categories:
- Improving quality of care and services
- Reducing costs while maintaining or improving quality
- Expanding patient or customer satisfaction with the development of new services or innovative ways of providing existing services
Throughout the program you will work with faculty and participant colleagues to refine and further develop your project, so that you can implement the project when you return home. Whether you work at a public health delivery site, a government agency, or another setting, this collaboration will enable you to move forward with an actionable plan to improve performance.
The design of this program allows participants to achieve results by immediately applying the skills they learn to everyday work experiences. This combination of theory applied to daily work makes the program unique and provides a foundation for making improvements long after the program is completed.
Harvard faculty in the program will assist you before and during the program, guiding you through the steps required for successful change. You will work with Harvard faculty and your peers to advance your implementation goals by applying learning from the classroom in the context of your home environment.
Learn from Experts in the Field
This applied program is designed and led by Harvard Chan School faculty who are recognized experts in improving health care in diverse settings around the world. The faculty will work with you on how learnings are applicable and tailorable to your specific health care setting. You will leave this program with the tools and strategies to be a more effective manager and leader and to make a greater impact on executing successful change when you return home. Topics explored during this program include:
- Evidence-based decision making
- Financial analysis and cost control
- Generating and sustaining innovation
- Creating and managing change
- Team building and performance
- Organizational strategy
- Patient safety and engagement
- Quality improvement methods and tools
As a participant, you will visit a high performing health care delivery organization that serves a diverse population in the Greater Boston area. Through this visit, you will meet with successful innovators to experience how highly effective leadership can improve care, health, and value. This is an unparalleled opportunity to discuss the issues you face as a health care leader with colleagues and experts who are meeting these challenges.