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Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy is an interdisciplinary leadership development program for university-based and community-based health system professionals. Developed in partnership with Penn State Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Programs, Leadership Academy provides attendees with the skills required to excel in strategic leadership and management roles in academic health centers and associated health care systems. All health system leaders, including physicians, scientists, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and administrators are welcome to apply.

Note: Due to COVID-19 and its repercussions, the 2020 Leadership Academy program has been canceled. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Smeal College of Business are committed to running Leadership Academy in October 2021.

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Objectives Expand answer
  • Develop strategic directions for academic medical entities and regional health systems to establish long-term competitive advantage in a changing health care marketplace.
  • Develop health care leaders who leverage and integrate the core missions of education, research, patient care and outreach
  • Enhance collaboration and innovative problem-solving across networks
  • Drive execution and accountability
  • Learn and apply the basics of financial literacy to improve operational decision-making
  • Learn to lead with emotional intelligence and impact
Participants Expand answer

Leadership Academy is intended for faculty, physician leaders and staff who have interest in leadership positions within their institutions, have previous leadership experience and have the support of their supervisor or chair. Applicants at mid-career or higher level with administrative or leadership responsibilities will receive priority.

Past participants are listed here:

What Participants Are Saying Expand answer

“I just finished the Harvard Macy Program on Innovation in Medical Education. While it was outstanding, I think our leadership program was of comparable excellence. Will strongly encourage participation at UP.”
– Michael Flannigan, MD

“The Leadership Academy was instrumental in networking with other department members and getting a thorough understanding of the day to day operations of the hospital. It took me out of my smaller world of Dermatology and made me see the institution as a whole. This has been critically important as it has helped me understand the bigger picture and way certain decisions are made for the betterment of the Institution as a whole. The course was very successful and it was one of the best experiences and one of the most helpful experiences I have had the pleasure of participating in. The team I worked with was wonderful, and we all strived to achieve a common goal of improving the institution. I strongly recommend the course and I feel that it was extremely helpful in preparing me for my new role as Vice Chair of Dermatology.”
– Brian Anderson, MD

“The Leadership Academy provided me the opportunity to network and build relationships with my peers from across the system, enhance my leadership skills and inspired me to go back to my unit and apply the principles we learned to help my department better support the organization. The professors and presenters made the topics easy to understand and relatable to the challenges we face as leaders in today’s uncertain health care landscape.”
– Nicole Smith, BA, MPM

“The Leadership Academy offers a unique experience to sharpen and further develop your leadership skills. The program leverages your current knowledge while propelling you forward in your career development with thought provoking concepts. You are exposed to executive-level leaders who introduce you to key concepts with space to understand practical applications in your everyday work. The caliber of speakers was by far some of the best I have ever heard.”
-April Adley, MHA, BSN, RN, CNML

Curriculum Expand answer

The curriculum is intended to enhance the critical skill sets of participants necessary to lead and make a difference within academic health care centers and associated regional health systems. The course content is focused on addressing leadership challenges and opportunities within the integrated, multi-mission structure of such systems. Topics may include:

  • Understanding the changing health care landscape
  • Understanding the value of research and education to these systems, and funding challenges
  • Managing the cycles of change in strategic leadership
  • Building your executive presence
  • Closing the gap between financial perceptions and performance
  • Enhancing operational effectiveness within a partnership of an academic health center and a regional health system
  • Building teams
  • Addressing emotional well-being of teams
  • Clear and effective communication

A weeklong team-based case analysis is included to provide the opportunity to think systemically and work collaboratively, reinforcing the frameworks, models and approaches learned in Leadership Academy.

Benefits Expand answer

Upon completion, participants will have gained:

  • An understanding of strategic leadership
  • Improved ability to build and lead effective and diverse teams
  • Enhanced business literacy in the areas of finance, research and education funding
  • Knowledge of the overall interaction of key components in an integrated health care system
Program Faculty Expand answer

Faculty will be recognized nationally in their respective fields and also be experienced educators with real world experience.

The Penn State Executive Programs team offers decades of combined experience in helping clients from more than 150 companies build the organizational and leadership capabilities to deal with today’s most pressing business challenges.

Teaching Methods Expand answer

Content delivery will include a combination of lecture format, case-based teaching and team discussions.

Participants will have assigned reading to prepare for class. The estimated time for course preparation will be one hour of reading at night during the week of the course.

The cases will be focused on problems relevant to academic health centers and will require participants to make key decisions relevant to the case and to network among each other to enhance learning opportunities.

The instructor will guide the discussion and summarize key points at the end of the discussion.