Leadership Academy

Developed in partnership with the Penn State Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Programs, the Leadership Academy of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine provides attendees (physicians, scientists, nurses and administrators) with the skills required to excel in strategic leadership and management roles in academic health centers and associated health care systems.

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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
  • Address employee burnout and options to increase well-being
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

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
  • Improved negotiation and conflict-management skills
  • 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
  • An understanding of the key issues facing all partners in an academic health care delivery 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.

Program Location and Organization Expand answer

Classes are scheduled Sept. 24 to 28, 2018, and will be held at 201 Keller Building, University Park, PA.

Classes will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. Some evening activities will be required. Cell phones and pages are not allowed so that full attention can be devoted to coursework.

The Kickoff Dinner will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9, 2018, in Room 302A of the University Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Program Fee Expand answer

For Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employees, Penn State employees, Penn State College of Medicine employees, and Penn State Health affiliate employees, the fee is $4,250.

The fee for external (nonaffiliated) participants is $6,250.

The program fee covers tuition, lodging, meals and teaching materials. For full reimbursement, cancellations must be made in writing and received before Aug. 1, 2018.

Any cancellations received any time between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, 2018, will be subject to a forfeit of 50 percent of the program fee.

Cancellations after Sept. 15, 2018, will result in 100 percent forfeiture of the program fee.

Accommodations Expand answer

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., State College, PA 16803. Participants will be assigned rooms once accepted into the program.

Applying to the Program Expand answer

Applications for Leadership Academy are due June 1, 2018, for September’s sessions. Applications received after that date will be considered based on availability. Payment is not required at the time of application. Admitted applicants will receive an invoice and must pay the fee at that time for their spot to be reserved.

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Continuing Education Credit Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This live activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.