Physician Leadership Academy Courses and Curriculum

Below you will find the UnityPoint Health Physician Leadership Academy curriculum for the 2019-2020 program.  These courses are a combination of online, self-study and in-person sessions. Select one of the courses below to find more information. *Please note: all dates are subject to change.

You can also get to know more about the faculty and staff of the Physicians Leadership Academy.

2019 Courses

Foundations of Physician Leadership – Communication
Online Course
3.5 CME / 3.5 Elective
Faculty: Timothy Keogh, PhD
It takes solid communication skills to gain influence, promote cooperation and engage top performers. And you need to know yourself before you can reach others. Here, you'll identify your own personal work behavioral tendencies and develop an understanding of how these styles may affect others. You'll learn how to identify style differences and understand and value individual differences. These skills will enhance your effectiveness by improving your relationships with others and you'll be able to develop strategies for collaboration to increase productivity in the workplace.
Foundations of Physician Leadership – Finance
Online Course
7 CME / 7 Elective
Faculty: Hugh W. Long, PhD, JD
Learn key financial concepts and basic economic principles that will earn you respect from administration and admiration from clinicians.
Foundations of Physician Leadership – Influence
Online Course
7 CME / 7 Elective
Faculty: Dave Logan, PhD
Effective physician leadership is key to improved patient satisfaction, reduced length of stay and better integration of clinical care across service lines. To be effective, physician leaders must master multiple clinical and leadership competencies, including interpersonal skills.

When leaders learn to use interpersonal skills, they can apply them in a wide variety of specific activities, including leading teams, coaching and managing conflict.

Foundations of Physician Leadership – Quality
Online Course
7 CME / 7 Elective
Faculty: David Nash, MD, MBA, FACPE
Poorly designed care processes or systems have led to unnecessary duplication of services, long waiting times and delays, and compromised patient safety, resulting in avoidable errors and harm to patients. Health care organizations are increasingly adopting quality improvement methods and techniques to minimize waste, decrease errors, increase efficiency, and ultimately improve quality of care. Gain clarity about what you are trying to accomplish, what changes you can make that will result in an improvement, and how you will know that the improvement has occurred. Learn how you can implement such approaches more successfully within health care.

Leadership Development within a Culture of Trust
Live, In-Person Course
7 CME / 7 Elective
Faculty: Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCP, CPDC, CCPE
Building upon the results of an assessment specifically designed for physician leaders, this course reviews the characteristics, motivations and thinking styles present in the attendee group. Elucidating the way leaders can effectively approach the management of themselves and others, the course provides a detailed view of strengths and developmental opportunities while setting a foundation for goal maximization within a culture of trust.

Prior to the course, participants respond to the American Association of Physician Leadership's customized CPI 260, an online assessment which offers reliability and validity with a normative sample of 6,000 senior executives. Unlike other leadership assessments, this tool speaks to unique competencies required for physicians, incorporating concepts such as evidence-based practice, the tendency to weigh risk vs. benefit, and more. These competencies were identified through surveys of physician membership and the work of the Health Leadership Alliance, a network of professional healthcare administration associations representing more than 140,000 healthcare management professionals.
Managing Physician Engagement
Live, In-Person Course
Discover how to create stable relationships between physicians and the workplace. Use the strategies here to build physician trust, provide performance feedback and implement change. Explore key elements designed to promote higher levels of physician engagement and deliver effective solutions.
Emotional Intelligence for Physicians: Meeting Patient's and Staff's Needs
Live, In-Person Course
7 CME / 7 Elective
Faculty: Char Wenc, M.Ed.
Your relationship with your patient is a critical component of your clinical practice. If you want to better manage your relationship with your patients and co-workers, consider the importance of emotional intelligence skills.

There is a renewed interest in healthcare in the role of emotional intelligence. Since there is growing evidence that a physician's emotional intelligence influences patient outcomes and organizational success.

Techniques of Financial Decision Making
Facilitated Online Course
24 CME / 24 Core
Faculty: Steven Finkler, PhD, CPA
The ability to apply financial principles and concepts to decision making is critical for the physician executive but is often a mystifying blend of mechanical calculation and confusing theories. This course provides the knowledge and skills to turn the mysteries into tools you can use to shape your organization's strategic future. The focus is on operations and investment, and the integration of financial principles into those areas. The basic principles of finance will be taught along with the mechanical skills of manipulating financial tools, giving each participant a thorough understanding of the key areas required to both build and grow a fiscally healthy organization.
Building and Leading Effective Teams
Live, In-Person Course
7 CME / 7 Elective
Faculty: William "Marty" Martin, MA, MS, MPH, PsyD, CHES
This full day workshop will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and support to build a Team-Based Health Care Organization that selects, orients, trains, and rewards physician leaders, physicians, and other health care professionals for designing and delivering care in a team-based environment. A team development survey will be utilized in this course to provide data on the effectiveness of teams. In addition, cases, role plays, experiential activities and movie vignettes will be used to reinforce the learning.
Three Faces of Quality
Live, In-Person Course with Online Components
24 CME / 24 Core
Faculty: Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA OR John Byrnes, MD
Because of their unique roles in patient care, physicians must be leaders in performance improvement. Understand your role in supporting high quality health care. Discover how to design and implement systems that drive better patient and business outcomes. Apply real-world concepts to improve quality at your organization.

See what you, as a physician leader, need to guide your team in the support of high quality health care. Learn performance improvement tools you can use to deliver higher quality health care and ensure patient safety. Gain a better understanding of how a culture of high reliability can help your organization prevent, detect and mitigate errors, using examples from commercial aviation. Outline a plan for returning to your home institution and initiating quality improvement efforts. Learn about influencing physician behavior to improve quality and cost-effectiveness.

Practical Principals of Change Management
Online Course
2 CME / 2 Elective
Faculty: Larry McEvoy II, MD
Physician leaders search for consistent methods of applying change at all levels of an organization and reducing the anxiety it can create. Yet, many are short-sighted to the impact of real change. This course will examine how effective change management builds learning and trust, exploring the multiple variables that result in team success. Through the dissection of real case studies, you will identify the critical questions and determine essential methodology to manage the next change process within your organization.
Improving Communication and Feedback in Health Care Leadership
Online Course
2.5 CME / 2.5 Elective
Faculty: William "Marty" Martin, PsyD, MPH, MA, MS, CHES
Communication is the linchpin for every interaction of a physician leader. To be most effective, a leader must grasp the nature of different types of communication and gain skills to use feedback to focus on goals and handle conflict within an organization. You'll be able to optimize your use of the tools within the communication arsenal and align your team to improve patient care.
Physician in Management – Marketing
Online Course
3.5 CME / 3.5 Elective
Faculty: Eric Berkowitz, PhD
Marketing is all about helping people make educated choices. Here, you'll understand techniques for marketing health care and staying ahead of the competition including differential advantage, target markets and relationship marketing. You'll learn how physicians and patients make choices and develop market-driven plans. You can lock in your patient and referral base and find your competitive edge in the health care marketplace by establishing your brand.
Project Management
Online Course
4 CME / 4 Elective
Faculty: Laura Synnott, MSHA, FACHE
Physician leaders often find themselves in the role of project stakeholder, customer or end user. Becoming skilled with project management tools will enable you to ask appropriate questions, hold project managers accountable and monitor progress throughout the project to ensure successful completion. Physicians in project manager roles need to understand how to clarify expectations, define scope, develop a budget and establish a schedule for completion. Here, you'll gain those skills. You'll also learn to work within a team dynamic, a skill to apply in many settings.
You're Not Just A Doctor Anymore
Live, In-Person Course
7 CME / 7 Elective
Faculty: Kevin O'Connor, CSP
Physician leaders are required to develop a new skillset of beliefs, behaviors, and results that will define their work beyond their clinical expertise and reputation. In order to meet these challenging requirements, the physician as leader, influencer, and as 'right thinker' this course devotes itself to the following competencies.
Burned-Out or Fired Up? Leading Interdisciplinary Healthcare Teams in a Disengaged World
Live, In-Person Course
Faculty: Dan Diamond, MD
We can all agree that when interdisciplinary healthcare teams thrive they produce contagious commitment, minimal turnover, and better patient outcomes. While there is a host of barriers that we all know exist, the real issue is that neither making people more resilient nor blaming the organization will produce solutions that last. The strategic leadership approach that addresses the SELF, the SQUAD, and the SYSTEM enables real change because it fuels the individual, inspires the team, and transforms the organization from the inside out. Which means that the way to make lasting change is to restore the right mindset, engage in the work, invest in others, and become devoted to reconstructing a better environment. How do we do that? By starting with the Thriver's Mindset.