Emerging Physician Leadership Program (EPLP)

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This newly created 2-year program is designed for early- to mid-career physicians with either A) prior education in business/leadership (e.g. MBA or other Leadership Development Program) or B) prior administrative/management experience who wish to pursue leadership positions in a health care environment. The program is open to physicians across the BCH system and provides education, coaching and mentoring in a broad range of aspects of executive leadership. The program consists of both didactic teaching and interactive discussion on a range of topics facing leadership today. Participants will be challenged to offer solutions and ideas, developing skills suited for the next generation of hospital leaders.

The diverse faculty consists of members of the BCH executive leadership team, hospital leaders across the enterprise, and guest speakers including faculty from the Harvard Business School. Topics include: leadership, strategy, organizational structure and navigation, operations management, financial management and budgeting, human resource management (retention and recruitment), non-clinical missions and funding including philanthropy and research, team-building and negotiation skills, legal considerations and risk-management, communication and marketing, among others.

EPLP Session Schedule

Session 1: Introduction to the Emerging Physician Leadership ProgramNovember 1, 20221 Autumn Street – Auditorium A
Session 2: The Structure of Boston Children’s HospitalDecember 13, 2022Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 3: Financial Management – Capital BudgetingJanuary 24, 2023Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 4: Departmental/Division Strategy – Free-Standing Imaging CentersMarch 7, 2023Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 5: The Great ResignationApril 25, 2023Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 6: Managing PhysiciansMay 23, 2023Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 7: Women in LeadershipJune 27, 2023Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 8: Innovation and Digital Health at BCH September 5, 2023Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 9: Contracting at BCHOctober 10, 2023 Hale 7 Large Conference Room
Session 10: Emotional Intelligence and Self-AwarenessNovember 14, 2023Hale 7 Large Conference Room
Session 11: Supply Chain Dynamics/Emerging Issues in Health EquityDecember 19, 20231 Autumn Street – Auditorium A
Session 12: Chief Panel – Perspectives on Leading a Department or Foundation at BCHJanuary 23, 2024Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 13: Boston Children’s Enterprise Future Financial StrategyMarch 5, 2024Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 14: Managing the Unprofessional PhysicianApril 2, 2024Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 15: Managing Conflict and Effective NegotiationsMay 7, 2024Karp 1 Boardroom
Session 16: Institutional Strategy: Insights from the CEOJune 18, 20241 Autumn Street – Auditorium A
All sessions will take place from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

The educational goals of the course are as follows:

  1. To offer education, coaching, and mentoring in executive leadership for the next generation of leaders through didactic teaching and interactive case presentations, including live cases involving decisions being considered by hospital leadership.  
  2. To advise the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs on opportunities and barriers to the development of mid-career professional medical staff.
  3. To consider leadership opportunities for active mid-career medical staff across the delivery of medical services at BCH. 
  4. To demonstrate effective leadership skills, including communication techniques and professionalism in interaction with colleagues
  5. To demonstrate and teach skills that are useful in enlisting and mobilizing a diverse health care team including techniques to build influence.
  6. To explore diverse perspectives and listen to new or unfamiliar ideas or perspectives while withholding judgment
  7. To increase empathy, knowledge and awareness about the different backgrounds of individuals within the BCH system.

Course Directors: Sarah Bixby, MD, MBA &William Meehan, MD

Course Consultant: Mathieu Gaulin, CPMSM, CPCS

Course Program Manager: Jay Joynes, CCEP, CHC

EPLP Course Faculty

Session TitleSession Presenter
Introduction to the Emerging Physician Leadership ProgramPeter Laussen, MBBS, FANZCA, FCICM
Paul Hickey, MD
John Mayer, MD
The Structure of Boston Children’s HospitalWilliam Meehan, MD
Financial Management – Capital BudgetingDonna Casey
Departmental/Division Strategy – Free-standing Imaging CentersSarah Bixby, MD, MBA & Richard Robertson, MD
The Great ResignationDick Argys, Lisa Abbott & Ellen Rothstein
Managing PhysiciansPeter Waters, MD
Innovation & Digital Health at Boston Children’s HospitalJohn Brownstein, Ph.D, Jennifer Magaziner & Ulysses Sallum
Women in LeadershipSandra Fenwick
Emerging Issues in Health EquityValerie Ward, MD, MPH
Supply Chain Problems in Health CareDick Argys & Shannon Manzi, PharmD
Managing Conflict and Effective NegotiationsMelissa Brodrick & Jennifer Mahony
Emotional Intelligence & Self-awarenessPeter Waters, MD & Vincent Chiang, MD
Managing the Unprofessional PhysicianMichele Garvin, David Hunter, MD, PhD, & James Horgan
Institutional Strategy: Insights from the CEOKevin Churchwell, MD, MPH

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