The International Leadership Development Program for Physicians

February 12 – 22, 2018

  • $10,000

Harvard Longwood Campus, Boston, MA

I learned many tools… that I can utilize to improve performance at my organization and to improve health quality.
  • —Yaaqoub Al Hammadi, MBChB

Program Overview

The Physician Leadership Development Program

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. These expanded roles require knowledge of critical business skills and leadership practices for which most physicians have rarely received training.

This executive education program for physicians provides focused training in management and leadership, ensuring participants are prepared to lead effectively and improve organizational performance. As a participant, you will build an understanding of your responsibilities as a senior leader while developing practical knowledge about hospital management and operations. At the same time, you will develop the leadership skills required to innovate effectively, manage people, improve financial performance, and drive value across your health care delivery organization.

As a participant, you will:

  • Build an understanding of your responsibilities and tasks as a head of a clinical department or service, and as a senior institutional manager
  • Develop practical and conceptual knowledge about medical center management and operations
  • Learn strategies and tactics to lower costs while improving quality and safety
  • Expand your understanding of internal and external forces driving change in health care delivery
  • All while innovating and developing new and better ways of delivering care to meet the needs of patients and employees

Improve Health Care Performance and Outcomes

Personalized change projects are an integral part of this program. Participants will prepare in advance a project they can apply program learnings to during and after the program. Throughout the course of the program, you will have time to refine this project and get feedback from faculty and other participants. By focusing on a specific change project, you can return to your organization with an actionable plan to improve performance.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will work with you during and after the program and guide you through the steps required for successful change. You will work with IHI faculty, coaches, and your peers to advance your implementation goals by applying learning from the classroom in the context of your home environment. The post-program support will give you a framework to develop and spread improvements on a large scale.

Learn from Experts in the Field

This applied program is designed and led by Harvard and IHI faculty who are recognized experts in improving health care outcomes. You will leave this program with tools and strategies to make an impact, a roadmap for innovation, and guidance to execute 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
  • Leadership
  • Managing change
  • Negotiation
  • Operations and performance management
  • Organizational strategy
  • Patient safety and engagement
  • Quality improvement

Participants will also visit high performing health care delivery organizations in the greater Boston area during the program. You will meet with successful innovators to experience how highly -effective leadership can improve care and value. This is an unparalleled opportunity to discuss the issues you face as a health care leader with colleagues who are meeting these challenges.

Objectives & Highlights

Learning Objectives

  • Apply broad strategic knowledge of the health care system in which you work to planning and implementing changes in health care delivery at the organizational and unit level
  • Articulate your highest priorities as a leader of a health care delivery organization or clinical department and as a member of the leadership group in your institution
  • Demonstrate insight and appreciation into the external challenges and changes occurring in health care systems worldwide as well as options for effective responses
  • Employ concepts and frameworks in key management disciplines, including operations, patient safety, quality improvement, innovation, financial management and control, and performance improvement
  • Incorporate improvement methods when diagnosing and solving problems
  • Employ best practices on leading and managing health care organizations
  • Consider how health policy and health reform affect your organization
  • Deploy change management skills

Post Program Support

Following the residential program, participants continue to engage with their IHI faculty and coaches to advance their implementation goals. Participants also have the opportunity to connect with peers to share project outcomes, learn from each other’s experiences, and offer support.

Post program support learning objectives:

  • Bring institutional sponsors and stakeholders on board
  • Refine the scope and direction for individual leadership and organizational strategies
  • Establish milestones and use success metrics to evaluate the early results of the leadership challenges
  • Take advantage of an active and supporting network of physician executive peers facing similar challenges
  • Use on-going coaching and mentoring for implementation support for three months
  • Integrate into the ongoing IHI global network of peer experts

Credits, Fees, and Logistics

Please note: A laptop or other portable personal computing device is strongly recommended for course enrollees.


A limited number of hotel rooms will be reserved at a discounted rate. Please return to this page for updated hotel reservation and rate information.

Program Location

Week 1

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Program check-in and the first week of sessions will be held at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The School is located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Week 2

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
20 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138

The second week of sessions will be held at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI). IHI is located in the Charles Hotel complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard Square and Harvard University’s main campus.

For directions, please click here.

Continuing Education Credit

This program is accredited by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, equivalent to contact hours of education.

*Participants can apply these contact hours toward other professional education credits.  Some of which include CSP, CHMM, NRRPT, etc.

All credit counts are subject to final agenda.

What is Included in the Fee?

  • Continental breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks
  • Comprehensive web-based reference materials
  • Continuing education credits
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health certificate of participation


Current faculty, subject to change.

Cindy Hupke, BSN, MBA

Program Director

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Laurie S. Pascal, MBA, MPH

Program Director

Lecturer on Health Policy and Management
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Pascal Consulting

Azhar Ali


Executive Director, Middle East and Asia-Pacific
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Pierre M. Barker, MD


Senior Vice President
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP


President Emeritus and Senior Fellow
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Maureen Bisognano


President Emerita and Senior Fellow
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Karen A. Curley, MSW, MPH


Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA


Executive Director
John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation
Massachusetts General Hospital
Lecturer on Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Don Goldmann, MD


Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Professor of Epidemiology
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School

Linda Kaboolian, PhD


Wertheim Fellow, Labor and Worklife Program
Harvard Law School
Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Nancy M. Kane, DBA


Professor of Management
Department of Health Policy and Management
Associate Dean for Case-Based Teaching and Learning
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Richard B. Siegrist Jr., MS, MBA, CPA


Lecturer on Health Care Management
Department of Health Policy and Management
Master in Health Care Management Program
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Kirsten Meisinger, MD

Guest Speaker

Medical Staff President
Cambridge Health Alliance

Robert Schreiber

Guest Speaker

Medical Director of Evidence-based Programs
Hebrew Seniorlife

Who Should Participate

This program is designed for health care executives and emerging leaders who are medical doctors, including:

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chiefs of Staff
  • Clinical Department Directors
  • Executive Directors
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Superintendents
  • Vice Presidents
  • Other executives whose responsibilities require them to allocate substantial resources, develop policies, and provide organizational leadership and direction for personnel

Registration Criteria

A Doctor of Medicine (MD) or equivalent (DO, MBBS, MBChB, BMed, etc.) is required for participation in this program. Fluency in written and spoken English is also required.

Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited, and programs often fill quickly.

Develop an Unmatched Network of International Health Care Leaders

Program participants will be physician leaders who are change agents and innovators from around the world, tied together by their commitment to improving health care through effective leadership. By bringing together physicians who are changing the health care delivery system in their home country, this course offers a truly rich experience. During this program, you will develop productive alliances and enduring partnerships with your fellow physician executives.

This program offers a small, personal setting where you will learn as much from your fellow executive education participants as from program faculty as you exchange valuable insights and best practices. You will leave Harvard and IHI having developed a global network of leading executives you can rely on for guidance as you return home and implement what you learned.

Religious and Cultural Accommodations

We expect participants in this program to be representative of diverse social and religious affiliations. We hope to make the program as accommodating as possible and to meet participants’ cultural and religious needs, when possible.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently opened a new space for prayer, meditation, and quiet reflection that will be open during the program. Religious institutions, including a mosque, temple, and church are also within walking distance of the program location. Meal selection and timing will also be adjusted when possible to accommodate participants’ needs.