New Demands on Physicians Spur Physician Leaders Program at Florida International University
Healthcare delivery is now one of the largest service economies in the world. To better equip physicians in their demanding roles as administrators and senior staff members in private offices, group practices and hospitals, the Center for Leadership (CFL) at Florida International University (FIU) in collaboration with FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of The Physician Leaders Program (PLP), to be held at FIU Downtown Brickell campus, Miami, FL,  over two weekend sessions this winter: January 23-24 and February 6-7, 2015. The program will offer participants 29.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
“Medical school training is almost exclusively focused on giving physicians an expert clinical skills set,” reports Mayra Beers, PhD, Director of Strategy for the CFL and a Knight Research Fellow. “Our program, extensively developed over the last two years, equips physicians with tools to become leaders and change agents in their organizations, fundamental pre-requisites for effective and successful healthcare delivery.”
PLP was developed for physicians working in private practice  or group practices, chief medical officers, hospitalists and physicians with significant administrative responsibility. The program is based on The Center’s award winning model of leadership development and designed to meet the dynamics of the changing twenty-first century healthcare environment.
“The current healthcare landscape requires a more collaborative approach to patient care, requiring a dramatic shift from autonomy to a team care approach,” points out John A. Rock, MD, MSPH, Dean and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs at the Wertheim College of Medicine. “Helping physicians effectively collaborate in culturally sensitive ways – a dramatic shift from the physician-as-lone-practitioner model of past decades – is a key goal of this program.”
Serving as Program Directors are Eneida O. Roldan, M.D., MPH, MBA, Associate Dean at Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU, and Nelson L. Adams, III, M.D., Chairman, Sunshine State Health Plan, and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center.
“The design of the Physician Leaders Program is based on the CFL’s highly effective Leadership Competency Builder©,” says Dr. Roldan. “It identifies and provides clear feedback for physician participants about leadership competencies most needed for long-term organizational success.”
Five key competencies necessary for a leader’s success form the foundation of the program: leading self, leading others, connecting with others, managing work, and providing strategic focus. “The program’s sessions address each of these competencies as they apply to physicians, to dramatically increase their leadership capacity,” says Dr. Roldan.
FIU’s Center for Leadership, is the recipient of the top ranking in the 2014 Leadership 500 Excellence Awards in the educational institution category by Leadership Excellence, a publication of The Center is committed to providing leaders with the competencies to positively and effectively transform their organizations and their societies..
With demonstrated expertise in executive leadership development, The Center boasts more than 600 program alumni from a broad-spectrum of organizations both private and public, from across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.