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American Association for Physician Leadership
American Association for Physician Leadership

Learn, Connect,
and Advance

At the 2023 Fall Institute, we are
once again bringing back our top faculty,
CME courses and in-person
peer networking—all against the
backdrop of sunny Scottsdale.


Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Scottsdale, AZ
Oct 26-29

In this course, attendees will gain insight into key concepts and competencies such as shared leadership/governance, four defining attributes of a team, the group/team environment and organizational culture, and teams and change management.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $415$489
Advanced (through 9/30) $489$575
Standard (after 9/30) $538$633
  • Identify traits and norms of effective leadership styles related to supervising and supporting teamwork

  • Identify and evaluate several structures of teams that lead to productive outcomes and deliverables

  • Differentiate leadership frameworks between individuals, groups of individuals and team compositions

  • Identify and classify various types and designs of team compositions presented in this course

  • Examine the goals and purposes of each type of team presented throughout the course

  • Explore the impact that the recruitment, selection and chronotypes have on the construction of competent team chemistry

  • Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities between coaching and mentoring employees assigned to a team

  • Explore strategies that capable leaders employ to promote and assist efficient teamwork

  • Analyze several theoretical foundations that produce successful outcomes related to change management

What does it take to become a CEO in health care? This academy course will provide the framework for transitioning into the role of CEO, recognizing what distinguishes leadership from management in health care, empowering yourself as a leader, overseeing your organization or practice, and better understanding and appreciating the impact of your leadership style.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $1,131$1,330
Advanced (through 9/30) $1,330$1,565
Standard (after 9/30) $1,463$1,722
  • Utilize insights from successful CEOs on how to lead successful organizations.

  • Perform an in-depth analysis of who creates value in the medical system.

  • Develop skills for crisis management and business critical conversations.

  • Form strategies for managing cognitive biases.

  • Identify and create alliances across organizational structures.

  • Impementing change management strategies from a CEO perspective.

  • Recognize what financial and accounting information is important to CEOs.

  • Develop strategies to use data effectively in decision-making.

  • Review methods for reading and interpreting financial statements.

  • Evaluate investment and financing decisions.

This academy is created for both new and experienced CMOs who want to hone critical health care management and leadership skills. Together, we'll cover the frameworks and strategies you need to make meaningful financial decisions for your organization.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $1,131$1,330
Advanced (through 9/30) $1,330$1,565
Standard (after 9/30) $1,463$1,722
  • Understand the external economic drivers of healthcare transformation and why the 'triple aim' cannot be accomplished without physician leadership.

  • Understand the causes and benefits of disruptive innovation.

  • Learn how to redesign medical staffs to integrate and unify high performance.

  • Understand the change management process needed to institute population health.

  • Understand that clinical variation is not only dangerous, but also expensive.

  • Determine current best practices used to create a culture of service.

  • Understand the importance of financial management in healthcare organizations.

  • Identify the key drivers affecting the financial condition of healthcare organizations.

  • Apply an evidence based management approach to improve quality.

Throughout this course, you’ll learn about topics such as medical error liability, managed care contracting, patient rights, equal opportunity in the workplace, and more.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $654$769
Advanced (through 9/30) $769$905
Standard (after 9/30) $846$996
  • Interpret statutes and judicial opinions that affect healthcare

  • Examine how the law affects business relationships and the health care decision-making process

  • Explore legal trends in legal liability for hospitals and managed care organizations

  • Determine ways to reduce risk and improve the quality of patient care

  • Identify problem practitioners and develop effective strategies for dealing with them

  • Review issues related to managed care, such as key contract provisions

Creating and managing your online presence can be a challenge, but recent studies show that it may be of vital importance for today’s physicians. This course introduces health care professionals to the nuances of personal branding.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Define "online presence" and what it means to you.

  • Identify reasons for developing and maintaining an online personal brand.

  • Assess your current online presence and determine areas for improvement.

  • Recognize potential risks, downfalls and obstacles associated with developing an online presence.

  • Evaluate social media and other options for creating an effective online presence.

  • Build a credible "brand voice" online through consistency and style.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Budgeting

    • Application of budgets

    • Characteristics of budgets

    • The budgeting process- dos and don’ts

    • Checks and balances

    • Variance review

  • Forecasting

    • Forecasting accurately

    • Utilization of budgets as a management tool

    • Meaningful projections

    • How to prevent departmental “sandbagging”

Everyone sees the world differently, and that’s why communicating with other people isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair. Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Communication provides actionable advice to help physician leaders adjust their communication style and delivery to make better connections with the people around them.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $491$578
Advanced (through 9/30) $578$680
Standard (after 9/30) $636$748
  • Interpret non-verbal cues and word use that can communicate intent.

  • Determine personal communication style and personality type.

  • Develop strategies for building relationships and working with others.

  • Understand the four communication styles based on the DiSC psychometric assessment.

Influence is a major component of leadership. Not to be confused with power or control, influence is leveraging key tactics that involve, connect, and inspire others. Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Influence, is full of concepts that will help physician leaders to recognize their ability to influence situations and people.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $491$578
Advanced (through 9/30) $578$680
Standard (after 9/30) $636$748
  • Establish more effective relationships with colleagues and patients.

  • Define the essential behaviors and practices of good teamwork.

  • Work better within teams.

  • Increase effectiveness as a team leader.

  • Describe basic influence principles.

  • Use influence to motivate others.

  • Use influence to resolve and/or prevent interpersonal and organizational conflicts.

With the right skillset, anything can be negotiated—rank, salary, schedule and more. Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Negotiation is an AAPL Self-Study course that delivers lessons through a series of video lectures, downloadable resources and interactive moments that allow participants to practice with the skills and insights they develop throughout the course.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $491$578
Advanced (through 9/30) $578$680
Standard (after 9/30) $636$748
  • Introduce the framework and concepts of negotiation and analyze negotiations in a variety of contexts.

  • Compare and contrast the tradeoffs of competition and cooperation inherent in most negotiations.

  • Prepare for a negotiation and determine your bargaining power and strategies.

  • Negotiate win-win outcomes that enhance long-term working relationships.

The refinement of healthcare practices in the context of quality and safety is a crucial aspect of improving outcomes for patients. Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Quality, is designed to equip you with the conversational tools to make sound judgments, ask insightful questions, and navigate discussions around quality.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $491$578
Advanced (through 9/30) $578$680
Standard (after 9/30) $636$748
  • Assess the impact of financial and quality disruptors driving a consumer centric health care system

  • Examine the elements of quality improvement approaches and frameworks

  • Understand how the history of quality and safety have impacted current health reform

  • Identify the components needed to develop a culture of learning

  • Reframe quality as a reenergizer of clinical ecosystems ,

Build a well-rounded foundation of leadership and influence skills by enrolling in the Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Series. Taught by some of AAPL’s finest instructors, this series is a bundle of five (5) online self-study courses in which participants will explore tactics and strategies to strengthen organizational values, improve team performance, streamline redundant processes and more. Included in the series are courses covering the key topics of Communication, Finance, Negotiation, Influence, and Quality.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $1,626$1,913
Advanced (through 9/30) $1,913$2,250
Standard (after 9/30) $2,104$2,475

Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Communication

  • Interpret non-verbal cues and word use that can communicate intent.

  • Determine personal communication style and personality type.

  • Develop strategies for building relationships and working with others.

  • Understand the four communication styles based on the DiSC psychometric assessment.

Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Finance

  • Define and apply basic concepts of finance.

  • Understand the four types of accounting.

  • Analyze fiscal reports to evaluate organizational performance.

  • Apply financial principles to make informed decisions.

Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Negotiation

  • Uncover the proven, step-by-step structure to negotiate anything.

  • Analyze the three parameters that keep negotiators protected during a discussion.

  • Understand exactly when to walk away from a negotiation.

  • Develop strategies to create win/win situations for all parties.

Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Quality

  • Assess the impact of financial and quality disruptors driving a consumer-centric health care system.

  • Examine the elements of quality improvement theories and frameworks.

  • Understand how the history of quality and safety have impacted current health reform.

  • Identify the components needed to develop a culture of training.

Fundamentals of Physician Leadership: Influence

  • Identify core values which guide leadership styles and decision making.

  • Discover current leadership level and potential personal impact.

  • Explore processes for leading a team, tribe and organization.

  • Develop strategies to maximize productivity of teams and individuals

Become a physician evaluation and performance review expert with this online course from the American Association for Physician Leadership. Attract top talent, conduct fruitful interviews, and redesign compensation models. This course is worth 14 total CME credits.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $1,131$1,330
Advanced (through 9/30) $1,330$1,565
Standard (after 9/30) $1,463$1,722
  • Understand the role of leaders in managing department personnel processes

  • Understand general concepts of change management for team buy-in

  • Develop and implement recruitment, selection and retention strategies for clinical staff

  • Develop, implement and evaluate performance management systems for clinical staff

  • Use corrective discipline to mitigate workplace behavior problems

  • Explore strategies for effectively coaching team members

  • Developing and training staff

This course is designed to help learners develop deeper clarity about the nature, scope, and utility of emotional intelligence, specifically as it relates to the healthcare context. Emotional intelligence encompasses a wide range of skills that not only reflect one’s ability to process emotions, but even more importantly, their ability to communicate with, manage, and influence others.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Explain how emotional intelligence can be employed to manage and diffuse disruptive behaviors in the context of healthcare.

  • Utilize the results of an EQ assessment to devise personalized strategies for behavior management.

  • Apply self-awareness to analyze and devise solutions to case-based scenarios.

  • Discuss the implications of mental health and differing personality types in the context of behavior management.

  • Formulate both proactive and reactive strategies to prevent, manage, and mitigate physician burnout using EI.

High-performance, conscious leaders are self-aware, present, resilient, authentic, compassionate, courageous, and decisive and achievement oriented. They lead with greater impact and influence to create actively engaged cultures that thrive with greater levels of well-being and performance.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $1,131$1,330
Advanced (through 9/30) $1,330$1,565
Standard (after 9/30) $1,463$1,722
  • Identify the manifestations and drivers of burnout, both globally and within the Learner’s organization.

  • Compare the three eras of wellbeing and identify the differences between them.

  • Analyze the required competencies in the AMA Joy In Medicine Recognition Program and assess the status of the Learner’s organization.

  • Define a target recognition level in the AMA JIM program for the Learner’s organization and develop a high-level plan to achieve that target.

This academy is designed for physicians who want data that leads to real, actionable change in their work – and for those physicians, in all types of practices, who believe in a “no outcome, no income” vision for the future of health care.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $1,131$1,330
Advanced (through 9/30) $1,330$1,565
Standard (after 9/30) $1,463$1,722
  • Define and describe the population health paradigm.

  • Identify the models necessary to create a culture of wellness.

  • Internalize the economic concepts of risk.

  • Outline the role of performance improvement in population health management.

  • Explain the fundamental role and necessity of data management & analytics for population health – in care delivery, care coordination, patient engagement and organizational decision-making.

Change is inevitable, adaptation is powerful, and change management is an essential Physician Leadership skill. Practical Principles of Change Management, taught by Larry McEvoy, uses real case studies to provide strategies and tactics to understand, organize, and facilitate successful change efforts.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $415$489
Advanced (through 9/30) $489$575
Standard (after 9/30) $538$633
  • Outline an approach to fostering change which focuses on key supporting and sustaining principles

  • Examine two case studies demonstrating successful change as illustrations of change creation

  • Explore how your method of creating interaction around the “why” and “how” of change can potentiate results

This course has a unique focus on the physician’s role in project management and explores the nuances of traditional, dyad, and triad project leadership models. Throughout this course, you will find new ways to reduce costs, identify risks, increase productivity, and boost your competitive advantage through project management strategies, such as the use of the Triple Constraint.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Describe the roles physicians can and should play in the management of healthcare projects.

  • Identify the four phases of a project and explain their impact on project outcomes.

  • Explain project team roles and their importance in the project management process

  • Recognize different project types in the healthcare setting.

  • Utilize the Triple Constraint to evaluate project scope, time, and cost outcomes.

  • Recognize the importance of clarity and communication when working with stakeholders.

As a physician leader, effectively addressing and resolving conflict is a primary skill that serves you throughout your career and could be life-altering for your employees or patients. This is a required course for the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) credential and is worth 7 CME credits.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Define conflict and explore the prevalence of conflict resolution in healthcare contexts.

  • Recognize the potential for conflict within professional relationship dynamics.

  • Practice naming, defining, and clarifying a conflict.

  • Understand your current conflict capacity in effectively assessing, managing, resolving, and diffusing conflict situations.

  • Employ the BRAVING model of trust to effectively navigate conflict and build high-trust environments.

  • Demonstrate enhanced conflict competency through effective listening, establishing boundaries, and resetting expectations.

  • Practice delivering, reinforcing, and modifying feedback to others.

Defined simply, “high reliability” is the study of human performance in complex systems. Introducing The Science of High Reliability, taught by Jeff Norton, an AAPL DE Self Study in which Physician Leaders will explore the systems thinking, analysis of serious safety events, and techniques to minimize mistakes.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $813$956
Advanced (through 9/30) $956$1,125
Standard (after 9/30) $1,052$1,238
  • Define reliability, and describe how reliability can be measured and expressed.

  • Describe how human errors and latent system weaknesses combine to cause events using Reason’s Swiss Cheese Effect.

  • Describe how culture can shape behavior and prevent human error using Cook and Wood’s Sharp End model.

  • Provide examples of the five (5) behavior-shaping factors and three (3) steps to culture change.

  • Explain both safety and leader behaviors, and their selection process, within a hospital, service line or single unit.

  • Examine leader behaviors and their use within high reliability organizations.

  • Recognize impactful culture change opportunities (e.g., incident reporting, stopping the line, visual control, data movement/presentation, pattern recognition)

Strategic decision-making is about which strategy to pursue. This course focuses on the third aspect — strategic planning. It's about implementation and taking action.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Examine the five components of strategy.

  • Complete a strategic planning audit.

  • Identify strategic planning steps.

  • Compare and contrast mission and vision statements.

Accepting the call to leadership in healthcare involves far more than an extension of responsibilities and the scope of one’s organizational influence.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Define strength-based leadership and articulate how it differs from other leadership frameworks.

  • Elaborate on the 6 paradoxes of leadership and explain the importance of acknowledging duality within one’s leadership role.

  • Devise strategies to further exemplify growth mindset within one’s healthcare leadership role.

  • Apply knowledge of personal character strengths to audit and improve one’s own leadership approach.

  • Develop a systemized approach to identify the character strengths of others.

Every physician leader possesses a unique combination of character traits that shape how they function and perform as a healthcare professional. From this perspective, each leader has distinctive development needs that must be independently defined.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $647$761
Advanced (through 9/30) $761$895
Standard (after 9/30) $837$985
  • Explain the necessity for physician leaders to systemize their leadership development behaviors in the advancement of healthcare outcomes.

  • Describe the S-ART framework and apply the 3-step model to the design of a leadership development strategy.

  • Understand how to interpret the report for personal development.

  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate and identify various sections of the CPI 260© Client Feedback Report and Coaching Report for Physician Leaders.

  • Demonstrating proficiency interpreting the CPI 260© assessment results by examining your report and applying the feedback in hypothetical healthcare scenarios.

  • Based on your Lifestyle characteristics in the CPI 260© Report, devise a tailored approach to managing conflicts and garnering influence within your healthcare organization.

  • Design and systemize a personal leadership development strategy, utilizing the results from your CPI 260© Reports.

In the complicated world of payment and delivery system reform, this course will deconstruct the most challenging concepts for the novice yet provides sophisticated insights for even the most seasoned physician executive.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $1,131$1,330
Advanced (through 9/30) $1,330$1,565
Standard (after 9/30) $1,463$1,722
  • Identify the components of value-based healthcare, including the care models, payment models, and economic constructs that differentiate its characteristics from other healthcare delivery models.

  • Describe and apply strategies for developing value-based care systems.

  • Assess organizational readiness for a transition to value-based care, including culture, change management, and other organizational capabilities and assets.

  • Describe components necessary for transforming a healthcare delivery system toward a value-based care system.

  • Analyze the range of payment models available for transitioning to value-based care.

  • Describe the aspects of contract negotiations necessary for successful value-based payment models.

  • Identify the tactics necessary to leverage strategic partnerships and community ecosystems in order to reinvest and address social determinants of health.

This is an exclusive, invite-only event for Vanguard members - seasoned physician leaders whose education, career achievements, and dedication to leadership in the health care industry set them apart from the rest. Enhance your understanding and engage via panels, cases, peer presentations, and exercises covering the critical topics physician leadership is faced with every day.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574
Advanced (through 9/30) $676
Standard (after 9/30) $743
  • Analyze impact on physician-patient relationship and patient care driven by recent SCOTUS rulings

  • Learn creative solutions and best practices for staffing shortages

  • Explore ethical leadership challenges via real-life case studies

  • Leverage best practices on workplace wellness to drive system and individual improvement

Women face unique challenges in leadership, but also bring a unique perspective. This course will provide ideas, skills and perspective on leading every day. The gender-specific course format is designed to allow for greater openness among participants and provides a supportive environment.

Early Bird (through 7/31) $574$676
Advanced (through 9/30) $676$795
Standard (after 9/30) $743$875
  • Recognize barriers that exist for women in leadership

  • Gain new perspective on how others perceive you as a leader

  • Embrace your authentic leadership style

  • Improve communication and negotiation skills

  • Analyze and find relevance in the leadership stories of other professionals

  • Recognize the importance of mentors and how to identify one

  • Evaluate strategies to reduce gender bias in the workplace

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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American Association for Physician Leadership®

formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)