Physician Leadership Program Receives $75,000 Grant
CINCINNATI—A physician leadership program at the University of Cincinnati has received $75,000 to broaden its work training physicians for the future of health care.
The Physician Leadership Program, an in-depth training program created five years ago for Greater Cincinnati community practice physicians, received the grant this fall from The Physicians Foundation, a national health care organization representing physician interests.
UC's program is intended to meet the growing demand for physician leaders in today's rapidly changing health care environment—one that requires the convergence of business and medicine.
The program’s full curriculum of expert speakers, discussions with peers and individual and group assignments helps professionals focus on the knowledge, skills, and competency areas where they feel under-prepared to manage and lead their practices.
"The demand for the program in past years has been greater than what we could accommodate, and we have turned many interested applicants away,” says Joan Murdock, PhD, program director. "This grant will enable us to provide the updated program to a larger cohort of physicians from a wider geographic area over the next two years.”
In recent years, The Physicians Foundation has invested significant resources into activities that promote physician leadership. The grant was announced as part of a broader effort by the foundation to support projects that identify and train future medical leaders. "The Physicians Foundation has made physician leadership a major focus,” says Lou Goodman, PhD, foundation president. "Currently, there is a dearth of effective, world-class programs that provide leadership training for physicians. Our goal as an organization is to help identify and train future medical leaders in medical practice, business, government and associations. We believe that doing so will be vital to improving the quality of health care in the years ahead.”