Since 2002, the AAIM Executive Leadership Program has provided approximately 500 individuals from nearly 150 departments of internal medicine the skills and knowledge necessary for managerial success. The program consistently receives near perfect evaluations from participants.
Leaders within academic internal medicine who fill managerial roles often have not had opportunities to engage in formal educational experiences focused on the responsibilities of these positions. While recognition of success in the clinical, educational, or research arenas paves the way for promotion to department chair, program director, division chief, chief administrative officer, or other such positions, it is knowledge, skills, and attitudes about finances, planning, management, operations, and leadership that create the opportunity for success in new leadership roles.
At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Apply techniques for assessing an organization’s ability to build and maintain success in a changing environment as well as approaches for diagnosing resistance to and implementing organizational change;
- Recognize the nature of leadership in complex organizations;
- Apply techniques for analyzing costs and designing management control systems and the role of operations analysis in improving organizational performance.
After completing this program, participants will have a better understanding of:
- Techniques for assessing an organization's ability to build and maintain success in a changing environment.
- The nature of leadership in complex organizations.
- Techniques for analyzing costs and designing management control systems.
- The link between strategy and marketing and the elements of a good marketing plan.
- Approaches for diagnosing resistance to and implementing organizational change.
- The role of operations analysis in improving organizational performance.
Case Method of Instruction
This program uses the case method of instruction and relies almost entirely on cases from the health care field, with most set in departments of internal medicine. In the case method, participants analyze each case individually and then discuss it in small groups. The case is then discussed in a plenary session led by a faculty member. Pioneered at Harvard Business School, this method effectively promotes a productive, enjoyable, and professional learning experience. It also provides opportunities for participants to interact with and learn from each other.
With the case method, faculty expect a high degree of preparation and participation from participants. People who have participated previously in management education programs using the case method know it is an exciting way of learning. In particular, it recognizes not only participants' experience as health care professionals but also that the real world is a complicated place where "cookbook" solutions simply will not work. As such, the case method puts participants in the middle of the action, forcing them to use management concepts, not just reiterate them.
In preparation for the program participants are expected to spend about 15 to 20 hours reading background information and analyzing cases prior to the start of the program.
Over the course of six days, participants will explore:
- Strategic Analysis and Marketing
- Cost Analysis and Operations Management
- Organizational Design and Leadership
- Financial Control Systems and Change Implementation