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Physician Leadership Development Fellowship

Program Overview

Program Expectations
Participants are expected to develop their leadership competencies and be willing to accept a leadership role in the future. Participants are asked to commit to the following: 

  • Complete a self-assessment of leadership competencies and develop an action plan with personal goals for participation in the course
  • Attend the full length of each of the one-to-two-day learning sessions
  • Actively participate in all aspects of the course, including pre-session reading or other preparation, engagement in course discussions and exercises, and completion of all course assignments
  • Complete a leadership project and provide a poster presentation of the completed project, including outcomes, lessons learned and experience
  • Provide open and honest feedback on the effectiveness of learning sessions and course materials 

Course structure is based on principles of adult learning theory and is solution-oriented and highly interactive, drawing on real-world experiences of faculty and participants. For more information, please see Curriculum.

Faculty members are recognized for their leadership skills and their interest in helping to develop leadership capacity among other physicians. The faculty comprises core MaineHealth faculty as well as national experts in the field of physician leadership. For more information, please see Faculty

Learning Sessions
The cornerstone of the PLDF program is the series of one-to-two-day learning sessions. The theme of each session is a critical element of successful leadership, moving from the intrapersonal to interpersonal, to systems-based approaches. Each of the learning sessions features national and local faculty led by an experienced physician leader from the MaineHealth community..

Leadership Assessment
Each participant is expected to conduct a formal assessment of his/her leadership and use the feedback to develop an action plan to build his/her leadership capacity. PLDF staff has selected a validated instrument, the Leadership Practices Inventory, for this baseline assessment. The LPI is a web-based tool that includes instruments for self-assessment and assessment from others. Participants request feedback from their peers, direct reports and supervisors. PLDF staff generates a report summarizing this feedback for each participant. Each participant uses his/her report to inform an action plan that guides development of his/her leadership skills.

The Advisory Board Company regarding 360 degree assessments.

Leadership Project
Participants identify and conduct a longitudinal leadership project over the course of the program. Projects are designed to address the interests and needs of each participant in a way that enhances his/her leadership growth. For more information, please see Leadership Project.

Each participant has the option to engage in a one-on-one mentoring program with a physician leader in his/her community. The specifics of each mentoring relationship are determined by each participant and mentor. General expectations include periodic (e.g., monthly) face-to-face discussions; access to the mentor for advice or support; and opportunities to observe the mentor in leadership activities (e.g., leading meetings). PLDF faculty and staff will help interested participants identify a mentor.

Program Costs
MaineHealth is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience through the PLDF program. We recognize that both participants and sponsoring organizations are making a significant investment. Participants invest time to prepare for and attend learning sessions and participate in all aspects of the program. Sponsoring organizations support the cost of tuition for each participant.




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