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Class of 2020: Wrapping up the EMBA for Physicians Program

Zoom meeting with students, friends, and family in small squaresThis May, the Class of 2020 finished their courses and degree requirements for the Executive MBA for Physicians program. The graduating physician-leaders presented their Executive Team Consulting Project, reflected on their leadership skill development with their executive coaches, and gathered with family for a virtual graduation party. The final 10 day residency which concludes the program provides physicians time to share what they have learned and how they have applied it, gain perspective on their growth, and celebrate their achievements.

The Executive Team Consulting Project is a 16-month capstone project where EMBA students lead a team of colleagues in their organizations in addressing a significant management issue. Typically students participate in a live poster session. Although the posters were presented virtually this year, students still shared their learning and successes with their colleagues. They used training in giving concise presentations from media expert Mike Nikitas and guidelines on creating clear, effective posters from ETCP professor Dr. Sally Ourieff. Students presented on numerous types of management and business challenges within healthcare, such as the role medical scribes can play in reducing physician burnout, ways to decrease the likelihood of readmission after heart failure, and strategies to reduce wait times between referrals at a spine center.

Participants also met with their executive coaches and their learning groups to participate in a final 360 degree leadership coaching session. With the help of the executive and peer coaches, students reflected on feedback gathered from colleagues for the second time in the 16 month program. The students also gave each other feedback and analyzed the goals they set at the beginning of the program while developing further goals for the future.

After their final intensive classes and presentations, the students gathered together with faculty, family, and friends to celebrate their graduation. They heard from graduation guest speaker Daniel Dawes, JD about health equity and the social and political determinants of health. Graduates Dr. Samaan Rafeq, a pulmonologist in New York City, and Dr. Shaneeta Johnson, a bariatric surgeon in Atlanta then gave inspiring speeches about their transformative experience within the program including the lifelong network of colleagues and friends they developed with each other. The students then toasted with champagne and moved their graduation cap tassels from the right to the left.

The Executive MBA for Physicians program is proud of everything the Class of 2020 has accomplished so far and is excited to see what they do in the future. Congratulations graduates!

Making the most of your EMBA: Leadership Coaching

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In a recent survey of 425 physicians from across the country conducted by the National Physicians Foundation, respondents reported that leadership development is their most important learning need.  The healthcare industry is a prime example of a business that is volatile and complex.  Crisis is the norm and physician leaders must navigate through a constantly changing environment.

Physicians usually rise to the position of leadership because of their expertise as a clinician and/or researcher, but those experiences do not guarantee leadership strength.  There are three primary components to becoming a strong, capable leader: knowledge about the science of management; advanced leadership skills and competencies; and vertical growth, or leadership maturity, necessary to be effective.

The Leadership Coaching Program helps you translate your EMBA curriculum into action by building your understanding of your leadership strengths and gaps, setting specific development goals, and providing peer coaching to practice and refine your leadership impact.

In the month before the EMBA begins, all students complete an online self-assessment exploring their leadership style.  They also identify 10 to 15 colleagues spanning all levels of professional relationship, from supervisor, to peer, to direct report, who complete the same tool.  These colleagues submit feedback across twelve key leadership competencies. Students then use an anonymous report detailing and comparing data to reflect on what they and their colleagues perceive to be their leadership strengths and gaps.

Students receive the reports during the first semester residency period and spend a full day in organized individual and group activities with an executive coach to review the report, create a development action plan, and train as peer coaches for each other.  This process repeats during the final semester with a second round of self-assessment and colleague feedback giving students the opportunity to judge their progress and refine their plan beyond the EMBA.

Engaging in the Leadership Coaching Program is an invaluable part of the EMBA experiences.  Students call it “extremely useful”, “an excellent feature of the program”, and “very relevant and excellently executed.”  Read below for more comments on the experience.

“I learned a lot about myself and received excellent feedback.  I will definitely apply what I learned to improve my leadership skills.”

“The most powerful part of this exercise was hearing the intense sharing and exchange with the other members of the group.  This built a lot of trust and the entire larger group seemed to be more cohesive after this exercise.”

“This was one of the most meaningful days in my professional life.”

“Great process and outcome for each of us individually and collectively.”

 

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