Changes in Healthcare Environment Demand a New Approach for Physician Leadership Development


For doctors to successfully navigate today’s healthcare environment, they require more than a medical education. They need a solid understanding of core business, management and leadership skills.


Whether a physician is managing a smaller medical practice, participating in a large physician group or working within an employed setting like a hospital, The Physicians Foundation is committed to helping doctors build leadership skills that will support healthcare excellence.


Programs and Grants to Support Physician Leadership Training


As the healthcare system evolves and more administrative and regulation burdens are placed on physicians, it is imperative that they increase their emphasis on building leadership skills. The Physicians Foundation supports this need via the creation of physician leadership training programs funded through grantmaking.

Physician Leadership

Board member, Russell Libby, MD, shared a presentation on behalf of the Physicians Foundation at American Associaton of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) 2016 Annual Conference. He focused on the Foundation's mission to build greater awareness of trending physician practice issues such as physician burnout and shortages.

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant to the Indiana Medical Foundation to develop a business leadership program for physicians. Click here to read the Q&A with Sandra Miller, Director of Practice Management for the Indiana State Medical Association, as she discusses the partnership with Butler University and how it is helping physicians acquire business acumen.

Every two years, the Physicians Foundation conducts a national survey of physicians to provide policy makers, healthcare influencers, media and other stakeholders insights into the state of the medical profession and the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system.  The 2014 survey polled more than 20,000 physicians on a range of issues, including professional morale, doctor shortages, Medicare / Medicaid...

In 2012, the Physicians Foundation awarded nearly $500,000 in grants related to building physician leadership skills. These grants, awarded to healthcare organizations, universities and medical society foundations across the country, are designed to bolster the leadership skills and knowledge that are critical for physician success in today’s rapidly changing and increasingly difficult healthcare environment. Read the full press release here.

Offered in collaboration with the esteemed Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Physicians Foundation Leadership Academy uses both seminar and small group formats to help physicians learn how to deploy a variety of leadership and management skills for effective organizational transformation.

The Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation (VMSERF) was awarded a $130,000 grant to help fund the creation of a statewide Physicians’ Resource Center. This center is designed to build physicians’ leadership skills and assist with solving problems that directly interfere with everyday processes of care. Read the full press release here.

The Physicians Foundation announced that it has awarded more than one million dollars in grants to support projects that identify and train future medical leaders. Eighteen individual physician leadership grants were announced across 14 states, totaling $1,248,683.