Medical Director Leadership Institute
Leading Health Care in Today's Changing World
The Medical Director Leadership Institute is a six-month virtual program that provides health care leaders with critical skills to thrive in their role, achieve organizational goals, and manage during times of uncertainty. The program features a half-day interactive and didactic session at the beginning of each month followed by an hour-long coaching call mid-month. The design allows participants to apply new learning at their workplaces and receive coaching support from faculty and peers, if needed. Designed and taught by medical directors and health care leaders, this program equips participants with concrete tools, strategies, and techniques to tackle the challenges and uncertainties ahead.
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Earn CME Credit
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.
Who should attend?
Chief Medical Officers
Chiefs of Staff
Primary Care Physicians
Clinical Department Directors
What participants are saying
97% of past program participants stated they were extremely likely to recommend this program to a colleague.
“This program is a phenomenal opportunity to share knowledge and energy with other directors from varied geographical regions and health delivery systems. We can break down barriers to communication, increase empowerment, and inspire for the future.” Past program participant
“ I treasured the chance to engage with faculty, learn very useful tools, interact with open-minded attendees and network with other physicians. FINALLY, an organized approach to skills needed for this very nebulous job.” Past program participant
Learn the skills of emotionally intelligent leaders.
Demonstrate at least two new strategies for effective management of interpersonal teams.
Understanding the impact of systemic racism on care delivery and develop strategies to address inequity in primary care.
Identify strategies to better leverage data for improvement and population health.
Gain competencies in influencing, motivating and negotiating.
Learn skills on leading change toward telehealth, value-based care delivery or other changes.
Understand key financial principles to succeed in your role.
Develop resilience strategies to thrive over the long term.
Identify 3-4 tools or ideas to bring back to your practice to address a current specific challenge.
Take a look at last year's agenda
This year, you can expect an even greater focus on leadership during a pandemic, effectively incorporating telehealth, and strategies to enhance health equity.
Bonnie Blanchfield, CPA, SM, ScD, is a consultant and a health services researcher at Mass General Brigham in Boston, assistant professor and the Health Management Field of Study director at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and adjunct assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute.
Blanchfield’s 35+ year career started in public accounting at Peat Marwick and then moved to corporate management before she redirected her focus to health care and received both an SM and Sc.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health in health policy and management. Blanchfield’s roles in health care have included senior scientist at the Center for Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Mongan Institute for Health Policy and the Institute for Technology Assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Project Hope’s Center for Health Affairs. In addition, Blanchfield was the research director at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program and Lead, Value and Outcomes at Alphabet’s Verily Life Sciences. Bonnie has also served as acting CFO for several small start-up companies including Iora Health and is consulting as Director of Finance for Greybird Ventures. Blanchfield combines her accounting and corporate finance expertise with research and evaluation methods to conduct policy-relevant research and program evaluation looking at health care costs, health care delivery redesign, patient safety, and value-based care.
Roger Chaufournier, MHSA, is CEO of CSI Solutions LLC. He is often called upon as a national expert on primary care practice transformation. Chaufournier was formerly chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Patient Infosystems, a publicly traded health services and population health management company. Chaufournier spent twelve years in progressive senior leadership positions in hospital administration at the George Washington University Hospital, three years as the assistant dean for strategic clinical initiatives for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and three years as chief operating officer for the Managed Care Assistance Corporation where he founded and established Health Right, an FQHC owned Medicaid health plan. Chaufournier served for four years as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and is a nationally recognized authority on quality in health care. He continues to serve on the faculty of the Harvard Center for Primary Care, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Janice John, PA-C, MHS, MHCDS, is an innovative and visionary leader who has worked clinically in rural primary care, homeless medicine, and community medicine. She has simultaneously served in leadership roles that allow her to improve care for the most vulnerable communities while simultaneously engaging teams. Her projects have included standing up an in-person covid clinic in three days which served vulnerable immigrant populations in Middlesex County, integrating PAs into 12 primary care clinics, developing a joint operating clinic for advanced psychopharmacology prescribing in primary care after an exodus of psychiatrists, and leading a team to develop comprehensive preventative care for women in domestic violence shelter short term stays. She also enjoys cold water immersion and open water swimming, folk music, and spending time with her three teenagers and partner.
Course Director, Faculty
For more information on this program please contact Hannah Schmitt at Hannah_Schmitt@hms.harvard.edu
**PLEASE NOTE: A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations that occur 60 days prior to the event and a 25% refund will be issued for cancellations that occur 30 days prior to the event. Attendees will not be refunded for cancellations that take place less than 30 days prior to the event.