Course Schedule and Topics





1 6/17/16 Leadership Approaches to Change
2 9/24/16 Physician in Management: Communication
3 11/19/16 Physician in Management: Leadership







Leadership Approaches to Change


June 17, 2016

It is the nature of change, not the change event itself, which creates resistance.  In order to not only move forward but also assist others to feel inspired by changes, we must ensure we stand on a foundation of trust.  Staying true to organizational values during times of change distinguishes a strong leader from the pack. 

This requires recognition of the:

  • way we make decisions about cultural shifts
  • manner in which others prefer to respond to change
  • support systems and barriers which may exist for those involved

This course builds upon the Change Style Indicator assessment, which participants complete online prior to the program.  The review does not require revealing individual results, but can include a composite, to indicate the spectrum of preferences and increase the ability of participants to provide one another with the support they require.

Participants of this session will: 

  • Identify their decision making style when faced with change
  • Gain insight on how to rely on core values while adjusting to cultural shifts
  • Review different aspects of the way they perceive themselves and the transition process

Rebekah Apple, MA

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Not eligible for prerequisite credits towards The Association’s Master’s degree and/or Certification


Physician in Management – Communication


Sept 24, 2016

It takes solid communication skills to gain influence, promote cooperation and engage top performers. And you need to know yourself before you can reach others. Here, you'll identify your own personal work behavioral tendencies and develop an understanding of how these styles may affect others. You'll learn how to identify style differences and understand and value individual differences. These skills will enhance your effectiveness by improving your relationships with others and you’ll be able to develop strategies for collaboration to increase productivity in the workplace.

Course Objectives:

  • Differentiate the four recognized style differences based on the Personal Profile System Survey.
  • Identify your own personal work behavior tendencies.
  • Develop an understanding of how these styles may affect others.
  • Enhance effectiveness in accomplishing tasks by improving your relationships with others.
  • Develop strategies for working together to increase productivity in the work environment.

Timothy Keogh, PhD

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4 Elective credits toward The Association’s Master’s degree and/or Certification

Physician in Management – Leadership


Nov. 19, 2016

Effective physician leadership is key to improved patient satisfaction, reduced length of stay and better integration of clinical care across service lines. To be effective, physician leaders must master multiple clinical and leadership competencies, including interpersonal skills.

When leaders learn to use interpersonal skills, they are able to apply them in a wide variety of specific activities, including leading teams, coaching and managing conflict.

Course Objectives:

Course Objectives:

  • Establish more effective relationships with colleagues and patients.
  • Define the essential behaviors and practices of good teamwork.
  • Work better within teams.
  • Increase their effectiveness as a team leader.
  • Describe basic influence principles.
  • Use influence to motivate others.
  • Use influence to resolve and/or prevent interpersonal and organizational conflicts

Carrie Kish, CPCC

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7 Core credits toward The Association Master’s degree and/or Certification


Vermont Physician Leaders Initiative