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    Leading Organizations to Health

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    As an organizational leader, you cannot look anywhere today without confronting the need for transformation in the healthcare system. Successful organizational change in academic medicine requires a culture of engagement, collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement at every level. Yet, many healthcare leaders find themselves thrust into change leadership roles without adequate preparation to deal with the relational and behavioral aspects of leading change that are so crucial to their success.

    The AAMC recognizes that the work of organizational change in academic medicine is too important, too expensive, and too hard in terms of time, money and emotion to approach without adequate preparation. To that end, we have partnered with the developers of Leading Organization to Health (LOH), Tony Suchman, MD, MA, FACP and Diane Rawlins, MA, LMHC to bring this dynamic and highly experiential program into the AAMC portfolio of learning and leadership development programs to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and presence you need to “be the change” in your organization and to lead effectively.

    Dr. Jo Shapiro, Associate Professor Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Harvard Medical School, shares her experience in the LOH.

    The LOH program’s content and delivery is unlike traditional leadership development programs you may have previously participated in. Its unique and proven approach to organizational change incorporates the best of adaptive leadership principles, positive psychology, complexity science, change management, and relationship-centered care to prepare you to address the most complex challenges in your organization, including the often- neglected relational dimension of change work.

    Delivered over six months, this longitudinal learning experience gives you the time, space, and support you need to practice and apply new theories and skills in your current leadership role. As a participant, you will:

    • Learn, practical, powerful, and psychologically sophisticated theories of individual and organizational behavior that will help you make sense of what’s happening in your organization and take effective action.
    • Pursue reflective self-exploration and personal renewal to help you engage in your leadership role from a deep sense of integrity and authenticity, as well as to align your work with your personal sense of purpose.
    • Develop high-level communication and group facilitation skills that will help you energize teams, set clear expectations, address challenging behaviors, resolve conflict, and maintain accountability.
    • Apply theories and practices to your own organization and/or challenge.

    Who Should Attend?

    You could be a good fit for the LOH program if you are an organizational leader in health care who is focused on driving change and transformation across your institution. You may receive the most benefit from this program if you are an executive; a faculty leader; an administrator of clinical care, health professions education, and/or medical research; a leader of advocacy and health policy; and/or a leader of business functions or organization-wide priorities at an academic health center, academic society, or healthcare association.

    Upcoming Program

    The AAMC is providing ample notice to seek support to participate in this program.

    The LOH curriculum is delivered in four distinct blocks. Blocks 1 and 4 are in-person sessions that will be held in the AAMC Learning Center in Washington, DC. Blocks 2 and 3 will be delivered virtually.

    In-Person Sessions

    Leadership from the Inside Out, Sept. 20-22, 2023
    Implementing and Integrating the LOH Model, Feb. 7-9, 2024

    Virtual Sessions

    Helping Groups Perform, Oct 19, 24, and 26, and Nov. 14 and 16
    Leading Adaptive Change, Dec. 19 and 20, Jan 16, 18 and 23

    The program is eligible for a maximum of 50.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

    Registration Fees

    The early bird registration fee for the program is $9,975 and the standard registration fee is $11,175. The registration fee includes all program sessions (including coaching sessions), program materials (i.e., readings, journal, and an electronic participant guide), breakfast and lunch at all in-person sessions one networking reception in Sept.2023, one group dinner in Feb. 2024, and off-site activities in September 2023 and February 2024. The registration fee does not include the optional continuing medical education (CME) fee (up to 48.75 credit hours), travel expenses, and hotel accommodations.

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this program, you will be able to:

    • Apply tested theories and practices to a specific organization change effort.
    • Cultivate a shared vision and common purpose.
    • Mobilize and engage staff in the complex adaptive work of change.
    • Create clear expectations and accountability.
    • Build your capacity to engage effectively in difficult conversations.
    • Deepen your capacity for mindfulness and self-awareness to positively impact one’s resilience.
    • Instill trust and motivation across your organization to support sustainable behavior change.
    • Develop relational facilitation skills to improve the effectiveness of meetings.
    • Utilize peer coaching productively to consider approaches to your organization’s priorities and challenges.


    Email learningandleadershipdevelopment@aamc.org.