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Chief Medical Officers (CMO) Leadership Academy

The role of the chief medical officer (CMO) has rapidly evolved as the health care environment has grown more complex. It is important for today’s academic medicine leaders to train and prepare the next generation of CMOs to successfully meet both the clinical and business demands of this highly respected and reputable position. This exclusive, 18-month executive training program explores the role, responsibilities, and influence of the CMO as a high-functioning member of the C-suite. Designed by a committee of well-respected and experienced academic medicine CMOs, this program uses a blended learning approach that combines didactics, e-learning, independent study, and peer and executive mentorship to help participants develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of administration and leadership in order to successfully serve in the CMO role.

Who Should Attend?

Newly appointed CMOs who are within the first 1-3 years of the position, and senior physician leaders interested in assuming the CMO role during their career.

Application & Registration

As an application based program that requires support from the applicant’s member institution, applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the program:

(1) be from an AAMC member institution or affiliate, or teaching hospital
(2) sponsored by the CEO of their teaching hospital or Dean of their medical school
(3) identify a care redesign project for implementation during participation in the program
(4) display commitment to attend all in-person workshops and virtual meetings

Applications for the 2018-2019 class will be available in September 2017.

Click here to view the 2017-2018 program calendar.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the critical success factors associated with the CMO role.
  • Illustrate their emotional intelligence and leadership characteristics to maximize their potential as administrators.
  • Demonstrate the use and application of performance data and standards as well as communication methods to create an evidence-based culture of quality and patient safety.
  • Determine opportunities and cultivate strategies to create better alignment within care systems.
  • Develop a change management strategy that enables valuable changes with minimum disruptions within their institutions.
  • Understand the importance of risk management and the role of the CMO in the development, maintenance, and execution of a risk management strategy.
  • Utilize principles and strategies for leveraging influence to motivate individuals, change behaviors, and drive mutually desired outcomes in the present and/or absence of direct authority.
  • Identify the factors that build trust between physicians and hospital leaders.
  • Describe best practices for developing, engaging, and managing physician behavior and performance as well as interprofessional teams.
  • Implement approaches to effectively facilitate and led meetings with colleagues, senior leaders, and employees.
  • Describe the process of public speaking preparation and execution within an institutional setting.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Faerberg at or (202) 862-6221.

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