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APLP Class of 2012

Advanced Physician Leadership Program - Class of 2012

    Looking back: Class of 2012
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  • “There are few opportunities for physicians to learn about leadership in such a positive and collegial environment. The exercises, reading and information presented provided a unique learning environment that was critical to conveying the complex concepts of leadership.”
    —APLP 2011-2012 participant

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Physicians hold implicit positions and voices of authority in our society and concentrated efforts to harness and leverage physician leadership have repeatedly been shown to have profound effects on pressing public policy issues.

The Colorado Medical Society Foundation and the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) have teamed up to deliver the Advanced Physician Leadership Program (APLP) for Colorado physicians. The Colorado Health Foundation, the Physicians Foundation, COPIC and Colorado Medical Society are funding this initiative. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Strengthen the ability of physicians to assume leadership roles within both the profession and communities across the state; and
  • Grow a cadre of Colorado physician leaders that are trained, willing and confidently able to serve as champions to improve the delivery of cost-effective, quality and safe care.

Why participate?
As a physician you know all too well how patients are adversely affected when the delivery of care doesn’t go as well as it could. You also know firsthand the state of flux that the health care system and the medical profession are currently in as everyone grapples with change. You can have an impact, and this program offers a chance to make your voice heard on how health care should work for you and your patients. The Advanced Physician Leadership Program helps physicians continue the profession’s long history of advocating for the patients and communities it serves.

Who should participate?
We are seeking physicians from across Colorado who want to grow their leadership potential, improve the health care delivery and bring a diversity of perspectives and experiences to this program. We expect a great deal of interest and class size will be limited to 40 physicians. Twenty slots are reserved for physicians that practice within the safety net or have a significant portion of their practices that is Medicaid or uninsured.

What you will receive
During this yearlong training program (four Friday evening to Sunday afternoon sessions) physician participants will acquire the tools to lead effectively and help transform systems of care. APLP attendees will:

  • Receive expert training from RIHEL’s nationally renowned faculty on leadership, collaborative leadership, teamwork, negotiation, systems thinking and emotional intelligence;
  • Receive support for leadership growth and advocacy actions, including coaching support;
  • Conduct projects that apply and test their new and existing leadership skills; and
  • Network and work with other physicians and organizations that are equally committed to improving health care delivery.

Candidates must have a strong interest in growing their leadership skills and a personal conviction for improving health care delivery. Participants should be confident communicators, enjoy working in collaborative environments, and be able to thoughtfully represent the profession. Attendance is required at the four retreats that will each begin on a Friday evening and end mid-day Sunday. The first retreat for the 2014-2014 class will take place on June 6-8, 2014, in Florissant. The remaining three retreats are scheduled on Aug. 22-24, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Nov. 7-9, 2014, in Denver, and March 6-8, 2015, back in Florissant. Participants must also commit to conduct a project of their choosing that improves health care delivery.

Selection process and cost
A competitive application process will be used to select 40 physician participants. Scores depend heavily upon the stated conviction, insight and leadership potential demonstrated in the answers to application questions. Applications for the program will be accepted starting on Feb. 7 and ending on April 4, 2014. Review of applications will occur at that time and notification of acceptance will occur as soon as possible thereafter.

Tuition for the program, along with all retreat meals and lodging costs, will be free to participating physicians thanks to a generous funding from the Colorado Health Foundation, the Physicians Foundation, COPIC and the Colorado Medical Society. Neither travel costs to the retreats nor lost wages from being away from your practice will be covered by the program.