Leadership Academy

Interdisciplinary Leadership Development for Academic Health Center and Regional Health Systems Professionals

Developed in partnership with the Penn State Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Programs, the Leadership Academy of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine provides attendees (physicians, scientists, nurses and administrators) with the skills required to excel in strategic leadership and management roles in academic health centers and associated health care systems.  

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The program is intended for faculty, physician leaders and staff who have interest in leadership positions within their institutions, have previous leadership experience and have the support of their supervisor or chair.  Priority will be given to applicants at mid-career, or higher level with administrative or leadership responsibilities.  

Applying to the Program

Deadline for online application is August 1, 2016.

Apply online here.

Program Faculty

Faculty will be identified by Penn State's Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Programs based on the final curriculum.  Faculty will be recognized nationally in their respective fields and also be experienced educators with real world experience.  The Penn State Executive Programs team (http://www.smeal.psu.edu/psep) offers decades of combined experience in helping clients from more than 150 companies build the organizational and leadership capabilities to deal with today's most pressing business challenges.

Program Location and Organization

Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday October 17-21 and will be held at 201 Keller Building, University Park, PA.  Classes will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and finish at 5:00 p.m.  Some evening activities will be included related to team projects.  Completion of team projects will be a requirement.  Participants are expected to "leave pagers at the door" and remain free of other responsibilities so that full attention can be devoted to coursework and the educational experience.

Continuing Education Credit

Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  This live activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM


• Establish strategic directions to academic medical entities and regional health systems for long-term competitive
advantage in a changing and uncertain healthcare marketplace.
• Develop health care leaders who leverage and integrate the missions of education, research, patient care, and outreach.
• Build capability of networks of physicians, faculty, employees and partners.
• Establish common frameworks and perspectives across networks to enhance collaboration and innovative problem-solving.
• Drive execution and accountability.
• Demonstrate exceptional operational decision-making, and business and financial wisdom
• Lead with emotional intelligence and impact.
• Lead strategic and cultural change.


Upon completion, participants will have gained:

• An understanding of strategic leadership
• Improved ability to build and lead effective and diverse teams
• Improved negotiation and conflict management skills
• Enhanced business literacy in the areas of finance, including research and education funding
• Knowledge of the overall interaction of key components in an integrated health care system
• An understanding of the key issues facing all partners in a newly expanded academic health care delivery partnership


The curriculum is intended to enhance the critical skill sets of participants necessary to lead and make a difference
within academic health care centers and associated regional health systems. The course content is focused on addressing leadership challenges and opportunities within the integrated, multi-mission structure of such systems. The final curriculum will incorporate input from any institutions that have more than three participants.

Program Fee

For Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employees, Penn State University employees, and Penn
State College of Medicine employees, the program fee is $4,250. For Penn State Health affiliate employees, the fee is $5,200, and for external (non-affiliated) participants, the fee is $6,250. The program fee covers tuition, lodging, meals, and teaching materials. Cancellations must be made in writing and received before September 2. Cancellations received between Sept. 2 and Sept. 15, 2016, will result in a forfeit of 50% of the program fee. Cancellations after September 15, 2016 will result in 100% forfeiture of the program fee.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA  16803.  Once accepted into the program, the participants will be assigned rooms.    


Office of Faculty and Professional Development
Penn State College of Medicine
500 University Drive, H117
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 717-531-1101
Fax: 717-531-4582
Email: dharris1@hmc.psu.edu
Room: C1602

"I just finished the Harvard Macy Program on Innovation in Medical Education.  While it was outstanding, I think our leadership program was of comparable excellence.  Will strongly encourage participation at UP."   Michael Flannigan, M.D.

"The Leadership Academy was instrumental in networking with other department members and getting a thorough understanding of the day to day operations of the hospital.  It took me out of my smaller world of Dermatology and made me see the institution as a whole.  This has been critically important as it has helped me understand the bigger picture and way certain decisions are made for the betterment of the Institution as a whole. The course was very successful and it was one of the best experiences and one of the most helpful experiences I have had the pleasure of participating in.  The team I worked with was wonderful, and we all strived to achieve a common goal of improving the institution. I strongly recommend the course and I feel that it was extremely helpful in preparing me for my new role as Vice Chair of Dermatology."   Brian Anderson, M.D.,