The Healthcare Leadership Academy was founded 11 years ago at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The program is a collaborative program of the Collat School of Business and the School of Medicine and involves participants from all of the health-related schools (e.g. Nursing, Public Health, etc.) and from throughout the UAB Medicine clinical enterprise. It was designed to expose these emerging leaders to fundamental leadership concepts relevant to healthcare leaders and to provide overview of UAB Medicine. The curriculum involves a weekend kick-off session that utilizes the physical challenges of a high-ropes course and is followed by a series of day-long sessions that occur the monthly for the remainder of the 8- month-long program. Participants interact with senior leaders in a small group setting and hear presentations on a variety of leadership-related topics. They also work in small project groups to develop proposals for initiatives that would add benefit to UAB Medicine and the program concludes with a formal presentation of these proposals.
Several of the project proposals have been implemented as actual programs and the participants are particularly appreciative of time with the senior leaders in an intimate setting. Other outcomes of the program were presented in a comprehensive review of the program published in 20141. The most durable valuable outcome of the program are the relationships that the participants form with each other during the experience. Therefore, a recent addition was the creation of a private social media network of both past and present participants with the thought of enhancing this social network by creating connections between all alumni of the program.
In this portion of the webinar, I will discuss the model for the Educational Scholar’s Program, a national educator faculty development program. I will start off with a description of the need that led to the program’s development and the program’s goals, objectives and guiding principles. I will describe the curriculum, both online and in-person components as well as programmatic outcomes
1. Savage, G.T., Duncan, W.J., Knowles, K.L., Nelson, K., Rogers, D.A. and Kennedy, K.N., 2014. Interprofessional academic health center leadership development: the case of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Healthcare Leadership Academy. Applied Nursing Research, 27(2), pp.104-108.