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Leadership Academy Adds ‘Women in HM Issues’ to Schedule


As with many specialties, female leaders in HM sometimes face different challenges than their male counterparts.

That’s why the next Leadership Academy, Feb. 13-16 in New Orleans, will include special programming specifically designed for women. Program elements include a networking session for female leaders in HM and educational sessions created for them.

“As hospital medicine continues to grow, so will the opportunities for women to become leaders within their hospitals and their hospitalist practices,” says Patience Reich, MD, SFHM. “The Leadership Academy in February will give women the chance to sharpen their leadership skills and share their own experiences with other women in the specialty.”

As part of the special programming for female leaders in healthcare, former healthcare executive and executive coach Kay Cannon will present a special seminar on women in HM. She will share her wisdom about career advancement essentials for the next generation of female leaders.

The academy features two four-day courses: “Foundations for Effective Leadership,” which is presented at every Leadership Academy, and “Advanced Leadership: Strengthening Your Organization,” which is presented once a year.

“Foundations for Effective Leadership” gives participants the primary tools necessary to become a successful HM leader and is the prerequisite for the other two courses in the series. “Advanced Leadership: Strengthening Your Organization” builds on the skills learned in “Foundations” and teaches hospitalists to better grow, manage, and motivate teams.

All SHM Leadership Academy courses are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

The New Orleans academy also marks the second Leadership Academy opportunity for hospitalists to learn about SHM’s new Leadership Certification program. By guiding candidates through all three academy courses and a leadership project, Leadership Certification gives hospitalists a new way to tangibly demonstrate their leadership qualifications to their employers—and potential employers.

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