Physician Leadership Program at Ohio State

The Faculty Leadership Institute, a signature program within the Center for FAME (Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement) at Ohio State University College of Medicine admitted its first class of 30 physicians and basic scientists in the spring of 2013. (  The second cohort is finishing in March of 2015 and the next class is set to begin in the summer of 2015. Every cohort gives us a chance to learn from participating faculty about how better we can serve their needs and assist them in leading their teams, divisions and departments into the future.


The core curriculum consists of providing education in areas of leadership principles, business acumen (vision, strategy, business planning, financial accounting and human resources, interpersonal skills (communication, team building and negotiations), healthcare leadership (healthcare law, patient safety and quality) and change management (dealing with change, problem solving, decision making and project management). The final session is devoted to the presentations of capstone projects.  These projects are selected by teams and worked on over a three month period. The teams are expected to utilize the knowledge they gained from the program to develop their final case study.


Measuring the impact of this program on individual or institutional success is harder than planning or delivering the content to participants. Self-evaluation of participant scope of knowledge before and after the program is one metric we use. Monitoring promotions and leadership positions following completion of FLI is another one. We are now collecting evaluation by managers of participants in FLI before and after the completion of the program. Institutional return on investment is harder to measure over the short period of time that FLI has existed. However, over time the improvement of faculty satisfaction scores, measurement of faculty engagement and lower attrition will demonstrate the value of FLI.


Leaving aside the value of the delivery of vital knowledge to future leaders at the medical center, an important but often overlooked benefit is the camaraderie and team work that participants experience throughout the year. Friendships made across department and institutions will last for decades and facilitate working across silos and artificial boundaries to solve every day problems experienced by those who expect their leaders to solve problem and not preserve the status quo.


We hope to build a community of FLI Alumnus to provide opportunities and enable them to remain true to their original desire to lead people and do the “right” things.