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UMC Health System Launches Inaugural Leadership Development Program

Darla Vasquez

September 26, 2016

On Friday, September 9, UMC Health System launched their inaugural Leadership Development Program. This program was initiated by Dr. Michael Ragain, vice president and chief medical officer of UMC, and was developed by Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the Institute of Leadership Research and an associate professor of practice in the Rawls College Area of Management.  The underlying goal of the program is to engage the clinical staff in recognizing and addressing organizational needs in the rapidly changing health care environment.

The Leadership Development Program is designed to enhance the business awareness and leadership skills of the selected participants. The initial cohort includes physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers (APP) - physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and residents.

The program is unique, as a core group of physicians participated in its planning and development. The program, which will run over the course of nine months, will incorporate six sessions exploring topics, including:  Personal Awareness and Development, Global Leadership, Project Management, Change Management, and Financial Management.  In addition to the core sessions, participants will be actively engaged in projects that contribute to the overriding mission and management of UMC.

It is anticipated that this program will be repeated annually and extend its scope to include much of the clinical staff over time.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.