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Physician Leadership Academy


Norton Healthcare created the Norton Physician Leadership Academy with a highly interactive, solutions-based curriculum. Classes, designed to accommodate busy schedules, blend on-site, online and self-study modules based on current management and leadership principles.

Physicians who attend the Norton Physician Leadership Academy will learn more about:

  • Leadership and influence
  • Quality
  • Teamwork
  • Health care finance
  • Marketing and communications

The curriculum offers dedicated physicians who are interested in preparing for the future of health care an opportunity to enhance their leadership competencies and skills. Offered in conjunction with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL), the academy covers different topics in each course, including:

  • The changing role of physician leaders
  • Building effective teams
  • Health care financial management
  • Leading and managing strategic change
  • Engaging physicians
  • Managing physician and provider performances
  • Duality improvement and measurement systems

The Norton Physician Leadership Academy offers three tracks:

CME track: Earn AMA PRA Category 1™ credits through the AAPL by completing 10 on-site sessions and claiming CME credits.

CPE track: In addition to obtaining CME credits listed above, complete the 10 on-site courses and additional online self-study courses to prepare to sit for the Certifying Commision in Medical Management (CCMM) certification exam.

Master’s degree track: Complete all requirements for the 10 on-site sessions as well as any other prerequisite courses required for entrance into a master’s degree program in medical management, health care quality and safety or business administration. You will also earn CME credits and be prepared for the CCMM certification exam.

All courses completed in the CPE and master’s degree tracks require the student to complete and pass a formal online examination.

Classes are held approximately one Saturday a month and include on-site AAPL and Norton Healthcare instructor-led courses and speakers. Classes are not scheduled in April, July and December.


The Norton Physician Leadership Academy is taught by experienced instructors who incorporate a teaching style that engages and challenges participants.


The Norton Physician Leadership Academy is currently open to Norton Healthcare employed physicians and physicians who provide facility-based services through exclusive contracts, such as anesthesia, emergency
medicine and radiology. As part of the application process, physicians who are accepted into the academy will:

  • Sign a contract addendum outlining expectations
  • Commit to two years of participation
  • Partner with a Norton Healthcare executive to complete a work project
  • Serve as mentors for future participants


The academy is free to physicians who are accepted and complete the program. Norton Healthcare pays the cost of the Norton Physician Leadership Academy for physicians who complete the program. Physicians who do not complete the entire program will be required to pay a fee.


Physicians can apply to the Norton Physician Leadership Academy in the summer of 2016.

Applications will be accepted between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2015. Physicians will be notified in early December regarding their status.

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For more information contact:

Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA
System Senior Vice President
Chief Medical Officer
(502) 420-2218

Kenneth Wilson, M.D.
System Vice President
Quality and Clinical Effectiveness
(502) 629-5578

Al Cornish
System Vice President
Learning and Organizational Development
Chief Learning Officer
(502) 629-7349

Karen Busse, M.S., CCMEC
Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education
(502) 629-6556

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