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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, are a blend of on-site, online and self-study modules based on current practice and patient care issues that physicians experience every day.

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

  • Leadership
  • 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 College of Physician Executives (ACPE), the academy covers different topics in each course, including:

  • The three faces of quality
  • Building effective teams
  • Integrated health systems
  • Health care finance
  • Leading and managing strategic change

The Norton Physician Leadership Academy offers three tracks:

CME track: Earn AMA PRA Category 1™ credits through the ACPE 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 ACPE 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 ACPE certification exam.

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

On-site ACPE classes will be scheduled about every two months. Other Norton Healthcare-specific coursework will scheduled during the off months. Coursework will not be scheduled in April, July and December.


The Norton Physician Leadership Academy is staffed with experienced instructors from the ACPE 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 study
  • 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 can apply to the Norton Physician Leadership Academy in the summer of 2015.

Karen Busse, M.S., at (502) 629-8519 or with questions or concerns.

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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.
Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education
(502) 629-6556

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