Health Science Leadership Development Program

This project-based program is uniquely designed to help healthcare professionals drive growth and success in their organizations.

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Program Description

To succeed in healthcare today, professionals must develop innovative strategies and communicate a compelling vision of high quality, cost-effective care. This project-based program is uniquely designed to help healthcare professionals drive growth and success in their organizations.

CME Credits Available.


The intensive session, on April 12 – 14, will be held at the Marriott in Park City. Modules 1-5 are located on campus at the David Eccles School of Business.


For your convenience, all intensive week lodging accommodations will be arranged by the Executive Education staff. Participants are required to stay at the Marriott the evenings of April 12 and 13. Lodging is included in the course fee, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.


Some physicians receive sponsorship from their departments. In addition, partial scholarships may be available.

Please contact at the U of U Medical Group for more information.

The University Of Utah School Of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 67.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Utah does not exclude, deny benefits to or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran’s status, religion, gender identity/expression, genetic information, or sexual orientation in admission to or participation in its programs and activities.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request, with reasonable notice.  Requests for accommodations or inquiries or complaints about University nondiscrimination and disability/access policies may be directed to the Director, OEO/AA, Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 201 S President’s Circle, RM 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801-581-8365 (Voice/TTY), 801-585-5746 (Fax).

None of the faculty or planners or anyone in control of content for this continuing medical education activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not cover any products/services of a commercial interest; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Upcoming Dates

Medical Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

12 April 2017 12:00 am

This session focuses on medical technology innovation and entrepreneurship. It will cover University of Utah resources for technology development, intellectual property protection, basic FDA regulatory pathways, analysis of market potential, and term sheet negotiation. The curriculum is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the complex pathway for commercialization of medical technology.

Dr. John Langell, MD, PhD, MBA

Areas of Expertise
Endocrine OncologyEntrepreneurshipGeneral UpperInnovationSurgeryTechnology Transfer
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Can healthcare providers be effective healthcare leaders?

13 April 2017 12:00 am

Can healthcare providers be effective healthcare leaders? Healthcare is a very complex rapidly evolving enterprise. Historically, providers have yielded to non-clinician administrators the responsibility of navigating the healthcare environment. Now more so than ever, we have to be at the table. This requires providers to be effective leaders and managers to be optimally effective in working together with our administrators to advance our healthcare system. This session will focus on strategies for optimal leadership and management as we work towards our goal of healthcare transformation.

Dr. Rob Glasgow, MD

Areas of Expertise
GI SurgeryMinimally Invasive SurgerySurgical OutcomesSurgical Quality
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13 April 2017 12:00 am

The healthcare environment is challenging because it is people intensive, emotionally charged, technology laden and replete with undefined and unanticipated outcomes. Required Leadership skills and tools include; personnel management, cultural transformation, conflict resolution, resource management, and future visioning and planning. This presentation will focus on the principles of complex adaptive systems and core leadership tools on two case studies: implementation of a new clinical care process model and management of an acute crisis in a hospital setting.

Ed Clark, MD

Areas of Expertise
BiomechanicsPediatric Cardiology
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Leadership, Teamwork and Decision Making

14 April 2017 12:00 am

Medical education traditionally focuses on transferring the information, medical decision making and technical skills necessary to perform in clinical settings, but has focused less, if at all, on leadership, teamwork, shared decision making, and systems. This session will discuss basic concepts of leadership, teamwork and decision making, and use several illustrative examples of how these principles can be used to make changes in such areas as department and division structure and governance, and care delivery models.

John Bohnsack, MD

Areas of Expertise
Pediatric ImmunologyPediatric Rheumatology
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A Vision for Healthcare Transformation

14 April 2017 12:00 am

US health care delivery is expensive and fails to deliver proportionately improved health outcomes compared with other developed countries. In this session, participants will discuss a vision for healthcare transformation, how the patient-physician relationship can drive change, physician leadership in payment transformation, and a case study of how large, expensive decisions can be made in this complex environment.

Sean J. Mulvihill, MD

Areas of Expertise
Biliary CancerGeneral LaparoscopyHepatopancreatobiliaryLiver CancerPancreatic CancerSurgery
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Health Science Leadership Development Program, Module 1: Finance And Accounting

27 April 2017 - 28 April 2017

This session is designed as an overview of accounting and finance. Participants will gain the
necessary tools to interpret and use financial information to make key decisions with a particular focus on practical application. Participants will learn:

  • How to use financial information to make decisions that reduce risk and increase the value of the organization
  • How to determine a medical organizations’ cost of capital
  • How to use discounted cash flow analysis to make capital spending decisions
  • How to assess and avoid unreasonable financial risk
  • How to manage the planning and control-related activities

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, April 28, 2017 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Health Science Leadership Development Program, Module 2: Strategic Marketing

11 May 2017 - 12 May 2017

Understanding and meeting or exceeding customers’ expectations can be a challenge in health care. Participants will take away strategies to effectively create brand equity for their organization. The core learning objectives include:

  • How to communicate the importance of the customer’s point of view for managing and improving products and services
  • Determining the unique value your product or service brings to potential customers, patients, other clients such as insurers, students, new hires, residents and fellows
  • Understanding the purpose and development of product/service positioning and the role of brands in health care


Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, May 12, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Health Science Leadership Development Program, Module 3: Communication

8 June 2017 - 9 June 2017

Communication is an essential leadership tool especially when faced with leadership challenges. As a way to improve communication competence, participants will learn: Personal communication strengths and areas of development

  • How to be more persuasive when speaking in public
  • How to effectively analyze an audience
  • How to weave credibility, logic, and emotion into presentations

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Harnessing world-class expertise to improve healthcare

20 July 2017 12:00 am

The University of Utah Health Sciences (UUHS) values collaboration as a foundation to advance knowledge about health for entire populations. Harnessing world-class expertise from all over campus, UUHS is translating scientific discoveries into prevention, treatment, and cures for conditions like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, addiction, rare and undiagnosed diseases and many others. Dr. Fagerlin will highlight how population health sciences applies this type of research to improve health care outcomes and the delivery of patient centered care.

Dr. Angela Fagerlin

Angie’s training is in experimental psychology, primarily in the areas of cognitive and social psychology. Her research focuses on testing methods for communicating medical data to patients and providers (e.g., the risks and benefits of cancer treatment) and the development and testing of decision support interventions.

Areas of Expertise
Cognitive psychologyExperimental psychologySocial psychology
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21 July 2017 12:00 am

This session will give a broad overview of the greatest innovation disruptions taking place across all industries and particularly in healthcare. Tools and skills will be shared to show how to become more innovative and keep up with the rapid pace of change. Participants will have a better understanding of how to adapt to the changes and help the University of Utah create a more innovative culture.

Dr. Chris Wasden

Dr. Chris Wasden is the Executive Director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation at the University of Utah. He is a named inventor on 11 issued patents and has been a leader in 10 different startups where he developed many of his ideas around the innovation cycle and lifecycle and how fast, frequent, frugal, and failure accelerates innovation.

Areas of Expertise
Digital TechnologyEntrepreneurshipInnovation ConsultantStart-ups
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Health Science Leadership Development Program, Module 5: Collaborative Negotiations

17 August 2017 - 18 August 2017

This session teaches physicians how to secure the conditions for their personal success, enhance patient care, and influence healthcare delivery in their communities. In addition to learning concrete techniques that simultaneously advance resources and relationships, this workshop will teach physicians how to:

  • Recognize opportunities to negotiate on a daily basis.
  • Listen effectively to discern others’ needs and interests.
  • Frame communication more persuasively in personal and professional contexts.

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, August 18, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Program Tuition: $6,200

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