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Health Science Leadership Development Program


10.5 day program: April 7-9, May 13-14, June 10-11, July 15-16, August 5-6, September 16-17


To succeed in health care 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 health care professionals drive growth and success in their organizations.

CME credits available.


The intensive session will take place at the Sheraton Park City. Sessions 1 – 5 are located on campus at the Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff building.


For your convenience, all intensive week lodging accommodations will be arranged by the Executive Education staff. Participants are required to stay the Sheraton Park City the evenings of April 7 and 8. Lodging is included in the course fee. In addition, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

If you are flying in for this program, we recommend booking lodging accommodation for Sessions 1-5 through the University Guest House.

Sponsorship and Scholarships

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

Please contact Kristen.Peko@HSC.Utah.edu at the University of Utah Medical Group for more information.

ACCME Accredited with Commendation


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.

AMA Credit

The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 70.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nondiscrimination and Disability Accommodation Statement

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).

Speaker and Planning Committee Disclosure Summary:

The University of Utah School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Office (UUCME) meets ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence expectations regarding the identification and mitigation of relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible companies. Everyone in control of content, including all speakers and planners, must disclose financial relationships in any amount within the past 24 months and any relevant financial relationships must be mitigated prior to the activity start.

None of the speakers or planners or anyone in control of content for this accredited continuing educational activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not relate to any products or services of an ACCME-defined ineligible company; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose or mitigate.

2021 Schedule:

10.5 day program: April 7-9, May 13-14, June 10-11, July 15-16, August 5-6, September 16-17

The Health Science Leadership Development Program kicks off with an intensive week in Park City, Utah. All lodging accommodations are included in the program fee and will be arranged by the Executive Education team. Participants are required to stay at the hotel the evenings of April 8 and 9. In addition, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Sessions 1-5: University of Utah: Garff Building 
Faculty from the David Eccles School of Business MBA programs  

The Health Science Leadership Development Program will continue with five sessions taught by prestigious faculty from the David Eccles School of Business. Physicians will learn vital skills to increase their effectiveness and vision as leaders. Breakfast, lunch, and parking are included in the program fee. Lodging and transportation are not provided for these sessions.

If you are flying in for this program, we recommend booking lodging accommodation for sessions 1-5 through the University Guest House.

Session 1: Finance/Accounting for Health Care Professionals

Professor: Dr. Bob Allen, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.

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

Session 2: Leading Change in a Fast-Paced World

Professor: Bonita Austin, MBA

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, June 11, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This session examines ways to structure and implement change within an organization to improve performance and respond to challenges. Physicians will learn change management theories and how to apply them, ways to mitigate resistance to change, how to combat change fatigue, tools of cooperation, and the elements of successful change efforts.

  • Select the most effective tools of cooperation and change for different situations
  • Evaluate the likelihood that a particular initiative will succeed
  • Identify the steps in putting together an effective change management plan
  • Reduce employee resistance to change

Session 3: Charting Your Path to Strategic Leadership

Professor: Dr. Heidi Herrick, Ph.D.

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 16, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Many individuals eagerly await their chance to be a strategic leader, envisioning a formal, high-level position earned after years, if not decades, of experience. This session makes the radically empowering assumption that where ever physicians are in their career, they are already a strategic leader. Through out the session, physicians will emphasize critical skills for informal and formal motivation, managing time constraints, estimating risk, and communicating with diverse stakeholders. They will gain both concrete skills and a shift in their mindset to embrace a role where they motivate and inspire others to take risky, time-sensitive actions to create value and impact.

Session 4: Collaborative Negotiations: How to Influence Positive Change in Health Care

Professor: Dr. Katie Liljenquist, Ph.D.

Thursday, August 5, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 6, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In this program, physicians will learn a system for evaluating, monitoring, and improving their abilities as a negotiator. Faculty will share negotiation methods and strategies to help secure solid deals, mediate conflict, and manage decisions.

  • How to make intuitive decisions to improve negotiating power
  • Gain strategies for analyzing data and information relevant to deal-making
  • Improve process for planning and preparing for important high-stakes discussions
  • Design strategies for responding and adapting to reactions during negotiations

Session 5: Executive Presence and Public Speaking

Professor: Dr. Kate Cañas, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 17, 2021, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Public speaking is an opportunity to express emotional intelligence, and it becomes a strategic position from which a leader can craft their own leadership narrative. Learn how to examine an audience, implement rhetorical strategies, and deliver a message with effectiveness and confidence.

  • Assess strengths and areas of development as a public speaker
  • Be more persuasive/confident with different audiences (hostile, diverse, etc.)


Dr. Bob Allen Ph.D.
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Dr. Bob Allen, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert D. Allen is a Professor and David Eccles Faculty Scholar at the University of Utah. Bob’s interest in auditing research began during his professional experience with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Los Angeles. His research has focused on auditor risk assessments, auditor error projection decisions, and auditor analytical procedures. His research is published in various journals including The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Accounting Horizons, and Issues in Accounting Education. Bob is the recipient of the 2008 American Accounting Association/Deloitte Wildman Medal.

Bonita Austin, MBA
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Bonita Austin, MBA

Bonita Austin has a background in securities analysis and is a Professor (Lecturer) and the Assistant Department Chair for Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, where she has received many teaching awards. As an Institutional Investor’s All American All Star Analyst and Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, her work was frequently cited in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, and Forbes.

Dr. Kate Cañas, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kate Cañas, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathryn A. Cañas is a member of the Management Department in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Her teaching currently includes courses on managing diversity, business communication, and pedagogical theories and practices on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Jennifer Cummings, Ph.D.
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Dr. Jennifer Cummings, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Cummings is an Associate Professor (Lecturer) in the Management Department at the David Eccles School of Business and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Jennifer’s research and teaching areas include interpersonal and professional communication, conflict management, leadership, emotional intelligence, public speaking, self-presentation, and team relations. I am a certified conflict mediator and certified emotional intelligence consultant.

Heidi Herrick
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Dr. Heidi Herrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Herrick is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Utah. Dr. Herrick’s recent research and consulting work focuses primarily on strategic leadership, enrollment of key stakeholders, innovation, economic development, and operating under conditions of uncertainty. Dr. Herrick works with the Goff Strategic Leadership Center and Lassonde Entrepreneurial Institute to develop the future leaders of tomorrow.

Katie Liljenquist, Ph.D.

Dr. Katie Liljenquist, Ph.D.

Katie Liljenquist on the faculty of the Executive Education program at the Eccles School of Business. As a National Science Foundation fellow, she earned her Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, where she was an award-winning professor in their MBA program. She has also been voted Teacher of the Year three times by the graduating MBA’s of BYU’s organizational behavior program.