Nearly three dozen clinical leaders have been chosen to participate in the California HealthCare Foundation Health Care Leadership Program to expand their leadership skills and meet the challenges facing our state’s health care system, the foundation announced today.
The CHCF Health Care Leadership Program is a part-time fellowship that offers clinically trained health care professionals the experiences, competencies, and skills necessary for effective vision and leadership of institutions.
Fellows attend seminars six times during the two-year program and participate in ongoing learning activities. Graduates broaden management skills and sharpen leadership capacity while gaining unique insight into the trends and challenges facing health care in California.
Entering its second decade, the program has trained more than 300 doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. It is led by nationally recognized health care and leadership development experts from the Center for Health Professions at UCSF and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Alumni become part of a network across California that continues to collaborate and develop their skills.
“We can’t solve the nation’s health care crisis without building strong leadership in our health care institutions,” said Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. “Leadership skills are usually not included in clinical training, but our clinical leaders must have them to succeed.”
“This fellowship was the single most important professional experience I have ever had,” said alumnus Sang-ick Chang, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of the Alameda County Medical Center. “Years later, the lessons I learned about the importance of vision, political savvy, and self-knowledge are fresh in my mind and help me daily.”