Through a generous gift by The Dore’ Foundation, future leaders of the UAB Academic Health Center and UAB Health System (UABHS) are being developed through the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA). The HLA, a formal training program cosponsored by UAB Schools of Medicine and Business, is founded on the premise that the future of academic health systems will be led and managed by clinicians and executives who operate at the frontiers of medicine and possess the leadership skills required to guide their organization into an increasingly complex future.
The inaugural class of 2009 concluded this fall with 24 graduates. Members of this class include a variety of faculty-leaders as well as early senior level managers. They were identified as possessing the potential to take on more demanding leadership positions in the next 2 to 4 years. The 2010 class will begin in January.
The academy involves approximately 80 hours of classroom sessions as well as team projects and experiential learning activities designed to identify and strengthen leadership skills and capabilities. An institutional leader is assigned as mentor to each group to help guide the inter-disciplinary projects.
Dr. Nelson, School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development is co-director of the HLA with Dr. Karen Kennedy, Associate Dean, School of Business. W. Jack Duncan, PhD, professor of management emeritus and University Scholar emeritus in the School of Business and the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy is a consultant for HLA.