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Physician Leadership Academy

Program Overview

A dynamic health care industry is driving the need for physicians who can take on a wider range of responsibilities and successfully navigate higher and more complex levels of leadership. A diverse and increasing number of individuals seek quality health care today; while health care expenditures are rising, the movement toward value-based care accelerates. Technological advances are transforming medicine's capabilities, but realizing their full value depends upon a system that is more cohesive and well connected. The next phase of health care requires physician leaders who are innovative, interdisciplinary thinkers with the skills to envision and shape the future.

Deloitte Consulting, the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and Wharton Executive Education have joined forces to create a first-of-its-kind program to prepare physicians to shape the marketplace. This innovative program facilitates participants’ journey from physician leader to health care enterprise leader.

Physician Leadership Academy provides the necessary leadership skills that a traditional medical education and business education do not. Through in-person learning sessions with individual feedback, leadership coaching, mentoring, and peer support, physicians will acquire the understanding, insight, and definitive skillsets required to successfully lead within a constantly changing health care ecosystem.

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Physician Leadership Academy Program Highlights & Benefits

This powerful, interactive curriculum provides physicians with:

  • A broadened perspective on current trends within the constantly changing health care space
  • The skills and mindset needed to impact pressing issues and shape the future in their enterprise and the broader health care ecosystem
  • The capability to navigate higher and more complex levels of leadership
  • An opportunity to increase recognition of their leadership and accelerate their career success
  • Clearer insight into their own leadership style, strengths, and development areas. They will work with coaches and mentors throughout the program to gain specific and objective feedback to support their development

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Deloitte and Penn LDI

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This program consists of three non-consecutive sessions. All sessions are required for completion. The Dallas session will take place at Deloitte University.

Tuition for this program includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change.

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Professor Guy David says Physician Leadership Academy will facilitate participants’ journey from physician leader to health care enterprise leader.

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Experience & Impact

The next generation of physician leaders needs to manage a wide variety of non-clinical responsibilities, including strategic planning, talent development, operational and financial management, quality management, population management, utilization management, and information technology. Moreover, physician leaders will need to master an enterprise-level mindset, and increase their influencing and collaboration skills.

This unique partnership between Deloitte Consulting and Wharton Executive Education represents the first time a world-class professional services firm and a top-ranked business school have created a joint program linking academic and experiential learning for physician leaders. Physician Leadership Academy is at the intersection of theory, expert research, and real-life application.

Participants will engage with a diverse and elite group, including Wharton professors, physician enterprise leaders, and Deloitte Leadership coaches.

Through a combination of in-person learning sessions, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, and peer support, physicians will receive the skills and insight they need to develop into versatile leaders.

Physician Leadership Academy consists of three in-person sessions. Divided into three modules, the program will occur over the span of 9 months.

Each module will build upon the themes of individual, organizational, and systemic leadership.

Session Topics:

  • Leading in the New World of Health Care covers the essential leadership and enterprise challenges of communication, strategy, and finance
  • Building Momentum for Change addresses the patient journey and ways to build an inclusive and patient-centric culture
  • Reimagining the Future of Health Care completes the curriculum with a health care business simulation and an examination of total leadership

Prior to coming to Wharton, participants in the Physician Leadership Academy will undergo a leadership evaluation. Participants will gain insight into their strengths and identify challenges and areas that need development. Participants will be assigned to and begin working with their individual leadership coach during the first in-person session in October.

The modular format and delivery of program material and exercises allows physician participants to experience a learning journey that helps them reflect on the program content and experience real-world application.

Physicians will come away with insights into their own leadership style, strengths, and development areas, and will be ready to embark on their own leadership journey with:

  • The skills needed to be successful leaders for their enterprise and the broader ecosystem
  • In-depth expertise on how to design and implement “next level” business strategies by optimizing financial, physical, and human resources
  • The ability to drive a culture that promotes patient centricity to meet market and consumer demands
Physician Leadership Academy Posters

Penn LDI Captures the Inaugural Program Sessions

The program begins with discussions of the physicians’ desired outcomes, the changing landscape of health care, and Deloitte’s leadership framework. An illustrator joined the classroom to capture the major themes that emerged and created 8-foot posters.

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Who Should Attend

Physician Leadership Academy is targeted to practicing physicians who have taken on increasing levels of responsibility in their careers and aspire to be enterprise-wide leaders. Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Desire to become a driving influence in the future of health care
  • Desire to build strategic, entrepreneurial, and people leadership skills
  • Motivation to develop, learn, and perform in unfamiliar and more demanding contexts
  • Willingness to reflect and change

The curriculum is beneficial to physicians with diverse backgrounds in health care, including within the industries of delivery, policy, foundations, and global health.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton executive education programs unless otherwise indicated.


David Asch, MD, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Executive Director, Center for Health Care Innovation, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Clinician and patient decision making, health care management, health policy, medical ethics, physician executives, technology assessment, behavioral economics

Guy David, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Gilbert and Shelley Harrison Associate Professor of Health Care Management; Associate Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

Research Interests: Applied microeconomics, emergency medical services, health economics, industrial organization, nonprofit organizations, post-acute care, regulation

Matthew Bidwell, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human resource management, knowledge workers, worker mobility

Peter Fader, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Lifetime value of the customer, sales forecasting for new products, behavioral data

Stew Friedman, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Practice Professor of Management; Director, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Work/life integration, leadership development, dynamics of change

Howard Kaufold, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Vice Dean, MBA Program; Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Katherine Milkman, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Evan C Thompson Endowed Term Chair for Excellence in Teaching; Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

Mario Moussa, PhD   See Faculty Bio

President, Moussa Consulting

Joseph Ryan, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Founder and President, True North Advisory Group

Rom Y. Schrift, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Assistant Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Preference formation and choice, consumer’s decisional conflict and effort in choice, empathy and social influence

Maurice Schweitzer, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Cecilia Yen Koo Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management

Research Interests: Decision making, deception and trust, negotiations

Michael Useem, PhD   See Faculty Bio

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance


Physician Leadership Academy - Chyke Doubeni Testimonial

Chyke Doubeni, MD

Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

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I’m a new chair and new to the Harvard system. It was very clear to me that I had a lot of room for growth and learning. I chose this course as it seemed like a very well thought-out program that would move me significantly along the path of learning and improving my leadership skills on all levels.

In my role, I need to make sure world-class clinical care is being provided to our patients, that our staff feels supported and empowered, and that they are practicing at the top of their licenses. I am responsible for ensuring that the clinical, educational, quality improvement, research, and academic missions are moved forward, and that all members of our faculty–medical, physics, and biology–feel supported in their academic careers. I also help ensure that we’re aligned with the hospital and enterprise missions, and that we support the #1 radiation oncology training program in the country.

The Physician Leadership Academy has helped in every aspect of my job. It has enabled me to think of practical aspects of clinical and academic medicine that I could then put into use to maintain and further develop our world-class department.

“Wharton brought the perfect balance of academic rigor, practical advice, insights from finance experts, and inspirational talks and sessions. In addition, the great value and pleasure of interacting with my peers cannot be underestimated. We all had different backgrounds but similar and overlapping challenges, so we most definitely learned from each other.

This program has already exceeded my expectations. It has shown me that I have much to learn and that the privilege of growing as a leader is an honor that I will continue to appreciate and cherish.”

This program is really amazing; what an incredible group. A very natural and amazingly quick friendship has developed among our cohort, and we are learning a great deal from each other.

Even though I’ve only been through one-third of the program, it has been one of the most exciting experiences of my professional career. It has already changed the way that I do business.

As an example, I begin many meetings now by having an open conversation about decision ownership. Having that discussion up front has made an enormous difference — it is extremely effective in clearing the path to getting real work done.

The executive coaching piece is also great. I am learning a lot about myself and look forward to continuing that engagement over the course of the program. I have found the 360-degree feedback and Hogan Assessments to be very useful. They helped validate some of the things I thought about myself, in terms of strengths as well as areas where I can work to improve as a leader.

I’m a huge fan of this program. I am champing at the bit to get back to Wharton for the next round, because it is truly that good.”

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