Butler University’s Executive Education program and the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) will partner this fall to deliver a Physician Leadership Program.

Executive EducationThe courses, created to enhance leadership and business acumen, are being offered through ISMA’s new Indiana Center for Physician Excellence. Sessions are designed to combine a physician’s scientific knowledge with sound leadership principles to advance the goal of improving patient care. Participants will study areas that include financial analysis, management, organizational politics, and how to manage change in an organization.

“Butler Executive Education is thrilled to partner with the ISMA for the design and delivery of this highly innovative, highly engaging program for physicians,” said Sheri Fella, Executive Director of Butler Executive Education. “The partnership with ISMA has been one of deep collaboration and we share their passion for developing physicians as whole leaders in our home state in the rapidly changing environment of healthcare.”

Continuing medical education will be provided for all courses completed and certifications will be issued to physicians who complete four of the six offerings in 2015. Course evaluations and assessments will help direct the future design of the program. Participation is limited and priority will be given to ISMA members.

Find more information and registration at www.ismanet.org/PLP/.

“Today’s team-based care and integrated health systems demand physician leadership,” said Heidi Dunniway, President of the Indiana State Medical Association. “ISMA formed the Indiana Center for Physician Excellence to navigate the challenges presented by our dynamic environment.”

The program is being funded in 2015 and 2016 by a grant from the Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower physicians to lead in the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient health care www.physiciansfoundation.org/.

The curriculum for ISMA program was designed by a faculty team that included Butler College of Business Dean Steve Standifird and Associate Dean Craig Caldwell.

“We have brought the best of the best to this program and it has been an exciting journey to tailor the content to the development of a physician who wants to excel as a leader both in emotional intelligence and in business acumen,” said Kathy Paulson Gjerde, Faculty Director, Butler Executive Education. “We look forward to continuing to push the threshold of learning in this certificate program for the years to come.”


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