Leadership Courses

  • Amalia CochranEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


The current practice environment and diversity of demands in academic medicine requires more in the way of leadership from surgeons than at any time previously. However, leadership is typically taught as a component of the hidden curriculum during training, leaving young surgeons at a disadvantage when they are thrust into positions of leadership. A variety of short- and long-term leadership courses are available for surgeon-leaders at all stages of their careers, allowing progressive skill development appropriate to changing roles and environments. While this chapter is in no way an exhaustive catalog of courses in leadership development, it does highlight many of the more prominent, time-tested programs.


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Further Reading

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  2. Campos HC, Friedman SR, Haddad AE, Campos F, Morahan PS. Chapter 14. Evaluation of health professions leadership and management and programs that teach these competencies. In: McGaghie WC, editor. International best practices for evaluation in the health professions. Abingdon: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.; 2013.Google Scholar
  3. Center for Creative Leadership White Paper. Addressing the leadership gap in healthcare: what’s needed when it comes to leader talent?. 2011. Accessed 15 July 2012.
  4. Dannels SA, Yamagata H, McDade SA, Chuang Y, Gleason KA, McLaughlin JA, Richman RC, Morahan PS. Evaluating a leadership program: a comparative, longitudinal study to assess the impact of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for women. Acad Med. 2008;83(5):488–95.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. McDade SA, Richman RC, Jackson GB, Morahan PS. Effects of participation in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program on women faculty’s perceived leadership capabilities. Acad Med. 2004;79(4):302–9.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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