Leadership Training

With increasing pressure to improve care quality, while simultaneously lowering healthcare delivery costs, it is essential that physicians strengthen their leadership and business skills. Below are some local courses where physicians learn to manage and diffuse conflict, develop effective best practices, create solutions, and prepare to lead organized medicine.

Degree Programs:

University of St. Thomas - Cameron School of Business

This program is offered in conjunction with Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and gives students the opportunity to obtain the fundamental health services management skills required for a successful career. In addition, there’s an opportunity for a dual Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) and MBA degree. As part of the program, students take courses at both TWU and UST.

Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Business

In collaboration with the Baylor College of Medicine, the business school offers the MD/MBA dual degree program for candidates seeking to integrate business knowledge with expertise in medical schools, physician groups, hospitals and managed care organizations.

Texas A&M Health Science Center

This program is tailored to mid-career health professionals who need formal management knowledge to enhance their career. This is a 12 course/48-credit hour master's degree program takes 24 months to complete, and is taught one weekend a month. It is conveniently located at the Houston Campus of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. For questions regarding admissions contact Monica Garner at e-mha@tamhsc.edu. Texas A&M Health Science Center has also developed a leadership course that emphasizes interactive, scenario-based training. Courses are in five, two-day sessions.

Texas Women's University

MBA - Health Care Administration Emphasis - 15 month program, 36 hours, $17,000, No GMAT or GRE required.

MBA – Women in Leadership Emphasis- 12 month program, 36 hours, $17,000. Hybrid online and face to face Saturday classes. No GMAT or GRE required.

University of Houston - Clear Lake

While an MBA enables you to be a business manager, a dual MHA/MBA from UHCL empowers you for a career as a top-level executive in the healthcare industry. Courses taught online and face-to-face will enhance your knowledge of global business, corporate finance and decision-making. You will learn from experienced professors in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, which will give you opportunities for networking, internships and your future career.

Non-Degree Programs:

University of Houston - Bauer College of Business - Women in Leadership

Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston offers this leadership training designed to empower women leaders to identify their unique facets, to ask for what they want, and to bring their whole best selves to work. The program is designed - by women for women - to bring together research-based insights and professional leadership experiences of Bauer faculty and industry leaders so as to create an empowering learning experience. Sessions are highly interactive and promote open conversations and dialogue.

Leadership Houston

The mission of Leadership Houston is to enlighten, empower, and engage diverse community leaders through a broadened knowledge of Houston and increase their civic leadership capacity for the benefit of Greater Houston and its stakeholders.

Rice University Business Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

Bringing together world-class faculty and leading business theory to advance the future of healthcare. Many healthcare leaders have significant clinical education and training but lack the business education and skills increasingly required to attain their own professional goals and create excellent institutions. Enhance your business acumen to achieve your personal goals, organizational goals and to advance the future of healthcare. This certificate has been developed for physician executives and other senior healthcare administrators, including nurse executives, medical directors, and senior administrators. There will be a 10% discount for all HCMS members. Please use the discount code RICEHCMS10.

TMA Leadership College (TMALC)

The TMALC was established in 2010 as part of TMA's effort to ensure strong and sustainable physician leadership with organized medicine. TMALC graduates serve as thought leaders who can close the divide among clinicians and health care policymakers, and as trusted leaders within their local communities. With more than 40 hours of classroom instruction, the TMA Leadership College was designed for active TMA members under the age of 40 or who are in the first eight years of practice.

University of Houston - Clear Lake

Certificate in Healthcare Management lead by Dr. Michael Bungo. 20 students maximum. Must register with UT McGovern Medical School to receive UHCL website link to register for course.

American Leadership Forum

The nonprofit organization's mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve the common good.  Senior Fellows use collaborative leadership skills to identify and deal with complex regional issues, model servant leadership, and create opportunities to work together in ways that make a significant difference to Houston and its surrounding communities. The ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership to empower Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues.

Resources for newly elected Hospital Chiefs of Staff

Below you will find a list of resources to assist you as you take on the role of Hospital Chief of Staff.

Antitrust in Healthcare - Medical Staff Privileges, Exclusive Physician Contracts, and Peer Review.

Building a Culture of Respect, Safety and Trust - How do Hospital Medical Staff best support physicians in seeking to do what is best for their patients? By promoting a culture of respect, safety and trust – by assuring fairness and due process.

Get help with your medical staff bylaws (AMA members only) - When making medical staff bylaws, it is important to meet relevant accreditation standards and regulatory requirements.

Assessment and Educational Programs:

KSTAR Physician Resources

KSTAR (Knowledge, Skills, Training, Assessment and Research), through TAMHSC-Rural and Community Health Institute, is an internationally recognized program that provides comprehensive and individualized assessments and educational programs for physicians who have perceived needs or want to return to practice after a prolonged absence. The main goal of KSTAR is to optimize patient safety by providing solutions that will benefit the physician, the health care system and the patient.

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