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:

Houston Christian University

HCU's Archie W. Dunham College of Business offers a 36-credit hour Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that allows students to have a concentration in healthcare by taking 9 credits on the healthcare track. HCU offers programs that have a hybrid of on campus and asynchronous online courses and a program that is completely online/asynchronous.

Rice University

Rice offers a variety of programs tailored to the student's years of work experience that can be completed in 2 years. Professional MBA - classes on campus every other Friday or Saturday or 2 evenings a week; Hybrid MBA - classes online and on campus; Executive MBA - classes every other Friday and Saturday on campus. In conjunction with Baylor Medical School, Rice also offers an MBA/MD program.

Texas A&M University

The Professional MBA at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School is a 22-month program designed for working professionals. Located at Houston’s CityCentre, classes are held on alternating weekends, Friday from 6 – 10 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM.

Texas Woman's University

Texas Woman's University offers several graduate degree options: Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), MHA with an emphasis in Business Analytics, MHA with an emphasis in Global Health, and a dual degree MHA and MBA. Programs can be completed in as little as 24 months and the classes are online/synchronous with optional face-to-face meetings.

University of Houston - Clear Lake

UHCL offers both an MHA and a 60-hour dual MHA/MBA program from its campus in the Texas Medical Center. Classes are in an 8-week format with options for hybrid classes and fully online asynchronous sessions. Face-to-face classes are scheduled in the evening hours for career flexibility. Programs can be completed in as little as 24 months.

University of St. Thomas

UST's Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program requires 30 credit hours and is offered within the Cameron School of Business. It is designed for those individuals who are currently, or who aspire to be, leaders in a variety of healthcare settings. The MHA program offers a unique curriculum designed specifically to meet the career needs of future leaders. Students are given the opportunity to understand and master the organizational, legal, financial, ethical, political, and managerial aspects of health systems management. Classes are in an 8-week format with options for hybrid classes and fully online asynchronous sessions. UST also offers an MBA program with a concentration in healthcare (18 hours core plus 12 hours healthcare electives) making it a fast and flexible 30-hour program.

University of Texas

UT's McCombs School of Business offers an MBA that can be completed in 21 months. This program enrolls in August, classes are held on alternating weekends (Friday evening and all-day Saturday) at the MBA campus at the UT Health Cizik School of Nursing in the Texas Medical Center.


Non-Degree Programs:

American Leadership Forum

ALF is a non-profit with a mission to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve the common good.  Collaborative leadership skills are used 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 those in the program to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues. In order to enter this program, candidates must be nominated by 2 graduates of the program (Senior Fellows).

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. Leadership Houston accepts year-round applications, beginning in early fall for the next class year. Ideal candidates have 10+ years of professional experience, proven leadership and current involvement in the community. The program has an opening and closing session along with eight learning sessions on the first Friday of each month from October to May.

Rice Advanced Management Program

Delivered in two one-week sessions separated by a month intersession, the Rice Advanced Management Program is an immersion program exclusively designed for high potential leaders to successfully move into general management or functional lead roles.

Rice Leadership Training Program

This 4-day program is designed for mid-level managers and executives wishing to expand their knowledge of best practices in leadership. Participants learn strategies to create and lead a more cohesive, high-performing team. Using case studies, exercises, simulations, and extensive discussion, participants examine the building blocks of leadership – leading oneself, leading others, leading teams, and leading the enterprise – and become well-positioned to navigate any challenges that lie ahead.

Texas Medical Association 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.

Texas Medical Association Lifeline Leadership Program (TMALLP)

The TMALLP was established as part of TMA's effort to ensure strong and sustainable physician leadership. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip physicians with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in organized medicine, practice leadership, and advocacy. This free, self-paced 18-month program is designed for any TMA member physician wanting leadership development training. Physicians will gain the skills and confidence to lead within organized medicine, their workplace, and their community.

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

Bauer College of Business at the U of H 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.

University of Houston - Clear Lake

U of H Clear Lake's Center for Executive Education offers a Certificate Programs in Healthcare Management and Physician Leadership and Management. Those who complete the 81-hour program will receive the Physician Leadership and Management Certificate and will also receive partial credit towards completion of the Certified Physician Executive designation.

Hospital Chief of Staff Resources:
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.

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. Its main goal is to optimize patient safety by providing solutions that will benefit the physician, the health care system and the patient.

TMA Leadership & Professional Development Center

TMA Suggested Reading List