Leadership Academy

Interdisciplinary Leadership Development for Academic Medical Center Professionals

Through an interdisciplinary effort with the Penn State Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Program, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is developing a leadership academy.  This will provide attendees (physicians, scientists, nurses, and administrators) with the skills required to excel in strategic leadership and management roles in academic health centers (AHC) and health care organizations.


The program is intended for faculty and staff who have interest in leadership positions in the institution, have previous leadership experiences, and have the support of their supervisors or chairs.  Priority will be given to faculty and staff at mid-career, or higher level staff with administrative or leadership responsibilities.

Program Faculty

Faculty will be identified by Penn State's Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Programs based on the final curriculum.  Faculty will be recognized nationally in their respective fields and also be experienced educators with real world experience.  The Penn State Executive Programs team (http://www.smeal.psu.edu/psep) offers decades of combined experience in helping clients from more than 150 companies build the organizational and leadership capabilities to deal with today's most pressing business challenges.

Program Location and Organization

Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, October 13-17, 2014 and will be held at the University Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA  17033.  Classes will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and finish at 5:00 p.m.  Some evening activities will be included related to team projects.  Completion of team projects will be a requirement.  Participants are expected to "leave pagers at the door" and remain free of other responsibilities so that full attention can be devoted to coursework and the educational experience.

Continuing Education Credit

This live activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.TM

Deadline for on-line application process has expired.  Please consider applying in 2014!

  • Support letter from chair or supervisor must be submitted separately.
  • Letters should be address to:  

Ann Ouyang, M.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty and Professional Development
Penn State College of Medicine
500 University Drive, PO Box 850
Mail Code:  H117
Hershey, PA  17033


The overarching goal of the Leadership Academy is to expand the skills of its participants to lead their health care organization into the future.  Specifically, the goals of the program are to:

  • Educate participants about the factors affecting health care delivery and health related research.
  • Provide skills to understand the economics and politics of health care delivery as well as the finances of an academic health center and the funding environment.
  • Develop the leadership and negotiation skills needed to navigate the institution change and meet challenges.
  • Establish a multidisciplinary network of AHC leaders.


Upon completion, participants will have gained:

  • An understanding of strategic leadership
  • Improved ability to build and lead effective teams
  • Improved negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Enhanced business literacy in the areas of finance and research funding
  • Knowledge of the overall interaction of the key components of the health care system


The curriculum is intended to enhance the critical skill sets of participants to lead and make a difference within AHC's.  Final course content is under development through a needs assessment conducted by the Penn State Executive Programs Team.  Topics may include:

  • Understanding the changing health care landscape
  • Understanding research funding politics
  • Strategic leadership:  managing the cycles of change
  • Building your executive presence
  • Finance:  closing the gap between perceptions and performance
  • Enhancing operational effectiveness within Penn State Hershey and across the system
  • Building teams
  • Clear and effective communication

Note:  Team projects applied to existing organizational challenges will be part of the curriculum.

The program fee covers tuition, lunches, coffee breaks, and teaching materials.  Cancellations must be made in writing.  If a cancellation is received between September 15, 2013 and October 1, 2013, there will be a forfeit of 50% of the program fee.  Cancellations after October 1, 2013 will result in 100% forfeiture of the program fee.


  • Penn State Hershey faculty and staff $3,000
  • Employees of Penn State Hershey affiliate hospitals and providers $4,000
  • All other participants will be assessed at $4,500


Office of Faculty and Professional Development
Penn State College of Medicine
500 University Drive, H117
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 717-531-1101
Fax: 717-531-4582
Email: dharris1@hmc.psu.edu
Room: C1602