Leadership College Program Description

step2button  Review Program Description and Requirements

In the changing landscape of health care and health care organizations, clinicians face challenges requiring new knowledge and skills beyond clinical expertise. With this increased complexity, the ability to be a leader as well as a manager is more important than ever. Professional knowledge and skills, relational abilities, and contextual understanding are the three elements of strong physician leadership.

What the program offers:

  • An in-depth opportunity to better understand yourself and others in order to work more effectively together and foster change;
  • Highly interactive sessions that offer the greatest environment for learning and networking with your peers;
  • Leadership tools and strategies you never learned in medical school that will help you progress to the next level in your career.
  • A network of leaders and change-makers within health care in NC.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Class.

Program Schedule

The 2021 Leadership College Scholars are expected to attend all of the following sessions in order to graduate. Please note that the dates are subject to change.

October 14-15, 2020

Module I: NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine, 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

January 15- 16, 2021

Module II: NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine, 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC
*Friday will be a half day and Saturday will be a full day

 April 30- May 2, 2021

 Module III:  Rizzo Conference Center, Chapel Hill, NC

May – June 2021 (select date most convenient for you)

Module IV:  White Coat Wednesday: Strategies for Effective Advocacy; NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine, 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC & NC General Assembly
*Please pick ONE Wednesday during the month of June to participate in WCW. You will be required to register for WCW: https://www2.ncmedsoc.org/pages/wcw/white-coat-wednesday-registration

August 13, 2021 *No session to attend

 Project write-ups due

October TBC, 2021

Module V:  Final meeting: The Leadership Journey; location TBD,  Raleigh , NC


Participant Selection

  • Each application will be reviewed by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation Board of Trustees, or a sub-committee thereof, to select participants. Potential participants may be asked to take part in a short conference call with advisory board members.
  • Completed nomination forms are due no later than July 30, 2019.
  • The Leadership College class will consist of approximately 20-25 participants. The class is capped at 25 participants.
  • Selected scholars and nominating organizations will be notified by the NCMS Foundation by  August, 2020.
  • Nominees who are not selected for the current Leadership College year may be re-nominated the following year.

Project Requirement

The project allows scholars to put learning into practice. Each scholar will design and implement a project that addresses an important health issue to benefit the scholar’s local, state, or specialty medical society; demonstrates leadership principles in the workplace; or improves the health of their local community.

  • May be completed with fellow scholars.
  • Should not duplicate, but may build upon, other efforts in the community, region, or state and should have a sustainable effect.
  • Leadership College staff and mentors will assist scholars with project identification and provide implementation coaching as needed.
  • Final draft must be submitted as requested prior to the final module in order to graduate from the program.
  • Scholar will present their projects in a TED Talk like format called MEDTalks during the last session. Projects may be selected for presentation at NCMS, specialty and other meetings.

Other Requirements

Endorsement. The nominee must have the endorsement of one of six nominating organizations:

  1. Any NC county medical society
  2. Any NC specialty society
  3. Hospital
  4. Medical Practice
  5. Health Care Organization
  6. NC Medical Society
  • The nominating organization will complete the Nominating Organization Form (Step 4).
  • The nominee must agree to attend ALL designated meetings and activities of the NCMS Leadership College (see Program Schedule section above). Lack of attendance will make the scholar ineligible for graduation. This includes the White Coat Wednesday session.
  • Each scholar is required to complete a scholar project (see Project Requirement above).
  • Each scholar will select and work with a mentor throughout the Leadership College year. The mentor will assist the scholar with his/her project and with networking in organized medicine and the healthcare industry.
  • Each participant is expected to regularly communicate with their endorsing organization to continue defining their future leadership role.


Tuition costs. North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) members get enormous savings!
Tuition to attend this year-long session is $1,900 for NCMS members*; the fee for non-members is $3,800. If you are a student, tuition is $750.

Not sure of your membership status? Please contact the NCMS Member Services department at (919) 833-3836/(800) 722-1350 (NC only). Need to join? Visit www.ncmedsoc.org/join.





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