About the Program

Program Purpose

The Provider Leadership Academy was created by CommonSpirit Health Physician Enterprise physician and advanced practice provider (APP) leadership for physician and APP leaders. Its goal is to strengthen the organization’s leadership pool and prepare physicians and APPs with the tools to advance within the organization in various leadership roles.

program purpose

As a program participant, you will develop your current leadership skills and likely acquire new skills specific to your areas of leading teams. You will also be highlighted across our national organization as an Alumnus of the Provider Leadership Academy. This will place you in an exciting position for professional leadership career growth. The individuals and groups supporting this program believe passionately in clinical leadership as a foundational element of our enterprise success.

Program Design

The CommonSpirit Health Provider Leadership Academy is open to both ambulatory and hospital-based physicians and APPs that are part of Physician Enterprise owned or affiliated medical groups. The program is designed to serve a wide array of physician and APP leaders and is intended to meet leaders at their level of experience, whether they are:

Early Leaders

Informal leader that is a go-to contact.

Emerging Leaders

Formal lead role for an initiative or council.

Established Leaders

Division or department head.

To be considered, an applicant must be endorsed by an executive leader (e.g. a medical group CMO, a medical group VP of Operations). In addition, the applicant must have at least one year of tenure and are on no corrective action.

The Provider Leadership Academy is comprised of two cohorts of 25 participants (50 total) and includes a mix of scheduled virtual sessions and independent work. By offering two cohorts we are able to provide a level of flexibility for participants in the program while also accounting for any patient care responsibilities they may have. Our cohort size is also limited in order to encourage meaningful learning and networking. Learn more about the time commitment expectations here.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a designation as a CommonSpirit Health Provider Leadership Academy Alumnus. Graduates will also receive the opportunity for ongoing participation in continued leadership development across the ministry. Graduates will also be designated in our records as a CommonSpirit Health Provider Leadership Academy Alumnus.

Learning Objectives

The overall objectives in the Provider Leadership Academy are to enhance and develop the skills necessary to lead in both a complex and ever-changing health care environment and at CommonSpirit Health. Our curriculum is designed to equip physicians and APPs to address challenges that they may encounter as health care leaders throughout their careers. This includes areas of self-leadership, fundamentals of leadership, team leadership, and communication.

25 CME Hours

CME will be awarded for those that complete appropriate evaluations throughout the course of the program. CME credits are estimated to be about 25 hours across the course of the year.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:


  • Identify your core values and learn how these influence your leadership philosophy and the connection with the mission of the organization
  • Understand and evaluate your self-management styles and how those interact with the styles of others
  • Identify the overarching organizational structure that you participate in and specifically your role, both formally and informally within your teams
  • Understand how to participate in and drive strategic planning, utilizing strategic principles, in order to achieve short-and long-term organizational goals
  • Develop the fundamental skills to diffuse and resolve conflicts as well as to negotiate with other stakeholders, whether internal or external
  • Understand the reasons why diversity and inclusion are considered a foundational element of our institution, both from a human kindness as well as a business standpoint, fostering a workplace that includes both
  • Develop a plan to incorporate lifelong learning in the practice of leadership and be able to identify and utilize multiple sources to continue to hone your skills

Fundamentals of Leadership

  • Learn allocation of resources using budgetary techniques
  • Learn to interpret P&L statement to ensure alignment with budgetary goals
  • Identify appropriate Performance Improvement strategies
  • Identify change management methodologies and appropriate application
  • Understand key elements of project management
  • Understand the impact healthcare policy has on the delivery of care
  • Recognize and articulate healthcare payment methodologies (including value-based payment, fee for service, etc.) and their impact on the patients and healthcare systems
  • Integrate understanding of health system design into meaningful management of areas of influence

Team Leadership

  • Demonstrate understanding of productive meetings with clear objectives and deliverables
  • Demonstrate understanding of engagement best practice techniques for teams and colleagues
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders
  • Identify individual and team interpersonal dynamics and lead these individuals and groups with goal-driven effectiveness
  • Demonstrate understanding of techniques to engage, motivate and inspire teams to achieve optimal results
  • Create shared team mission, vision, and values which are consistent with those of the ministry
  • Understand the inherent strengths of the clinician-administrator dyad relationship
  • Demonstrate skills in leading crucial conversations with different stakeholders
  • Integrate meaningful and productive performance evaluations for team members
  • Identify critical characteristics for the mentor and mentee roles
  • Identify elements of effective recognition and rounding


  • Identify your preferred style of communication and how to adapt that communication style to those with other preferences
  • Identify the skills & components that go into active listening and demonstrate how to put these components into action to effectively communicate
  • Understand and identify one’s own and common cultural norms for improved human connection and clarity of communication

Greatness is your potential. Action is your opportunity.

Apply Now