TMA Trains New Group Of Physician Leaders

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Tennessee Medical Association, the state’s largest professional association for physicians, will provide leadership training to a new cohort of physician leaders this summer through the Physician Leadership Immersion Program. 

Participants in the program include three doctors from Chattanooga – Jacob Dowden, MD, Leslie Griffin, MD and Eileen Lorenz, MD. 

The program, part of the John Ingram Institute for Physician Leadership, focuses on foundational leadership skills including collaboration, influence, conflict resolution, negotiation, medical advocacy and communications. 

TMA provides member physicians with leadership training to succeed in the current healthcare environment. Those skills have become increasingly important as value-based payment models are introduced at both the state and federal level, changing the way that healthcare providers work together and emphasizing the need for physician leadership to guide the delivery of patient care, said officials. 

The Leadership Immersion Program is one of two leadership programs offered to Tennessee doctors through the Ingram Institute. The Physician Leadership Lab is a longer, more in-depth course focusing on improving care through better clinical teamwork. 

The 2017 Leadership Immersion class is made up of 12 physicians from across Tennessee. They will convene on July 28 in Monteagle. The course will conclude with a September meeting in Nashville. Participants in the program will take part in both in-person and webinar group meetings to cover course material and will earn 30 hours of continuing medical education and a certificate in Physician Leadership. 

Funding, in part, for the program is provided by The Physicians Foundation through the Tennessee Medical Education Fund. 

Participants in the 2017 Leadership Immersion Program are:
Faith Aimua, MD, Johnson City
Ranjan Chanda, MD, Nashville
Natalie Dickson, MD, Nashville
Jacob Dowden, MD, Chattanooga
Leslie Griffin, MD, Chattanooga
Eileen Lorenz, MD, Chattanooga
Karie McLevain-Wells, MD, Mount Juliet
Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA, Nashville
Rhonda Sivley, MD, Knoxville
Betsy Triggs, MD, Nashville
Michael Wilkinson, MD, Johnson City
Laura Zeigler, MD, Nashville



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