As the practice of medicine changes, young physicians need to supplement their clinical expertise with advocacy and leadership skills in order to effectively navigate the changing healthcare landscape.

Connecticut physicians under the age of 40 (or with fewer than eight years in practice) are eligible to apply for the Young Physicians Leadership Curriculum (YPLC) program, presented by the Connecticut State Medical Society and the New Haven County Medical Association.

Accepted physicians participate in the program at no cost, thanks to generous support from The Physicians Foundation and Northeast Medical Group.

The YPLC program meets once a month from September 2016 to April 2017. Topics include effective leadership, networking, executive decisionmaking, negotiation, emotional intelligence and organizational analysis.

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Now in its third year, the Young Physician Leadership Curriculum (YPLC) offers young physicians a structured opportunity to develop critical leadership and advocacy skills not available through traditional residency and fellowship programming.

CSMS Physician Health and Education Fund (CSMS-PHEF), in association with the New Haven County Medical Association and Yale-New Haven Health System, created the YPLC in 2014.  In 2015, a generous grant from The Physicians Foundation enabled the YPLC to expand beyond the lunch series and offer a comprehensive 2-day leadership summit program which was a tremendous success.


This year, YPLC will build on that success with additional support from the Physician Foundation and the New Haven County Medical Association.

The program has been expanded from residents and fellows to include young physicians, defined as those up to eight years in clinical practice.

Based on best practices and participant feedback, the 2016 program will consist of six four-hour sessions over a six-month period and provide more targeted learning.  Subjects will include leadership principles, executive decision making, developing effective negotiating skills, understanding the concepts and importance of organizational behavior, as well as physician resilience. The program will culminate with a final session of project presentations and structured program reflection.

Also new for 2016, participants will work with physician advisors, who will serve as mentors/coaches throughout the project. The advisors will support participants in project-based activities and provide feedback, and in addition they will be available outside the classroom.

This is an outstanding opportunity for young physicians to acquire comprehensive skills in leadership and physician advocacy, developing a foundation to become impactful physician advocates for their patients, their colleagues, and themselves.



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