Physician Leadership Program


L.A. Care is committed to enhancing the medical leadership capacity for promising physician leaders working in vulnerable and low-income communities. To this end, L.A. Care is pleased to offer the Physician Leadership Program, a leadership development program for physicians from community health centers in Los Angeles County. The six month program is designed to equip physicians with tangible leadership and management skills necessary to effect transformational change within their health centers, and ultimately improve patient care and health outcomes. The Physician Leadership Program is offered free of charge to all participants.

Participants will gain in-depth management skills and sharpen their leadership capacity through interactive, experiential learning including, in-person seminars with expert faculty, individual leadership coaching at the start and end of the program, and an organization based leadership project to implement newly acquired skills.

Program Details and Curriculum

​In addition to the enriching in-person and web-based seminars listed below, participants will benefit from:

  • Individual leadership assessments: Provide a baseline assessment to develop leadership growth objectives, including competencies, skills, aspirations, motivators, communication and management skills, attitudes toward change, and cultural fit.
  • One-on-one coaching: Coaching can help better evaluate individual behavior and the behavior of those around them, helping individuals successfully work through difficult decisions or politically charged situations.
  • Guidance to develop a leadership enhancement project: implemented in a clinical setting or larger community by establishing a process and tracking outcome measures. 


Five Seminars hosted at L.A. Care Health Plan Headquarters

Seminar Date

Seminar 1: Leadership Style and Serving Underserved Communities

February 1, 2019
8:30am - 10:30am

Seminar 2: Leading Effective Teams

February 22, 2019
8:30am - 11am

Seminar 3: Managing Health Care Services and Finances

March 22, 2019
8:30am - 11:30am

Seminar 4: Improving Services

April 12, 2019
8:30am - 10:30am

Seminar 5: Setting Direction and Change Management

May 10, 2019
8:30am - 10:30am

Seminar 6: Conclusions and Participant Projects

May 29, 2019
6pm - 8pm

Five Webinars hosted by HMA via WebEx Conferencing

Webinar Date

Webinar 1: Physician Leadership in Quality and Safety

February 8, 2019
5:30 - 6:30pm

Webinar 2: Optimal Leadership Practices: Achieving Commitment, Enhancing Accountability, and Assertive Communication

March 6, 2019
5:30 - 6:30pm

Webinar 3: Applying Financial Leadership Learning to Case Studies/Understanding Health Care Disparities

April 3, 2019
5:30 - 6:30pm

Webinar 4: Best Practices for Hiring and Firing Staff; How to Prepare Your Final Project

May 8, 2019
5:30 - 6:30pm



Thank you for your interest in L.A. Care Health Plan's Physician Leadership Program. Please review the eligibility requirements and participant expectations before completing the application. The program will accept up to 20 participants through a competitive application process. Multiple individuals may be accepted from each community health center.

We recommend completing the application in Microsoft Word before entering all information online. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the program:

  • Work at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), FQHC Look-Alike, or not-for-profit community clinic in Los Angeles County
  • Be a licensed physician (MD/DO)
  • Have experience managing others or managing complex projects and initiatives

Participant Expectations

Program participants agree to fully engage in all aspects of this six month program. Specifically, participants agree to:

  • Secure supervisor/organizational sponsorship to allow release time during the work day to attend in-person seminars and webinars
  • Attend all in-person seminars and webinars
  • Develop and implement a leadership project
  • Participate in evaluation of the program