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Physicians as Leaders – EHMA Workshop

January 18 @ 14:00 - 18:00


This will be the first episode of a 4 part executive workshop series that will address good leadership, person-centered care, resilient healthcare systems, and value-based approaches. “The Many Avenues of Health Management series will bring together different stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem and present questions and examples future and current leaders should consider driving change in the health care sector.

Overview of the workshop

Governance and leadership of health systems involve researching and setting up strategic objectives, making policies, and developing laws and regulations while securing and deploying the necessary resources, skills, and competencies to accomplish strategic goals. In this context, engaging physicians as leaders is essential in bringing on the changes that can transform health care.

In this first executive workshop of the series, we will look at what and how we can do it, and we will discuss corporatization processes beyond the “doctor-manager” paradigm. How can we develop hybrid roles in committed organizational leaders? Why do clinicians seem often reluctant leaders? How can we sustain their transition toward higher-level managerial capabilities?


14.00-15.30 SESSION 1 - Expectations and challenges in leading within and for health organizations
Health organizations and hospitals are deeply transforming under the new trajectories set by value-based healthcare, patient-centred redesign, and disruptive technology. Change needs to be guided; Therefore, having truly engaged clinical leaders is no longer optional, and new opportunities are arising for doctors that want to step into management as leaders of change within their organisations. Knowing what changes are redefining health services delivery will help them to make the leap toward better consciousness of what it takes to be the clinical leader they aspire to be.
15.30-15.45 Coffee break
15.45-17.00 SESSION 2 - Lessons from the field: when leadership matters
Leading requires a “method”. What do we know from research and practice about what makes the role of clinical leaders effective? Which actions and posture can make the difference? What distinguishes the clinical leader from the doctor-manager?
17.00-17.15 Coffee break
17.15-18.00 SESSION 3 - Many ways of leadership
Engaging physicians as leaders is essential in bringing on the changes that can transform health care. In this context, what are the benefits of having doctors as health managers in today’s complex health environment? How can we sustain their transition toward higher-level managerial capabilities? In this session, we will hear from guest speaker Dr Francisco Ribeiro Mourão, Treasurer of the European Junior Doctors Association, on this topic, as he will share his experience and opinion to consider when driving and implementing changes in the health sector.

Why this programme

This 4 hours workshop is the first installment of the new series ‘The Many Avenues of Health Management‘. This event will be specifically focused on engaging physicians to lead change in health care systems and aims to provide vital knowledge and skills in the latest leadership and leaders development strategies.

The workshops will provide a conducive environment and the best opportunity for bench learning. Attendees will learn about the current status of physician engagement, the barriers to overcome, how it can transform operational and clinical performance, as well as the dos and don’ts for engaging physicians in leading change.

In this engaging and personal digital environment, they will also have the opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices from different countries building relations that can be put to use in local realities.

Who should attend

The workshop has been designed for all protagonists of the management and transformation of health systems. Expected participants are:

  • Clinicians that aspire to move in leading roles.
  • Nursing managers of all levels of hospital structure: divisions, directorates, centers, units, clinical service lines; and senior nurses that are about or aspire to move to the next level leading roles.
  • Managerial and administrative staff of hospitals.
  • Experienced healthcare managers aspiring to «C» level positions (Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Medical Director, Chief nursing manager, Chief administrators)

Each workshop has a closed attendance of 30 participants. Registrations will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.


Prof. Federico Lega, Ph.D, is Full Professor of Health Administration at the Public Health Department at Milan University, where he runs all courses in healthcare management and policy for medical students and leads the Research Center in Health Administration (HEAD). He is also Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management where he teaches courses in Public Management and Health Services Management. He leads the research in strategy and organisational development in healthcare at the Bocconi Research Center on Health Policy and Management (CERGAS). From 2007 to 2014 he has been Head of executive education for health managers, clinicians and medical industry leaders at Bocconi School of Management (SDA).

As a consultant, he has advised health systems on health policy matters and governance issues, several hospitals and networks in re-organisations, strategy-making processes, value-based approaches, economic evaluations and process management, both at national and international level.

In the last ten years, he has advised several companies of the medical industry on their transformation toward value-based models and for the development of effective market-access initiatives. Since 2002 he has coordinated over fifteen initiatives of duality or study-tour, involving the exchange of managers and senior clinicians between countries (Italy, UK, USA, Germany and France). He currently seats in the boards of hospitals and local health authorities, advises health departments of Regions, national health agencies and insurances, and worked as a consultant for WHO.

Guest speaker

Dr Francisco Ribeiro Mourão is a consultant in Pediatrics at Centro Materno Infantil do Norte – Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Porto, Portugal.

He has been actively involved in several professional organizations and is currently treasurer of the European Junior Doctors Association – an organization representing more than 300.000 Junior Doctors in Europe. Francisco has a special interest in Pediatric Gastroenterology and is doing his PhD at the University of Porto.


January 18
14:00 - 18:00
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