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Physician Leadership in Business Acumen

The Physician Leadership in Business Acumen program targets physicians and scientists in clinically facing leadership positions. The program content is highly applied with cases drawn from IU School of Medicine’s enterprise environment. The program supports continued training for clinical leaders to be prepared for the evolving health care environment.

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Please submit your application by April 1st.


About the Program

  • The six-month program includes three 2-credit hour courses with a cohort of 15-20 leaders. Once accepted into the program, participants must formally apply as non-degree seeking students (small fee) through the IUPUI Graduate Studies Office. Most participants enrolling in the courses use the IU tuition benefit to pay for most of the program. The six credit hours earned in this certificate are transferable to the Kelley Physician MBA program within five years.
  • The associated fees (approximately $600) are the participant’s responsibility. FAPD and the Kelley School of Business will assist with program administration (e.g., applying for tuition benefits, assistance with enrollment and tech support).
  • The courses will be taught in a hybrid format, combining face-to-face and online instruction. The face-to-face instruction will consist of six full days (8 hours), held one Friday monthly for six months. The online asynchronous instruction will take place via Canvas between face-to-face instruction days. All classes are held in the Kelley Executive Education classrooms in Hine Hall.
  • Courses will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
  • Attendance at every in-residence session is mandatory; there will be synchronous online meetings between in-person sessions.
  • Expected workload 3-5 hours per week in non-residency weeks.
  • CME is offered.


  • Must have an MD or equivalent degree
  • Must be a faculty member and hold a leadership role
  • Participants must be eligible for the IU tuition benefit


  • Friday, September 13, 2024
  • Friday, October 11, 2024
  • Friday, November 8, 2024
  • Friday, January 17, 2025
  • Friday, February 14, 2025
  • Friday, March 14, 2025

How to Apply

If you are interested in the program, please submit your application (personal statement and CV) by April 1st. If you have questions, contact Tara Hobson at

The personal statement should be no longer than three pages (single spaced and 12-point font) and address the following:

  • Briefly describe the range of responsibilities in your current position, including any formal leadership training, responsibilities for personnel, and budget experience.
  • What is your personal philosophy or definition of leadership and how does it apply to your professional role?
  • What are your five-year career goals? Be as specific as possible. How will participating in the Physician Leadership in Business Acumen program help you achieve these goals?

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