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Leadership Training Pathway

In the Leadership Training Pathway, residents and fellows develop leadership skills that will be useful to future leaders in academic medicine and hospital administration. As you grow in your leadership skills, you will become a better team member and team leader.


Applications for the 2024–2026 cohort will be open March 1–April 5, 2024.


Pathway structure

The Leadership Training Pathway is a two year experience for residents and fellows at the PGY-2 level or above.

Seminar Series

This monthly, virtual seminar will be open to residents and fellows from all programs, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the pathway. A trainee involved in the certificate pathway will be paired with an expert to develop each session. We hope this will keep the material more relevant to the audience. 

Examples of topics:

  • Are all physicians leaders?
  • Leadership and Followership: What’s your Style…
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Change Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Resiliency and Leadership
  • Feedback
  • Conflict Resolution

Individual leadership development

Participants will complete the Clifton Strengths inventory. They will learn to use the results with Krista Longtin, PhD. Based on the results, they will create an individual development plan. They will be assigned an expert leader to be a mentor. They will meet with their mentor regularly over the two-year program to monitor progress on their plan and adjust as needed. 

Book club

Two to three times per year, the Leadership Pathway cohort will read a book together. Each book will focus on a different aspect of leadership.  

Scholarly project

Participants will work on a leadership project, either individually or in teams. Leaders from our hospital systems and academic units will propose and mentor projects with our participants.

Leadership roles

Participants are encouraged to take on leadership roles within their hospital system or academic unit. These could include serving on a committee, leading a quality improvement project, schedule management, using data to change practice, leading an initiative, etc.

Case discussions

Each monthly session will have an accompanying case developed by a participant and program leadership. These cases will stem from residents’ and fellows’ experiences with leadership decisions. Participants will discuss these cases prior to the session using the discussion board, then continue the discussion live during the session.

Certificates and credentials

Participants will receive a badge/credential for each component of the program:

  • Complete a leadership project – To earn the badge, participants must work on the project and present their results with their group.
  • Session attendance – Participants must attend 12 sessions over the two-year period, including two book club sessions.
  • Case discussions – Participants must post their assigned case and participate in at least 10 discussions.
  • Leadership role – We don't just want you to think about leading, we want you to get started now!  Each participant will take on a leadership role, either by serving on a committee, serving as chief resident, etc. Drs. Shapiro and Dilly will approve all roles, and we will help connect you with a role if you don't already have one. To earn the badge, you must serve in the role for a reasonable amount of time and reflect on your experience.
  • Reflections on leadership – Participants must complete the Clifton Strengths inventory, create an individual development plan, and write a narrative statement about leadership at the beginning of the program and at two reflection points.

Those who complete all six badges will be awarded a GME certificate.

Program Leadership

Program Director
19301-Shapiro, Ronald

Ron Shapiro, MD, MBA

Chief, Radiation Oncology, Roudebush VA Medical Center
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Read Bio Ron Shapiro, MD, MBA