Leadership programs

Leadership University

Build your leadership skills by participating in live full-day or half-day courses offered during the AAN Annual Meeting and regional conferences.

2018 AAN Annual Meeting Course Offerings 

Saturday, April 21

C7: Women in Leadership 
Presenters will identify common experiences and leadership issues using personal stories of women in neurology. Through interactive conversation and guided exercises you'll create a customized Strengths-based Leadership Statement: Your guide to being the best leader you can be. No two leaders are alike, and no two challenges will be solved in the same manner. We approach each situation in our own way, seeing the world through our own lens. The language of Strengths will help you understand how you're wired to come at the world so that you can lead more intentionally and effectively. 
Janice M. Massey, MD, FAAN; Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN; Keri Bischoff; Julie Anderson
7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Registration and additional fee required.

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C16: Leadership Challenges in Practice
Neurologists face more challenges than ever to be successful in clinical practice. In either employed or private practice models, leadership skills have a positive impact on individual and organizational success. This program will discuss relationship development and communication techniques to improve leadership effectiveness within an organization of any size; tools to successfully negotiate with health care systems, insurers, and regulatory agencies; utilization of technology in new ways to improve care and practice efficiency; methods to improve workflows and processes; opportunities to diversify practice services and revenue streams as well as increasing patient/provider satisfaction. 
Brad C. Klein, MD, MBA, FAAN
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

C18: Educators' Leadership Course
Neurology clerkship and program directors are among the most important gatekeepers of our pipeline to careers in neurology. In many cases, these education leaders are responsible for the first contact with potential candidates for the future workforce in neurology. This course is designed to optimize the skill set of these influential leaders. The target audience is program/clerkship directors and associate program/clerkship directors that have been in their roles three to 10 years. Up to 10 program/associate directors and 10 clerkship/associate directors will be selected to participate via an application process. 
Jaffar Khan, MD, FAAN
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Registration on accepted application only. 

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Sunday, April 22

C45: Being A Resilient Leader: How Do You Lead the Change
The issue of burnout is prevalent in medicine and neurology, with personal, professional, and organizational implications. We all have the potential to be leaders of change in our work units and organizations to promote wellness and resilience. Those efforts can fuel policy changes at a state and national level. In this four-hour, interactive course, faculty will share the current knowledge and creative approaches to addressing factors contributing to burnout in the work unit and organization, as well as the economic argument for institutions to address burnout. Small group sessions will allow participants to use this information to formulate their own plan for promoting resilience and how to advocate for this. A panel of current leaders who have addressed these issues in their own practice/organization will share their interventions including successes and roadblocks. The goal is to empower neurologists to become leaders in their communities to increase personal engagement within one's organization, practice, or institution. 
Heidi B. Schwarz, MD, FAAN, and Jennifer Rose Molano, MD, FAAN
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

C46: The Most Important Tool in Your Black Bag: Gallup StrengthsFinders Assessment
"A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools or a physician knows the instruments at her disposal.” - Donald Clifton
Back by popular demand, this is the foundation for all AAN Strengths learning in neurology. In this customized half-day workshop, Gallup Certified consultants Keri Bischoff and Julie Anderson will share a language for understanding your unique strengths, which has powerful application for well being and happiness. Through customized exercises, materials, and conversations this interactive workshop encourages a new perspective through your own unique lens. 
Keri Bischoff and Julie Anderson
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration and additional fee required.

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Monday, April 23

C69: Continuing Your Leadership Journey: Uncharted Waters
You’ve committed to leadership. Now what?  After successfully completing the AAN's leadership program, you set off equipped with new skills for leading. This course will refresh your skills and take your leadership to the next level. Along with those new opportunities, you ran into a roadblock or two that you hadn't encountered before. You may be realizing it's time to refresh your skills and to take your leadership to the next level.
Barbara L. Hoese
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Registration on accepted application only. Please contact Amy Nostdahl at anostdahl@aan.com to register for this course.

C81: Mitigating the Impact of Unconscious Bias Workshop
During this informative, participatory, and engaging workshop, faculty will explore the science of unconscious bias, with a specific focus on the impact of bias and resulting disparities in the healthcare sector. The facilitator will define and explain the differences between bias and unconscious bias.
Laraine Kaminsky
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 24

C118: Leadership in the Era of Burnout: A Practical Approach to Becoming a True Physician Leader
The challenge of being a leader is complicated by a high rate of burnout. This course will examine how to lead effectively and at the same time promote wellness and discuss what it means to be a true physician leader and how to develop into one. 
Terrence L. Cascino, MD, FAAN 
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

C105: Mentoring…Growing the Next Generation of Neurologists
This session focuses on the competencies required to build strong developmental relationships. It emphasizes the factors required to successfully build mentoring relationships with physicians or staff from different settings and at different stages of practice. The presenter will explore the distinctions between coaching and mentoring, provide a framework for building a solid mentoring relationship, and offer approaches to maximizing the mentor/mentee relationship. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and dilemmas related to mentoring as there will be many opportunities for large and small group discussions during the session. The session includes clear guidelines for establishing and maintaining productive mentor/mentee relationships. 
Joanne L. Smikle, PhD
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Registration and additional fee required

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Wednesday, April 25

C157: Advanced Leadership Training: Preparing for Your Career’s Insurmountable Opportunities
This highly interactive program will consider the strategies for finding and creating new opportunities for leadership in one's career and life. Leaders from private practice and from academia will share their perspectives and consider ways of setting and reaching new goals. This workshop will bring together people from many career stages to consider how one can shift gears and pursue highly-productive, generative, and creative activities as a practitioner, educator, or researcher. The format will include panel discussions with neurologists "who have been there," as well as discussions among participants and facilitator Richard Leider of "Life Reimagined." Topics and issues that will be considered include: mentoring, global opportunities, focusing on your mission, fostering diversity, and supporting your passion. Other experienced practitioners and AAN leaders will lead breakout groups in creative discussions of your career and goals, as well as their own.
Robert C. Griggs, MD, FAAN
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

C158: Leadership Strengths in Neurology: The Data, Tools and Practical Application of Strengths for Leadership, Team Building, and Personal Development 
Leadership Strengths in Neurology builds on the foundational learning in the introductory course, The Most Important Tool in Your Black Bag: Gallup StrengthsFinder™ Education Workshop, which is a prerequisite for this course. Understanding the practical and specific application of Strengths is the focus of this advanced workshop. Current Strengths data in the field of neurology will be shared to address your unique needs through interactive and guided discussions as we highlight tools to improve relationships and maximize team productivity. A team-based approach is essential in all aspects of your profession: clinical, education, research. Written exercises, a personalized Strengths Development poster session, directed conversations, customized materials, and advanced StrengthsFinder™ tools will create self-understanding and an appreciation for how you, uniquely, come at the world. We often use our own perceptions when we diagnose, describe, and discover: What are yours? We see those around us through a lens of our own strength. This advanced workshop helps you look at yourself, and others, differently. This deeper understanding brings you to a more nuanced realization of how you lead and how those around may approach the very same goals in very different ways.
Keri Bischoff and Julie Anderson
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration and additional fee required.

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Women in Leadership is supported in part by grants from Allergan, Inc., Amgen, Lilly, Lundbeck LLC, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, & Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


For additional information please contact Amy Nostdahl, Senior Manager, Leadership Programs, at (612) 928-6033.