Physician Professional & Leadership Development

Tricia Hern, MD, VP, Improvement & Physician Leadership Development
Tricia Hern, MD
VP, Improvement & Physician
Leadership Development

Physician Leadership Development

Physicians experience various transitions and development needs throughout their careers. At Community Health Network we strive to support our physicians from orientation and on-boarding, through their years in practice to retirement. Career coaching, mentoring and leadership development are the cornerstones of our professional development programs. Our one-year Physician Leadership Academy provides formal training to those who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills in an interactive classroom format. Learn more about these programs below and meet our Physician Leadership Academy graduates.

New Physician Onboarding

Upon joining Community, all new providers will receive leadership onboarding, including The Community Way—Mission, Vision, Values—and Strategy 2025, The Way We Care, The Way We Improve, The Way We Lead, and Well-Being.

Physician Leadership Academy

The Physician Leadership Academy (PLA) is a 12-month cohort of emerging physician leaders. Participants commit to regular monthly, interactive group learning sessions in addition to relevant reading and field activities. CME hours are available for individual courses.

Upon graduation from the PLA, graduates continue to receive ongoing leadership development through small group case-based learning.

Interested providers should contact Ann Ostrom for details. If you're ready to apply please use our online form.

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2018 Physician Leadership Academy graduates

Leadership Modules

The PLA leadership modules concentrate on three areas of leadership competency: leading self, leading a team and leading the organization.

Physician Leadership Academy collageLeading from Self

  • Role of Physician Leader
  • Self-Awareness
  • Well-Being & Resilience

Leading Your Team

  • Building a Team
  • Creating a Culture of Engagement
  • Leading through Influence
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Shared Leadership

Leading the Organization

  • Quality Improvement I: The Way We Improve
  • Quality Improvement II: The Way We Improve
  • Health Care Finance
  • Future of Health Care: Value Based Care & Population Health

Physicians in classroomContinuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses and other learning activities are held every month, including online physician education activities. Periodic visiting professor programs enhance the CME experience by collaborating with colleagues with special expertise.

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At Community Physician Network, our multi-disciplinary practice is physician-led, offering a collaborative where the voice of physicians is valued at every level of leadership. Our physicians are well supported, not only by one another, but also by facilities, technology and a culture that addresses their patients' needs at every step.

Network Committees and Leadership Opportunities

At Community, we have several opportunities for physicians to engage in committees and councils to improve the care of our patients and communities.

Product line care councils, network committees (such as Service Excellence), and medical directorships for practices, departments, product lines or regions provide a variety of leadership opportunities for our physicians. To learn more, contact Ann Ostrom or Tricia Hern.

Teaching Students and Residents

Our physicians have the opportunity to teach medical students from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indiana University and area other medical schools, as well as our own residents in family medicine, psychiatry and podiatry as well as hospitalist fellows. Please contact Scott McNew in Academic Affairs if you are interested in learning more. Category 2 CME can be claimed for teaching learners in your practice.

Career and Leadership Coaching

Through our partnership with Vital WorkLife, you are eligible for up to 6 hours of coaching sessions per 3-month period through their program, often with physician coaches. Peer coaching, executive coaching, counseling and mentoring are all available. To explore these resources, please log in to your Vital WorkLife account.

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Advocacy Opportunities

We encourage our physicians to get engaged in advocacy, as this is an important way to give back to our communities and influence the larger health care system. Serving as Physician of the Day through the IAFP or ISMA during the Indiana legislative session is a great way to get involved. The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana is a group committed to improving the health of Hoosiers.

Provider Resources at Community

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Provider Portal

Visit the provider portal to view relevant news, events and newsletters for providers, access medical staff policies and procedures, and explore a variety of clinical resources.

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Library Services

Library Services is responsible for developing systems, resources and services to meet the knowledge-based information needs of Community employees.

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Epic Resources

At Community Health Network, we provide powerful clinical tools and access to the education to use them. To better understand Epic, click, login and search "Epic." 

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