Past Meetings

2018 AAIM Executive Leadership Program

2018 AAIM Executive Leadership Program

Since 2002, the AAIM Executive Leadership Program has provided approximately 500 individuals from nearly 150 departments of internal medicine the skills and knowledge necessary for managerial success. The program consistently receives near perfect evaluations from participants.

Program Overview

Leaders within academic internal medicine who fill managerial roles often have not had opportunities to engage in formal educational experiences focused on the responsibilities of these positions. While recognition of success in the clinical, educational, or research arenas paves the way for promotion to department chair, program director, division chief, chief administrative officer, or other such positions, it is knowledge, skills, and attitudes about finances, planning, management, operations, and leadership that create the opportunity for success in new leadership roles.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Apply techniques for assessing an organization’s ability to build and maintain success in a changing environment as well as approaches for diagnosing resistance to and implementing organizational change;
  • Recognize the nature of leadership in complex organizations;
  • Apply techniques for analyzing costs and designing management control systems and the role of operations analysis in improving organizational performance.

After completing this program, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • Techniques for assessing an organization's ability to build and maintain success in a changing environment.
  • The nature of leadership in complex organizations.
  • Techniques for analyzing costs and designing management control systems.
  • The link between strategy and marketing and the elements of a good marketing plan.
  • Approaches for diagnosing resistance to and implementing organizational change.
  • The role of operations analysis in improving organizational performance.

Program Structure

Case Method of Instruction

This program uses the case method of instruction and relies almost entirely on cases from the health care field, with most set in departments of internal medicine. In the case method, participants analyze each case individually and then discuss it in small groups. The case is then discussed in a plenary session led by a faculty member. Pioneered at Harvard Business School, this method effectively promotes a productive, enjoyable, and professional learning experience. It also provides opportunities for participants to interact with and learn from each other.

With the case method, faculty expect a high degree of preparation and participation from participants. People who have participated previously in management education programs using the case method know it is an exciting way of learning. In particular, it recognizes not only participants' experience as health care professionals but also that the real world is a complicated place where "cookbook" solutions simply will not work. As such, the case method puts participants in the middle of the action, forcing them to use management concepts, not just reiterate them.

In preparation for the program participants are expected to spend about 15 to 20 hours reading background information and analyzing cases prior to the start of the program.

Over the course of six days, participants will explore:

  • Strategic Analysis and Marketing
  • Cost Analysis and Operations Management
  • Organizational Design and Leadership
  • Financial Control Systems and Change Implementation

About the Crimson Group

The Crimson Group (TCG) designs and implements customized management education programs that are interactive, highly relevant to physicians and other health care professionals, and promote collaboration among multiple constituencies within organizations. TCG's goal is to bring managers, physicians, and other professionals together for joint problem solving and learning. TCG works with clients to develop programs that meet their management education needs; it uses curriculum materials that resonate with participants, allowing clear and quick application of concepts and frameworks to their professional situations. TCG strives for a learning process that engages rather than lectures. It makes extensive use of the case-study method, expects a high degree of preparation, and encourages active participation by the participants in the classroom discussions.

TCG maintains offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its co-founder, David W. Young, DBA, has 30 years of experience teaching in executive education programs at Harvard University, where he has taught in the programs for Health Systems Management, Executives in Managed Care, Chiefs of Clinical Service, and Leadership Development. TCG also collaborates with several faculty associates on field research projects and on the design and implementation of educational programs. Its clients include: Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Penn State Geisinger Health System, Tufts Managed Care Institute, and others.

Visit their website for more information on TCG and its activities.


"This program was very impactful. As vice chair for education, it provided me with greater understanding of the finances and business side of academic medical centers. This program also developed my leadership skills, and I am better able to negotiate for educational resources. I am grateful I had the opportunity to attend."
- Lisa L. Willett, MD, Program Director

“What a great experience. The faculty were uniformly a very bright and engaging group. The topics discussed are pertinent to my roles as a program director and leader within the Department of Medicine. There was a significant amount of work, but it’s well worth it. The knowledge and skills I acquired from the readings, the speakers, and most importantly from my fellow participants was invaluable.”
- Brian M. Aboff, MD, Residency Program Director, Department of Medicine

“This program was a highlight of my career. Learning about leading change in complex organizations and how funding decisions are made was eye opening. The small group sessions alongside chairs, chiefs, program directors and department administrators really forced us to apply the information to realistic case examples and to our own challenges within our institutions.”
- Karen E. Hauer, MD, PhD, Associate Dean, Department of Medicine


Please contact the AAIM Office at (703) 341-4540 or if you have any questions about the meeting.