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SHM's Leadership Academy

Join Us for the Only Leadership Program for Hospitalists.

SHM's 2023 Leadership Academy will be held October 23 -26, 2023 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Meet the Course Director

Kierstin Cates Kennedy, MD, MSHA, SFHM, is a med-peds trained academic hospitalist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she holds the rank of clinical associate professor of medicine and serves as Chief of Hospital Medicine.

She is fellowship-trained in quality improvement in healthcare via the VA Quality Scholars Program and focuses her QI efforts on improving bedside procedure outcomes, identifying and improving meaningful hospital-based quality metrics, and educational and professional development of hospitalists.

She has been a member of SHM since 2015 and has served as a course facilitator, course faculty, board member, and now course director for her second year at SHM's Leadership Academy in 2023.

Program Overview

SHM’s Leadership Academy prepares clinical and academic leaders with vital leadership skills traditionally not taught in medical school or typical residency programs. The Leadership Academy is comprised of four courses that run concurrently over the span of four days.

Experience Scottsdale Arizona

Enjoy the fall air of Scottsdale, Arizona at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, an award-winning hotel located at the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley and the location of Leadership Academy. Here, you can soak up incredible views of the Mountains, take an outdoor adventure with family or friends on desert trails in the Sonoran Desert, eat and drink at one of the resort’s great dining options, treat yourself to a refreshing massage, and more.

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Course Options

Leadership: Strategic Essentials 

Learn how to evaluate personal leadership strengths and weaknesses, create and execute a communication strategy for key team members, understand key hospital finances and drivers, examine how hospital metrics are derived, and more in this four-day, hands-on educational course covering various hospital medicine-focused leadership skills.

This course is recommended for residents, early-career hospital medicine professionals, first-time hospitalist leaders, and/or hospitalist leaders wishing to strengthen or broaden their leadership skill set and advance their career. 

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Leadership: Influential Management 

This course provides leadership skills specific to the incorporation of meta-leadership styles, driving culture change through specific leadership behaviors and actions, financial storytelling, effective professional negotiation with proven techniques, and more.

This course is recommended for early to mid-level career hospitalists and hospitalist leaders desiring to enhance their leadership skill set in specific areas. 

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Leadership: Mastering Teamwork

Find out how to critically assess program growth opportunities and develop operational plans; utilize the principles of SWARM intelligence; lead, manage, and motivate teams in complex hospital environments; and communicate effectively in the Mastering Teamwork course.

This course is recommended for hospitalists with three or more years of experience as well as hospitalist leaders looking to advance their career to the organizational strategy level.

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Leadership: Capstone

A two-day in-person program, plus an ongoing six-month learning component that allows participants to continue developing leadership skills throughout the coming year. With the completion of Capstone, participants are eligible to earn a Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine (CLHM) designation.

To attend this course, you must have attended at least one previous Leadership Academy course. 

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Partner Opportunities

Meet your target market October 23-24, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our last Leadership Academy course in Scottsdale achieved optimal attendance as we safely brought together key decision-makers throughout the United States. 

The Partner Program provides companies with more opportunities than ever before to exhibit and meet with attendees face to face, sponsor events or items that all attendees will receive on-site, participate in career postings, and so much more. 



One of the most important skills that I’ve gained so far by attending this leadership course is the roadmap of change – how we affect change from just a word into an action and put that plan into action with the team that I am working within my hospital.

Mhroos Peters, MD, FHM

Getting to know other people from other groups and practices and gaining knowledge from their experiences – and attending the lectures themselves – help you with problems you actually face when you are a hospitalist leader.

Mark Skiba, MD, PhD

We were able to get in contact with people who are really experts on the material and the teachings were geared toward hospital medicine, patient safety, quality and I think that’s what distinguishes these leadership courses.

Shaker Eid, MD, MBA, SFHM