A Blueprint for Creating Operational Excellence in Safety, Quality and Efficiency


This new, multi-month course helps physicians acquire the skills to become quality leaders in team care settings. The program is facilitated by LifeWings and focuses on improving the process for delivery of care through better clinical teamwork. Each physician participant undertakes a course project that allows him or her to directly apply the skills acquired in the Lab in a real-world environment, including in his or her own local clinical setting, to improve quality, safety and efficiency and reduce costs. The program is open to TMA members only.

Educational Content

  • Orientation Webinar: Introduction to the “big picture” for the leadership course, including information on timeline, milestones, conditions-of-participation, critical success factors, and readiness assessments.
  • Leadership Development: A 1.5-day workshop to provide the change leadership “blueprint” for implementing and sustaining a successful initiative.
  • Organizational Change Team Follow Up: An hour-long webinar to ensure collaborative members have established an effective Organizational Change Team.
  • Measurement Plan Follow Up: This webinar helps participants create an effective data collection and analysis plan.
  • Hardwired Safety Tools Implementation Webinar: An online training to establish accountability for the development and implementation process.
  • Leading Lean Process Improvement Initiatives: A one-day workshop to train physician leaders to master the challenges of leading and implementing Lean initiatives. Participants learn the change skills required to implement continuous performance improvement methodologies and build a culture that supports Lean throughout the organization.
  • Training to Standardized Work: Education on how to train staff to reliably use the standardized work created by Lean Process Improvement initiatives.
  • The Toyota-Kata Webinar: How to use continuous daily quality improvement methods and key program management activities for sustained improvements, based on the Toyota-Kata model.
  • Graduation Project and Assignment Planning: A launch session to discuss the independent learning experience and provide guidance on project selection and design. This occurs as leadership track participants prepare to lead an inter-professional team to implement a solution to enhance patient safety and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Six Months of Coaching: Collaborative team members have access to six months of project coaching by telephone, email and/or webinar.

2017 Leadership Lab

The Physician Leadership Lab for 2017 kicked off on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 and will run through October. 


Nominations and applications are accepted each year. Each nominee or applicant is required to complete and submit an application form (provided by TMA). Nominees and applicants will be notified of their acceptance. The application period for the 2017 Leadership Lab has closed, but you can begin the application process below to be placed on the wait list for the 2018 lab.

Begin the Application Process

Program Benefits


Participants undertake an improvement project they implement in their own practice environment to improve quality and efficiency, benefiting participants and sponsoring organizations.


Similar programs can cost between $3,000 and $5,000. Tuition for the Leadership Lab is just $1,000/physician.


Participants earn 27 CME hours* through the program.

*The Tennessee Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Tennessee Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 27 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  


The Leadership Lab is time-efficient, consisting of just two live weekend workshops and six one-hour webinars.

This program is funded in part by a generous grant from The Physicians Foundation.