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Bridging the Gap: The John Ingram Institute for Physician Leadership's Student and Resident Webinar Leadership Series


This past October, TMA offered a leadership series geared to two key sections – the Medical Students Section (MSS) and Residents and  Fellows Section (RFS). The series was held online on Monday evenings and was sponsored in part by the State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company (SVMIC) and the Tennessee Medical Education Fund (TMEF).

The series is part of TMA’s larger effort to meet the needs of students and residents and will be made available free of charge to members of these sections. 

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Webinar Dates, Topics and Speakers

Oct. 2 | 6 pm CT: Dr. Chuck Noon, Regal Entertainment Group Professor of Business, Haslam College of Business, Graduate & Executive Education, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Topic: The Science and Art of Negotiation 

Dr. Noon is the Regal Entertainment Group Professor of Business of Graduate & Executive Education in the Haslam College of Business and the former head of the department of Business Analytics & Statistics at the University of Tennessee (UT).  He is a founding member of and continues to teach in UT’s highly-ranked Physician Executive MBA program.  Dr. Noon also teaches in a number of executive education programs including UT’s longstanding “Lean for Healthcare” program.

His teaching interests include operational improvement, business modeling, simulation, and decision analysis & support and he is the recipient of numerous teaching awards.  He holds a PhD in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and his published research concerns computer-based modeling and process improvement.  

He was a founding partner of X32 Healthcare, a provider of consulting services to healthcare systems on process improvement, patient flow, capacity planning, and staff scheduling. He is a co-author (with Dr. Jody Crane) of The Definitive Guide to Emergency Department Operational Improvement (2nd ed., Productivity Press).  

Dr. Noon currently serves as a consultant to healthcare organizations in the areas of education and analytics. 


Oct. 9 | 6 pm CT: Kathi Rennick, Executive Director/ Shareholder  – LBMC Physician Business Solutions

Topic: Medical Billing and Coding

Kathi Rennick has earned over 25 years of healthcare experience while serving in multiple physician practice management roles throughout her career, including full-time administrator, consultant and revenue cycle manager. She is a Certified Professional Coder, Certified in Healthcare Compliance and a member of the local, state and national Medical Group Management Associations. Rennick has provided educational training on local, state and national levels and presented at the AAPC National HealthCon convention about her expertise. 





Oct. 16 | 7 pm CT: Mimi Bliss, Founder, Bliss Communications

Topic: Speaking Skills for Physician Leaders

Since founding Bliss Communications in 1997, Mimi Bliss has focused on the core leadership skill of public speaking. Mimi provides media spokesperson training and presentation skills coaching for clients nationwide, including Nissan Americas, HCA Healthcare, State of Tennessee, Zillow and Capital One.

She’s led communications seminars for physician leadership programs for medical associations in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Mimi has more than two decades of communications experience in journalism and public relations. She was an on-camera reporter for ABC and NBC television affiliates and a freelance field producer for the Today Show and NBC Nightly News. In other previous positions, she served as corporate spokesperson for a major restaurant company and managed media relations for a hospital.

Mimi earned a degree in public policy from Duke University. A graduate of Leadership Nashville, she is a member of the University School of Nashville Board of Trustees and a vice president on the Duke University Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Oct. 23 | 6 pm CT: Jeff Woods, JD, Risk Education Manager, SVMIC

Topic: Reducing Risk in the Office Setting

Jeffrey A. Woods, JD is the Risk Education Manager at SVMIC.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Claims Attorney in the Claims Department for over 13 years where he oversaw and coordinated hundreds of malpractice cases.  Before joining SVMIC, he spent 15 years in private practice in Knoxville where the emphasis of his practice was medical malpractice defense.  He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and a frequent speaker on malpractice topics.





Oct. 30 6 pm CT: Blake Wilson, INSBANK Senior Vice President, President of Healthcare Banking   

Topic: Financial Management for New Physicians

A fifteen-year employee of INSBANK, Wilson is a member of the Bank’s Senior Leadership team where he actively coordinates with the Bank’s Board of Directors on Bank strategy and performance. He also spends material time on Asset-Liability management and innovation.

Wilson currently serves as the President of Healthcare Banking, leading a team that provides banking solutions focused on the healthcare services sector, namely healthcare operators and management companies plus physicians’ banking needs from residency to retirement. The Group is proud to have healthcare clients in 27 states and growing in addition to a 16-member Physician Advisory Board. INSBANK’s healthcare partners include the Tennessee Medical Association with a dedicated division of the Bank that does business as TMA Medical Banking.

Wilson is originally from Hattiesburg, MS and moved to Nashville for his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where he was active in Student Government and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Wilson also completed his second degree from Vanderbilt, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the University’s Owen Graduate School of Management (finishing in the top 20% of his class). Wilson is active in various healthcare organizations including Leadership Health Care, the Nashville Health Care Council, the Tennessee and Nashville Chapters of Medical Group Managers Association, and HIMSS. Outside of healthcare, Wilson is a former Board member of the Nashville Junior Chamber and Special Olympics of TN (YP Board) and is active in The Phoenix Club and NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Association. Wilson’s professional and community involvement has garnered recognition that includes: Nashville’s Top 30 under 30, NAIOP Developing Leader Award finalist, Healthcare Hero Award, Nashville Emerging Leader Award finalist, InCharge Healthcare annual list, and Healthcare Innovation Award.

Blake is married to Sarah and they have two sons. If they are not at the local ballfield, the family loves to travel, play golf, and watch Nashville SC and Vanderbilt.


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