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To nominate a physician for one of our leadership programs or for additional questions, contact Beth Lentchner or call 615.460.1661.




Physicians today face issues that require skills and knowledge they cannot acquire in medical school or residency. The Ingram Institute for Physician Leadership was created to fill this gap by training young physicians to become leaders in the healthcare team, in their profession and in their communities.



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

This multi-month course helps physicians acquire the skills to become effective leaders capable of producing measurable and sustainable organizational improvements. Participants will develop core competencies in improving care processes, developing a culture of accountability, and successfully leading change initiatives. Steve Harden, founder of Leaders Get Results, LLC, facilitates the Lab. 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. Participants earn up to 37 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™* through the program.

  • Develop a strategic vision for the desired "future state" of your organization

  • Understand and follow a proven action plan for sustainable performance improvement 

  • Identify barriers to change and how to overcome those barriers

  • Learn how to influence others and successfully coach low performers in the workplace

  • Implement systematic methods for channeling the human capabilities of your organization to achieve excellence in a constantly changing environment 

  • Earn a Certificate in Healthcare Change Management 

2024 classes are full, but you may be added to a wait-list for this summer’s immersion program. Now accepting applications for 2024-2025.

Webinar 1
Live Session 1
Webinar 2
Live Session 2
Webinar 3
Live Session 3

January 10
January 26 - 27
February 21
April 12 - 13
May 15
July 25

January 8
January 24 - 25
February 19
April 4 - 5
May 14
July 24



The Physician Leadership Immersion Program is a special getaway for physicians to gain leadership training in teamwork, collaboration, conflict resolution and media and communications. Expert facilitators lead interactive discussions and training courses on core topics. Classes take place over two weekend in-person meetings. Participants can earn up to 34 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.*

  • Leadership Overview: Introduction to medical leadership, leading teams and teamwork, and personal goals.

  • Collaboration and Influence: Self-assessment, interpersonal skills, group dynamics and leadership with stakeholders.

  • Decision Making, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation: Successfully negotiating various situations to achieve desired outcomes.

  • Time Management, Delegation and Resiliency: Effective personal organization, work flow communication and skills for hedging physician burnout.

  • Medical Advocacy, Media and Communications: Presentation skills, written documents and media training; legislative process, approaches to medical advocacy and grassroots movements.


Monteagle Retreat
Nashville Workshop

June 21 - 23
July 26 - 27
June 20 - 22
July 25 - 26


Nominations and applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Each nominee or applicant is required to complete a simple online application. Nominees and applicants will be notified of their acceptance.  Class size is limited to 12 participants per course, and classes usually fill one year in advance.

Similar programs can cost between $3,000 and $5,000. Tuition for the Leadership Lab is just $1,000/physician.  We encourage applicants to seek sponsorship through their local medical society or organization.

*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 37 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Judgment Index™ (JI) to provide members with immediate insight into strengths and obstacles that impede effective decision-making. The goal is to foster personal development, leadership and resilience to support a healthy lifestyle and obtain a better balance with family, work and home. 
The Tennessee Foundation for Quality Patient Healthcare (TFQPH) is a 501c3 organization established by the Tennessee Medical Association to create and administer programs to improve the quality of health care delivered in Tennessee and improve or develop programs that have a direct impact on the doctor-patient relationship.
The Institute is partially funded by a grant from The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to empower physicians in strengthening relationships with patients, sustaining their medical practices and navigating the changing healthcare system.