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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 John 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 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. Participants earn up to 32 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 


Webinar 1
Live Session 1
Webinar 2
Live Session 3
Webinar 3
Project Presentations

January 12
January 28 - 29
February 23
April 8 - 9
May 11
July 21

January 11
January 27 - 28
February 22
March 31 - April 1
May 17
July 27



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 24 - 26
July 22 - 23

June 23 - 25
July 28 - 29


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 34 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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.