Physicians by definition are leaders,
but they are not formally trained in leadership. The MSMA Physician Leadership Academy was created in 2014 to prepare MSMA members for future leadership positions. The in-depth, nine-month long program provides training in core aptitudes preparing physicians to excel as future leaders, in their own practices, and in organized medicine and the public policy arena. Sessions included training in conflict resolution, contract negotiation, media and communication skills and collaboration.