Leadership Academy

The MSMA Physician Leadership Academy gives members the opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills from experts in communication, advocacy, conflict resolution and more.  For more information contact Becky Wells [email protected].  (601) 853-6733 ext 340

Physician Leadership Application

Program Guidelines

• Applicants must be a member in good standing with MSMA and committed to attending all sessions.

• Scholars must be nominated by one of the following:

    * Any component or specialty medical society
    * Medical Practice
    * Hospital
    * Health Plan
    * Any MSMA subsidiary

• This exclusive program is limited to 18 scholars.

• The MSMA Physician Leadership Academy is an in-depth, nine-month long program consisting of six one-day sessions - from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Fees and Expenses

• MSMA underwrites 90% of the costs, including course materials, speaker fees, lodging, and meal expenses.

• Nominating organizations are encouraged to consider full sponsorship of their nominees. The $1,000 tuition is nominal compared to the value of this course to the participating physician, and the investment dividend the nominating organization will receive from its sponsorship of a scholar.

• Transportation costs will be the responsibility of the scholar.

Application and Scholar Selection Process

• Download the application at www.MSMAonline.com or request an application by contacting Becky Wells at 601-853-6733 or [email protected]

• The application asks you to provide a supplement page describing why you are interested in this program and your current/past leadership roles.

• Submit your application packet to the attention of Becky Wells:
   Email: [email protected]
   Mail: PO Box 2548, Ridgeland, MS 39158

• The MSMA Physician Leadership Academy Selection Committee will review all application packets to compose the Class of 2024. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than September 10, 2023.

2023 – 2024



September 22, 2023

  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence and  EQi 2.0 Assessment
    • Olivia Martin: Career & Professional Development Coaching & Consulting

November 10, 2023

    Advocacy Training (morning session)
    • Senator (TBD)
    • Representative (TBD)
    • David Roberts, MSMA Director of Government Affairs
    • MSMA PAC Board Representative
  • Strategies Media Training (afternoon session)
    • Alex Paton: Content, Director Supertalk Mississippi Director

January 19, 2024

  • Crucial Conversations: Collaboration and Influence, Leadership in Action:
    • Chuck Sampson: Professional Development Consultant

February – March, 2024

  • Advocacy/Doctor of the Day (participants select one date during this time to serve as Doctor of the Day at the Mississippi State Capitol)

April 19, 2024 

  •   Physicians and Burnout:  Reigniting, Discovering Purpose and Energy to Practice and Lead Others
    • Rebecca Lauderdale, MD
  •   Psychological Safety: Healthy Cultures in Healthcare
    • Olivia Martin: Career & Professional Development Coaching & Consulting

June 14, 2024

  • The Practice of Leadership: Self Awareness as the Gateway to Effective, Authentic Leadership - Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment
    • Chuck Sampson: Professional Development Consultant