Elevated Leadership Tools for Advanced Leaders

The goal of the program is to provide mid-career physicians (10-20 years post-fellowship completion) who are ACG members, with the opportunity to further develop comprehensive leadership skills, and provide advocacy training. The program will develop a cohesive group of peer leaders who will serve as problem-solving consultants for each other and the College. The program will enhance the ability of these individuals to:

  • Broaden their leadership skills
  • Learn how to embrace and become agents of change
  • Elevate colleagues and trainees through mentorship and sponsorship
  • Influence practice and policy development on a local, regional, and national level
  • Enhance their flexibility and adaptability as leaders
  • Understand how to influence others
  • Develop strategic thinking skills and intentionality when leading
  • Recognize the importance of work-life integration and the power of gratitude
  • Become comfortable with vulnerability

Course Directors:

David J. Hass, MD, FACG, Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, and Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG

Course components:

  • Pre-Course reading and videos – February 2022-April 2022
  • Participate in the Governors’ Washington D.C. Legislative Fly-in – April 7, 2022
  • Attend Friday Advanced Leadership Skills Course – April 8, 2022
  • Online Learning Sessions (bi-monthly) – May 2022-December 2022
  • College Capstone Project

Planned Legislative Fly-in activities (April 7 in Washington, D.C.):

  • Arrive in Washington, D.C. Wednesday evening, to participate in full day of policy advocacy on Capitol Hill (Thursday, April 7, 2022)
  • Travel to Fly-in will be covered by ACG (in accordance with travel policies)

Friday Course topics (April 8 in Washington, D.C.):

  • Development of a Personal Leadership Model
  • Effective Leadership and Impactful Networking
  • Understanding Organizational Behavior
  • Conflict Resolution – How to Become Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
  • Change and Crisis Management
  • Human Influence and the Power Management Inventory

Online Learning Sessions:

  • An Introduction to Healthcare Finance
  • Strategic Thinking and Planning
  • Furthering a Diverse and Equitable Pipeline in your Organization
  • Efficient and Effective Meeting Planning
  • Leadership Succession Planning
  • Effective Mentorship and Sponsorship
  • Work-life Integration
  • Presentation of College Capstone Proposals

College Capstone Project:

The ACG Board of Trustees will identify College priorities via a needs assessment to better serve its members and patients. Small groups consisting of five participants will work together to create programming or a potential solution to address the issue raised or the need in question. These proposals will be presented at the final online session. The entire group will vote on the proposal that will best address the issues raised. The group that proposed the winning solution will direct the group in the implementation of the proposed solution with bi-annual reports provided to the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of the College.


Participants in the Advanced Leadership Development Program will be paired with experienced College leaders for ongoing 1:1 counsel/advice during the year of the applicant’s program participation. If the mentoring relationship is successfully, we envision the possibility of informal contact in the future, if mutually agreeable between participant and mentor. Past Presidents of the ACG and ACG Executive Team Members will serve as the pool of mentors for this group.


To facilitate a positive, interactive learning environment and networking, the course would be limited to 15 attendees. Attendees would have to be nominated by either their Chief of GI, ACG Governor, Board of Trustee Member, ACG Committee Chair, or Partner, owner /co-owner, or another senior managing role in a private practice setting. Applicants will submit an application, which will include a personal statement of interest in physician leadership. Applications would be accepted from the following ACG members:

  • College Members 10-20 years post completion of GI fellowship training
  • A demonstrated trajectory of leadership roles in their private practice or academic institution.
  • Based in the United States


Applicants will need to submit their curriculum vitae, personal statement of interest in participating in the program and a letter of nomination from the Chief of GI, ACG Board of Trustee Member, ACG Committee Chair, or Partner, owner/co-owner, or another senior managing role in a private practice setting.

Applications will be reviewed by the ACG Institute and will be notified regarding their inclusion in the program (there are no registration fees for the program – it is by invitation only).
Deadline: December 6, 2021

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Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria:

To choose the recipients, the Institute will assess the degree to which the applicant meets the eligibility criteria of the ACG Advanced Leadership Development Program. Applicants who are ACG members, based in the United States, and mid-career (10-20 years post fellowship completion) will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Strong statements of background experience and skills development that demonstrate a strong interest in Advanced Leadership training and Public Policy
  • A strong letter of nomination from the 1) Chief of GI at your institution 2) ACG Board of Trustee Member, 3) ACG Committee Chair or 4) Partner, owner/co-owner, or other senior managing role in a private practice setting, who has direct knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications and leadership potential.
  • Commitment of the applicant to attend the in-person program and Governors’ Legislative Fly-in April 2022 in Washington, D.C. (April 7-8; travel expenses covered by ACG)

The ACG Institute aims to support a diverse group of applicants, with respect to private practice and university-based practitioners, and geographic dispersion.