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Clinical Leadership Development (CLD) Program


The Clinical Leadership Development (CLD) Program is a joint venture sponsored by The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) and Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IHQSE).This course emphasizes the development and enhancement of the leadership skills necessary to succeed as a clinical leader on the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC). Specifically, the CLD is designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and administrators who lead clinical practices, units, and programs.


The AME, a campus-wide initiative sponsored by the School of Medicine, provides a home base for teachers and a visible mechanism to support and enhance all educational programs and teachers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The primary goal of the Academy is to create an environment that promotes and rewards teaching excellence and enhances the education of our students, residents, fellows, faculty, and community.


The IHQSE is a partnership between the University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of Colorado College of Nursing, CU Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and University of Colorado Hospital. Its mission is to improve clinical outcomes, value of care, and patient experience across our multi-site care delivery system by developing the capacity of individuals and teams to lead change, shape culture, and drive performance within clinical systems.


CLD Curriculum Overview

Training for CLD participants includes ~16 hours of core curriculum covering awareness of personal leadership strengths and weaknesses, fundamental leadership styles and methods, communication and conflict management training, tools for motivating others, frameworks for leading change, and basic strategy related to organizational priorities and finance. The program runs over 2 days, each lasting ~9 hours.


Participant Expectations/Responsibilities

The CLD emphasizes a set of foundational topics and skills that integrate with and build upon one another. Experiential learning methods, including small group work and simulations during sessions, draw upon theory embedded across the program. As a result, candidates must be able to commit to 100% attendance—which includes on-site presence and engagement for both days of the program. Participants will need to be freed in advance from clinical and administrative responsibilities during all CLD sessions.