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Medical Leaders Pathway (MLP)


The Medical Leaders Pathway (MLP) at the University of Colorado, Denver, prepares residents for lifelong careers as high-level organizational leaders: health system executives, community advocates, policy makers, heads of academic divisions and departments. The program aims to produce leaders who are at the forefront of national and international efforts to transform health care delivery and medical science by directing programs dedicated to scientific discovery, health equity, access, quality, safety, and improving the value of health care.



The MLP is a comprehensive, 3-year training program for internal residents who seek careers as both clinicians and healthcare leaders. The MLP is open to residents who join the Categorical, Primary Care and Hospitalist tracks and is designed for residents who possess excellent potential to become executive-level leaders early in their careers and are interested in pursuing advanced leadership training during residency.


Through structured educational sessions, intensive mentorship, and real-world multi-year projects, the MLP equips participants with expertise in 5 domains:

·         Management of complex healthcare systems, including academic, clinical and administrative programs

·         Health care policy and financing

·         Leadership of change through enhanced interpersonal skills

·         Systems redesign and clinical innovation


·         Personal development as a leader



These advanced skills build upon a common foundation in leadership and teamwork that we offer to all interns. The curriculum map for the MLP is shown below.


Leadership Thread

Foundations for Leading

Advanced Leadership

Personal Development

       Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument

       Running an Effective Meeting/Rounds

       DiSC and TKI Profile – Understanding Communication and Conflict Preferences

       Essentials of Time & Energy Management

       Leadership Development Roadmap

Team Dynamics

       High-Functioning Teams

       TeamSTEPPS Training

       Feedback Training

       Power and Influence

       Negotiation Fundamentals

       Teams, Culture, and Reliability

       Resilience, Polarities, and Agility

Physicians as Health Care Leaders

       The Physician Leadership Imperative

       Healthcare Organizations as Complex Adaptive Systems

       Leading Change

       Basic and Advanced Stakeholder Management

       Finance and Value for Healthcare

       Policy Imperatives for Leaders


A core component of the program is a capstone “Leadership Project” during R2 and R3 year, which allows participants to apply their knowledge and skills by leading an important, highly visible operational initiative within a portion of our dynamic healthcare ecosystem (e.g., teaching hospital, community clinic or partner organization, medical school, etc.). Participants have protected time for MLP activities across all 3 years of residency.


Selection Process

Candidates will be given the opportunity to indicate interest in the MLP when they are invited to interview, and will have the opportunity to connect with faculty members on their interview day. Candidates will be selected based on their interest and leadership experience.  


Application and Interview Process


Applicants interested in applying to the MLP should let us know of your interest at the time of ERAS application submission by emailing Cayleigh Brown at AND with a subject line that reads “MLP application”. The body of the email should consist of a brief Statement of interest in the University of Colorado Medical Leaders Program.​



Medical Leaders Pathway​ Faculty & Staff

Manny Diaz, MD

Co-​Director,  Medical Leaders Program

Emily Gottenborg, MD​

Co-Director,  Medical Leaders Program

Cayleigh Brown

Program Manager

Contact Information

Medical Leaders Pathway
Department of Medicine
12631 E 17th Ave, B177
Academic Office One
8th floor, room 8411
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 720-848-7274