Learning to Lead



Learning to Lead is a nine-month-long program designed to foster the development of the next generation of leaders in academic medicine. Associate professors and other faculty in mid-level leadership roles are considered for candidacy in the leadership program.

The program prepares participants to effectively lead a section, center, clinic, or lab at the College of Medicine – Tucson. Participants learn from topic experts and mentors, as well as from each other, as they develop new knowledge, skills, support networks and reflective abilities. In order to maximize group interaction, only 15-20 participants are selected for each cohort.

Sessions will be held every other month on the 2nd Wednesday from 1-5pM

  • September 14th at Hacienda del Sol (session followed by Welcome reception)
  • November 9th at Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB)
  •  January 11th at HSIB
  •  March 8th at HSIB
  •  May 10th at Hacienda del Sol (Graduation Ceremony and dinner following session)

Program Goals

At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize and effectively utilize their personal leadership style
  • Manage resources including money, time, and people
  • Communicate and resolve conflicts
  • Succeed as a leader in the complex environment of academic medicine

Participant Selection Criteria

  1. Mid-career faculty members with a current or near-future leadership position. Preference is given to Associate Professors but others may apply.
  2. Clear commitment to the organization (College of Medicine/Banner Health).
  3. Strength of personal statement in defining why the applicant should be selected.
  4. Commitment to full participation in the entire course, including attendance at all sessions and completion of all reading/homework assignments.
  5. Letter of nomination from Department Chair, Dean, or Center Director stating a commitment to the applicant’s career and support, including protected time, for the applicant to attend the entire course. Nomination letters should be addressed to Allie Min, MD, Assistant Dean of Career Development, Learning to Lead, and uploaded as a PDF or Word document as part of the application process.
  6. All components of the electronic application completed prior to the deadline.

The College of Medicine recognizes that diversity is essential to the successful attainment of our mission to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for all the people of Arizona and beyond, through education, research and patient care. Women, minorities and candidates who are diverse in other ways are encouraged to apply. 

Application Process Closed

All applications must be received by April 18, 2022 in order to be considered for the program that will begin in September 2020. Each application will be reviewed by a committee.  Course acceptance will be acknowledged in May 2022

Please contact Eva Sanchez at esanchez16@arizona.edu if you have questions or need more information.