Nominations for 10th GPLA class due January 13
The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation’s Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy’s (GPLA) Selection Committee will be accepting nominations for candidates for the 2017-2018 GPLA class (X) through Friday, January 13.
The GPLA was established in 2007 to develop physician leaders who will enhance the medical profession and the health care system and the quality of life in Georgia. The year-long program features six interactive sessions, including five that take place on weekends.
The GPLA is designed to enhance the student’s skill sets in three key areas, including advocacy, communications, and conflict resolution. It is also designed to foster relationships and networks within the medical profession in Georgia.
GPLA students must complete a personal leadership project to 1) develop their personal leadership skills and 2) effect change in a given area (e.g., a CMS membership drive or a patient education program in their community).
According to GPLA Selection Committee Chair John Sy, M.D., “GPLA participants must be nominated by an approved sponsor, which include county medical societies in Georgia, state specialty societies, and similar organizations.”
Dr. Sy stresses that diversity (e.g., specialty, geographic location) is one of the considerations that the committee takes into account when it selects each class. He also notes that physicians who are not accepted for a given GPLA class will be considered in future years.
The sponsor organization is expected to pay the $1,000 tuition fee, which is used to cover lodging, meals, speakers, and coursework resources. The individual GPLA students are responsible for their own transportation costs. The MAG Foundation uses grants and donations to pay for the additional costs. Spouses are encouraged to attend GPLA events.
More than 100 physicians – including 10 of the members of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Executive Committee and others who serve in leadership roles at MAG and other state and local medical societies – have graduated from GPLA.