Family Medicine Leadership Experience

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TAFP’s Family Medicine Leadership Experience

In today’s rapidly changing environment, health care enterprises need leaders who can anticipate what’s coming next, make solid decisions in the face of ambiguity, and deploy their talent effectively. At TAFP, we believe these leaders should be well-trained family physicians capable of articulating a compelling vision for the future and of winning the trust and support needed to carry out this vision.

Welcome to the Family Medicine Leadership Experience, TAFP’s yearlong leadership development program designed to equip family doctors with the skills they need to lead their physician groups, health care systems, academic institutions, community organizations, and professional societies.

Through interactive learning sessions, didactic lectures, case presentations, multimedia presentations, and small-group breakouts, the Family Medicine Leadership Experience will provide expert training in:

  • strategic planning,
  • persuasive communication,
  • negotiation and conflict resolution,
  • public speaking,
  • and winning media engagements.

Are you ready to gain the skills you need to take the next step in your career? Join the Family Medicine Leadership Experience.

Questions? Contact Kathy McCarthy at (512) 329-8666 or

Program Information

Over the course of one year, participants in the Family Medicine Leadership Experience will attend four in-person sessions lasting one to two days and presented in a variety of formats including didactic lectures, small group discussions, and interactive learning exercises. Participants must attend all four sessions to graduate from the program, but the curriculum will repeat annually, so participant could pause and resume the program if he or she were to have difficulty making all four events in one year.

There is no tuition fee, but scholars are required to pay their travel expenses and some housing expenses. TAFP provides meals and program materials during training.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must be active TAFP members and should be new physicians, mid-career physicians, or residents. The TAFP Leadership Development Committee will review all applications to compose the new FMLE class. A maximum of 25 members will be selected to participate in the program.

The application asks for a brief description of your leadership and management experience as well as a statement describing why you would like to pursue advanced leadership training.

> Applications for the 2023 program will open in late 2022.

FMLE 2022 Schedule at a Glance

April 7-8, 2022 | Austin – Team Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
The inaugural group session will be held in conjunction with TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship and Interim Session. At this session, participants will discuss the importance of understanding personality types in teams, how to lead change, negotiation and motivational skills. They will embark upon a yearlong project, the result of which will be presented at the program’s conclusion.

June 11, 2022 | San Antonio – Communications and Organizational Leadership
The group will meet in San Antonio for lectures and interactive sessions.

  • Public speaking and media training
  • Presentation skills

August 19, 2022 | Austin – Advocacy and Influence
Participants will gather in Austin to learn about leadership in advocacy.

  • Understanding policy issues — state and national — that affect health care and family medicine
  • Role playing scenarios: How to have successful meetings with legislators and how to give persuasive testimony to a legislative committee

October 28, 2022 | Grapevine – Sharing Your Knowledge and Graduation
The group will graduate from the program at TAFP’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit in Grapevine. Participants will be asked to complete a project during the year and present their projects during the FMLE final session.