Review Program Description and Requirements

In the changing landscape of health care and health care organizations, clinicians face challenges requiring new knowledge and skills beyond clinical expertise. With this increased complexity, the ability to be a leader as well as a manager is more important than ever. Professional knowledge and skills, relational abilities, and contextual understanding are the three elements of strong physician leadership.

What the program offers:

  • An in-depth opportunity to better understand yourself and others in order to work more effectively together and foster change;
  • Highly interactive sessions that offer the greatest environment for learning and networking with your peers;
  • Leadership tools and strategies you never learned in medical school that will help you progress to the next level in your career.
  • A network of leaders and change-makers within health care in NC.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Class.

The 2024 Leadership College Scholars are expected to attend all of the following sessions in order to graduate. Please note that the dates are subject to change.

October 12, 2023: Module I: Starting the Leadership Journey

Meeting location North Carolina Medical Society, 222 N. Person St., Raleigh, NC. 27601

December 7, 2023: Virtual meeting

January 19-20, 2024: Module II: Leadership in the Landscape of Healthcare

Meeting location North Carolina Medical Society, 222 N. Person St., Raleigh, NC. 27601

March 14, 2024: Virtual meeting

May 17-19, 2024: Beaufort, NC.

April – June 2024 (select the date most convenient for you): Module IV: White Coat Day: Strategies for Effective Advocacy; NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine, 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC & NC General Assembly *Please pick a day during the month of June to participate in WCD. You will be required to register for WCD:

September 20, 2024 *No session to attend

Project write-ups due

October 11-12, 2024: Module V: Final meeting: MedTalks

LEAD Conference; Location TBA

  • Each application will be reviewed by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation Board of Trustees, or a sub-committee thereof, to select participants. Potential participants may be asked to take part in a short conference call with the Board of Trustees.
  • Completed nomination forms are due no later than August 15, 2023
  • The Leadership College class will consist of approximately 20-25 participants. The class is capped at 25 participants.
  • Selected scholars and nominating organizations will be notified by the NCMS Foundation by September 2023.
  • Nominees not selected for the current Leadership College year may be re-nominated the following year.

The project allows scholars to put learning into practice. Each scholar will design and implement a project that addresses an important health issue to benefit the scholar’s local, state, or specialty medical society; demonstrates leadership principles in the workplace; or improves the health of their local community.

  • May be completed with fellow scholars.
  • Should not duplicate, but may build upon, other efforts in the community, region, or state and should have a sustainable effect.
  • Leadership College staff and mentors will assist scholars with project identification and provide implementation coaching as needed.
  • The final draft must be submitted as requested prior to the final module in order to graduate from the program.
  • The scholar will present their projects in a TED Talk-like format called MEDTalks during the last session. Projects may be selected for presentation at NCMS, specialty, and other meetings.

Endorsement. The nominee must have the endorsement of one of six nominating organizations:

  • Any NC County Medical Society
  • Any NC Specialty Society
  • Hospital
  • Medical Practice
  • Health Care Organization
  • NC Medical Society


The nominating organization will complete the Nominating Organization Form (Step 4).

The nominee must agree to attend ALL designated meetings and activities of the NCMS Leadership College (see Program Schedule section above). Lack of attendance will make the scholar ineligible for graduation. This includes the White Coat Wednesday session.

Each scholar is required to complete a scholar project (see Project Requirement above).

Each scholar will select and work with a mentor throughout the Leadership College year. The mentor will assist the scholar with his/her project and with networking in organized medicine and the healthcare industry.

Each participant is expected to regularly communicate with their endorsing organization to continue defining their future leadership role.

Tuition costs. North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) members get enormous savings! Tuition to attend this year-long session is $1,900 for NCMS members*; the fee for non-members is $3,800. If you are a student, tuition is $750.

Not sure of your membership status? Please contact the NCMS Member Services department at (919) 833-3836/(800) 722-1350 (NC only). Need to join? Visit