Review Program Description and Requirements

In the changing landscape of healthcare and healthcare 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.

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming 2025 class.

Leadership College Scholars are expected to attend 75% of all sessions in order to graduate. Please note that the dates are subject to change.

Schedule to be determined at a later date. Stay tuned for updates.

  • Completed applications and nomination forms are due no later than September 1st, annually.*
  • Selected participants and nominating organization will be notified via an acceptance letter no later than 30 days prior to start of program.
  • Each application will be reviewed by the North Carolina Medical Society’s designees.
  • Nominees not selected for the current Leadership College year may be re-nominated the following year.
  • The Leadership College class will consist of 25 participants. Minimum of 25 students required per cohort.

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, White Coat Day, and activities of the NCMS Leadership College. Lack of adequate attendance, deems the scholar ineligible for graduation unless otherwise approved by the Leadership College faculty.

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

Each scholar will select and work with a mentor/LC faculty throughout the Leadership College year. The mentor/LC faculty 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 mentor/LC faculty to continue defining their future leadership role.

Tuition costs. North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) members get enormous savings! Tuition to attend Leadership College is $4,400 for non-NCMS members. NCMS members receive the member tuition rate of $2,200 and students can sign up for the program at $750.

Not sure of your membership status? Please contact the NCMS Member Services department at (919) 833-3836/(800) 722-1350 (NC only). Interested in becoming a member, sign up today by visiting: