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The DCMS Leadership Academy is a 3-day course designed to help develop leaders within our medical community. This curriculum-based program is in association with the University of North Florida.


DCMS has a long history of physician leadership, from the Florida Medical Association to the World Medical Association, from pioneering private practices to hospital executives. We are committed to ensuring that the next generation of physician leaders also has a strong Duval County representation.

The DCMS Leadership Academy is a program designed to give physicians the leadership skills necessary to be more effective employers, Board members and community leaders.

The Academy is open to all physicians, but DCMS Members receive a substantial discount.

St. Vincent's HealthCare has designated this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.TM

UPDATE: The 2020 academy is full! Please contact US to register for 2021!

2020 dates
february 7, 2020 - 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
MARCH 6, 2020 - 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
APRIL 3, 2020 - 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Enrollment is limited to 25 physicians!



Session 1:

Your Role as a Leader

  • Core principles of leadership and management
  • Defining your leadership purpose and setting priorities
  • Applying time management principles for personal organization and effectiveness
  • Managing the challenges of email & technology while remaining on key priorities

What Kind of Leader are You?

  • Understanding your motivations as a leader
  • Using your strengths when leading a team
  • How to properly identify the motivations and perspectives of your team members


Session 2:

EQ and Team Building

  • Definition and key principles of emotional intelligence
  • Understanding your own EQ strengths and weaknesses
  • Applying emotional intelligence in the workplace
  • Creating high performing teams
  • Understanding situational leadership

The Case for Wellness

  • Understanding the reasons for burnout and the impact on medical practices
  • Learning the tools needed to identify stress and burnout in the workplace
  • Providing resources to help physicians in need


Session 3:

Strategic Planning and Culture Change

  • Developing conceptual/ strategic thinking skills
  • The five stages of strategic planning
  • Three organizational change models: structural, behavioral and process
  • Developing a change methodology and addressing resistance to change
  • Influencing organizational culture

What is Organized Medicine?

  • Understanding how county, state, and national medical societies work together
  • How to make a difference through involvement in your medical society

About Our Speakers

Michael Clark: 

Michael Clark is a UNF Continuing Education Instructor with an extensive background in the areas of management, supervisor development, quality improvement efforts and facilitation of strategic planning sessions and executive retreats. He worked as a training and performance improvement director for various state of Florida government agencies for many years and has been the owner/president of MRC Consulting for 13 years. He has designed numerous training programs, including online, using the Instructional Systems Design methodology, and has provided over 1000 seminars, workshops and presentations covering a diverse set of topics with a focus toward developing leadership skills for managers and supervisors.

Fraser Cobbe:  

Fraser Cobbe, a Political Science major from Florida State University, currently serves as President of Cobbe Consulting & Management, an Association Management Company that specializes in managing physician organizations. Fraser has served as Executive Director of the Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS) since 2001. In 2007, Fraser formed Cobbe Consulting & Management which currently represents the following organizations in addition to the FOS: Duval County Medical Society; Dade County Medical Association; Physicians Society of Central Florida; Bones Society of Florida; Florida Orthopaedic Risk Purchasing Group; Florida Society of Nephrology; Georgia Association of Orthopaedic Executives; Bones of PA, Inc.; Midwest AAOE; and the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association.



Regular Price is $799 - DCMS Members pay just $399!

Tuition includes course materials, breakfast and lunch on each day of the Academy.

Call 904-355-6561 or click here to enroll!


Space is limited to 25 physicians!


Enrollment ends January 20th or when spaces are filled.

Call 904-355-6561 or click here to enroll!




"The DCMS Leadership Academy was a wonderful opportunity to strengthen my management skills, media interviewing capability, and meet the new generation of leaders in the medical community. Whether looking to get ahead in current jobs, making career changes, or learning to work better with other physicians, this is an affordable and convenient program that provides excellent business training value to help you achieve your goals." -Dr. Raed Assar, Aetna Medical Director

"The DCMS Leadership Academy was time and money well spent- it provided me with the fundamentals of how to motivate others, emotional intelligence and effective communication skills. I would recommend this course for all physicians because it provided pearls that can be used in leadership positions as well as the clinical arena." -Michael Kaplan, DO, FAAAI, Commander, Medical Corps, US Navy 


St. Vincent's HealthCare has designated this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.TM

Want More Information?

Contact us at or 904-355-6561 to learn about the Leadership Academy.