Established in 2013, the Linde Family Fellowship Program provides early and mid-career physician leaders with an opportunity to develop the expertise and skills needed to advance careers in primary care leadership, including practice management and innovation.
The Linde Family Fellowship Program is open to faculty who practice primary care and have a leadership role at BIDMC, APG or one of BIDMC’s member hospitals. Fellowships are awarded to up to four selected applicants annually.
Goals of the Fellowship
During their time as Linde Fellows, participants will build their capacity to:
- Manage team-oriented primary care projects
- Lead innovation and transformation within and beyond their practices
- Recognize systemic forces facing primary care practices in today's health care environment
- Initiate change through analysis, planning, and resource allocation
Fellows are expected to create and lead a project in primary care practice that enhances quality of care, communication, transitions, or another critical aspect of practice. To accomplish this goal, fellows work closely with a coach, participate in a learning community of leaders through peer coaching and project presentations, and learn from leaders in medicine and other fields through readings, seminars, and interactive sessions.
At the end of the fellowship session, participants give a final presentation to hospital leadership outlining the project outcomes.
Fellowship Content and Structure
The Linde Family Fellowship Program commitment is approximately 20 hours per month and includes a variety of program-related activities. Fellowship graduation requirements are satisfied by workshop preparation, attendance and participation; meeting regularly with the coach; and completion of the action-learning project.
Participants attend workshops led by key leaders in the fields of medical management and leadership. The curriculum covers a broad spectrum of contemporary issues related to leadership in Primary Care Medicine practice such as driving innovation, change management, negotiation and health policy.
Self-Assessments and Participation
Linde Fellows complete several individual self-assessments (e.g., 360 degree feedback, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and create individual development goals based on results from the assessments. Additionally, fellows form a peer-learning group, meeting regularly to offer input and feedback on individual learnings and progress on projects.
Fellows meet regularly with their assigned coach, who serves as a sounding board, management consultant, offers real time feedback and helps the Linde Fellow stay focused on his or her goals.
Linde Fellows identify a change project in their home practice site. Linde Fellows work closely with their immediate manager and an assigned physician leader who acts as a mentor and coach to help guide their action-learning project.
Participation Requirements & Financial Support
Linde Fellows should plan to commit 15 percent of their total work effort to the Fellowship program. All applicants must submit a letter from their Division Chief or practice director indicating a commitment to provide dedicated time (15 percent FTE) to attend the seminars, meet with a coach, and complete the Fellowship project as described above.
The Linde Family Institute for Primary Care provides a stipend of 10 percent salary support (at the HCA clinical FTE rate); an additional five percent matching support is expected to come from the faculty member’s home practice site. The Linde Family Institute for Primary Care disburses the stipend to the Fellow’s divisional or practice budget in remuneration for the Fellow’s time to participate in the program.