Duke Clinical Leadership Program

The Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP, formerly C-CHAMP) was founded by the Chancellor for Health Affairs in 2010  to help expand leadership capacity within DukeHealth. The program provides faculty with an opportunity to deepen their awareness of healthcare operations and to develop relevant leadership skills. The program is run by the School of Medicine Office for Faculty with the enthusiastic support of Chancellor Eugene Washington. Program fellows are introduced to leaders from the Health System, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Fuqua School of Business. 

Applications for the 2020 Duke Clinical Leadership Program will open this fall.

Overview ​​

DCLP consists of six, full-day sessions over the course of six months. Topics include:

  • Strategy and Health Policy
  • Funds Flow and Operations at Duke
  • Negotiation
  • Leveraging Leadership Styles
  • Managing Personnel
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations

In addition to classwork, fellows are assigned to group projects at the beginning of the program. The project portion of the curriculum is designed to focus on team development and effectiveness. Through the project work, fellows have an opportunity to implement the skills they’ve learned in the classroom and to gain strategic insight into how to move a project through a highly matrixed system. The Thomas Gorrie Clinical Leadership Impact Award recognizes the most successful project team. 

2019 Program Dates 

The program consisted of six full days in a classroom setting: 

February 4, 2019
February 18, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 22, 2019
May 20, 2019
June 3, 2019

Program fellows are required to attend all six days. In addition to the classroom days, fellows will need to meet with their group and other leaders occasionally to push their projects forward.  

Who Is Eligible

Mid-career Duke faculty members with clinical responsibilities who have the support of their Department Chair or Division Chief. The program is geared towards faculty who are interested in, are being considered for or are entering a clinical leadership role in their departments. Applicants will be required to obtain a letter of support from their department chair, division chief, center/institute director, or equivalent leadership figure to complete the application. Applications from faculty throughout Duke Health entities are encouraged (School of Medicine, School of Nursing, DUHS, Duke Raleigh, Duke Regional, Duke Primary Care, etc.) 

How to Apply

Participants will be competitively selected. Applications are online and request the following information: 

  • Basic demographic information
  • CV/NIH Biosketch
  • Short essays (200-300 words) addressing topics such as why the applicant would like to participate in DCLP, their approach to teamwork, and their thoughts on the project element of the program. 
  • Letter of nomination from the applicant’s department chair, division chief, center/institute director, or equivalent leadership figure
  • Commitment to attend all program meetings (see dates above)


2019 DCLP Group Projects

Congratulations to the 2019 Fellows for successfully completing the program! Please see our news release here.

2019 DCLP Fellows Photo Roster

The Fellows completed four institutional group projects, sponsored by Duke Health leaders. In addition to these written reports, DCLP groups were asked to present oral reports at the DCLP Graduation Dinner.


For more information about DCLP, please contact the School of Medicine Office for Faculty at facdev@dm.duke.edu

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