Duke Clinical Leadership Program

The Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP) 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 2022 Duke Clinical Leadership Program will open this fall. 

Overview ​​

DCLP consists of ten, half-day sessions over the course of six months and addresses topics such as:

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

Sessions will take place virtually until further notice.

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. Project topics in 2021 will stem from the in-progress work completed by the 2020 cohort. 

2021 Program Dates 

Half-day Session Dates: 

  1. Monday, January 25, 8am-12pm
  2. Monday, February 8, 8am-12pm
  3. Monday, February 22, 8am-12pm
  4. Monday, March 8, 8am-12pm
  5. Monday, March 22, 8am-12pm
  6. Monday, April 12, 8am-12pm
  7. Monday, April 26, 8am-12pm
  8. Monday, May 10, 8am-12pm
  9. Monday, May 24, 8am-12pm
  10. Monday, June 14, 8am-12pm

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

Graduation Celebration

The DCLP Graduation is a celebration of the completion of the didactic sessions. In addition, the group projects are presented before peers and leadership. The Thomas Gorrie Clinical Leadership Impact Award recognizes the most successful project team. 

The Graduation date is TBD and will be announced asap

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.). In keeping with Duke's institutional values of diversity and inclusion, we are committed to recruiting a diverse pool of applicants including women and those of underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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 and their approach to teamwork and challenges in their daily work environment. 
  • 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)

Applications for the 2022 program will open this fall.


For more information about DCLP, please contact the School of Medicine Office for Faculty at facdev@dm.duke.edu or 919-684-1938.

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