New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program

  • Group of Physicians standing on stairs
Cultivating effective physician leadership
from bedside to the boardroom

Program Description

The NH Physician Leadership Development Program is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Hospital Association and nationally recognized thought-leaders from the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and College of Health and Human Services, along with other leadership experts to incorporate best practices in the leadership education program design and content.

The goal of the program is to cultivate effective physician leadership across the Granite State from the bedside to the boardroom by teaching management, communication, and leadership skills, fostering effective communication between the medical staff and administration, and empowering physicians to foster change among their colleagues.

The New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program is designed to:

  • Build on physician learning styles by providing longitudinal learning experiences through a case-based curriculum.
  • Encompass learning highly relevant to physician life experiences.
  • Accommodate physicians' busy lives by scheduling a combination of early morning Zoom sessions and seven full-day in-person sessions over 2 years. 
  • Develop practical insights and skills directly applicable to practice opportunities and challenges. 
  • Strengthen physician leadership skills across disciplines and practice settings.

UNH’s Graduate School has recently approved the waiver of up to two MBA elective courses (a total of 6 credits out of the 36 required for the degree) to MBA candidates who have successfully completed all requirements of the NH Physician Leadership Development Program, including the project.  This will reduce costs and time to degree for any NHPLDP graduates who choose to pursue the MBA within five (5) years of NHPLDP completion. 

Year 1 and Year 2: $3,900 per year

Application Deadline:
August 1, 2024

Program Duration:
2 years: September 2024 to June 2026
The program will be delivered using a combination of synchronous Zoom sessions and seven full-day in-person sessions.

The Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics
University of New Hampshire
10 Garrison Avenue
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

Contact Us:

Physician Leadership Development Program

New Hampshire Medical Society

2 Capital Plaza, Suite 401

57 North Main Street

Concord, NH 03301

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust, New Hampshire Medical Society, New Hampshire Hospital Association and Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for up to 80 AMA PRACategory 1 CreditsTM per program. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Year 1 and Year 2: $3,900 per year,  includes instructional materials and continental breakfast for on-site sessions. It does not include travel and the possible cost of overnight accommodations.  
Requires a two-year commitment.

This program was made possible by a generous restricted educational grant from The Physicians Foundation. For more information, please visit 

Program Duration:
2 years: September 11, 2024, to June 2026
The program will be delivered using a combination of synchronous Zoom sessions and six full-day in-person sessions.

The Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics
University of New Hampshire
10 Garrison Avenue
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancelations will be accepted without charge if written notice is received by the New Hampshire Medical Society office by the following cancelation schedule:

   Days prior to program   

   Associated Cancelation Fees   

   31 Days or more

   Full Refund

   30 - 15 Days

   75% of Program Fee refunded

   14 Days or less

   0% of Program Fee refunded

The program is targeted to practicing physicians who have taken on increasing levels of responsibility in their careers and aspire to be outstanding leaders. The NH-PLDP is beneficial to physicians with diverse backgrounds in health care, including within the industries of delivery, policy, foundations, and global health.

Program Elgibility Requirements:

  • Commitment to complete the entire two-year curriculum. 
  • 3-5 years experience beyond residency and an interest in leading service lines or other units. 

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • A desire to help shape the future of healthcare
  • A willingness to learn and grow as physician leaders
  • A drive to influence the practice of medicine within my practice or health system

Application Deadline:
August 18, 2023

The application process is how we initially get to know you, your ideas, and your desire to help shape the future of health care in the Granite State. We request that your application be submitted by August 1, 2024, in order to be considered for the 2024-2026 class.

Selection Process:
Following an extensive review process, each year the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Institute selects up to 20  leaders and emerging leaders from across the state for the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development (PLD) program. 

Acceptance letters will be mailed by early December. Upon acceptance into the program, you will be invoiced for the annual cost of tuition, which is due 15 days from the date of invoice. Individual payment plans can be arranged.

Materials Required for Selection Process :

  1. Completed application. Application can be found here
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Letter of Support from your practice, hospital, or health system

Completed Application Packets should be emailed to (as noted in the online application form.)

Participating Physicians will benefit by:

  1. Becoming a stronger leader, equipped with powerful combination of business intelligence and social acumen
  2. Taking full advantage of your professional strengths and create more impact in people and organizations.
  3. A greater understanding of leadership in emerging health care delivery
  4. Discovering your unique qualities of leadership
  5. Understanding the ways your talents, insights and life experiences shape your unique capacity to engage and lead others
  6. Improved ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and adapt to changing expectations
  7. Increased self-awareness and the role of self-reflection in leadership and career development
  8. Being able to compose and articulate a compelling vision that unites teams, drives performance and overcomes leadership challenges, such as organizational silence, including a better understanding and the development of presentation styles.
  9. Learning how to focus on opportunities by aligning your values, goals and aspirations to execute against short-term objectives in a way that creates lasting value
  10. Gaining strategic systems thinking skills through finance & data comprehension
  11. Sharing experiences with your colleagues and classmates that help to build your confidence and voice, critical in shaping resilience exhibited by top physician leaders
  12. Developing new mentoring relationships
  13. Acquiring effective transition and change management skills
  14. Learning from nationally recognized experts 
  15. Networking for lasting connections with local and regional colleagues and leaders
  16. Receiving a University of New Hampshire Certificate of Completion, not an MBA

Sponsoring Hospitals, Health Systems or Group Practices will benefit in the following ways:

1) Enhanced alignment among clinicians and administrative leaders to drive operational performance
2) Create a larger talent asset pool of potential leaders
3) Lowered turnover costs, through talent retention, succession planning
4) Enhanced physician recruitment and defined development pathway for succession planning
5) Cost-effective means to increase physician engagement, loyalty and retention, reducing turnover
6) Higher quality, better coordinated care
7) Increased organizational agility and growth
8) Stronger connections between current and future leaders

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for up to 80 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM per program. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity, and a University of New Hampshire certificate of completion.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust, New Hampshire Medical Society, New Hampshire Hospital Association and Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire.

The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Year One:  Managing Yourself and Leading Others

1. Leadership – What is it?

2. Strengths Deployment Inventory I (SDI)

3. Strengths Deployment Inventory II (SDI)

4. Emotional Intelligence

5. Teams and Team building I

6. Teams and Teambuilding II

7. Managing Transitions (Leading Change)

8. Conflict Resolution I

9. Conflict Resolution II

10. Mentoring and Coaching

Year Two: Leading your Healthcare Organization

11. High Stakes Communication I

12. High Stakes Communication II

13.  LEAN and LEAN learning systems I

14. LEAN and LEAN learning systems II

15. Quality and Reliability

16. Understanding Financial Data

17. Managing Finances

18. Managing During Times of Chaos

19. Strategic Opportunities

20. Graduation and Leadership Plans


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Jocelyn Caple, MD
Program director

Jocelyn F. Caple, MD is currently the Interim CEO and President at Valley Regional Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Claremont, NH.  Prior to this engagement, Jocelyn was the CEO at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH, where she had practiced Pathology for 23 years while assuming the roles of President of the Medical Staff and Chief Medical Officer before becoming CEO. 

Jocelyn attended Smith College, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Pathology residency at The Cleveland Clinic, and obtained her Master in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Caple currently volunteers for the Board of Southeastern New Hampshire Services, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center, and serves as Director for the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program.

UNH Paul College Professor of Strategy and Technology Peter Lane

Peter Lane, Professor of Strategy & Technology, is a former entrepreneur who researches and teaches strategy, international business, and change management. An award-winning teacher, Peter works with MBAs and managers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia to help a range of companies improve their effectiveness and their ability to respond to challenging environments.

The 27 academic articles and book chapters that Peter has published have been cited by other scholars over 17,000 times. He served on the editorial boards of Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Management, and has held Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society leadership positions.

Peter is an effective and entrepreneurial academic leader. He has served UNH’s Paul College as Associate Dean for Faculty & Graduate Programs, Marketing Department Chair, Hospitality Department Interim Chair, Co-director of MS Management of Technology Programs (NH & Korea), Family Business Center Interim Director, and currently serves as its Management Department Chair.

Heidi Bellamante

Heidi Bellamante, MPA, PCC, is a certified leadership coach with 16 years of experience in organizational development, Human Capital (HC) management, training, and leadership development. She has successfully designed, implemented, and evaluated leadership development and coaching programs in multiple organizations. She began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and continued work as a federal employee and manager in five different federal agencies, which gives her a keen perspective on the strategic and day-to-day needs and requirements of the government. Her human capital experience is in training and development, needs assessment, organizational development, succession planning, workforce planning, communication, and performance management. Heidi has been an adjunct instructor for UNH Paul College Executive Development Programs and the Carsey School of Public Policy.

Heidi’s current role is as Director of Organizational Development at Exeter Health Resources helping leaders and teams at Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians, and Rockingham Visiting Nurses and Hospice develop their teams to reach maximum effectiveness. Heidi designs and conducts team interventions, training and leads efforts throughout the organization to support change management and cultural change efforts. 

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Jordan Peck is currently the  Principal Health Practice & Systems Advisor at MITRE, where he is able to leverage his expertise in both Engineering and Healthcare operations. He is part of their Veterans Health Administration focused team where he is able to re-engage with his roots at the VHA, its incredible mission, and dedicated people. Prior to MITRE, Jordan was with Southern Maine Healthcare for 10 years, as their Vice President of Practice Operations.

Jordan is a versatile healthcare leader with expertise in systems redesign, strategic planning, process improvement, and healthcare systems reengineering. Jordan holds a PhD and MS in Engineering Systems from MIT where he focused on the design and optimization of Healthcare Delivery systems. Jordan also holds a BA in Physics and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University and a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University. Jordan joined MaineHealth to lead the Operational Excellence program. Jordan serves as a faculty member with Harvard University and the University of New Hampshire’s Physician Leadership Development programs.

Jennifer Griffith

Jennifer Griffith, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Morrison Faculty Fellow of Diversity at the University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, director of the Modern Work Lab, Fellow at UNH's Prevention Innovations Research Center, and ForbesWomen contributor. She earned her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, where, through a research assistantship at OU's Center for Applied Social Research, she developed a multi-faceted research portfolio.

Her research explores how to create more inclusive & innovative workplaces where everyone can cultivate a path to thriving. Most recently, she has focused on organizational policy, assessment, and interventions both pre- and post-hire to reduce the impacts of cognitive bias and foster supportive work environments free of harassment.

Her research lab, Modern Work Lab, recruits and mentors undergraduate students at UNH who are interested in translating this research stream into workplace solutions, including recommendations for selection and assessment systems, leadership development, and workplace training programs. As an extension of this research, she serves as a Faculty Fellow at UNH's Prevention Innovations Research Center where she is a research partner & consultant on workplace issues related to the prediction and prevention of sexual harassment & assault in the workplace. Her research has been published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior, among others.

David A. Lagasse, MD, MSHA

A member of the McLean community since 1995, David A. Lagasse, MA, MHSA, is responsible for overseeing the hospital’s finances. In addition to exhibiting great leadership as the hospital CFO, Mr. Lagasse has been educating tomorrow’s leaders at the Boston University School of Public Health. In 2012, he was recognized with the Boston University School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Lagasse has also volunteered his time to the Guild for Human Services, where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees for many years.

In addition to his roles at McLean Hospital, Boston University, and the Guild for Human Services, Mr. Lagasse also volunteers as CFO for a small start-up company called Fedwell Pet Products. He is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Other program instructors to be determined.