New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program

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Cultivating effective physician leadership
from bedside to the boardroom


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.

The goal of the program is to cultivate effective physician leadership across the Granite State from the bedside to the boardroom by teaching leadership, management, communication skills,  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 48 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 18, 2023

Program Duration:
2 years: September 2023 to June 2025
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:
The New Hampshire
Medical Society
7 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301-4018
Phone: 603.224.1909 

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 New Hampshire Medical Society and The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire.

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 27, 2023, to June 2025
The program will be delivered using a combination of synchronous Zoom sessions and four 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 18, 2023, in order to be considered for the 2023-2025 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 at the following link:
  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


Deborah Harrigan

Deborah Harrigan, MD
Program director

Dr. Harrigan is NH-PLDP’s current program director and was the 185th president (2016-17) of the New Hampshire Medical Society. Dr. Harrigan is a family medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the ambulatory Physician Practices at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

She is currently the Physician Champion for the hospital’s MEDITECH implementation. She presently serves as Credentials Committee Chair and Physician Advisory Council Chair. Dr. Harrigan is a member of Frisbie’s Medical Executive Committee, Medical Staff Bylaw Committee, and Technology Assessment and Steering Committee.

Dr. Harrigan graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts, and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. In the coming year, Dr. Harrigan will be increasing engagement by New Hampshire’s physicians in leadership and expanding physician wellness resources.

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. 

Vanessa Druskat

Vanessa Druskat is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA courses in leadership and work team effectiveness. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher. Her innovative research on building work team effectiveness has been recognized by academics and practitioners alike. Her article on building the emotional intelligence of work teams (with Steven B. Wolff) remained a top seller for the Harvard Business Review for over a decade.

Vanessa is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of leadership, team effectiveness, and emotional intelligence. She has conducted numerous leadership and team development seminars and workshops domestically and internationally for organizations ranging from Fortune 50 Companies to public schools. She has also been invited to present her research at dozens of universities in locations as varied as the Harvard Business School, the Stanford University Business School, ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, The PSG Institute of Management in Coimbatore, India, University College in London, England, and Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary. 

Vanessa joined the Paul College faculty in 2003 after spending eight years on the faculty of the Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from Boston University, an M.A. in organizational psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, and her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Mark Bonica

Mark Bonica is an Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. 

Mark received special teaching recognition in 2014 for his work in Health and Business Administration at Army-Baylor. He also received the "Go the Extra Mile Award" in 2013. In 2012, he was recognized as Educator of the Year at Army-Baylor Programs in Health and Business Administration. 

Mark belongs to the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the American Economic Association (AEA), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

He received his Ph.D. at George Mason University, his M.B.A. at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, his M.S. from the University of Colorado, and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Other program instructors to be determined.

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