Published on: March 30, 2011

Are you a palliative care physician from a low-middle income country, with at least five years of experience and desire to do more?

Here is an opportunity to attend the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) organized by the Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego, California. Read and hear what previous LDI Participants have to say:

“Being part of the Leadership Development initiative has really opened closed doors within me. Through being made aware of the closed doors and opening them, I am becoming a better leader who is not just focused on developing herself only, but others working with her. I have learned that I can develop the potential within me and also the potential within the other team members, thus making them effective leaders as well. This way, our organization is able to exhale,”

Applications are now being accepted (DEADLINE: April 30, 2011) for Cohort 2 from January 2012 to December 2013:

Growing Global Leaders… Advancing Palliative Care

We are delighted to announce the second Cohort of The International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative (LDI).

Cohort 2 will run for two years from January 2012 to December 2013. The LDI is for palliative care physicians who wish to develop critical leadership knowledge, skills and behaviors that will help them to advance palliative care capacity locally, nationally and internationally.

The ultimate goal of the LDI is to increase world-wide access to excellent palliative care for those who need it.

Through three (3) residential courses (2 weeks in February 2012; 1 week in November 2012 and 1 week in November 2013), inter-session leadership activities and expert guidance from global palliative care and other leaders, participants will develop increasing confidence and have powerful leadership experiences. Conceptual and practical tools and instruments will be used to enhance self-awareness and leadership skill building.

Six focus areas are built into the LDI curriculum:

  • Core leadership skills
  • Presentation, facilitation and mentorship skills
  • Strategic planning and implementation skills
  • Organizational leadership skills (local, national, international)
  • Academic leadership and research skills
  • Community organizing, communication campaign strategies, policy craft

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the LDI, eligible applicants must be:

  1. Physicians with a minimum of 5 years of practice in palliative care
  2. Preferably living and working in a low or middle income country (as defined by the World Bank…)
  3. Capable of reading and speaking conversational and medical English fluently
  4. Currently working in a clinical, educational, research or advocacy activity with a primary focus on palliative care
  5. Committed to continuing to work in palliative care throughout the two years of the LDI experience, and afterwards
  6. Able to demonstrate leadership activities beyond the delivery of palliative care to patients and families
  7. Able to demonstrate the potential to increase palliative care capacity
  8. Self-motivated with the desire to lead – locally, nationally and/or internationally

DEADLINE: April 30, 2011 by 24:00 hours in San Diego, California (Pacific Time = GMT -8hrs) without exceptions – Successful applicants will be notified in August 2011