Published on: February 17, 2012

What an amazing initiative!

23 chosen leaders from 11 countries got together at The Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego, California, USA with 10 mentors and several coaches, from 5 to 13 February 2012.

The brain child of Dr Kathleen Foley and Ms Mary Callaway of Open Society Foundations, and developed and run by Dr Frank Ferris of San Diego and team, the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is a novel two year program.

The leaders do not learn palliative care here; they have had plenty of that already. At San Diego, they develop leadership skills, an obviously essential part of training of any pioneer.

With four leaders and one mentor from India – the Indian flag was prominent! 

Dr Frank Ferris (middle) with participants at the course, including Dr Dinesh Goswami, watching Dr Shoba Nair perform Bharatanatyam (right)

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