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Leadership Development

Division Chief Leadership Bootcamp

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The Division Chief Leadership Bootcamp (DCLB) is a two-day professional development program to enhance skills in Conflict Management, Delegation, Change Management, Healthcare Finance, and Talent Acquisition. The Office of Faculty Affairs developed the DCLB in recognition of the key role Division Chiefs play in our health system’s leadership. Division Chiefs preside over the clinical output of their units; manage as stewards of their departments and Baystate Health (i.e., budget, recruit, and communicate & operationalize enterprise strategies); direct and develop our human resource, and advance our institution’s academic mission.

The Division Chief Leadership Bootcamp takes place during two consecutive days and includes a mixture of presentations and interactive exercises. To be eligible to participate, individuals must be a Division Chief at Baystate Health and must be nominated by their Department Chairs or Service Line Leaders.

For more information, please email Patti Feeney, MS, Senior Consultant for Physician Leadership Development and Engagement, Office of Faculty Affairs, at or call 413-795-1150.

Physician Leadership Academy

Mentors Matter sqaureThe Office of Faculty Affairs offers a biennial Physician Leadership Academy to cultivate emerging physician leaders. The curriculum includes didactic lectures, workshops, small group discussions, and a mentored project. The program consists of one full-day session every two weeks over the course of five months. Session topics include:

  • Challenging Conversations
  • Process Improvement & Change Management
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Culture of Safety
  • Academic Strategic Career Planning

Application period for the 2022 PLA is now closed. For more information, please email Patti Feeney, MS, Senior Consultant for Physician Leadership Development and Engagement, Office of Faculty Affairs, at or call 413-795-1150.

View our current and past PLA graduates.

Mentors Matter 

PLA sqaure 1Mentors Matter is a peer-mentoring program for mid-career physicians and advanced practitioners to improve
mentorship skills. Nomination by Department Chair is required.

The program is comprised of 10 monthly 4-hour workshops, from October - July on Fridays 8:00 am - noon (view current program description here).

Session topics include:

  • What makes a good mentor? Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsorship
  • Career Development: What are your values? What is your 5 year plan?
  • Academic promotion: Where do we stand, how can we help each other succeed?
  • Communication and Feedback
  • Kotter’s Principles of Change
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • Professional Vitality: Do you have it in your career?
  • Developing Sponsorship skills for colleagues and yourself
  • Work life balance: Can you have it all?
  • Networking with institutional leaders

For questions, please email Dr. Raquel Belforti, DO, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, at

(Updated December 2021)