Norton Provider Leadership Academy

Launched in 2012 with its first cohort, the Norton Physician Leadership Academy in 2020 became the Norton Provider Leadership Academy. This academy was created to provide clinicians the opportunity to increase their understanding of the business of medicine and to prepare providers for the changing face of medicine.


The Norton Provider Leadership Academy provides a highly interactive, solutions-based curriculum guided by current management and leadership principles.

The curriculum offers an opportunity to enhance leadership competencies and skills to dedicated providers who are interested in preparing for the future of health care. Offered in conjunction with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL), the academy covers different topics in each course, including:

  • The changing role of the health care leader
  • Quality improvement and measurement systems
  • Building effective teams
  • Managing physician and provider performances
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Collaborating with and influencing others
  • Health care financial management
  • Leading and managing strategic change
  • Health care law

Classes are held one Saturday a month and include on-site AAPL and Norton Healthcare instructor-led courses and speakers. Classes are not scheduled in April, June, October or December.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credits

Sessions will provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and Kentucky Board of Nursing  credits.

Education Tracks

All Attendees

Master’s degree track: Complete all requirements for the 10 on-site sessions as well as any other prerequisite courses required for entrance into a master’s degree program in medical management, health care quality and safety, or business administration.

Physicians Only

Certified physician executive (CPE) track: In addition to obtaining CME credits as listed above, complete the 10 on-site courses and additional online self-study courses to prepare to sit for the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CCMM) certification exam.

Note: You will be required to pass a formal online examination for all courses completed in the master’s degree and CPE tracks.


The Norton Provider Leadership Academy is taught by experienced instructors who incorporate an engaging and challenging teaching style. These individuals work with leading health care systems across the country, enabling them to bring national insight to the academy curriculum.


For providers accepted to the program, Norton Healthcare pays the cost of participating in the Norton Provider Leadership Academy.


Norton Provider Leadership Academy is open to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants employed by Norton Medical Group and Norton Children’s Medical Group, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, as well as physicians who provide facility-based services through exclusive contracts, such as anesthesia, emergency medicine and radiology.

As part of the application process, when you are accepted into the academy, you agree to:

  • Commit to two years of participation.
  • Partner with a Norton Healthcare executive to complete a quality improvement project.
  • Serve as a clinician champion working with Norton Healthcare to improve the delivery of care.
  • Serve as a mentor for future academy participants.


Applications are open for Norton Provider Leadership Academy from Monday, July 29, 2024, through Friday, Oct. 11, 2024. You will be notified in mid-November regarding your status. The first session will be scheduled in January 2025.

Norton Provider Leadership Academy Application

For more information, contact:

Karen Busse, M.S., CCMEC
Director, Norton Healthcare Center for Continuing Medical Education

James M. Frazier, M.D.
System Vice President
Chief Medical Officer
Norton Healthcare

Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA
Senior Vice President
Chief Clinical and Strategy Officer
Norton Healthcare

James T. Jennings, M.D., MBA
Executive Medical Director, Professional Development, Efficiency and Quality
Norton Medical Group

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