Physician Business Leadership Certificate Program - Session Two

March 17, 2021



  • $2,500 - IHA/IMS/IAFP member
  • $3,000 - IHA nonmember

Click here to register. 

If you have questions, contact Corey Martin at or 515-288-1955.

Target Audience

Emerging and aspiring physician leaders.


Providers today face an era of change unlike any before. Reform policies, shifting requirements and fiscal uncertainty create a chaotic atmosphere for professionals and providers. During times like these, strong leaders with innovative and focused decision-making abilities are required. Participants in this program will gain the tools to become successful leaders in today’s complex health care environment.


The Physician Business Leadership Certificate is achieved through attending the educational sessions (virtually in 2021), with additional requirements in networking and involvement with other industry activities. The content includes three areas of focus:

  1. Foundational Leadership Skills: Fundamental leadership and business skills.
  2. Equipping for Health Care Today: Topics helping physicians improve their execution, efficiency and effectiveness.
  3. Hot Topics: Issues in health care delivery affecting physicians (e.g., the opioid crisis and behavioral health issues).


Coursework: Before each session, participants may have minor prep work related to the session topics. This will help them be fully prepared to engage in the subject matter.

Education programs: These sessions will be led by subject matter experts and include interactive group discussions and group work.

Assessments: Following the conclusion of each program, attendees will be given a survey to examine whether the educational objectives for that session were achieved.

Networking: Peer-to-peer learning and discussion of best practices will be integrated into the sessions.

Involvement in industry education events

To qualify for the Physician Business Leadership Certification, participants must attend four additional professional or educational events within 24 months.

Examples of education events include: IHA and IMS advocacy events, IHA conferences, IHC conferences, IMS regional meetings and events, and national health care and professional development conferences. Additional registration fees may apply for some of these events.


1 pm

DISC Assessment Training Session

Don Klitgaard, MD, FAAFP, President, Heartland Rural Physician Alliance

Guiding a group toward a desired outcome takes specific, evidence-based leadership skills. This session will assess your own personal leadership profile and find areas of opportunities and strengths. The Everything DiSC Work of Leaders® focuses this assessment on the fundamental work of a leader, to create a Vision, to build Alignment around that vision and to champion Execution of the vision. Prior to the session, attendees will complete the DiSC Work of Leaders® assessment and be lead through an interactive and participatory program where physician leaders will reflect on their DiSC leadership style and develop action based strategies to enhance leadership best practices.

  • Interpret and analyze your DiSC leadership profile.
  • Identify personal leadership challenges and develop a goal for improvement.
  • Explore how to use knowledge and assessment of leadership best practices in your organization.
3:30 pmAdjourn

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/17/2021 - 1:00am CDT
Event ends: 
03/17/2021 - 3:30pm CDT

Donald Klitgaard, MD, FAAFP
President, Heartland Rural Physician Alliance

Dr. Klitgaard graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Lincoln Family Medicine Program in Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, he practiced full scope Family Medicine and served as Medical Director of the Myrtue Medical Center clinics in Harlan, Iowa.  Dr. Klitgaard has served as the New Physician member on the AAFP Board of Directors, as President and Board Chair of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, and has also been a member of the AMA Committee of Innovators. He is currently Vice-President of the IAFP Foundation and an active member of the AAFP’s Commission on Quality and Practice.

In 2014, Dr. Klitgaard transitioned from clinical practice to a new role as Chief Medical Officer with Accountable Care Associates of Springfield, MA, in addition to serving as the National Medical Director for Healthcare. Since then, he has led the formation of an Iowa-based Medicare Shared Savings ACO, Heartland Physicians ACO, in addition to serving as the CEO and CMO of MedLink Advantage, an ACO management and business consulting services company.

Accreditation Statements

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 2.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Hospital Association. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) do not have any financial relationship(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose. ​​​​

  • Becky Anthony - Planning Committee Member
  • Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP - Planning Committee Member
  • Mike Flesher - Planning Committee Member
  • Don Klitgaard, MD, FAAFP - Speaker
  • Corey Martin, MHA, FACHE - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Pam Williams - Planning Committee Member


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)


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  • $2,500 - IHA/IMS/IAFP member
  • $3,000 - IHA nonmember

Click here to register. 

If you have questions, contact Corey Martin at or 515-288-1955.


Cancellations and substitutions are welcome anytime. Cancellations and substitution requests must be sent to No-shows will be billed.

  • A full refund will be given to cancellations received 10 or more business days before the conference.
  • A $50 fee will be charged to cancellations received six to nine business days before the conference.
  • Refunds will not be given to cancellations received five or fewer business days before the conference.
  • Refunds will be calculated by the date received and the IHA business days remaining before the conference.
  • IHA reserves the right to cancel the conference because of insufficient enrollment. If so, preregistered participants will be notified and full refunds provided.


IHA does not discriminate in its educational programs on the basis of race, religion, color, sex or handicap. IHA wishes to ensure no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services or segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to attend this conference, please call 515-288-1955 or write to the Department of Education at IHA.