Physician Leadership Development Fellowship

Welcome to the MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship

The Physician Leadership Development Fellowship is a program led by MaineHealth to help physicians from across the MaineHealth system develop their leadership skills, knowledge and capacity. MaineHealth network organizations identify and nominate physicians to participate in the program.

Program Goals

  • Identify and develop a cadre of physician leaders who are willing to take on leadership roles and who can help MaineHealth and its partners achieve the mission and goals of MaineHealth.
  • Foster relationships among physician leaders across the region.
  • Sustain and nurture physician leaders across the region. 

Benefits of Participation

  • No cost to emerging physician leaders
  • Opportunity to further develop leadership competencies, knowledge and skills that promote a collaborative leadership style
  • Opportunity to form a network of peer relationships with other emerging physician leaders from across the MaineHealth system  

Program Overview

Participants are expected to develop their leadership competencies and be willing to accept a leadership role in the future. Participants are asked to commit to the following: 

  • Complete a self-assessment of leadership competencies and develop an action plan with personal goals for participation in the course
  • Attend the full length of each of the one-to-two-day learning sessions
  • Actively participate in all aspects of the course, including pre-session reading or other preparation, engagement in course discussions and exercises, and completion of all course assignments
  • Complete a leadership project and provide a poster presentation of the completed project, including outcomes, lessons learned and experience
  • Provide open and honest feedback on the effectiveness of learning sessions and course materials 

Building Leadership Capacity

The cornerstone of the PLDF program is the series of one-to-two-day learning sessions. The theme of each session is a critical element of successful leadership, moving from the intrapersonal to interpersonal, to systems-based approaches.

Each participant is expected to conduct a formal assessment of his/her leadership and use the feedback to develop an action plan to build his/her leadership capacity. PLDF staff has selected a validated instrument, the Leadership Practices Inventory, for this baseline assessment.

  • The LPI is a web-based tool that includes instruments for self-assessment and assessment from others.
  • Participants request feedback from their peers, direct reports and supervisors.
  • PLDF staff generates a report summarizing this feedback for each participant.
  • Each participant uses his/her report to inform an action plan that guides development of his/her leadership skills.

Curriculum for 2017-18

2017-2018 Curriculum

Introduction | Leadership | Teamwork

MaineHealth: Past, Present and Future
The Case for Physician Leadership
Adaptive vs. Technical Leadership
The Personal Side of Leadership
Building High-functioning Teams and Fostering Collaboration


Applied Financial Skills for Physician Leaders
Business Planning/Developing a Business Case
Negotiation Skills





Performance Management/Developing Physicians
Providing Feedback
Coaching and Mentoring
Physician Compensation


Systems-based Care
Quality Improvement and Safety
Physician's Role in Leading Quality
Data Management and Leveraging Technology
Quality/Process Improvement Toolkit:
Operational Excellence
The Value of Teams in Healthcare
Unwanted Variation
Reducing Variation in Care



Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Emotional Intelligence
Influence Without Authority
Leadership Styles
360-degree Leadership Assessment and Action Planning


Meta Leadership
Strategic Thinking and Planning
Change Management

The Leadership Project

Leadership Project

The MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship seeks to provide opportunities for applied learning of leadership concepts and skills. To that end, each PLDF participant is expected to identify and conduct a longitudinal leadership project over the course of the program. Projects are designed to address the interests and needs of each participant in a way that enhances their leadership growth.


Leadership projects...
  • Develop each participant's leadership knowledge and skills.
  • Offer an opportunity for practical application of the concepts and skills advanced through the PLDF program.
  • Focus on an area of personal and/or professional interest to the participant.
  • Lead to exploration of an issue that is important to the participant's sponsoring organization, MaineHealth, and/or has implications for advancing other state or national initiatives.
  • Are completed within an 11-to-12-month period. 

Project Expectations

PLDF participants identify a topic for their leadership project during the first learning session. They finalize their topic selection by the second learning session and begin to develop a project plan that will allow them to complete the project by or before the final session. They may select projects that can be undertaken individually or use a team approach with other PLDF participants. Participants review their proposed project topic with the appropriate physician or administrative leader from their sponsoring organization to ensure that the project is relevant to the participant and the organization.

At the first learning session, participants are asked to join a learning group of five to six participants that serves as a peer group and support mechanism for their project. There is time dedicated at each learning session for the learning groups to meet and for participants to discuss their progress on their projects.

PLDF faculty and staff are available to assist participants with planning and conducting their projects. Participants complete their project by providing a poster presentation of the project including lessons learned, outcomes and experience.

Meet Our Faculty

Faculty members are recognized for their leadership skills and interest in developing leadership capacity in other physicians.

They include MaineHealth faculty as well as national experts in physician leadership.

Joan Boomsma, MD, MBA

Dr. Boomsma has extensive experience as a physician leader. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Calvin College in Michigan and attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed an internal medicine residency at Northwestern University. She went on to complete a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, followed by a distinguished clinical career practicing at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She subsequently earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

For more than a decade, Dr. Boomsma held physician leadership roles with ever-growing responsibility at Chicago-area healthcare organizations. In 2011, she became chief medical officer of the Access Community Health Network in Chicago, serving more than 200,000 patients and overseeing the work of more than 250 providers. In 2013, she joined Atlantic Health System, one of the largest hospital systems in New Jersey. She first served as chief medical officer at one of Atlantic Health System’s hospitals and later as the chief medical officer of the system’s medical group of more than 600 physicians. Dr. Boomsma currently serves as chief medical officer for MaineHealth.

Jacquelyn Cawley, DO

Dr. Cawley is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to practicing as a family medicine physician, she has held a number of physician leadership positions, including medical director of University Health Care at the University of New England, medical director of Maine Medical Center Family Medicine, assistant chief of the Family Medicine Department at Maine Medical Center and vice president of population health at Martin’s Point Health Care. She served as interim dean of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of New England. Dr. Cawley has been actively involved in medical education as a faculty member of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of Vermont Medical School and the Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.

She was responsible for the development of a variety of curricula and educational programs for medical students, residents and community physicians. Prior to entering her current role as chief medical information officer for MaineHealth, she served as associate chief medical officer and as a senior medical director for MaineHealth Clinical Integration. Dr. Cawley has been leading efforts to improve systems of care for patients and providers, with a focus on the use of technology to enhance clinical integration, care coordination and health information exchange.

Dr. Cawley is an innovative physician executive with 21 years of experience in leading and managing physicians and clinical care teams in a variety of academic and healthcare settings. She has presented locally, regionally and nationally on topics such as open access, group medical visits, implementation of the care model and team-based care, clinical microsystems and practice redesign. She developed and implemented an innovative population health management model in her role at Martin’s Point Health Care. Dr. Cawley was a key faculty member and curricular adviser for the Physician Leadership Program for Martin’s Point Health Care, is the former director for the MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship Program and currently serves on the board of directors for the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Dr. Cawley is a past president of the medical staff at Maine Medical Center and is the first woman and osteopathic physician to hold this position.

Michael Clark, MD
Lifespan Family Healthcare

Dr. Clark received his medical degree in 1993 from Loma Linda University in Southern California and completed residency training in family medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. He was awarded board certification by the American Board of Family Medicine in 1997. After serving four years as a family physician and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force, he took a position with a large family medicine practice near Washington, D.C., where he worked for nearly four years before moving back to Maine to start Lifespan Family Healthcare. He has traveled extensively and has participated in medical missions and disaster relief work in Africa, as well as Central and South America. Dr. Clark currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization and as the chair of the Accountable Care Organization’s physician engagement and alignment committee.

Elizabeth Johnson, MD, MS, FACP
MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization

Dr. Johnson serves as president and chief executive officer of the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization. With over 17 years of experience in healthcare leadership and 20 years of clinical practice experience in internal medicine, she brings to the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization her passion for building and supporting a community model of healthcare that is value-based, integrated and patient-centered. Through teamwork and partnership across the healthcare system, Dr. Johnson has helped facilitate the transition of the Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization and Community Physicians of Maine into an integrated accountable care organization, advocating for a culture of accountable care, provider engagement, transparency and achievement of the Quadruple Aim for over 1,400 providers and 10 acute care hospitals.

Before coming to the ACO, Dr. Johnson served as chief medical officer at Martin’s Point Health Care where, in addition to leading the Quality Division for both the health plans and delivery system, she led the integration of three medical groups into one group-employed model, as well as their transformation toward patient-centered medical homes. Prior to that, she served as chief of Internal Medicine and Adult Urgent Care at the Kenmore Center, part of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston.

After receiving an AB from Bowdoin College, Dr. Johnson obtained her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Master of Health Care Management from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She currently serves on several boards, including Maine Quality Counts and Coverys, a medical professional liability insurance company, and is the chair of the board of directors of Onpoint Health Data. She sees patients at Maine Medical Partners Falmouth Internal Medicine, and serves as faculty for the MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship.

Neil Korsen, MD, MSc
Maine Medical Center

Dr. Korsen is a family physician and geriatrician with 18 years of practice experience in rural Maine. He currently serves as a physician scientist at the MMC Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, where he is involved in health services research and performance improvement. Dr. Korsen received a master’s degree from The Dartmouth Institute in 2002, with a focus on healthcare improvement. He has led quality-improvement programs for MaineHealth in behavioral health integration and shared decision-making. Dr. Korsen speaks and consults regionally and nationally on healthcare quality improvement, quality measurement and behavioral health integration.

Scott Mills, MD, FACC
Mid Coast–Parkview Health

Dr. Mills serves as vice president of medical administration/chief medical officer of Mid Coast–Parkview Health. He began his career in Maine as a founding partner of Mid Coast Cardiology in 1988. In 1995, he became the first vice president of medical administration at the newly formed Mid Coast Hospital. In that position, he helped merge two smaller hospitals and their respective staffs to become Mid Coast Healthcare. Dr. Mills was instrumental in relocating that entity to a new campus in 2001.

His administrative role evolved in 2008 when he became vice president of medical administration/chief medical officer, managing the employed physicians of Mid Coast Medical Group. With his leadership, this multi-specialty group grew from 19 to more than 120 providers and from three to 27 practice entities. In 2015, he oversaw the integration of the former Parkview Adventist Hospital with Mid Coast Healthcare to form the current Mid Coast–Parkview Health.

Dr. Mills is past president of the Community Physicians of Maine and the Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization boards. In that role, he helped guide the organization to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and evolve to the new MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization.

Dr. Mills is passionate about physician leadership and development. He has been involved with the MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship since 2008 and with the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership since 2009.

Robyn Ostrander, MD
Maine Medical Center/Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Dr. Ostrander graduated summa cum laude from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed an internship and residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Ostrander has been affiliated with Maine Medical Center and Maine Behavioral Healthcare since 2016. She serves as both interim chief and associate chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center, as well as medical director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center. She also serves as chair of the Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Spring Harbor Hospital. She previously served as senior medical director for the Brattleboro Retreat in Brattleboro, Vermont, and as director of the Leaders Developing Leaders Program there. Dr. Ostrander is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. She co-authored a textbook on behavioral neuroanatomy in 2009 and lectures actively on suicide prevention and provider wellness. As a medical leader, she has been a leadership coach to individuals and teams and has been active as a professional executive leadership coach with Linkage Inc. since 2011.

Gina Quinn-Skillings, MD, FACEP
MaineHealth/Southern Maine Health Care

Dr. Quinn-Skillings completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University with honors in international relations and economics. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School with honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her postgraduate training in emergency medicine at Maine Medical Center and has served as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Southern Maine Health Care Biddeford Medical Center since 2001.

Dr. Quinn-Skillings is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Prior to her position at MaineHealth, she served Southern Maine Health Care as medical director, chief and quality and safety service leader of the Department of Emergency Medicine and as chief medical information officer. Since 2012, she has been a member of the SMHC Board of Trustees and serves on the finance committee.

She served on the MaineHealth Board of Trustees in 2013. Dr. Quinn-Skillings is currently the director of the MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship and is senior medical director for the MaineHealth Center for Health Improvement.

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