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 member and affiliate 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 Draft for 2017-18

2017-2018 Curriculum Draft

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.

Jeffrey Aalberg, MD, MS
MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization

Dr. Aalberg holds an MD degree from the University Massachusetts, an MS degree from University of Oregon and a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has completed advanced studies in physician leadership, integrative medicine and advanced procedure training.

Dr. Aalberg oversees programs in care coordination, prevention, chronic disease, advanced primary care, behavioral health, elder care, palliative care and post-acute care as well as assuming a central leadership role in MaineHealth ACO development and implementation. He is active in promoting patient engagement and experience discussions at the system level.

Dr. Aalberg has served on numerous boards of directors and most recently joined the Southern Maine Agency on Aging Board of Directors. He led the Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization’s (MMC PHO) involvement in the CMS Community-based Care Transition Program (CCTP) and the CMS Medicare Imaging Demonstration and was invited to speak nationally on both topics. He is frequently invited to present locally and regionally on topics involving his current and past initiatives.

In 2009, Dr. Aalberg joined the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization (formerly the MMC PHO) and serves that organization as the chief medical officer. He is also the senior medical director for Ambulatory Care for the MaineHealth System. In these capacities he serves 10 hospital communities, over 1,300 physicians and over 250,000 patients in a supportive capacity surrounding enterprise implementation of Quadruple Aim principles.

Prior to 2009, Dr. Aalberg was the medical director of a large urban practice and residency training program serving 16,000 patients and overseeing care delivered by 40 physicians. He also served as medical consultant for MaineHealth from 2000 to 2009, supporting programs focused on infectious disease, pharmacy and supply chain management. Dr. Aalberg has a 2014 Family Medicine Board Certification and continues to maintain a busy family medicine practice.

Joan Boomsma, MD

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 Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Over 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 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 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 roles as associate chief medical officer and chief medical information officer for MaineHealth, she served 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. She was a key faculty member and curricular advisor 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.

Elizabeth Johnson, MD, MS
MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization

Dr. Johnson joined the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization (formerly Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization) in 2013 as the CEO. With over 16 years of experience in healthcare leadership and nearly 20 years of clinical practice experience in internal medicine, Betsy brings to the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization (MH ACO) her passion for building and supporting a community model of health care that is value-based, integrated, and patient-centered. Through teamwork and partnership across the MaineHealth system, Betsy has helped facilitate the recent transition from an established physician-hospital organization to an integrated accountable care organization, advocating for a culture of accountable care, provider engagement, transparency and achievement of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim.

Before coming to the MH ACO, Betsy served as the 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 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.

Betsy holds a Master of Health Care Management from Harvard School of Public Health, a Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. She has served on various boards, including the Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization and partner organization Community Physicians of Maine boards and is currently the chair of Onpoint Health Data board of directors and a board member of Maine Quality Counts and of the Medical Professional Mutual Insurance Company (Coverys).

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 at 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 roll evolved in 2008 when he became VPMA/CMO, adding management of the employed physicians of Mid Coast Medical Group. With his leadership, this multi-specialty group has grown from 19 to more than 120 providers and from three to 25 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 participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and evolution to the new MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization.

Physician leadership and development is a passion of Dr. Mills who has been involved with the MaineHealth Physician Leadership Development Fellowship since 2008 and with the Hanley Center for Health Leadership since 2009.

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

Dr. Quinn-Skillings completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University. She graduated with honors and received her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School. After completing postgraduate training at Maine Medical Center, she has served as an attending physician at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Biddeford Medical Center since 2001. Dr. Quinn-Skillings is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. Prior to her current position as chief medical information officer at SMHC, she served as medical director for quality and as safety service leader in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Since 2012 she has been a Finance Committee member for the SMHC Board of Trustees and a trustee for SMHC. Dr. Quinn-Skillings also serves as director of the Physician Leadership Development Fellowship and as senior medical director of Inpatient Care programs for MaineHealth, Clinical Integration.

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