Leadership Program grant application approved!

The Future Alaska Medical Leaders program (FAMLI) in partnership with the Physician Foundation is offering another leadership training program in 2023.  ASMA received renewed grant funding to run the program in 2023 and 2024.  Optimal program size is 12-15 participants.  There are no participant fees for this program due to the grant funding, but applicants must be current members of ASMA. Additionally, participants can earn 30+ hours of CME for completing the program.

The program will be conducted via Zoom over a series of 11 Friday mornings 8 to 11:30 am.  The Zoom format makes the program available to physicians across the state with no need to travel to Anchorage.

Meeting dates for 2023:

January 6 and 20

February 3 and 17

March 3, 17 and 31

April 14 and 28

May 12 and 26


For more information contact Pam Ventgen at [email protected].

To apply Click Here.  The application deadline is December 15, 2022.



“Most of us were not taught leadership principles during medical school.  This course has been invaluable in being a leader for my state but also in my own practice.  Then COVID hit and this became even more important.  It has really helped me navigate these even more challenging times.” (Melinda Rathkopf, M.D.)

“Physicians are very highly trained, but even after med school, residency, and fellowship I knew there was a lot I'd missed.  We learned an awful lot about human biology, but I don't recall spending an hour of training on running a business with 300 employees, the interpersonal dynamics of a complex practice, or strategic skills revolving around long term goals and partnerships.  I'd graduated from 27th grade, but still had to learn all these other subjects on the street!  So, you can imagine my appreciation for reasoned advice on leadership and strategic thinking.  I'm very grateful to ASMA for offering this opportunity and recommend this for any medical professional facing the challenges of leadership.” (Steven J. Compton, M.D.)