Carolinas HealthCare System aims to prepare residents to serve as leaders in medicine and their communities. There are many different opportunities to serve as a leader as a resident in our residency program.  Our faculty members are leaders in our discipline locally, regionally and on a national level and love to mentor residents in their leadership roles.

Ways you can lead include:

  • Carolinas Medical Center House Staff Liaison Committee: Represent your fellow house staff and work with hospital administration on issues that are important to the day-to-day well-being of house staff and their working environment.
  • Family Medicine Inpatient Liaison: Work with hospital administration and nursing staff to ensure high quality patient care and optimal working relationships and communication between our residents and hospital staff.
  • Chief Resident: The residents elect two third year co-chief residents every year who serve as a liaison between our residents and our faculty as well as other residencies at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), address issues of importance to resident education and well-being, ensure appropriate resident staffing/call schedules, and serve as mentors and role models to their peers.
  • PEC Committee: Open to any resident interested in helping to continually improve and develop the residency program's curriculum, to ensure the highest quality educational experience for our residents.
  • Graduate Medical Education Committee: One resident each year is selected from their peers to serve on this committee which addresses issues pertinent to residency program accreditation, in accordance with the ACGME/RRC standards. This is particularly pertinent to those who are considering academic careers in the future.
  • Family Medicine Center Management Teams: Assist our Medical Director, practice manager and the administrative team with decision-making related to the operations of our family medicine center to ensure high quality patient care, patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction. Learn about practice management behind the scenes.
  • Resident Moonlighting Coordinator

Training:  We offer a two-day Senior Resident Leadership Course every spring which is offered to residents of all specialties at CMC who in their final year of residency training or fellowship; the course is also open to residents from programs elsewhere in NC and surrounding states. The division of Medical Education at CMC covers all of the costs of this excellent, interactive course and it is taught by physician leaders from the "real world" practice as well as national leadership experts. Information on the curriculum and agenda follows:

Course Description

Carolinas HealthCare System's Senior Resident Leadership Skills Seminar is a two-day interactive course designed for house staff approaching their final year of the medical residency program, fellows, and those who will be serving as chief resident. All medical specialties, within and outside of Carolinas HealthCare System, are invited to attend. The curriculum is primarily case-based and includes mini-lectures, interactive small group discussions and exercises.

Educational Objectives

Participants will...

  • Identify physician leadership competencies
  • Differentiate among several styles of leadership
  • Analyze effective strategies for addressing common challenging behaviors, resolving conflict, and building teams
  • Describe methods for improving communication skills for successful encounters with their colleagues and patients
  • Recognize signs of physician impairment and procedures for addressing them
  • Identify wellness techniques to reduce stress and burnout
  • Apply principles of effective clinical teaching
  • Deliver constructive feedback
  • Hear from physician leaders about their career paths and practical approaches to leading in medicine

Target Audience

Incoming/rising chief residents, senior residents of all specialties, and fellows

Program Agenda

Day 1
Physicians as Leaders
Leadership Theory & Styles
Lunch: Physician Leader Panel Discussion
The Emotionally Intelligent Physician Leader
Wellness: Reducing Stress & Preventing Burnout
Recognizing & Addressing Physician Impairment

Day 2
Effective Clinical Teaching Skills
Giving & Receiving Feedback
Lunch: Physician Leader Round Table Discussion
Problem Solving & Conflict Resolution 


Matthew Alexander, PhD
Faculty, Department of Family Medicine
Scott Furney, MD, FACP
Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine
Mary N. Hall, MD
Chief Academic Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System
Lisa Howley, PhD
Assistant VP of Medical Education, Carolinas HealthCare System
Allen Lloyd, MD
Faculty, Internal Medicine
Vanessa McPherson, MD
Residency Director, Department of Family Medicine, CMC
Joseph Stegman, MD
Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of the Carolinas HealthCare System Chair, Executive Committee for CMC–NorthEast Physicians’ Network
Beth Susi, MD
Residency Director
Department of Internal Medicine
Stephen L. Wagner, PhD. FACMPE
VP, Physician Services Group
Dael Waxman, MD
Co-Director of Behavioral Medicine, Dept. of Family Medicine, CMC