Leadership programs

Practice Leadership

In order to effectively navigate and manage today's rapidly changing health care landscape, it is essential that neurologists are positioned and equipped to influence important decisions that stand to dramatically impact our field, our community, and our patients. This valuable new program is designed to develop and hone the kind of unique leadership skills needed by today's practicing neurologist to succeed and flourish.

Applications will be accepted from April 1 - June 4 of 2018. Interested in receiving a reminder about application availability? 

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Eligible applicants must be a US neurologist in a solo practice, or in a neurology/multi-specialty group of 10 or less.


Program Overview

Practice Leadership is a seven-month program designed to develop and hone the kind of unique leadership skills needed by today's practicing neurologist to succeed and flourish. The program's convenient format was designed specifically with solo and small group practitioners in mind who may have concerns about coverage and time away from practice.


Key Program Dates

Participants must attend two face-to-face sessions (all expenses paid):

  • Kick-off meeting at the AAN headquarters in Minneapolis, November 16-18, 2018
  • In conjunction with AAN 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

Time Commitment
Participants are required to attend all leadership retreats, coaching calls, and small group calls. The AAN covers all program-related expenses for the selected participants.



  • Introduction to the AAN structure and interaction with Academy leadership at the May 2019 AAN Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
  • Leadership training that will start with face-to-face meetings at the AAN headquarters and will continue over seven months
  • Coaching conference calls with professional consultant and suggested readings and activities
  • Learn more about how to transition to leadership, managing staff/employees, how coding/reimbursement works in solo/single specialty practices, run efficient office hours, negotiate contracts, and understand the changing regulatory burden to practices, and tactics to survive and thrive
  • Participate in monthly conference calls (December–March) with AAN leaders who will serve as mentors

Application Requirements

AAN members interested in participating in the program should submit the following documents in PDF format as part of the
application process:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay: Attach a PDF of your letter of interest and include your major goal/vision for your practice/group within the next year. Explain how your involvement in the Practice Leadership Program could impact and/or improve your practice or community and give you real-time leadership experience.
  • Photo
  • Letter of recommendation from a colleague

Preference will be given to applicants who have not completed any of the following AAN Leadership Programs: Emerging Leaders Program, Transforming Leaders Program, and Women Leading in Neurology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the dates for the program?

A: The program dates can be found in the key program dates section of the website.


Q: How many individuals are accepted into the program?

A: Generally, 10 individuals are accepted into the program.


Q: What if I cannot make one of the in-person meetings?

A: All in-person meetings are mandatory to attend, so participants would need to make scheduling adjustments or reapply next year. No deferments will be allowed.


Q: I noticed that the program is designed specifically for solo and small group practitioners. I wanted to see if this applies to me. What if I am employed by a large health care system/hospital?

A: Applicants must be part of a practice/multispecialty group of approximately 10 or fewer physicians or in a small/solo practice.


Q: After the kick-off in November, what’s next?

A: The program will continue through a series of webinars and teleconferences highlighting practice topics led by physician subject matter experts. The program will conclude in-person at the AAN Annual Meeting.



For additional information please contact Bonnie Sova, Senior Administrator, Leadership Programs, at (612) 928-6164.