Program Launches with 21 Aspiring Physician Leaders from across NH

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Medical Society and the New Hampshire Hospital Association have recently teamed up with the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and College of Health and Human Services to launch the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program with an inaugural cohort of 21 physicians from across the state.

The New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program, facilitated by a grant from The Physicians Foundation, is designed to cultivate effective physician leadership within the Granite State from the bedside to the board room by teaching management, communication, and leadership skills, furthering effective communication between the medical staff and administration, and empowering physicians to foster change among their colleagues.

“This Physician Leadership Development Program will offer aspiring physician leaders the opportunity to not only learn and grow as leaders, but to shape the future of healthcare by serving as change agents within their own organizations as well,” said Steve Ahnen, New Hampshire Hospital Association President.

Developing and engaging physicians in leadership roles and decisions ultimately serves the strategic goals of New Hampshire’s health care system and improves the relationship and helps to build a solid foundation that will encourage alignment among physicians, hospitals and other key stakeholders as larger-scale transformational issues are addressed.

“Creating a program that’s designed to provide the tools and resources to physicians across the state so that they can achieve a higher level of effectiveness and success as hospital and health system leaders has been a priority of the Medical Society, and we’re excited to be able to offer such a program here in the Granite State,” said James Potter, Executive Vice President of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

The program is directed by Neil Meehan, DO, Chief Physician Executive at Exeter Health Resources who has led the design and delivery of successful physician leadership development programs at both Lawrence General and Exeter Hospitals, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in how to develop outstanding physician leaders.

The inaugural cohort will spend the next two years in the program prior to officially graduating in June of 2020 with a certificate from the University of New Hampshire, as well as 80 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.  Interested candidates for the September 2019 Class should visit the program online at or by calling the Medical Society at (603) 224-1909.


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