Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy
The members of the ninth GPLA class include (from the left in the front row) Drs. Brad Bushnell, Matthew Keadey, Ann Contrucci, Al Scott, Kelly Erola, Yolanda Graham, Eddie Richardson Jr., Brian Ribeiro and (in the back row form the left) Brian Hill, Fred Flandry, Fonda Mitchell, Mark Huffman, Sandra Hollander, Sandra Fryhofer, Jeff Stone, Faria Khan, Alyce Oliver, Deepti Bhasin, and Matt Astin. Dr. Jeremy Jones is also a member of the class.
The Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy (GPLA) was established in 2007 to develop physician leaders who will enhance the medical profession and the health care system and the quality of life in the state.
GPLA is a year-long program that is broken down into six sessions. Five of those sessions take place on weekends, while the sixth (Session V) takes place during the work week.
The GPLA features interactive classes that are designed to enhance the student’s skill sets in three key areas, including…
3. Conflict resolution
GPLA is also designed to foster relationships and networks within the medical profession in Georgia.
Nearly 90 physicians in the state – including a number that serve in leadership roles at the Medical Association of Georgia and other state and local medical societies – have graduated from the GPLA.
GPLA participants must be nominated by an approved sponsor, which includes county medical societies in Georgia, state specialty societies, and similar organizations. The GPLA Steering Committee reviews the nominations on an annual basis. Physicians who are not accepted for a given GPLA class will be considered in future years. Diversity (e.g., specialty, geographic location) is one of the considerations that the GPLA Steering Committee takes into account when it selects each year’s class.
GPLA Leadership Project
Every GPLA student must complete a personal leadership project that will benefit their patients or profession or communities during their class year (e.g., a CMS membership drive or a patient education program in their community). GPLA students are allowed to receive support from their mentors and GPLA faculty and staff.
The GPLA tuition is $1,000. The sponsor organization is expected to pay this fee, which is used to cover lodging, meals, speakers, and coursework resources. GPLA students are responsible for their own transportation costs. The MAG Foundation uses donations and grants to pay for the additional costs that are associated with the GPLA.
GPLA Steering Committee
John L. Sy, D.O., Chair
S. William Clark III, M.D., Past Chair
MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D.
Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D.
Joy A. Maxey, M.D.
Manoj H. Shah, M.D.
Donald J. Palmisano Jr., MAG CEO
Robert L. Addleton, EdD
Jacqueline W. Fincher, M.D., Class I
James W. Barber, M.D., Class II
Santanu Das, M.D., Class III
Madalyn N. Davidoff, M.D., Class IV
Stephen Jarrard, M.D., Class V
James L. Smith Jr., M.D., Class VII
Jovan Adams, D.O., Class VIII
Physicians and sponsor organizations who have questions about the program should contact Susan Reichman at email@example.com