About the Academy

Who it’s for

The Physician Leadership Academy is an intensive, 10-month program exclusively for FMA members and primarily aimed at young and midcareer physicians, who are selected annually through an application process. Participants come from a variety of specialties and practice environments but have the common objective of becoming effective advocates for the medical profession and patients.

Selected physicians will be invited to participate in five in-person, intensive courses facilitated by nationally recognized experts, with expenses for materials, lodging, sponsored meals, and speaker fees covered by the FMA's Foundation for Healthy Floridians. The 2022-23 Leadership Academy will include a virtual journal club, The Science of Leadership, which will meet periodically between the live workshops. This facilitated journal club will present a series of research articles related to leadership and give class members opportunities to discuss each article’s application to medicine and their clinical practices.

About Karl M. Altenburger, MD

In 2009, led by FMA Past President Karl M.  Altenburger, MD, the FMA Foundation (now the Foundation for Healthy Floridians) applied for and received a grant from the Physicians Foundation to help create an emerging leader program for young physicians. The FMA Physician Leadership Academy was launched the following year as the centerpiece of “Leadership 2015,” a project to identify and train 50 emerging physician leaders by 2015. Since that time, 145 physicians representing a diverse range of specialties and practice environments have graduated from the program. The Academy has also diversified FMA leadership by creating a path for young physician members to serve on the Board of Governors, as well as key councils and committees. 

In 2013, the Academy was renamed for Dr. Altenburger in recognition of his extraordinary physician mentorship and passion for getting young doctors involved in the FMA. Though he passed away the following year, his legacy lives on in the program that bears his name and continues to nurture a new generation of physician leaders.