As the physician workforce ages and current organized medicine leaders
retire, the profession needs doctors who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s
to fill critical roles that their predecessors are leaving behind. Led
by FMA Past President Karl M. Altenburger, M.D.
, in 2009, the former FMA
Foundation — now the Foundation for Healthy Floridians —applied for and
received a Physicians Foundation grant to create an emerging leader
program for young doctors.
In 2010, the Foundation began working with the Leadership Development
Institute at the University of Florida to establish the FMA Physician
Leadership Academy. The Academy was the centerpiece of the “Leadership
2015” project to identify and train 50 physicians by 2015. Since the
Academy’s launch in 2010, almost 100 doctors have graduated from the
program.* It has also diversified FMA leadership by creating a path for
young physician members to serve on the Board of Governors, and key
councils and committees.
The late Dr. Altenburger was an extraordinary physician mentor with a
passion for getting young doctors involved in the FMA. His legacy lives
on in the program that bears his name and continues to nurture a new
generation of physician leaders.
*As of August 2018