PORTLAND, Maine — Good physicians are tireless caregivers and patient advocates focused on delivering high-quality care in primary care offices, emergency departments, operating rooms and other settings. However, medical schools don’t train doctors to lead teams, manage departments or understand complex financial plans.

Yet, increasingly, clinicians are being asked to take on key leadership and management roles and develop policy as Maine transforms the way health care is delivered and paid for.

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, based in Portland, has launched what is believed to be the nation’s first independent statewide Physician Executive Leadership Institute.

“Medical schools have not traditionally taught physicians how to lead organizations and manage people. As we work to improve quality and do more to moderate the growth of costs, we need to be sure clinicians are effectively represented at the decision-making tables,” said James Harnar, executive director of the Hanley Center.

Participants who were selected this month for an intensive yearlong advanced course in leadership and management will be known as McAfee Fellows, after noted Maine physician and leader Dr. Robert McAfee. The only physician from Maine to have led the American Medical Association (1994-1995), McAfee’s AMA tenure was marked by a commitment to involving physicians in the prevention of domestic violence. He was also the force behind the creation of the AMA’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse.

The Physician Executive Leadership Institute is bringing 36 McAfee Fellows from across Maine together six times throughout the year for two-day sessions taught by national faculty from the Heller School at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, as well as leaders from Maine.

Through the advanced course and a foundational course offered in cooperation with Harvard Business School Publishing, the Hanley Center expects to train 400 Maine physicians in the next five years — roughly 10 percent of the practicing physicians in Maine.

“Physicians are trained to be task-oriented, to diagnose and care for the patients in front of them,” says Dr. Lisa Letourneau, a McAfee Fellow and executive director of Maine Quality Counts. “PELI will help us to think more strategically, to think as part of a larger system, to see how relationships impact each other in offering care. ”

“The PELI program will help clinicians think like business people, and help us to understand and use the structures and the language they use to bring about change,” said Dr. David McDermott, head of emergency services at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.

Dr. Regan Gallagher, chief medical officer at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, said Maine is an ideal state in which to launch an independent leadership institute, as many of the state’s physicians are already acquainted.

For more information about the Hanley Center and its new physician executive leadership institute, visit hanleyleadership.org.

Contributed by the Hanley Center for Health Leadership

Members of the Physician Executive Leadership Institute advanced course

• Jeff Aalberg, MD, chief medical officer, MMC PHO; senior medical director, MaineHealth, Portland.

• Lisa Beaule, MD, medical director, Maine Medical Partners Urology, Portland.

• Kathryn Brandt, DO, MS, chair, family medicine, UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford.

• Larry Crystal, DPM, director, Northern Maine Diabetes Collaborative, Presque Isle.

• David Dumont, MD, chief medical officer and director of emergency services, Penobscot Valley Hospital, Lincoln.

• Kara Dwight, DO, medical staff president, Down East Community Hospital, Machias.

• Regen Gallagher, DO, chief medical officer, Cary Medical Center, Caribou.

• Stephen Gorman, DO, MBA, MS, treasurer, Chest Medicine Associates, South Portland.

• David Mason Hallbert, MD, co-leader, Martin’s Point, Bangor.

• Moritz Hansen MD, director, Urology Residency, MMC, Portland.

• Nancy Hasenfus, MD, FACP, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick.

• Andrew Hertler, MD, medical director, Physician Practices & Oncology Services, MaineGeneral, Augusta.

• Andrew Hodge, MD, chief of orthopaedic surgery, EMMC, Bangor.

• Joel Kase, DO, MPH, Emergency Department, MaineGeneral, Augusta.

• William Kiley, DO, FACOS, medical director, Surgery Services, Goodall Hospital, Sanford.

• Julian Kuffler, MD, MPH, chief medical officer and director of care management, Mt. Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor.

• Heidi M. Larson, MD, private practice, Portland; medical examiner, state of Maine.

• David N. Lauver, MD, division chief, Hospital Based Services, CMMC, Lewiston.

• Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, executive director, Quality Counts, Augusta.

• Robert McArdle, DO, president, Chest Medicine Associates, South Portland.

• David McDermott, MD, MPH, director, Emergency Services, Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft.

• Noah Nesin MD, medical director, Health Access Network, Lincoln.

• Anthony Ng, MD, chief medical officer, Acadia Hospital, Bangor.

• Guy Nuki, MD, regional medical director, Blue Water Emergency Partners, Brunswick.

• Nancy Theresa O’Neill, MD, medical director, Penobscot Community Health Care, Brewer.

• Charles Pattavina, MD, chief, emergency medicine, St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor.

• John L. Patten, DO, medical director, Penobscot Community Health Center, Bangor.

• Michael Pinette, MD, division director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, MMC, Portland.

• Jay Reynolds, MD, Chief Medical Officer/COO, The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle.

• Mike Rowland, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, Franklin, Farmington.

• Cynthia Sammis, MD, physician manager, Machias Family Practice, Eastport Health Center, Machias.

• Thomas R. Sneed, MD, chief medical officer, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Lewiston.

• John C. Southall, MD, chief, division of emergency medicine, Mercy Health System of Maine, Portland.

• Mike Sullivan, MD, chief medical officer and ED director, NMMC, Fort Kent.

• Richard Swett, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Dover-Foxcroft.

• William Wood, MD, CMIO, St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor.