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Overview of the program


The Emerging Leader Program - Group is an interactive leadership development course for early career doctors (PGY1-8) interested in enhancing their leadership knowledge and skills.

The program is designed to support early career doctors to develop skills and strategies for enacting effective leadership in their everyday work, as well as preparing them to step into leadership positions in the future. 

Group learning format

The program delivers 20.5 CPD hours of leadership education facilitated by our leadership expert Dr Anna Clark.

The program is modular in design and is delivered in a group format over several sessions via both interactive webinars/tutorials and self-paced online learning, including video tutorials, readings and reflective learning activities. The duration of the program ranges from 4 – 6 weeks.

We would encourage 100% attendance at all module sessions to maximise your learning; however, we realise this may not be possible for all of you due to work/personal commitments. Subsequently, we would accept 75% attendance to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. If you know this may be a problem, please advise and we can explore other options for you. Webinars will be recorded, and you can catch up on a missed session if required.   

2024 Program dates

Intake 1 - 2024

  • Module 1 & 2: Saturday 4 May 8.45am – 2.30pm
  • Module 3: Tuesday 21 May, 6.30 pm – 8.45 pm
  • Live Tutorial: Tuesday 28 May, 6.30 pm - 8 pm
  • Module 4: Tuesday 11 June, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Intake 2 - 2024

  • Module 1 and 2: Saturday 19 October 8.45 am - 2.30 pm
  • Live Tutorial: Wednesday 30 October, 6.30 pm - 8 pm
  • Module 3: Wednesday 6 November, 6.30pm - 9 pm
  • Module 4: Wednesday 13 November, 8.45 am - 2.30 pm

Limited places in each intake!

Booking and costs

This product is valued at $3,036 including GST, however members of AMA Victoria can access it for $1,518 including GST 

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What comes after the program?

On conclusion of the Emerging Leader Program participants can also choose to enrol in a four session individual coaching program with Anna Clark following the program. This one-on-one series of sessions allows participants to continue their work in a highly personalised way, with sessions tailored to support the specific development areas you are working on and challenges you may be facing.  To find out more, go to the Doctor in Training Leadership Coaching program page. 

If you have questions or would like to find out more, schedule a career call (member benefit) or email [email protected].

Who should attend this program

The program is designed for interns to senior registrars/fellows/junior consultants (PGY1-18) who are looking to develop their leadership capabilities for current or future leadership roles. This program does not require you to be in a formal leadership role – but you aspire to develop and embed these skills as you progress. 

Content covered in the programs:

  • Who am I as a leader? Finding purpose, values and identity. 

    • How can I lead in my role currently? What skills do I need to do this? 

    • Effective leadership skills and practices for collaborative environments, including

    • Developing strong self-awareness and self-knowledge

    • Understanding others and making space for difference and inclusion

    • Communication skills for interpersonal and team environments

    • Establishing psychological safety, trust, and rapport in teams  

    • Leading effective meetings and discussions

    • Giving and receiving effective feedback

    • Navigating difficult professional conversations and conflict 

  • Building strong professional relationships and professional networks

  • Identifying role models, mentors, and sponsors 

  • Leading and navigating change, and working effectively in constantly changing environments

  • Understanding the importance of self-care and wellbeing and how to lead a sustainable career.


This was such an effective and condensed course, I felt I learnt so much in a short amount of time.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
The small group and pair discussions were particularly helpful to reflect on how to apply leadership principles and behaviours in my daily work - opportunities to hear from others about shared challenges and brainstorm ideas.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
A thought provoking and personalised program which gets into the nitty gritty of ways you personally can be a better leader and sets you up to continue developing your skills long after the program is finished.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
I'd recommend the Emerging Leaders Program to any junior doctor who would like to develop their understanding of their own role, capabilities and potential in creating a productive and unified working environment.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
I loved the reading and resources - very informative. It was a very engaging. Delivered collaboratively and successfully between the AMA and regional training hub. I feel as though I have increased skills to advocate for myself and my healthcare team.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
An excellent and enjoyable course that looks to develop your existing leadership skills and apply new concepts to your practice. Interactive and brilliantly presented.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
The program was an excellent coverage of the fundamental tenets of leadership in clinical practice and beyond with great interactive sessions which made me feel included and heard. I would recommend it to friends and colleagues.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
I found this program very useful, and it has given me skills I've started to incorporate into my everyday clinical practice on both an intrapersonal and interpersonal level.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
This course invitation was the "stand from the crowd" email among other emails in my inbox. It was an amazing mixture of advice. I would recommend to all residents and interns who would taking their way to the clinical training.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
Great program! I would highly recommend to other colleagues. [My AMA Victoria coach] is an excellent communicator. Very clear concise messages. Thanks for helping to shape our role as leaders!

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
I highly recommend this program to any doctor who is in a leadership position. It will broaden your insight into your personal values, broaden your understanding of values your team members have and enhance your ability and confidence to undertake difficult tasks including giving feedback and strengthening connections and networking.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants
I am very grateful to AMA for organising this event, this has made me a confident person and improved my interpersonal skills. more importantly, I have built a professional network through this program. Thank you so much.

2021 - 2023 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program participants

Program director 


Leadership coach and educator

Anna Clark is an experienced consultant, coach, and educator with over 17 years’ experience in designing and developing professional development and education programs across universities and business schools, and for the school education and health sectors. Anna holds a PhD in social psychology, has taught organisational behaviour, communication skills and leadership development in MBA and executive education programs. She currently provides leadership coaching and leadership development programs to help leaders at all levels transition to and thrive in their leadership roles.

Anna is a Level 1 IECL Certified Coach, with hundreds of hours of experience proving tailored leadership coaching and leadership development programs to doctors. Anna also writes regularly for AMA Victoria, publishing on leadership topics highly relevant to the complex care and collaborative leadership required in healthcare settings.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psych, with Hons) and PhD in social psychology and held academic positions in psychology and organisational behaviour departments in the Netherlands, France, and Australia.


Terms and conditions

Read AMA Victoria's Professional Development and Careers Service T&Cs here.