Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Accelerator Online Leadership Program

Next cohort begins November 2024

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Learn from expert faculty and CMO professionals. Develop the skills to become an effective, influential CMO and healthcare leader.

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Stepping into the CMO role brings significant changes, demands and expectations. These leaders are responsible for organization-level initiatives and influencing the movements of players across the system. The CMO Accelerator program helps CMOs quickly build the leadership skills necessary to succeed in this unique role. Program participants will work online with world-class faculty, expert CMOs and a community of CMO peers to learn new ideas and apply new approaches. Participants will also gain confidence working with the executive team to set and communicate visions, influence and coach key stakeholders and drive integrated care solutions. CMO Accelerator program students will realize their full potential, as well as the full potential of the CMO role in their organization.


Learn new approaches with Haslam’s world-class leadership faculty and explore real-world application through mentor and peer coaching sessions with proven CMOs. Build a network of CMO peers to learn with today and work with in the future.


The CMO role demands leadership skills different from those necessary to other physician leader roles. Learn to build c-suite relationships, facilitate across departments and functions and coach top performance.


Reach your full potential faster as a CMO. Help set the vision, bring together stakeholders and guide integrated care initiatives to create the future of care in an organization.

NEXT COHORT BEGINS Next cohort begins November 2024

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CMO Accelerator Curriculum

The CMO Accelerator Online Leadership program is a six-month course that focuses on a new area of CMO curriculum each month. Participants will work with expert faculty, proven CMOs and CMO peers in an online “working lunch” every other week over the six-month period. Leadership skills are best learned through hands-on practice, so students will also be given homework challenges to experiment with various approaches.

Certificate in Leadership for CMOs

Participants will receive a certificate from the Haslam College of Business to recognize their investment and capabilities in the leadership skills essential to the role of CMO. This program challenges students with the same rigor as Haslam’s Executive MBA programs, and this credential recognizes participants’ achievement.

Additional course and curriculum details:

  • The program is divided into monthly cycles.
  • Each month is focused on a leadership topic that is key to success in the CMO role.
  • In the first 90-minute session each month, participants explore concepts with faculty and experts. Students will leave the session with a personalized assignment to apply new approaches in their work.
  • In the second 90-minute session of the month, participants discuss their experience in a small-group coaching session with an experienced CMO.
  • Participants conclude each month with a reflection on their approaches to help identify key insights and stay intentional in their growth.

Month 1: Defining Success

You will start your journey with an exploration of what success looks like in the CMO role. We’ll explore the definitions for the CMO role in organizations, the traps that can limit a CMO and the opportunities for strategic impact. You’ll complete a self-assessment to better understand your leadership strengths and discuss your development goals with an experienced CMO coach.

Month 2: Setting the Vision

The CMO’s impact starts with influence on the strategic vision for the organization and patient care. We will examine approaches to building a vision with others, communicating a vision and engaging others in action. 

Month 3: Working with the Executive Team

We’ll look at the culture of C-suite and business leadership teams and conversations, the dual roles of the CMO as executive team member and the physician leader and the challenges of influencing up and across in business teams.

Month 4: Leading Across Boundaries

The CMO influences and inspires change across functions and departments. We’ll investigate strategies for realizing change when you need to influence and empower others across department boundaries. Important topics this month include asking key questions, understanding and using power (yours and others), influencing people from different perspectives and negotiating and working with others to find the best solutions.

Month 5: Coaching Top Performance

The successful CMO is an enabler of the physicians and other clinical talent in the organization. We’ll look at techniques to coach top performance, engage others in solving challenges and deal with problem behaviors. Key topics this month include empowering others, emotional intelligence, and managing difficult conversations.

Month 6: Driving Integrated Solutions

Patient expectations, new competition and new payment models are increasing the demand for better integrated care. We will conclude the program by exploring the CMO’s central role in these new strategies and the challenges of change leadership.

Trusted Experience

The CMO Accelerator program is taught by senior faculty in leadership and management at the Haslam College of Business, working with a team of expert CMOs who each bring deep experience in the role. Program participants will have the opportunity to tap into insights gained from rigorous research on leadership, consulting in multiple industries and years of direct practice in healthcare.


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Most Relevant Executive MBA Worldwide

2018 Economist WhichMBA


Worldwide for Alumni Satisfaction

2022 Financial Times


Years of Physician Leadership

1st Physician Executive MBA Program

CMO Accelerator Lead Faculty

Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott

Director of Leadership Development Programs

Tim Munyon

Tim Munyon

Professor of Management

Jim Rosenberg

Jim Rosenberg

Director for Professional Education and Services, Healthcare

CMO Accelerator Experts & Coaches

James Calvin

James Calvin, MD

Professor of Medicine
Western University

K. Gabrielle Gaspar

K. Gabrielle Gaspar, MD

Gage Health Solutions

Amit Prasad

Amit Prasad, MD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Methodist Healthcare System

Monique Butler

Monique Butler, MD

SVP & Division Chief Medical Officer
HCA Healthcare

Barry Gilmore, MD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Sunil Madan, MD

Sunil Madan, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Luminis Health

Charles Hankins, MD

Charles Hankins, MD

Retired Chief Medical Officer
Santa Rosa Health

Ready to level up?

Excel as a Chief Medical Officer with this leadership certificate from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.