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.