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Capstone Course for Military Health System Leaders

Format: In-person

The LEADS Capstone Course is a pinnacle educational event for senior leaders in the MHS. Speakers include, but are not limited to:

  • Service Surgeons General
  • Senior leaders and staff from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
  • Director, Defense Health Agency
  • U.S. Surgeon General

Each Surgeon General nominates senior grade officers, primarily in the grade of senior O6 and O7, to attend this course. Priority is given to new lead agents, commanders of larger facilities, command surgeons, and other key staff. Participation is limited to only those invitees.

They present the most current information on hot topic health issues, HRO, TRICARE, military transformation, policy, and legislation, just to mention a few. The course is held three times a year in the National Capital Region.

Upcoming Course Dates

  • March 20-23, 2023 (Virtual)
  • July 10-13, 2023 (Virtual)
  • Nov. 13-16, 2023 (Virtual)
  • March 18-22, 2024
  • July 15-18, 2024
  • Nov. 18-22, 2024

The LEADS Capstone Course for MHS Leaders is a nominative course. We recommend that you contact your Corps/Career Branch manager for service specific nomination process for attendance.

Capstone Course Objectives

The Capstone objectives include the words and phrases:

  • Networking
  • Sharing
  • Unique ways of dealing with human relations
  • Patient safety
  • Homeland Security
  • Understanding policymaking
  • Policies shaping the delivery of DOD health care, indicating importance and applicability to the MTF commander.

With the smaller class size, direct interaction with policy makers and military health care leaders, and its joint audience the Capstone Course has come to provide firsthand, real world, applicable knowledge/information for the attendees to incorporate into their day-to-day and future work in the MHS.

Upon completion of the course the participants will:

  • Have an enhanced understanding of MHS policymaking including how policies are disseminated and the legal basis for those policies.
  • Gain a deeper sense of TRICARE issues and policies that shape the delivery of DOD health care.
  • Become familiarized with information systems to support executive decision-making, as well as tools for evaluating quality assurance, customer satisfaction, and metrics.
  • Have the opportunity to discuss issues of retention and recruitment from the military and national perspectives as well as financial and business matters as they relate to the MHS.
  • Share networking opportunities to include, but not limited to the Surgeons General, members of other services serving in similar capacities, OSD leaders including Deputy Secretaries, the VA, civilian health program managers, and academia.
  • Become familiar with unique ways of dealing with human relations and gain a better appreciation for the way they are perceived by others.
  • Exchange ideas on current issues such as risk management, patient safety, Homeland Security, bioterrorism, war fighters (the line) and Reserve Forces.
  • Gain an enhanced appreciation for transformation and fiscal issues within the DOD.

You can't enroll in this course. You must be selected to attend this course. Selection for courses is made by each service. Each service has their own internal process for selecting their attendees. We deal with a service POC that sends us the approved list of names. We recommend that you contact your Corps and/or Career Branch Manager for additional information.

For more information, please use the "contact us" option on this site.

To receive CME credit for distance learning modules, you must first complete a one-time enrollment at the Air Force CME site. >>View the Instructions
Last Updated: April 26, 2023
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