March 24-25, 2018 – College Leadership Summit, Chicago O’Hare Hilton

Program guidelines

Applicants must be active College members under the age of 45 or in the first ten years of practice.

The College Member Relations Committee will review all applications. Applicants will be notified the week of Feb. 5, 2018.

Fees and expenses

There is no fee for the program and materials. Participants are responsible for their travel and hotel costs. The College has secured a $104 per night, king bed, single or double room, rate with the Hilton Chicago O’Hare. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Breakfast will be provided on Sunday.

“This one and a half day summit will provide a unique and exciting hands-on program for the practicing young allergist to develop important leadership skills. This course will give all attendees, even if they have never had a previous leadership role, a great foundation to become a future leader in our great specialty. "

– Michael Blaiss, MD, FACAAI,
Executive Medical Director

Application process

  • Download and complete the application.
  • The Summit is designed to support all experience levels and goals.
  • The deadline to submit your application is Jan. 16, 2018.
  • The College Member Relations Committee will review all applications. 
  • A maximum of 20 applicants will be accepted into the program.
  • Applicants will be notified the week of Feb. 5, 2018.

Still have questions?

Contact Nancy Ryan at nancyryan@acaai.org.

Dates to remember

January 16 – Application deadline

February 5-9 – Applicants notified

March 24-25, 2018 – College Leadership Summit, Chicago O’Hare Hilton

Schedule at a glance

College 101 –  Learn about the history of the College and the specialty, the role your predecessors have played in advancing health care, the foundations of governance, ethics and mentoring, and the importance and privilege of the role you could assume as a possible future leader.

Communicate Effectively – A leader must be a skilled communicator (both at providing and receiving information) in order to successfully influence group dynamics, drive consensus, generate buy-in and create a positive and productive work culture. Millennials communicate in a much different way than other generations. Learn how to close the gap and communicate effectively in our digital world. Gain the communications skills to enable you to listen with purpose, resolve conflict, facilitate group problem-solving and drive collaboration.

Tap Your Talent – Not all leaders are the same – what do you have to offer? Learn to identify and develop your individual strengths in order to build yourself into an effective leader. Likewise, learn to identify and enlist the complimentary talents and expertise of your peers to achieve success within a practice, hospital, university, committee or any other team setting.

Innovate to Effect – To succeed in today’s world, hard work is not always enough – you need to be entrepreneurial and innovative in order to gain a spot at the table. Add new skills to your intellectual “toolbox” so you can approach your work and career from a more dynamic vantage point. Learn how to interact with problems, opportunities and teammates in a heightened and more innovative and effective way, and get ready to stand out in the crowd.

Advocate Effectively – As a leader in your specialty, you represent the future. Be prepared to effectively advocate for the future and represent your specialty with training in public policy reform, best practices for engaging and influencing the public and policy makers, and key skills to become an effective champion of the specialty.

Manage Change – The practice of medicine is always evolving. While this might be good news for your patients, the unpredictable medical landscape can prove challenging to practitioners. Gain valuable skills to stay current – and agile – in the face of ever-evolving public policy and advancements in the specialty. Leverage these change-management tactics to lead and support your office, colleagues and/or practice through growth, downsizing, shifting team dynamics, and other internal change.

Team-building 101 – It’s infinitely harder and less efficient to attain success without the support and contributions of others. Human capital is the most important ingredient for success. As a leader you’re responsible for actively shaping and leveraging the professional offerings of your peers. Learn how to foster positive and respectful interpersonal dynamics and build an effective team. Then, learn how to work within a team – and how to manage others to work within a team – to perform best.

Lead with Purpose – If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards. Strong leaders have the skills to evaluate themselves, their teammates and their business objectives, and set incremental and achievable goals to propel themselves forward. Find out how to set individual and organizational goals and establish metrics to ensure success.