March 23-24, 2019 – College Leadership Summit, Chicago O’Hare Hilton

Successful completion of this program satisfies the ABAI MOC Part 4: Practice Assessment/Quality Improvement requirement (Alternative Modules).


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 by February 15, 2019.

“The whole training experience was informative and influential – understanding neuroplasticity, behavior styles, communication and conflict resolution techniques were life changing concepts to apply to leadership. "

– Previous participant

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 $109 per night, king bed, single or double room, rate with the Hilton Chicago O’Hare. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday. Breakfast will be provided on Sunday.

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 February 8, 2019.
  • The College Member Relations Committee will review all applications. 
  • A maximum of 20 applicants will be accepted into the program.
  • Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2019.
“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

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Dates to remember

February 8 – Application deadline

February 15 – Applicants notified

March 23-24, 2019 – College Leadership Summit, Chicago O’Hare Hilton

“Thank you for the engaging and wonderful conference. I learned a lot and met my goals for attending in the first place. The entire day was interesting and kept me on my toes."

– Previous participant

Schedule at a glance

(Subject to change.)

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.

Advocating 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.

Changing the Mind’s Blueprints & Habits – Neuroscience shows us that our brain’s command center guides our attitudes and actions. Thankfully, we also now know that we can change the way our neurons and dendrites wire and fire (neuroplasticity). We discuss these insights for greater understanding of the internal dynamics of those we lead and co-work with.

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs & Practices – We explore how the human mind works while taking in information, forming stories and beliefs about what we see, hear and experience, and how that becomes part of the subconscious (but still operates below the surface). Those beliefs still guide how we respond to others and establish automatic practices that may or may not work for current situations and solutions.

Becoming More Responsive – Lack of responsiveness decreases trust and morale. It also limits how much valuable information a leader or team member acquires for decision-making and problem solving. We explore many ways to increase participant’s responsiveness with their team members.

Exploring the Influence of Positive Communication – No matter how good a communicator a leader or team member is, we hold that every one of us can improve this huge field of skills. In total, we cover an overview of the interrelated skills and awareness points involved with behavior styles, paraphrasing for clarity, asking powerful questions, conscious listening, empathizing for bonding, and distinguishing subjective from objective communication (separating fact from fiction).

Preventing & Dissolving Conflict – Disagreement between and amongst people is inevitable. But combat is optional. We explore the many causes of conflict, the tried and true methods to deal with conflict, and how to add to our skill set and insight areas for reducing friction and therefore ineffectiveness with others.

Improving Developmental Coaching Skills – Developing your own leadership skills and those of team and committee members’ skills is an essential part of creating high functioning teams. The program delivers a highly organized set of actions to take and how to implement them for best results. Participants engage in an experiential role play using the principles and practices.

Demonstrating Courage in Interactions – Every human being, especially leaders and including team members, have fears. Fear often holds us back. That is not a good thing for leaders responsible for getting work done with team members. Our exercises are designed to get participants in touch with their courage to move through or overcome fears. Attendees discover that they have more strength to overcome fears when in difficult situations than they have previously known or used.

Effective Committee Work – How effective committees work and how to be an effective individual committee member will be covered with real life practical application of these elements.