Young Physician Leaders, Coimbra, Portugal

Effective healthcare institutions need effective leaders. The issue of developing leadership qualities among health professionals, however, is often neglected, with many young professions having to learn their leadership skills almost by trial and error as they are handed positions of responsibility.

Although incorporating leadership training programs into the medical curriculum is lately gaining in importance, in practice too few countries are actually providing such training. To contribute to building capacity in this area, IAMP launched its Young Physician Leaders (YPL) program in 2011 in partnership with the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies.

In the framework of this initiative, IAP for Health is seeking for candidates to participate in a regional program to be held from April 17-19,  2018, during the World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Coimbra, Portugal.


Articulated in two parts, a specific leadership development program followed by participation as special guests at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting, the successful candidates will be exposed to an outstanding scientific and policy program attended by a global group of medical and scientific professionals. The program will take into account the lessons learnt from the previous YPL sessions in Berlin.

Detailed progam (April 17-19) New

Candidate Profile

We are seeking to identify a maximum of 10 outstanding young physicians from Portuguese speaking countries who are currently in the process of establishing and developing their careers. The program seeks to select a diverse group from multiple specialties and career interests, including but not exclusive to research area and diversity of geographic location. The opportunities for sharing experiences across this international lens are unprecedented.

Candidates must show great promise for leadership in their chosen careers. They should be enthusiastic, with outstanding communication skills and the ability, desire and personality to represent the medical profession well when interacting with the outstanding professionals from multiple sectors who will be attending the World Health Summit Regional Meeting. We especially encourage the nomination of women.

Note that the workshop will be held in English, so candidates should be able to express themselves well in this language.


IAP member academies, members of the M8 Alliance and other bona fide medical institutions in target countries without academies are invited to nominate a maximum of two eligible physicians under 40 years of age with demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in clinical medicine, medical education, public health, or health policy and who show significant promise for leadership in their fields in the future.

The deadline to submit nominations online is Friday February 16, 2018.

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The Young Physician Leaders initiative aims to convene a group of diverse specialties and origins. To date, 131 YPL have been trained. Their details can be found in the dedicated YPL Directory (


The IAP for Health Young Physician Leaders Program 2018, Coimbra, Portugal is organized in partnership with Coimbra Health, formed by the University of Coimbra and the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre (CHUC). It has a special collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra.

Further information about the YPL program