McAfee Fellows – Transforming Health & Healthcare

The PELI Advanced Course is aimed at physician and provider leaders who have the experience, commitment, and passion to lead initiatives that will transform and improve Maine’s health and healthcare systems at local, regional, and statewide levels.

This course was created in response to the needs of physician leaders and non-physician healthcare executives across Maine. The intent of this course is to guide clinicians with the management and leadership skills needed to transform health and healthcare in their practices, hospitals and other settings. PELI brings national caliber training and faculty to Maine and tailors the course to the specific needs of Maine physicians and providers.

We designate our graduates ‘McAfee Fellows’ in honor of the distinguished physician leader Robert McAfee, a general and vascular surgeon, physician and advocate for the prevention of family violence and improved healthcare. He was the 149th President of the American Medical Association and Chairman of the Board of the Dirigo Health Plan. The PELI Advanced experience prepares physicians to tackle today’s healthcare challenges while strategizing to resolve tomorrow’s, following in Dr. McAfee’s footsteps.

Starting in 2021, the Hanley Center realized due to the changing landscape of healthcare, advanced practice providers (APP) would also benefit from this course. If you are a senior level APP looking to advance your current leadership role, please consider taking this course.

The advanced course is competency-based, highly experiential, and systems focused using an adult learning theory model. Participants attend a series of six 2-day residential sessions over a 12-month period of time in order to provide participants with the opportunity to bring new learning to their work settings, share experiences, devote considerable time and thought to complex issues, and build and strengthen professional relationships and trust with colleagues.

The physicians and providers attending the advanced course will benefit from the following:

  • an 80-hour curriculum course delivered by faculty from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University as well as local experts
  • 80 Category 1 CME credit
  • certificate of completion
  • long-standing and supportive network of physicians and advanced practice providers across the state
  • a higher level of personal and professional development

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Disabilities Act (ADA)
If special arrangements are required for an individual with a disability to attend this course, please contact Janell Lewis

For more information, please email Judiann Smith.

Are You a Good Fit?

The Advanced Course will be a good fit for physicians and senior level advanced practice providers who:

  • Have at least five years of leadership/management experience (suggested minimum—strong leaders with slightly less experience will be considered)
  • Will benefit from an intensive course that will allow them to build their leadership skills and confidence, particularly in areas such as systems thinking, strategic planning, finance and the development of public policy
  • Want the opportunity to build a larger network of trusted colleagues
  • Want to prepare themselves to take on greater leadership and management responsibilities within their own practice or organization or to lead initiatives that will improve care in the community
  • Are looking for new ideas and for faculty and colleagues who will challenge their thinking and work with them to grow professionally in a positive environment
  • Are able to attend six two-day sessions over the course of the year in Freeport, including overnights.


Presenting on Health Care Economics & U.S. Health Policy: Paying for Providers

One of the nation’s most prominent healthcare economists, Stuart H. Altman is Professor of National Health Policy and former Dean of The Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University. Modern Healthcare has named Dr. Altman among the 30 people who have had the most influence on healthcare over the past 30 years; and, for six years, was named among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.


Presenting on Leading Change, Effective Clinical Leadership Styles, Strategic Thinking in Health Care, Collective Intelligence & Group Decision Making, and Understanding Yourself & Managing Differences

Jon Chilingerian, Professor at Brandeis University, teaches graduate courses and executive education sessions in Organizational Theory and Behavior, Management of Health Care Organizations, and Health Services Research. He is Director of the Brandeis Health Leadership Program, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. He is also Director of the European Health Leaders Program. Dr. Chilingerian launched a four-year MD-MBA Program in Health Management with Tufts Medical School, which today is the largest MD-MBA program in the United States.


Presenting on Strategic Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Team Consulting

Carole Carlson is the Director of the Brandeis University MBA Program, she teaches Heller courses in Strategic Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Team Consulting. She is the Concentration Chair for the Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Management concentration in the Heller MBA program. She also coaches mid-career executives participating in executive education programs at the Harvard Business School and is currently engaged with HBS in delivering online education programs to leading companies worldwide. She was the 2013 recipient of the Heller Teaching Award, and a 2014 recipient of the Davis Teaching and Learning Fellowship.


Presenting on Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where he leads research on agile institutions and teaches classes on strategy and operations. Previously he served as a professor and dean in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. Joel is editor for the Negotiation Journal at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School and is past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He holds a PhD in industrial relations from MIT and a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.


Presenting on High Performance Health Care

The author of “High Performance Healthcare,” Dr. Gittell is a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Associate Professor of Management and former MBA Program Director at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Gittell’s research explores how coordination by front-line workers contributes to quality and efficiency outcomes in service settings, with a particular focus on the airline and healthcare industries.

Nominate or Enroll

To enroll in the PELI advanced course, please fill out the enrollment form. 

To nominate someone for the PELI advanced course, please fill out the nomination form.

Dates & Tuition

Program Dates

PELI Advanced Course 8 schedule
Thursday: Evening Only – 6:00-9:00 pm
Friday: All Day (some evenings)
Saturday: Morning Only – 7:30-11:30 am

2023 Dates:
Session 1: September 28-30
Session 2: November 16-18

2024 Dates:
Session 3: January 25-27
Session 4: March 14-16
Session 5: April 25-27
Session 6: May 30-June 1

For more information, please email Judiann Smith


Tuition costs $9,495.

Tuition includes coursework, most meals, overnight accommodations, and all educational materials. Tuition does not cover travel and personal expenses incurred by participants at each session.

McAfee Fellows

PELI Advanced Alumni come from diverse organizations and practice settings from across Maine and New England.

Visit our Find Alumni page to view our PELI Advanced alumni.