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Three live Base Camp meetings per year, each two days in length, with nine peer group calls throughout the year will challenge, energize and support your path forward. The meeting format will include invigorating speakers in large group sessions for all ASCENT attendees, as well as engaging time spent working in a peer group of 7 to 10 physician leaders. You will grow together as you tackle today’s and tomorrow’s healthcare challenges.



“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt.”

-John Muir

The Ascent program is going to apply Muir’s advice to physician leadership, and challenge you travel some new, less-trodden paths.

Along the way, we will gather three times a year at Base Camp to, a safe place to congregate, gather gear and supplies, survey conditions to expect on your journey, organize your thoughts and team, and develop your plan for a successful adventure. Each trip to Base Camp will focus on a new challenge.

At Base Camp, you will learn from inspiring Explorers and seasoned Rangers, from within and beyond healthcare. David Breashears, mountaineer, filmmaker and adventurer will challenge those at our upcoming Denver meeting to lead through insurmountable odds.

Base Camp Denver focuses on the Culture of Change. We will explore the implications for healthcare today, and how to lead effectively through organizational changes.

Base Camp Atlanta focuses on the Business of Medicine. Healthcare is undergoing some of the most substantial business transformation in decades. We will explore the scope of these changes and how they impact your organization.

Base Camp Phoenix focuses on your Personal Leadership journey. We will explore your personal leadership skills and how you can continue your personal and professional development.


You will not journey alone.  You will join fellow trekkers in peer groups of 6-10 physician leaders. Together you will challenge each other, grow, and hold one another accountable to your professional and personal journey. Your trek guide will ensure that you have the tools you need to be successful. Monthly trail checks will keep you focused on your leadership challenge.

Between Base Camp experiences, Guides and teams will check in at monthly Trail Checks, to reconnect, reenergize, and coach you on your journey while back home on your own individual adventure.


Trek Participation

Registration for ASCENT is based on a one-year commitment covering attendance at three live Base Camp meetings and nine additional monthly Trail Check coaching calls. Registration fees include: individual and practice assessments, keynotes, education sessions, CME, peer group participation, facilitated discussion, team events, and more. Ascent leaders will earn a up to 85 CME credits for participation in this program including MOC Part IV credit from most ABMS members boards for their improvement work.

Ascent Physician Leadership