SYNC - Transforming Healthcare Leadership
Interprofessional leadership development is vital in healthcare. Recognizing this, the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation (MSVF), Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the Virginia Nurses Foundation (VNF) have partnered to create SYNC, an innovative learning institute dedicated to transforming healthcare leadership in Virginia through team-based learning and action.

SYNC Learning Objectives
SYNC is open to interprofessional health care teams with up to (5) clinical leaders, to include a physician and a registered nurse. Learning is focused on developing collaborative teamwork and leadership capabilities essential to succeed in today’s changing healthcare environment.

As part of the program, SYNC participants will:
• Learn about the changing landscape of 21st century healthcare and the implications for healthcare leadership and strategy.
• Strengthen personal leadership fundamentals as a starting point for effective collaboration.
• Develop knowledge and skills for working in interprofessional teams to address critical challenges in healthcare.
• Learn and apply design thinking as an important new tool for collaborative problem solving and improvement in health care.
Participants will apply what they learn in a SYNC Capstone Project selected by the team to address a practical challenge they face.  Each team will have access to research and consultation support from the SYNC Support Team.

The SYNC Faculty and Support Team
SYNC faculty includes a mix of national, state and local speakers with tremendous expertise and experience. The support team includes staff from MSVF, VHHA, VNF, and Community Health Solutions who administer the program and assist learners.

The SYNC Learning Sessions
SYNC 2016-17 will include five in-person learning sessions.  All sessions will be held in Richmond, VA from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Dates are 2016: September 16, October 7,  November 11   2017: January 13 (snow date:  January 20), March 10 (snow date:  March 17).

Session 1 will include a Thursday evening dinner kickoff and a Friday class.  Session 5 will feature a Capstone Project ‘teach-back’ where each team will present their project, progress, and lessons learned.

The SYNC Capstone Project
The SYNC Capstone Project requires each team to design and begin work on a project to address a practical problem or challenge they face.  SYNC teams have access to technical assistance and coaching from the support team to help design and focus their project.  

The SYNC Learning Portal
The online SYNC Learning Portal provides a technology hub where participants can request support and find information on SYNC learning activities, a knowledge base of learning content, and contact information for SYNC colleagues.

Tuition for up to (5) team members is $7,150. Program fee assistance may be available to qualifying teams.  Support for the program has been provided by  The Physicians Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

The Virginia Department of Health is offering to fund teams to attend the program if the selected capstone project focuses on diabetes, hypertention or  cancers and aims to meet selected performance measures.   Project results are asked to be shared with the health department.   

For further information on the 2016-2017 SYNC Program visit or contact Amy Swierczewski at | 804-377-1053


Continuing Education Credits for SYNC
Accreditation and Designation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the Virginia Nurses Association Foundation. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 45.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

CNE Credit: Up to 9.50 continuing nursing education contact hours will be offered for the September 15-16 session of this conference.   Up to 8.50 continuing nursing education contact hours will be offered for the October 7, 2016 session of this conference.  East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The ETSU College of Nursing implements a $15 certificate fee per conference. This fee covers the following: cost for being a provider of nursing contact hours, supplies, and nursing education coordinator’s time for completing necessary paperwork for each conference, reports, study for renewal of being a provider, and attending meetings.  Questions? Contact

Pharmacy and Dental credits for each live session will be posted if/when approved.