The Course


The Relational Leadership Institute is a unique learning collaborative of participants from a range of primary care-related professions and career stages, learning essential competencies of Relational Leadership™ to improve individual leadership practice, teamwork, wellness and clinical innovation efforts. The collaborative combines large group didactics, small group work, and opportunities for individual and group reflection, in addition to application in clinical and innovation settings. Participants leverage the small group space of RLI for support, inspiration, and insight from the diverse backgrounds and professions of their colleagues. Sessions are taught by members of the Primary Care Progress National Training Team and local Relational Leadership Institute Trainers.

RLI is designed to be an intensive and supportive learning cohort of people who value curiosity, collaboration, and community. We believe that developing leaders from all backgrounds/demographics is necessary for a thriving healthcare system and we invite healthcare professionals and students of all backgrounds to apply.


Fall 2019


  • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Course Sessions

Program sessions are cumulative and rely on small group discussions and reflections. Applicants should therefore plan to attend all sessions. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis — please contact us with inquiries.

Learn more about our curriculum here.

  • Introduction to RLI — Tuesday, September 24 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

  • Narrative Leadership & One-to-Ones — Saturday, September 28 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm

  • Working with Teams — Saturday, October 26 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm

  • Coaching & Conflict Transformation — Saturday, November 16 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm

  • Advocate to Accelerate Change — Tuesday, November 19 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

  • Debrief, Closure & Next Steps — Tuesday, December 3 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Booster Sessions (topics will be selected by course participants)

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Application Details

  • All healthcare professionals and graduate health profession students are welcome to apply. At this time, we are unable to accept undergraduate student applicants.

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting on Tuesday, May 21 and closing on Friday, August 23. Spots fill quickly - individuals are encouraged to apply early.

  • Applicants will be asked to write a short essay (suggested length is 300 words) responding to the following prompt:

    • Tell us a story about a personally impactful leadership experience (when you had to lead a team or project or you worked with a leader). Reflecting on this experience, what did you/they do well as a leader? How do you envision RLI improving your leadership practice?

  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Once your application has been reviewed, you’ll receive an email notification from with the selection committee’s decision.


Registration Details

Registration opens at the time of acceptance. Once accepted, applicants are given approximately 3 weeks to complete registration. Registration extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Registration Fees (future rates are subject to change)

  • Students — $200

  • Residents — $400

  • Faculty and Healthcare Providers (e.g., DC, DDS/DMD, DO, MD, NP, PA, PharmD, RN) — $800

  • Other Healthcare Professionals — $400

Course participants are responsible for paying the full program fee at the time of registration. Participants are encouraged to apply for funding from their employer (e.g., staff/faculty development funds). A limited number of scholarships are available for students and residents unable to secure funding through their schools/departments. To learn more about scholarship opportunities, please email


Continuing Education Credit

Accreditation: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 OHSU School of Medicine and Primary Care Progress. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.