Leadership Immersion Tract


Pacific Spine & Pain Society was developed to bridge the gap between spine surgery and pain medicine. Societies dedicated to spine care are generally derived from the specialties of their training which may not emphasize cross-disciplinary education and care.

The Leadership Immersion Tract (LIT), as an innovative two-year training initiative, is meticulously designed to cultivate a new breed of healthcare professionals. It is a pivotal step in our unwavering commitment to developing leaders who are thoroughly prepared to steer and reform the dynamic and intricate healthcare landscape.


The core mission of the Leadership Immersion Tract (LIT) program is to develop and nurture professionals who are poised to make a significant and positive impact on various facets of the healthcare industry.

Our focus is on shaping individuals who will not only influence but also transform the culture within healthcare settings, elevate the standards of patient care, innovate in clinical practice, and drive progressive changes in healthcare business models.

We are committed to fostering leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding needed to navigate and lead in the complex and dynamic healthcare landscape.


The vision of the Leadership Immersion Tract (LIT) program is to empower early and mid-career professionals by equipping them with a comprehensive blend of knowledge, skills, tools, and frameworks. This empowerment is aimed at enhancing their abilities in career planning, development, and business administration, specifically tailored for the healthcare sector and related industries.

Our objective is to open a world of diverse career and academic opportunities, providing substantial exposure to a range of professional pathways. Furthermore, we are dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes collaborative leadership, encouraging our participants to engage in and contribute to dynamic team-based initiatives, thereby cultivating a new generation of innovative and cooperative leaders in healthcare.


Each month, a telemeeting is organized, featuring open discussions led by distinguished faculty members, providing an interactive platform for knowledge exchange and professional development. To ensure ongoing engagement and collaboration, regular communication is maintained through various social networks and digital communication tools, fostering a continuous and dynamic exchange of ideas and information.

Potential Candidates

  1. Educational Background: Candidates must possess a minimum of a doctor’s degree in a relevant field.
  2. Professional Experience: A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the healthcare sector is required. Experience in leadership roles or in interdisciplinary teams is particularly valued.
  3. Demonstrated Leadership Potential: Candidates must demonstrate robust leadership potential, evidenced in professional roles, community service, or similar activities, along with a committed interest in healthcare innovation and quality improvement. They should possess sharp analytical abilities for strategic thinking in complex healthcare scenarios and have a clear vision for the future of healthcare, understanding their role in shaping it.
  4. Global Perspective with communication skills: An understanding of global healthcare challenges and opportunities, and an interest in contributing to solutions on a global scale. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, necessary for effective leadership and advocacy in healthcare.

These criteria are designed to identify individuals who are not only academically and professionally accomplished but also possess the unique qualities necessary to lead and innovate in the complex field of healthcare.

Month/Date Topic Faculty
January Intro to LIT David Lee
February Writing a Paper/Navigating Academic Practice Vafi Salmasi
March 1 Establishing a Good Relationship between Surgeons and Interventionist Michael Oh
April 5 Setting up a Practice as a Hospital Employee Samir Sheth
May 3 Building Private Practice with Focus on Community Outreach and Involvement Eric Cornidez
June 7 KOL/Partnering with Industry Patrick Buchanan
July Checkpoint for LIT members LIT
August 2 How to Design a Clinical Trial Sandy Christensen
September No Mtg Annual Conference Month  
October 4 Running an Acute Pain Service Einar Ottestad
November 1 Leading a multiple discipline service with Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) Denis Patterson
December 6 End of Year Wrap Up David Lee

Why Become a PSPS LIT Member

Becoming a member of the Leadership Immersion Tract (LIT) offers numerous benefits, particularly for early-career fellows, physicians, and surgeons. This program is designed to nurture leadership skills and professional growth in a structured, supportive environment. Here's a list of the key benefits:

  1. Observational Roles in Boards and Committees: As a LIT member, you have the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate in board and committee meetings. This exposure is invaluable for understanding the intricacies of organizational governance and decision-making processes.
  2. Prioritized Seating in Workshops and Meetings: Members often receive preferential seating or positioning in workshops, studios, and meetings. This can enhance learning experiences and networking opportunities.
  3. Enhanced Networking Opportunities: Membership in the LIT provides unique networking opportunities with senior professionals, faculty, and peers, which can be crucial for career advancement and mentorship.
  4. Writing and Publication Support: LIT members receive support and guidance from experienced faculty in writing and publishing academic papers, articles, and research findings. This is particularly beneficial for building a robust professional portfolio.
  5. Access to Exclusive Training and Development Programs: LIT members typically have access to specialized training programs, leadership development courses, and seminars that are not available to non-members.
  6. Mentorship from Experienced Professionals: The program often includes mentorship from seasoned professionals, providing guidance, career advice, and insights into the healthcare industry.
  7. Increased Visibility within the Professional Community: Membership can increase your visibility and recognition within the professional community, highlighting your commitment to leadership and professional development.
  8. Skill Development in Leadership and Management: The LIT focuses on cultivating leadership and management skills that are essential for advancing in medical and surgical careers.
  9. Feedback and Personal Development Plans: Personalized feedback and development plans help in identifying strengths and areas for improvement, tailoring the learning experience to individual needs.
  10. Collaborative Project Opportunities: There are often opportunities to collaborate on projects with other members or faculty, which can enhance teamwork and project management skills.
  11. Access to Cutting-edge Research and Trends: Members are typically given access to the latest research, trends, and developments in the medical field, keeping them at the forefront of their specialties.
  12. Career Advancement Opportunities: The skills, experiences, and networks gained as a LIT member can significantly enhance career advancement prospects.
  13. Recognition and Certification: Upon completion of certain programs or contributions, members may receive recognition or certifications that can bolster their professional credentials.
  14. Involvement in Policy and Advocacy: Opportunities may exist to get involved in policy-making or advocacy efforts within the medical community, contributing to broader health care improvements.

Joining the Leadership Immersion Tract can be a transformative experience for early-career medical professionals, providing a platform for personal and professional growth while contributing significantly to their leadership journey in the healthcare sector.

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