Management for hospital doctors

Gain a better understanding of your hospital's policy and create greater impact

Brecht Cardoen - Assistant Professor

“The updated 'Management for the hospital doctor' programme provides all doctors with multifaceted support to help them build the hospital of the future even more strongly in their own environment.” Prof dr Brecht Cardoen

As a doctor, would you like to help improve patient care?

If you would like to have a greater impact on hospital policy alongside your role as a doctor, you should definitely consider the ‘Management for hospital doctors’ programme. You will gain greater insights into hospital management and how you can help to improve patient care still further in your role as a doctor.

After completing this programme:

  • You will interpret the impact of the healthcare policy in Belgium and the trends in the healthcare sector on your team and on your role as a hospital doctor.
  • You will gain a general overview of the hospital's financial, operational and strategic policies.
  • You will be able to specify the various ways in which the quality of care provided can be evaluated and improved, both at an organisational level and through your personal leadership.
  • You will create a valuable network and gain inspiration from your peers.
  • Various assignments will help you translate this into your own organisation.

Who is this programme suitable for?

  • Doctors
  • Specialists
  • Heads of department
  • Hospital pharmacists
  • Pharmaceutical biologists

Blended learning at Vlerick Business School

‘Management for hospital doctors’ combines classroom learning with online study opportunities. The combination of webinars, lesson days on the Vlerick campus, online videos and preparatory exercises ensures an engaging learning journey. This programme allows you to share experiences outside your organisation and you will also learn a great deal from other participants.

Your personal learning journey

The learning journey has 4 modules and, alongside the 11 classroom learning days, includes various webinars, online videos, personal assessments and exercises. Finally, you will also participate in the leading-edge annual Vlerick Healthcare Conference which focuses on innovation in the healthcare sector. We also encourage online learning by means of online assignments and collaboration in small groups.


Module 1: Macro perspective of the hospital sector

  • How is the healthcare system organised in Belgium and what can we learn from other countries?
  • We examine trends and innovations in the healthcare sector which have an impact on the future role of doctors and hospital services.
  • After this programme, a hospital's annual accounts and income statements will no longer hold any secrets for you.
  • The interactive FAST© simulation game will teach you how to recognise the relevant financial management concepts.
  • You will learn about the financial evolution of the sector and outline the positioning of your own hospital.

Module 2: Strategic management and governance in hospitals

  • Develop and evaluate a strategy which allows your hospital to stand out from the crowd.
  • Create added value by translating the hospital's strategy into your own department.
  • Gain greater insights into your hospital's management structure, the various stakeholders and their objectives, and the associated impact on policy.

Module 3: Evaluate value creation in your hospital

  • What does quality mean in healthcare and how can this be measured?
  • You will actively assess the cost of a care process by means of a case study.
  • We introduce the concept of value-based healthcare, whereby the quality and cost are combined and linked with performance management.
  • You will understand the importance and role of digitalisation in this process.

Module 4: Improve and facilitate value creation in your hospital

  • Understand how process management can improve the quality and efficiency of care through a better understanding of concepts such as lean management, variability and sticking points.
  • Identify your personal leadership style and gain insights into your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develop transparency in your communication and learn how to communicate with impact.
  • Discover the basic principles of good project management.
  • Identify the steps in a change process and determine a good change strategy for your specific challenge.
  • Find out how to get people on board and learn how to deal with various different profiles.

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Your lecturers

Brecht Cardoen

Prof Brecht Cardoen
Associate Professor bij Vlerick Business School
Brecht heads MINOZ, a research network focusing on hospital operations management and contributes to a wide variety of research projects.

Carine Peeters

Prof Carine Peeters
Professor of Strategy at Vlerick Business School
Carine is Vlerick’s expert in the field of international business & strategy, with a particular interest in emerging markets as well as service sourcing strategies and delivery models.

Peter De Prins

Prof Peter De Prins
Professor of Change & Leadership at Vlerick Business School
Peter is a passionate teacher and executive coach, delivering inspiring experiences and taking you on a journey of impactful insights that ultimately result in an increase of your personal and professional performance.

Wouter De Maeseneire

Prof Wouter De Maeseneire
Professor of Corporate Finance at Vlerick Business School
A passionate and experienced teacher, Wouter thoroughly enjoys explaining financial management principles by linking finance to business models and corporate strategies.

Prof Filip Roodhooft

Prof Filip Roodhooft
Professor of Accounting at Vlerick Business School at Vlerick Business School
Filip’s teaching is focused primarily on the finance function as a business partner for an organisation.

Prof Katleen De Stobbeleir

Prof Katleen De Stobbeleir
Professor of Leadership & Coaching at Vlerick Business School
Passionate about developing leadership at all organisational levels, Katleen De Stobbeleir is one of the leading faculty members in leadership, management skills and feedback skills.

Prof Walter Van Dyck

Prof Walter Van Dyck
Associate Professor of Technology & Innovation Management at Vlerick Business School
Walter studies idea emergence, showing how inventions come about and transform into innovative business models in life science- and technology-based ecosystems.

Prof Marc Noppen

Prof Marc Noppen
CEO at UZ Brussel
Marc is the CEO at UZ Brussel with a demonstrated and successful history of working in the setting of a University hospital.

Prof Paul Gemmel Professor

Prof Paul Gemmel
Professor Service Management at Ghent University
As program director Paul is responsible of the Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Peter Fontaine

Peter Fontaine
CEO Cliniques de L’Europe
Peter has an extensive experience in information management, operations and the interpretation of the financial situation of hospitals.

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