The Leadership We Want

Experience from the Young Physician Leaders 2016 Meeting

The Young Physician Leaders (YPL) program is an InterAcademy Partnership for Health (formerly called InterAcademy Medical Panel) leadership and networking program to build capacity for future leadership among health professionals worldwide. The YPL program was launched in October 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 World Health Summit (WHS) in Berlin, Germany. Subsequent editions have since been held each year in Berlin, always in partnership with the WHS and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities (M8 Alliance). Participants in the YPL program are nominated by academies of science or medicine that are members of the IAP for Health network or university members of the M8 Alliance, a partner of IAP for Health.

Cameroon’s participation in this global leadership training and networking forum has been graced by the participation of 2 physicians; in 2013 (Dr Felix Assah) and 2016 (Dr Jean Claude Katte), both nominated by the Cameroon Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The 2016 YPL program was held from the 6 - 11th October 2016. The program started with a welcome dinner in the evening of Thursday October 6. On Friday 7 October: The morning was dedicated to scientific visits to the Berlin Buch research park and the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC). In the afternoon, the YPL were guests at the Berlin headquarters of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals for scientific presentations and tours hosted by the Bayer Science and Education Foundation. The evening ended with a professional networking forum. Saturday 8 October, the leadership training workshop started at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) under the hospices of project leader Prof. Jo Ivey Boufford and Dr. Nora Grasselli, the program director of YPL at ESMT, Berlin. This workshop consisted of training in diagnosing and expanding leadership styles; looking at leadership in context; peer-to-peer consulting and discussion with a panel of senior leaders in global health (Prof. Rajae El Aouad, Prof. Thomas Zeltner, Prof. Ilona Kickbusch). Sunday 9 October, started with the preparation of the YPL/WHS session on the topic; Better Leadership: Improved Healthcare: The Leadership we want. The workshop ended with a discussion on team-dynamics (stages of team formation). The rest of the stay was dedicated to the WHS which took place at the Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany. This event culminated with the YPL/WHS session in the morning of Tuesday October 11 on the theme “The Leadership we want”. Discussions focused on leadership challenges for young physicians and their solutions in countries with different socio-economic conditions. The session was open to everyone – including students, medical personnels at the start of their careers, as well as delegates holding more senior positions.

My Young Physician Leader/Cameroon Academy of Sciences related activities

·       Chair of the YPL/WHS Session: Better Leadership: Improved Healthcare: The Leadership we want. October 6 - 11 2016, Berlin, Germany.

·       Oral presentation:  Urbanization and non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in Cameroon. Cameroon Academy of Sciences Workshop on The Problems of Urbanization in Cameroon: strategies for solutions held on May 8 – 9 2017, Yaounde, Cameroon.

My Young Physician Leader Future Perspectives

The creation of a Young Health Professional Leadership (YHPL) programme in Cameroon in collaboration with the Cameroon Academy of Sciences to bridge the gap of the absence of strong-motivated and vision-oriented leadership among health professionals. This will also serve as a forum to groom home-based physicians and other health professionals to compete with other professionals at the global level in participating in YPL programmes in Berlin, Germany. This will be our contribution to leadership development of a new era of physicians and allied health professionals who will eventually lead clinical, educational, and research institutions thereby impacting their local communities and the global scenario in the effort to improve health for all.


Special thanks to Dr Peter F. McGrath; IAP/IAMP Coordinator, Ms. Muthoni Kareithi; Project Assistant IAMP, Dr Nora Grasselli; YPL Program Director ESMT, Prof. Jo Ivey Boufford; Convenor, YPL and Immediate Past President of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Heartfelt gratitude to Dr Felix Assah; 2013 YPL for his unceasing encouragements. Sincere gratitude to Prof. Jean Claude Mbanya, FCAS (Cameroon), FTWAS (Trieste) for constantly providing the platform for a bright medical and scientific future.

Dr Jean Claude Katte

 (Young Physician Leader 2016).

Dr Katte is a graduate student in Medical Biochemistry and a resident in Public Health Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde 1. After completing his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree training at the same institution, he worked as a GP at the Bafoussam Regional Hospital from 2012 – 2015, holding different positions of responsibilities, the most remarkable being the Head of the Diabetes and Hypertension Treatment Centre. He has a strong interest in diabetes and other NCDs research. He was the co-recipient of the 2017 JC Mbanya Fellowship for Capacity-building and Training in diabetes research.  Dr Katte looks forward to pursuing a PhD in Genomic Medicine and Bioinformatics thereby playing as an actor in informing public health policies with evidence from genomic research in NCDs in Africa and beyond.