LEAP | Heart Rhythm Society


Leadership and Development for Allied Professionals (LEAP)

Program Description

LEAP Retreat

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is pleased to offer the    
Leadership and Education for Allied Professionals (LEAP) program.  

HRS is the leading membership society and the voice for the electrophysiology ecosystem. Our membership boasts nearly 7,500 practitioners in more than 90 countries.

Allied Professionals provide essential services that promote health, prevent diseases, and deliver health care services to individuals, families, and communities alike.  The healthcare industry is demonstrating high growth rates in both developing and developed regions around the world.  As the healthcare industry evolves, today’s best practices will continue to change drastically. That’s why allied professionals must regularly expand their knowledge and skills – which means continuous education is not a passive option but an absolute necessity for any allied professional who wants to provide high-quality patient care.  

The HRS Leadership and Education for Allied Professionals (LEAP) Program offers HRS allied professional members an opportunity to enhance and revitalize their leadership and career development skills through education, coaching, and building professional networks. The purpose of LEAP is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to augment the path to leadership within HRS and academic or private practice medicine. Topics covered will range from strategic communication skills, and negotiation practices to address management issues, and conflict resolution skills.  LEAP will provide a safe environment to forge long-lasting collegial relationships, exchange information and elevate best practices.  

The LEAP program touches on the opportunities and challenges that allied professionals face in their heart rhythm career and allows participants to employ effective, collaborative methods of leadership within their organizations and HRS. Participants will focus on developing their leadership skills and personal influence as well as explore strategies for goal development and advancement strategies.   As the leading organization for EP leaders, the value of being a part of this career shaping experience is unparalleled.

The 2023-2024 LEAP program is led by Chair Aileen Ferrick, PhD, ACNP, RN, FHRS and Vice Chair Lyle Larson, PhD, PAC

Program Eligibility & Commitment

The LEAP program is open to all HRS allied professional members. LEAP will be delivered as a one-year program that includes webinars, face-to-face networking opportunities, and educational sessions. Successful completion of the program is determined by participants attending all required events outlined below.  

The 2024-2025 LEAP Class Schedule

  • May 16, 2024:  Session and gathering at Heart Rhythm 2024(expenses not covered by HRS)
  • Summer 2024: Online Meet-Up/Webinar
  • September 4-5, 2024: Leadership Retreat at HRX in Atlanta, GA (expenses covered by HRS)
  • November 2024: Webinar
  • February  1-2, 2025: Winter Huddle
  • April 2025: Session and gathering at Heart Rhythm 2025 (travel expenses to meeting not covered by HRS)


Successful candidates must have the potential and desire to invest time and energy into developing their leadership skills. The program will require an investment from the individual and support from their organization. Only applicants who are available to attend each in-person and virtual event will be considered. The LEAP Chair and Vice-Chair will review all eligible candidates and select up to 20 participants.  HRS reserves the right to decline application(s) based on its sole and absolute discretion. 

Completed applications will include

  • A completed online application
  • One letter of recommendation from a colleague (ie. Peer, Fellow physician, division chief)
  • A current CV

Note: Each of the requirements above must be included/uploaded with the online application. The system will not accept an application without the required files. Please do not email any materials directly.

Applications for the 2024-2025 LEAP cohort will open on January 2, 2024, and close on January 31, 2024. All applicants will be notified of their application status by March 22, 2024. 

Contact Ashley Martinez at LEAP@hrsonline.org

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