The Executive Education program in SMU’s Cox School of Business has received the silver Learning in Practice award for Excellence in Academic Partnerships, presented by Chief Learning Officer magazine. Cox Executive Education was honored for the custom physician leadership program it designed with and for Baylor Health Care System.

The national awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations that have helped their own or a client company “enhance performance and meet business objectives through outstanding learning initiatives.”

Kym Sosolik, director of leadership and organizational development with Cox Executive Education, worked with Carl Couch, M.D., of Baylor Health Care System and Baylor physician leaders to design a course for physicians who are moving into hospital leadership roles and have had little formal training in business subjects. They developed a custom program to fit the schedules and needs of the physicians.

“This is a great tribute to the people involved in the program,” said Frank Lloyd, Cox associate dean, executive education. “It has been an outstanding example of the business effectiveness that can be accomplished through the collaboration of an academic institution and a forward-thinking organization.”