If you’re like most of my readers, you’re a successful, well-trained and capable clinician. You’re committed to being an excellent physician. You strive to keep up with the literature and maintain your clinical skills, while meeting all of the regulatory hurdles. And you want to leave a lasting impact on your patients and your community.
But you have a desire for something more. You feel you could help more patients by solving problems at the hospital or community level. You think it might be time to explore the possibility of becoming a leader in a broader sense, and maybe even eventually lead a large healthcare organization. Perhaps you have already taken steps to do so. Maybe you feel like one of my colleagues still practicing medicine, but also working as a part-time medical director:
“I enjoy taking care of patients, but I would really like to move into non-clinical work, where I can lead teams to improve quality and enhance the health of a larger group of people. But I need to learn more about the business and management side of healthcare. I need new skills to be an effective leader.”
Does That Sound Like You?
- Are you struggling with the idea of moving into an administrative career?
- Are you unsure how to make the transition and where to start?
- Does it seem overwhelming to learn the new skills you might need in this new role?
- Have you already made the switch into management and would like to learn how your colleagues in other organizations are getting the job done?
I Know How You Feel
I know what it feels like to be in this position – to be expected to have all of the skills needed to manage directors, lead projects and function on an executive team.
I spent years learning just those skills and struggling with those issues. As VPMA and then Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer, I found some excellent resources to help me develop the expertise I needed.
But as I looked around online, I could NOT find a consistent source of ongoing information and quick “how-to” instructions on the topics of management and leadership for the fledgling or established physician executive!
Sure, there were academic articles published by the American College of Physician Executives (now known as the American Association of Physician Leadership). But that was mostly esoteric concepts and formal educational content. What I was looking for was practical, impactful tips and tools to help me do my job.
My Goal in Writing This Blog
I firmly believe we need more physicians in leadership positions in healthcare. Every sizable healthcare organization needs a chief medical officer. And we need more physician CEOs. My Mission in this blog is to inspire and inform you as you consider moving into management, and to help you become effective executives as you grow in your career. I want to give you my perspective on becoming such a physician executive. From thoughts about attitude and philosophy, to practical tools to help you fulfill your day-to-day responsibilities, my goal is to enable you to excel as a physician manager, administrator and leader.
But here is the thing: I really need your help in pulling this off! Many of you already have a wealth of information in this area. I’d like to provide a forum for us to share that knowledge and expertise with one another.
And it really won’t work unless you participate. So, please provide your feedback – add your thoughts – be brutally honest – and let’s get this conversation going.
If you’re new to my site (and you wouldn’t be on this page if you weren’t), please at least scan all of my posts, starting here. And please provide feedback and suggestions through the comments section, so that I can focus on what matters most from your perspective.
If you are interested in certain topics, use the search function at the top right section of each page to find them.
If you want to know a little bit more about my background, check out my biography.
And please subscribe to my blog (top right of any page) so that each new post will be sent directly to your email inbox. My plan is to continue with helpful posts, but also to present additional free content (e-books, videos and downloadable forms and check-lists like the meeting planning checklist from my fourth blog post).
Finally, please share these blogs with your friends and colleagues. The larger our “tribe” becomes, the easier it will be for me to create and offer new content and tools.
Together we can help create more outstanding physician leaders.
Thanks so much,