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Am J Surg. 2004 Nov;188(5):481-4.

The impact of a novel resident leadership training curriculum.

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Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Surgical Service (112), 2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030, USA. sawad@bcm.tmc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Today's complex health care environment coupled with the 80-hour workweek mandate has required that surgical resident team interactions evolve from a military command-and-control style to a collaborative leadership style.

METHODS:

A novel educational curriculum was implemented with objectives of training the residents to have the capacity/ability to create and manage powerful teams through alignment, communication, and integrity integral tools to practicing a collaborative leadership style while working 80 hours per week. Specific strategies were as follows: (1) to focus on quality of patient care and service while receiving a high education-to-service ratio, and (2) to maximize efficiency through time management.

RESULTS:

This article shows that leadership training as part of a resident curriculum can significantly increase a resident's view of leadership in the areas of alignment, communication, and integrity; tools previously shown in business models to be vital for effective and efficient teams.

CONCLUSION:

This curriculum, over the course of the surgical residency, can provide residents with the necessary tools to deliver efficient quality of care while working within the 80-hour workweek mandate in a more collaborative style environment.

PMID:
15546554
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2004.07.024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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