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J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Jul;24(7):876-8. doi: 10.1007/s11606-009-1007-8. Epub 2009 May 20.

Developing physician-leaders: a call to action.

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Physician Leadership Development, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA, stollej@ccf.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The many challenges in health care today create a special need for great leadership. However, traditional criteria for physicians' advancement to leadership positions often regard academic and/or clinical accomplishments rather than the distinctive competencies needed to lead. Furthermore, physicians' training can handicap their developing leadership skills. In this context, an emerging trend is for health-care institutions to offer physician-leadership programs.

METHODS AND RESULTS:

This paper reviews the rationale for developing physician-leaders. Factors that underscore this need include: (1) physicians may lack inclinations to collaborate and to follow, (2) health-care organizations pose challenging environments in which to lead (e.g., because of silo-based structures, etc.), (3) traditional criteria for advancement in medicine regard clinical and/or academic skills rather than leadership competencies, and (4) little attention is currently given to training physicians regarding leadership competencies.

CONCLUSION:

Definition of these competencies of ideal physician-leaders will inform the curricula and format of emerging physician leadership development programs.

PMID:
19455370
PMCID:
PMC2695517
DOI:
10.1007/s11606-009-1007-8
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