Physician Leadership Skills | Dick Massimilian | Leadership Development

Physician Leadership Skills Med School Doesn’t Teach You

Being a physician today requires organizational and leadership skills that medical schools understandably don’t teach. Doctors learn some of those skills, such as effective communication, as part of their medical or training. But, medical school doesn’t impart the practical business and physician leadership skills needed to run a practice. Chief among these is how to lead meetings effectively.

How to Lead an Effective Meeting: Doctors Edition was written for the men and women who practice medicine. Today’s doctors must spend an enormous amount of time on meeting activities that are often not directly related to the clinical care of patients. Learning to lead effective meetings allows doctors to allocate more of their already scarce time to caring for patients– the primary reason they chose to practice medicine.

This book is a blueprint for how to have meetings work, defined as, meetings that achieve the results you want to achieve, both in the meeting and afterwards. It is divided into five principal sections: preparation, invitation, agenda, delivery, and follow up. The sections outline the five phases of a meeting. For a meeting to be successful, each phase matters and must be executed correctly. Throughout the book, multiple examples and anecdotes are used to highlight the salient points of each section. The anecdotes and examples are all based on similar real-life experiences of practicing physicians.

About the Authors

My co-author is Dr. Ron Blumoff, Executive Professor of Healthcare Management at the Jindal School of Management, University of Texas Dallas. A cum laude graduate of St. Louis University Medical School, he completed both general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was the Womack Scholar in Surgery. Following active duty as Chief of Surgery at the US Air Force Hospital at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Ron practiced clinical vascular surgery in San Antonio, Texas.  His diverse leadership experiences included Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgical Services for the Methodist Hospital System and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Throughout his career he has balanced a variety of clinical, research, teaching, and administrative leadership roles with a busy vascular surgery practice.

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