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Most Doctors Have Little or No Management Training, and That’s a Problem

Harvard Business Review, December 15. 2017, By Jennifer Perry, Foster Mobley, and Matt Brubaker, Rising pressure to achieve better medical outcomes with increasingly limited financial resources has created an acute need for more physician leaders. Yet most doctors in the U.S. aren’t taught management skills in medical school. And they receive little on-the-job training to develop skills such as how to allocate short- and long-term resources, how to provide developmental feedback, or how to effectively handle conflict – leadership skills needed to run a vibrant business. Building a physician leadership pipeline can help fill this gap. By moving physicians through five levels of leadership — from individual practitioner to MD leader to market MD leader to group MD leader to enterprise MD leader — they can take on greater responsibility at the right pace and gain the experience and skills necessary for succeeding at the next level. Over time, they develop the capacity to lead beyond the clinical enterprise and a more holistic view of the organization’s needs. Read the full article.