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Florida Medical Magazine Spring 2017

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30 www.FLmedical.org FLORIDA MEDICAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2017 David Winchester, M.D., 2013 Graduate Christienne Alexander, M.D., 2012 Graduate Christienne Alexander, M.D., was a pioneer — one of 10 physicians selected for the second FMA Karl M. Altenburger M.D. (KMA) Physician Leadership Academy class in 2011. Excited as she was about the fl edgling program, she didn't quite know what to expect. Dr. Alexander, a family practice physician and Florida State University College of Medicine Assistant Professor, now looks back on the program as "a mini MBA for physicians" that helped her fi nd her voice as an advocate for doctors and patients. When the 2016-17 Academy participants gathered in Tampa for their fi rst session in October, Dr. Alexander and three of her fellow graduates urged them to make the most of the experience and embrace health care's transformation. A recurring theme: Young physicians should be leading the transformation. "Programs like this get us out of our imposter syndrome," said Dr. Alexander, who is also a District Representative on the FMA Board of Governors. "As young physicians, sometimes we think we don't know what we're doing. It's about moving past that because we all have a voice, and we can infl uence the change that's going to be here 20 years from now. It is import- ant to sit at the table and open your mouth." Since the Academy launched in 2010, some 77 physicians have completed the program and many have served on the FMA Board or councils and committees. One of them is Melissa Shaughnessy, D.O., a 2013 graduate and FMA Young Physician Section Board representative who joined Dr. Alexander during the panel discussion in Tampa. Dr. Shaughnessy said that "this is a great time" to step up, as organizations are moving past outdated perceptions of what leadership looks like. " e FMA really is very interested in the young physician per- spective," said Dr. Shaughnessy, a family practice physician with the Department of Veteran Aff airs in Orlando. "You guys are on the cutting edge of medicine. A lot of organizations are looking for that young, innovative physician to be a leader, whether it's in Amra Resic, Melissa Shaughnessy, D.O., 2013 Graduate { L E A D E R S H I P } 'This is a really exciting time' By Erika D. Peterman FMA Managing Editor

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