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Florida Medical Magazine Spring 2017

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31 www.FLmedical.org politics or education or the running of your business." As the Academy's reputation and ranks have grown, physicians o en apply based on word of mouth. Internal medicine physi- cian Noah Hoskins, M.D., a member of the current class, had been actively seeking opportunities to sharpen her leadership skills when she learned about the Academy in a conversation with FMA CEO Tim Stapleton. "I thought, ' is is exactly what I'm looking for,' " said Dr. Hoskins, Regional Medical Director for the hospitalist group Sound Physicians in Coral Springs. "Physicians haven't necessarily had training in how to be an eff ective leader. It doesn't matter whether you're right out of residency or have been practicing for years. e KMA Leadership Academy is an opportunity to bring new leaders and front-line physicians into the conversation. at's the whole point. e more physicians you have in that conversation, the better." While the conversation in medicine is o en about health care's dizzying evolution and its impact on physicians, there's a common thread of optimism among Academy participants and graduates. "I think this is a really exciting time," Dr. Alexander said. "We get very busy as physicians and work with tons of people who are like, 'You're going to take care of that, right?' We need your help, too. It's being at the table instead of on the menu." UF Health cardiologist David Winchester, M.D., a 2013 Academy graduate, encouraged the new class to take the long view for the good of medicine and their own. "You're going to be in this profession for the next 20, 30 years," said Dr. Winchester, also an Assistant Professor in the Univer- sity of Florida College of Medicine "You need to be here and make your voices heard so that you can guide that change over the course of your career." Amra Resic, M.D., a family medicine physician with Morton Plant Mease Primary Care in Palm Harbor, relishes the challenge. "I love change," said Dr. Resic, a 2016 Academy graduate who was part of the panel. "Either you love it or you hate it. e person who loves it fl ourishes in an environment of change. I'm a very positive person, so I'm not going to sit there and be negative saying, ' is isn't going to work' and fi ght against it." And in the midst of these changes, Dr. Resic said young physicians have something vital to contribute: Passion. She urged the 2016-2017 class to use the Academy as a springboard for turning their passion into action. Take the Leadership Challenge The FMA is accepting applications for the 2017-18 Karl M. Altenburger, M.D. (KMA) Physician Leadership Academy. This intensive, 10-month program equips young doctors with essential skills for leading effectively and strategically, and mastering the non-clinical elements of physician leadership. Click here to apply by the Friday, May 12 deadline. Resic, M.D., 2016 Graduate Noah Hoskins, M.D., current class "As young physicians, sometimes we think we don't know what we're doing. It's about mov- ing past that because we all have a voice, and we can in uence the change that's going to be here 20 years from now." — Christienne Alexander, M.D. FLORIDA MEDICAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2017

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