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Florida Medical Magazine Spring 2017

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37 www.FLmedical.org FLORIDA MEDICAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2017 Seligson noted that physician leaders o en have to approach their work diff erently than other professionals who don't contend with clinical issues or need to consider the mechanics of hospital operations. But while having physicians in decision-making positions is key to improving health care delivery and quality, doctors need the right tools to fl ourish in those roles. For example, the KMA Physician Leadership Academy cur- riculum drills down into the specifi cs of thinking strategically, driving institutional change, building culture and identifying talent, mastering relationships, and presenting persuasively. Seligson said physicians who seek out leadership programs share a hunger for knowledge and a sincere desire to be part of making meaningful change. "A sign of a leader is someone who wants to be a prob- lem-solver and wants to give the time. You're doing things most people don't want to do," he said. "You're not a leader because you have a title. You have to earn that title." Some leadership techniques are more advanced and technical than others. However, Seligson identifi ed one as paramount: People skills. " e only way you become an eff ective advocate for your profession is knowing how to get along with other people," he said. "You have to understand people with diff erent personali- ties and various styles of leadership, and how to work within a system that has a lot of others involved in the recipe." is is where the camaraderie and relative intimacy of a physician leadership program can be immediately useful. In a collegial learning environment, the doctors give each other candid feedback about thorny situations and how to handle them better. ey challenge each other in positive ways. " ey talk back and forth, and I'll hear them say, 'You came across too strong,' or ' is is how you ought to approach it,' " Seligson said. "It's cool because they're trying to help each other out. ey're not in competition with each other." In addition to providing grants to other organizations, the Physicians Foundation hosts its own annual physician leader- ship conference, which will be held in September at Brandeis University. e Foundation also brought its physician leader- ship program grantees together in 2015 to share best practices and recommendations, which were compiled in a white paper you can access by clicking here. "Now is the most exciting time in the history of organized medicine, and to be able to train doctors to make them more eff ective in articulating issues and problem-solving will help further the practice of medicine," Seligson said. " ere's a lot of opportunity there if the doctors will embrace it and say, 'We have to step forward. We've got to make a diff erence.' " "The only way you become an effective advocate for your profession is knowing how to get along with other people," Seligson said. "You have to understand people with different personalities and various styles of leadership, and how to work within a system that has a lot of others involved in the recipe."

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