Are physicians leaders? It’s a loaded question, but one that deserves analysis. In my recently published book, MD 2.0 – Physician Leadership in the Information Age, I take a look at the evolution of the role of physicians and how we’ve arrived at the point where the traditional paternalistic physician is no longer feasible. There are a lot of cultural and sociological reasons for why the leadership role of physicians is changing. The typical physician started as a hyper-focused student, most likely skipping the fraternity party to stay home and study the Krebs Cycle. As a group, we’re trained not to take risks. We delay professional gratification on the assumption that if we succeed at our task-oriented work, in the end we’ll get the recognition and stature we deserve. But the world is changing. Healthcare today must be both physician-led […]
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