Six Tests For Physician Leadership


Hospital Safety Insider
By Megan Headly
October 29, 2020


Over the years, physicians have been frequently accused of resisting change. In the face of tremendous new pressures—ranging from explosive levels of new technology and data to changing regulatory burdens and expectations—it is understandable that care providers may struggle to keep up. Now, Thomas H. Lee, MD, chief medical officer for Press Ganey and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, finds that this reluctance to change may itself be changing.

In recent years, Lee says, there’s been a promising “changing of the guard” that he believes may better support the new demands of leadership in healthcare’s future. “They’re different,” Lee says of the physicians coming out of medical school today. “They’re wired more to be part of teams as opposed to individuals raging about change.”

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