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Many organizations lag in physician-leadership training programs

An article in NEJM Catalyst by Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., and Stephen Swensen, M.D., about training physician leaders, says that “Leadership is teachable, and leadership development and training are important, according to NEJM Catalyst’s recent Insights Council survey on the topic. Yet the same survey reveals that more than half of respondents think their organizations’ efforts to develop and train leaders are lacking in quality and time commitment.”

Dr. Gary Kaplan, chairman and CEO at Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle, finds these results concerning, especially as the complexity of delivering health care continues to increase. ‘Leadership doesn’t just happen,’ he says. ‘We need strong leaders for greater focus and to execute improvement work in organizations and the health care industry overall.”’

“Internal leadership training programs are the top approach used at Insights Council members’ organizations, by a wide margin, ” the article says.

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