A Homegrown Approach to Physician Leadership

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media , May 29, 2014

However, Muller believes that Legacy's readiness to become certified as an NCQA patient-centered medical home would not have happened without Legacy's Physician Leadership Academy. Legacy has applied for, and believes it will attain this year, PCMH status for all 23 of its primary care clinics. It piloted the medical home model at five sites from 2007–2010. That number quickly grew to 18 by 2011.

"Once we got the model down, figured out what it was, we were able to roll it out to other sites," she says. "As we've opened new clinics, we've opened them in the model. Part of the reason we've been able to push it quickly is because of the training and coaching.

A key ingredient to Legacy Health's Physician Leadership Academy is that the classes are taught by leaders of the organization. The CEO teaches, but more than that, he leads by example, which underscores the value an organization places on leadership attributes. Developing physician leaders, or any leader, is more than throwing a few buzzwords around in a memo or meeting. Real leadership skills are learned over time, and by example.

Jacqueline Fellows is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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Dike Drummond MD (5/30/2014 at 1:46 PM)
It is very important to grow your own leaders from within. Each group has a unique configuration, patient population, provider mix and culture. If you attempt to overlay leadership training in a "one size fits all" fashion or, even worse, outsource leadership or leadership training to a consultant ... you are setting yourself up to simply spin your wheels. And in my experience working with hundreds of physician leaders .. it is ALWAYS all about the soft skills. Grow your physician leaders. Teach them meeting facilitation and project management skills ... so that when the really big changes ahead take hold ... you can turn on a dime and profit from them. Dike Dike Drummond MD www.TheHappyMD (dot) com




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