10 tips for surviving as a medical staff leader
November 22, 2021
Being a medical staff leader can be a positive, educational experience, but it can also be trying. Follow these 10 tips to help you manage and get the most out of your leadership experience:
- Read your bylaws, rules, and regulations.
- To learn about your position, schedule a face-to-face meeting with the following individuals:
- Vice president of medical affairs (VPMA)
- A colleague who is in the same position or has recently completed a term in office
- The medical staff coordinator
- The CEO/COO
- Discuss your position’s time commitments with your:
- Office staff
- Find at least one wise and supportive friend who will keep your confidences, provide counsel, be an empathetic listener, and give you occasional ideas.
- Avoid colleagues who gossip, spread rumors, criticize, and snipe at you. You have a perfect reason not to spend time with them.
- Always ask “Is this confidential information?” and then keep it so.
- Identify your support staff—in the medical staff office, administration, your office—and use them.
- Insist on leadership skill training programs as soon as possible for yourself and your leadership team.
- Schedule at least 30 minutes each week for self-learning using audio materials, videos, books, and journals.
- Find someone to identify community resources for your leadership development—a public library, community college, or university—and see if they have programs, publications, or instructional materials for you.
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