Category Archives: Human Capital/Management

I Didn’t Need a Mentor. Did I?

 By Sarah Bryczkowski, MD

What is mentorship? According to the dictionary, a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor.” Mentor is synonymous with adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant, etc. As a verb, to mentor means to “advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).” A mentor is “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person,” synonymous with tutor, coach, counsel, lead, guide, pilot, shepherd, and show.

I would like to share my story of how mentorship helped me grow as a young female academic surgeon. I originally wrote this post in 2014 as I returned from two years of research back to clinical surgery duty. It has been slightly altered from how it originally appeared on my blog, in order to show appreciation for the new connections and mentors I have found song the way.  Before I do that, however, let me explain the two reasons why I thought I didn’t need a mentor. Continue reading I Didn’t Need a Mentor. Did I?

Unexpected Collaborations

Originally posted on the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation blog May 21, 2014

By Francesca Ripple

Yesterday I watched a video that went viral and I thought to myself, “Now, that’s innovation!” I might be the only person out of 6 million people who saw this impromptu jam session as an analogy for innovation, but here is why.

Innovation is all about unexpected combinations and collaborations that can create new value. We are often asked by people who visit us at the Center For Innovation how to create and foster innovation; how can they replicate the secret sauce? And while we can create the spaces and the opportunities that support innovation, it’s the magic of the creatives – the people – that makes all the difference. The guitarist, Jese Raya, was just ‘doing his thing’ (as he usually does) when unexpectedly a passerby heard something that inspired him to stop and collaborate. Continue reading Unexpected Collaborations

Balancing the Ethical with the Financial in Medical Research Funding

By Philip A. Cola

The United States government allocates billions of dollars annually to training physician scientists and funding medical research. But what are the ethical and motivational considerations of the scientific knowledge transfer necessary to advance the clinical practice of medicine, known as translational medicine? Naturally, when we or a family member gets sick, we want the best-trained physician scientists and the most advanced treatments available. Indeed, there is a greater need for health care services and dissemination of scientific discovery than ever before. Unfortunately, the outcomes of these studies come at an unusually heavy societal cost.

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Diversity’s Next Frontier: Careers in Academic Medicine

By Sophia Shapiro

How can we hope to diversify medical schools without diversifying their leadership? How can we hope to diversify their leadership without recruiting diverse medical students to academic medicine? We can’t.

Although students are introduced to various careers in medical school in the form of specialties, academic medicine as a career is rarely formally included. Encouraging diverse medical students, including women; members of racial and ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students; and members of other underrepresented groups is especially important due to the lack of diversity in the academic workforce.

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Transformation and the Health Care Workforce

By Shana Sandberg

Recent news reports of record numbers of applicants and enrollees at the nation’s medical schools have drawn attention to the future physician workforce. But questions remain as to whether the United States will have enough physicians to fill shortages exacerbated by the expansion of insurance coverage and by an aging population that increasingly suffers from chronic disease. Can transformations in training, payment, and care delivery help to solve our growing health care needs?

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Wing of Zock in the “Dog Daze” of Health Wonk Review

A recent post from Wing of Zock discusses rankings and metrics in the context of the health care system’s seismic shift from volume to value in the latest edition of Health Wonk Review posted by David E. Williams of Health Business Blog.

The featured post, authored by Vivian Lee, MD, Ph.D., MBA., senior vice president of Health Sciences, CEO of the Health Care System, and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah, examines health care rankings and metrics in our current systems.

Dr. Lee writes:

“Health care rankings also matter. They matter a lot. Why? For one, we are undergoing a seismic shift in health care payment reform—shifting from a fee-for-service model to a value-based system, where our physicians and hospitals are being compensated for thevalue they deliver to patients. Measuring that value accurately, clearly, and consistently is vital to successful transformation.”

Dr. Lee calls for reworking how we measure our health care rankings in order to put health care metrics and rankings on the same playing field.

Full Health Wonk Review after the jump.  Continue reading Wing of Zock in the “Dog Daze” of Health Wonk Review

Ms. Sanger-Katz: Come Spend a Week in My Scrubs

By John A. Wilson, MD

Originally posted on Neurosurgery Blog on June 28, 2013

As one neurosurgeon put it, “After finishing my last day of seven, 24-hour days, on-call, removing a brain tumor, stabilizing a fractured spine, and finally spending hours with a grieving family to help them grapple with the difficult decisions surrounding a locked-in syndrome for a brain stem hemorrhage, I arrived home to read a National Journal article by Ms. Sanger-Katz entitled, ‘Doctors Already Make More Than Enough Money.’ I have no words to describe my emotions.”

Well, the AANS and CNS have some words in response.

Ms. Sanger-Katz is clearly misinformed. As such, we invite her to come spend a week on-call with a neurosurgeon to see if we are really in this profession for the wrong reason. Maybe then she will have a better understanding of why we don’t consider ourselves to be “actors in health care”’ as she suggests in her article. We don’t pretend to save lives every day as if we were in a movie, and it’s insulting to even suggest such a thing. Continue reading Ms. Sanger-Katz: Come Spend a Week in My Scrubs

Life in the “Crease”: Academic Medicine–Where the Knowledge Industry and the Health Industry Meet

pattern_anlysisBy James E. Lewis, Ph.D.

The “crease” is what I call the interface between the academic world (part of the “knowledge industry”) and the health care delivery world (part of the “health industry”). It is where academic medicine lives and, in my opinion, misunderstanding of that fact is the root cause of many conflicts between medical schools and their clinician faculty, and the teaching hospital. Those conflicts arise when medical schools and teaching hospitals seek individual greatness for the clinical and academic enterprises rather than greatness for the academic medical center in which they are inextricably intertwined. I stress, “inextricably intertwined.”  Nearly everything done in the academic medical center, whether teaching, research, or clinical care, is a “joint product” created through inseparable efforts and components.

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