How physicians can prove to be better leaders than the non-medical background candidates.

By | September 5, 2019

The health care industry is looking for managers who can deal with major advancements in 3 important areas: quality, resource usage, and clinical outcomes.

Nowadays most hospitals understand the need of having physicians in the C-suite, and how their initial connection to patient care can have an impact on the growth of the organization as well as on the general health of their communities.

Listed below are 3 ways by which physicians can work as an efficient change agent for their organizations.

  1. Clinical path to leadership

Physicians try to fulfill their leadership roles through a clinical approach. For instance, while looking through the statistics physician administrators are more concerned and careful because they realize it is not just about numbers but about living beings. This is so because they have looked after the patients themselves. Physician executives are more mindful and attentive towards the operational side of health care. This helps increase patients satisfaction.

  1. Prioritizing the quality

According to a survey conducted in 2011, among 300 leading American hospitals the quality scores of hospitals run by the physician executives were 25% greater than those driven by leaders with non-medical backgrounds. In most cases a gap is observed between an organization’s quality efforts and other important factors like population health, commercialism, etc. This gap can be filled by the physician leaders. The organizations that prioritize giving quality care to the patients often progress. To do so it is important to utilize resources effectively and bring stability in the services provided.

  1. Chances of growth

The physician leaders have not formally studied business unlike the non-medical background competitors but they can always take workshops and courses and improve their management skills. Physicians can understand the patient’s requirements better.