A Physician Leader’s Looking Glass

Physician leaders are challenged to identify, implement and report on elaborate quality/safety systems that strive for systematic perfection with the expectation to be  paid for this high performance. This effort is certainly worthy on the surface but could move us significantly further away from the heart of medicine – a personal patient/physician partnership toward health and productivity.  More command and control will likely lead to more costs and less caring.

ACPE has been helping train physician leaders in quality and safety for nearly three decades and all that is good, really good.  However, perhaps there is something better we could teach.  A higher road.  A longer view.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea”.  Antoine de Saint-Exupery quotes (French Pilot, Writer and Author of ‘The Little Prince’, 1900-1944)

What if ACPE could teach physician leaders an approach toward improved and affordable patient care that was entirely different.  Upside down.  Inside out.  Unexpected even.  What “endless immensity of the sea” do you see in your looking glass that we might teach physicians to long for?

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2 Responses to A Physician Leader’s Looking Glass

  1. Mindy Uhrich says:

    The “endless immensity of the sea” that I long for and I believe other physicians do also includes good doctor-patient relationships as well as excellent patient care. It seems though that there are are more barriers every day (ex. goverment regulations and reporting). Instead of seeking ways to break down these barriers, we are in a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mode. Can ACPE help us, and can we help each other, to get rid of some of the barriers rather than learning to scale them?

  2. Jim says:

    Charisse adresses the “endless immensity of the sea” as a yearning for quality or care. I hope to see that as progress. Many physicians, however, are concerned that government intervention will only lead to a enbdless immensity of the sea of regulation and inefficiency.

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