There was a time when doctors used to work for endless hours throughout the week. They used to come early in the morning, even before dawn, stayed with their patients until their condition got stable, if not better, think about the patients before thinking about themselves, and above all, to depend on no-one. From reviewing test reports to diagnosis results to X-ray results, each and everything used to be one man’s task. In simple words, a doctor was expected to be a one man army.
But things have changed a great deal now. What used to be a one man’s job earlier, has now become a team effort. It’s not just one physician working on a patient, but a whole team of senior and junior doctors who make every possible effort to treat the patient. This is where the concept of leadership skills comes into play. When everything was done by one person, he or she was responsible for everything and anything. In simple words, it was solely one man’s job to do all the jobs. However, when it is about getting the whole team together and making all the participating individuals work as cogs in a wheel, the whole picture changes! No wonder experienced physicians are trying their best to become the leaders. But that’s not all; here are the top three reasons why healthcare systems are turning to physician executives.
Needless to say, the experience of a physician executive as a practicing physician also helps a lot in patient care, operational issues, as well as in building relations with other medical institutions and realms of this particular market. This is where the management skills of a physician executive blend with their medical experience. They are able to communicate with the other hospitals and discuss things with ease, because, for them, medical jargons are not an issue, they are the terms that the physicians and physician executives use on a daily basis.
3. Qualification Matters
When a doctor is also able to work as an administrator or a CEO, CFO or operations head, everything starts falling into place for a hospital. It’s like having an experienced hand and a well-learned authority to look up to. See, it all comes down to one question:
who would you choose as your medical institute’s CEO?
Someone who knows how to handle a company but has no prior knowledge of the industry? Or someone who has worked up from the operations to management, accumulating all the necessary skills along the journey?