Developing effective physician leaders: changing cultures and transforming organizations

Hosp Top. Spring 2005;83(2):11-8.


In this article, the authors discuss the problematic issue of transformational change in the face of cultural conflict between the worlds of clinical care and organizational leadership, and describe a case study of organizational cultural change facilitated through a physician leadership development program. A locally developed physician leadership program can be extremely effective at both improving physicians' leadership skills and increasing understanding of the strategic goals and direction of the organization. The transformational change required for physicians to develop and appreciate business and leadership skills can be supported and encouraged in a leadership development program that includes the components of careful curriculum design, program monitoring, and opportunities to apply new skills in practice. For Columbus Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, this organizational transformational change effort was successfully achieved when a new medical leadership development program helped academic and community physicians to become involved in organizational leadership. The authors describe the background and development of this program and provide results of their evaluation of the program, with discussion of future extensions to the program.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Ohio
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Organizational Innovation*
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Physician Executives / psychology
  • Physician Executives / standards*
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Staff Development / methods*