Grantee Perspective

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant to Western Health Care Leadership Academy to support the work it does in bringing together leaders to examine trends in the ever-evolving health care environment, as well as solutions to the challenges facing the industry today. Spencer Tschida, program coordinator for the California Medical Association discusses how this organization has partnered with Physicians Foundation to promote this important conference.

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant to UNC to support its work with FutureDocs, a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution that helps address the physician shortage crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Erin Fraher, PhD, Assistant Professor, UNC Family Medicine discusses how this organization has partnered with Physicians Foundation to promote the UNC FutureDocs Forecasting tool.

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant to the Indiana Medical Foundation to develop a business leadership program for physicians. Sandra Miller, Director of Practice Management for the Indiana State Medical Association, discusses the partnership with Butler University and how it is helping physicians acquire business acumen.

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant to the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership to develop and implement a leadership development curriculum for residency programs that can be employed across the country. Judiann Smith, Executive Director of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, shared information about the innovative program, highlighting how it provides clinicians with the knowledge and skills they need to be more effective leaders in today’s complex and dynamic healthcare environment.

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2014 to launch an innovative physician leadership program focused on physician mindfulness. Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH, Professor and Chairman in the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School & UMass Memorial Health Care, Director and developer of the Mindful Physician Leadership Program (MPLP), discusses the program and how it’s helping physicians utilize mindfulness approaches in their lives, practices, and leadership roles.

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant in 2012 to the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) Foundation to launch the South Dakota Center for Physician Resources. Mark East, Vice President of the South Dakota Medical Association, discusses the center’s impact on local physicians.

The Physicians Foundation has awarded a number of grants to the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation to support physician leadership programs across the state of Vermont. Cyrus Jordan, MD, Medical Director of the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation, discusses the leadership initiatives and how they are helping practicing physicians improve healthcare in the state.

As part of the Foundation’s Physician Leadership blog series, we recently sat down with Docia Hickey, MD, President of the North Carolina Medical Society. Dr. Hickey, a neonatologist with more than 30 years of experience working across an array of practice settings, shares her thoughts on the current state of medicine, advice for young physicians and the competencies and qualities needed to become a physician leader today.

The Physicians Foundation awarded a grant in 2013 to the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation to launch a leadership program for physicians called evolve™. Amy Swierczewski, Program Manager for the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, discusses the leadership program and how it impacted physicians and the community.

This is the first in a series of posts focused on physician leadership. The Foundation’s goal is to begin a dialogue with practicing physicians, state medical societies and other key stakeholders on the role of physician leadership, its various components and how best the medical community can work together to maximize our success.

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