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Medical Leadership in an Increasingly Complex World

Medical Leadership in an Increasingly Complex World COMMENTARY Medical Leadership in an Increasingly Complex World set professional standards in medicine, from individual spe- Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD cialty societies to organizations cutting across the entire medi- cal establishment. REECE IS GOING BANKRUPT.THE EURO IS SHAKY. What defines a successful leader of such organizations? The oil inundating the Gulf Coast may elimi- That’s more than a rhetorical question. Medicine now makes nate one-third of the US seafood catch. In the up 17% of the US gross domestic product; thus, a large part Gmidst of this chaos, the nightly news focuses of the country’s ability to ensure life, liberty, and the pur- on a medical breakthrough. At a cost of about $100 000, suit of happiness is in the hands of medical leaders. a man with metastatic prostate cancer can be treated with There are several possible definitions of successful an infusion of his own cells and live, on average, a few leadership. Is it an indication of success if the leader of an months longer. The commentator questions whether academic medical center keeps the institution financially insurance companies will pay for this therapy and won- solvent, constructs new buildings—especially those for ders whether men who do http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Medical Leadership in an Increasingly Complex World

JAMA , Volume 304 (4) – Jul 28, 2010

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2010 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2010.1049
pmid
20664049
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Abstract

COMMENTARY Medical Leadership in an Increasingly Complex World set professional standards in medicine, from individual spe- Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD cialty societies to organizations cutting across the entire medi- cal establishment. REECE IS GOING BANKRUPT.THE EURO IS SHAKY. What defines a successful leader of such organizations? The oil inundating the Gulf Coast may elimi- That’s more than a rhetorical question. Medicine now makes nate one-third of the US seafood catch. In the up 17% of the US gross domestic product; thus, a large part Gmidst of this chaos, the nightly news focuses of the country’s ability to ensure life, liberty, and the pur- on a medical breakthrough. At a cost of about $100 000, suit of happiness is in the hands of medical leaders. a man with metastatic prostate cancer can be treated with There are several possible definitions of successful an infusion of his own cells and live, on average, a few leadership. Is it an indication of success if the leader of an months longer. The commentator questions whether academic medical center keeps the institution financially insurance companies will pay for this therapy and won- solvent, constructs new buildings—especially those for ders whether men who do

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 28, 2010

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