Effective Medical Leadership

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University of Toronto Press, Aug 1, 2010 - Medical - 240 pages
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`Bryce Taylor, and active academic surgeon and medical leader, brings a lifetime of hands-on leadership experience, acute observation, and a deep understanding of the leadership literature to the task of helping others achieve their own leadership potential.' From the foreword by Bruce Barraclough, AO, FRACS, Past President, International Soceity for Quality in Health Care, and Chair, Clinical Excellence Commission, New South Wales, Australia

`This book has meaning far beyond hospital walls. It is a book about leadership. Anyone responsible for the management of people and resources can learn from Dr.Taylor's unique skills and abilities.' David A. Galloway, Chairman of the Board, BMO

`During the course of Bryce Taylor's Career, during which time he has been head of a large teaching hospital, he has learned a lot about leadership, confidence, and impartiality. His keen observations in Effective Medical Leadership will be an invaluable resource for anyone new to a position of leadership.' Steven Strasberg, Pruett Professor of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

`Bryce Taylor presents what today's medical leaders and those who are leaders of the future need-a patient-centred perspective that always takes into account the big-picture needs of the hospital, university, and staff body. Written thoughtfully and in plain language, Taylor's practical guide is a must-read.' Philip Hassen, President, International Society for Quality in Health Care, Dublin, and President, Canadian Network for International Surgery

`Effective Medical Leadership is an outstanding guide for persons aspiring to leadership positions. In this accessible and up-to-date book, Bryce Taylor shares the wealth of his expertise with wit and humour, successfully addressing the challenges and problems encountered by leaders in the medical field. It should be required reading for all those seeking leadership roles in health care and related professions.' Garth Warnock, Chair of Surgery, University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital

The modern hospital represents a complex community in which life and death decisions are made on the front lines of patient care, and difficult operational and strategic initiatives are developed in the offices of institutional leaders, Effective Medical Leadership describes the unusual position of a medical leader in an organization often administered by non-medical managers.

Through extensive situational examples, Dr. Bryce Taylor illuminates the principles of medical leadership, focusing on the challenges, the solutions, and the daily life of the head of a division, department, or program. In hospitals, just as in other large organizations, effective leaders must appreciate the big picture, pay attention to detail, and, above all, care about the careers of their constituents in addition to patient health. Taylor outlines successes as well as failures, emphasizing that effective leadership is based on common sense, integrity, an orientation to the welfare of colleagues, and a passionate, consistent commitment to the mission of an organization.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
three hospitals
15
The Medical Leaders Job
25
The Team and Teamwork
50
The Personnel
62
A Typical Day
103
Quality of Care and Risk in Medicine
124
Planning and Execution
149
Data and Money
172
Other Important Issues
192
The Character of a Leader
209
Some Final Thoughts about the Success
221
Index
229
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About the author (2010)

Bryce Taylor has served in a variety of hospital, university, and national medical leadership positions in the last thirty years. In 1999, while holding the positions of Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, he was appointed James Wallace McCutcheon Chair in Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of Surgical Services at the University Health Network in Toronto. He continues to practise as a hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer surgeon, and is married with five children.

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