Acceptance to medical school is the first step in a long journey for physicians. As the odyssey unfolds, classes and patient interactions reinforce the joy of medicine and with this comes the realization that a life-long pursuit of clinical excellence is a given, not an option.
The ever-changing healthcare environment has presented a unique opportunity for physicians to expand their leadership outside of traditional medicine. This new landscape presents an opportunity for physicians to work in other areas within their field, such as finance, continuous improvement, strategy, operations, and so on. In this new world order, physicians seek new career avenues without losing the skills they have built thus far in their careers. However, the academic career pathway is very traditional as you look at the promotion process, and performance management hasn’t necessarily evolved to embrace this complexity.