Precision Medicine: Who Will Lead?

 

By Hillary Ross

Precision medicine was a late-term focus of the Obama administration, and will remain a national priority as the new regime comes to Washington. The potential benefits number too many to ignore.

As health systems decide on what precision medicine (or personalized medicine) will look like for them, and move toward implementation of that vision, there is a need to recruit strong and innovative leaders. My colleague, Zachary Durst, and I recently had the opportunity to share our thoughts…



New Medical Schools Require Visionaries and Risk-Takers as Leaders

By Jeffrey Schroetlin

An increasing number of health systems are partnering with or launching their own medical schools. They are doing so to keep up with a demand for physicians brought about by the retirement of baby boomer doctors as well as increasing populations and greater need for healthcare in general. Healthcare systems see their own medical schools as an opportunity to address this need for physicians at a local level and even to build their own prestige and reputations…



Seismic Activity: Recruiting New Leaders for Medical Schools

Medical education is undergoing a much-needed major transformation, believes Joyce De Leo, Ph.D., a consultant in Witt/Kieffer’s Academic Medicine and Health Sciences practice who has more than 20 years of experience in academic and medical school administration. For more than a century, she notes, the standard medical school curriculum was relatively unchanged, comprising two years of lectures and two years of clinical rotations. “Change…



Executive Search Best Practices: Selecting a Healthcare CEO

Leadership transitions are inevitable in healthcare and related fields which have seen tremendous tumult in recent years. When the board of a hospital, health system, medical center or other organization determines that it needs to recruit a new chief executive officer, it must follow an established, proven recruiting process. Such a process increases the likelihood of selecting the right person for the job and lends credibility to the chosen candidate, providing an essential foundation for his or her tenure.



Leadership Candidates: Have You Done Your Research?

By Joyce De Leo

The tools and methods that executive search firms use to research candidate backgrounds are extensive – from thorough reference checks to academic degree verification to review of applicants’ social media history. Leadership candidates must do equal due diligence on potential employers. This is an idea I discuss in a recent article for HigherEdJobs entitled, “Your Next Leadership Position: Dive Deep…



What Questions Should Health IT Leaders Ask About Cybersecurity?

By Jim Utterback and Nick Giannas

There has been an explosion in the demand for cybersecurity and the recruitment of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), especially in vulnerable and data-rich industries like healthcare and academic medicine. This demand results from a perfect storm of events and trends that have increased information security risk like never before:

  • The continued proliferation and mass utilization of technology − Going digital comes with consequences for any organization, as anything that is “networkable” can…


Search Committee Best Practices: Novel Ideas from North Dakota

By Paul Thomas, Senior Writer

The work of a search committee is by definition ad hoc, and ephemeral: a position needs filling, a committee is assembled, deliberation ensues, a candidate is selected and—fingers crossed it made the right hire—the committee disbands. There’s more to it than that, of course, but it’s a few-month process after which members return to their “real” jobs, perhaps never to work together so closely and intensely again.

This was my experience many years ago while serving…



Chief Diversity Officers: Raising the Bar within Academic Medicine

Two decades ago it was considered a major milestone when an organization created a chief diversity officer position within its leadership structure. Today, CDOs are in relative abundance, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the position: What role should a CDO have? Who should he or she report to? How much of a difference can a CDO really make upon an organization? Left unanswered, these questions create an impediment to a CDO’s ability to succeed.

Witt/Kieffer has…



In Life Sciences Partnerships, Will a New Type of Leader Emerge?

In the life sciences, the era of monolithic, self-reliant Big Pharma corporations is fading. To boost efficiencies and quality, companies are shrinking operations down to fundamental core competencies while relying on outsourcing and assorted creative collaborations to fulfill “non-core” needs.

Nowhere is partnering more prevalent and necessary than between drug makers and academia. At places like Pfizer, drug development budgets and teams have been slashed. Pharma and academic medical centers “need each other as never before, driven to collaborate by…



Healthcare Administration Best Practices: Leadership Team Development and the Evolution of Physician and Nurse Executives

Guest Post by Christine Mackey-Ross

In the ever-changing landscape of healthcare administration, a new category of professionals is emerging at our nation’s hospitals and provider groups: physician and nurse executives. To maintain a competitive edge, healthcare organizations are ramping up their leadership team development programs to ensure that these newly established administrators have the background and skills necessary to succeed in what is becoming a more and…