The Unique Challenge of Physician Burnout in Academic Medicine

 

By Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH, DLFAPA

On his 55th birthday, Alton went to work as usual. The Chief Medical Officer of a large academic medical center, Alton had led an exceptional life, rising from industrial Midwest origins through college, medical school, residency, fellowship, faculty appointment and a succession of administrative posts. He was an accomplished faculty member and researcher – a sort of Horatio Alger as an academic physician.

On this day he arrived and, instead of going to his…



In Healthcare, Interim Executives Fill a Strategic Leadership Need

The following is a conversation between Witt/Kieffer president and CEO Andrew Chastain and Brian Krehbiel, leader of the new Witt/Kieffer Interim Leadership practice.

Chastain: Over the past 25 years, I’ve noticed the use of interim executive leadership in healthcare has changed. What’s different?

Krehbiel: It was about 25…



The Fading Line: Insights from Non-Profit and For-Profit Healthcare Leaders

 

By Nelson Mann and Margaret Base

As executive search consultants with extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit healthcare sectors, we have witnessed an interesting trend in recent years. The “line in the sand” that previously deterred healthcare executives from moving between the two sectors has significantly blurred. Healthcare organizations are discovering the benefits of hiring leaders from outside their traditional sphere, and executives are enjoying the career growth they experience by “switching sides.”

Given significant and constant disruptions in…



For Physician Leaders, Keeping a Strong, Healthy Clinical Staff Is Job One

A lot is being asked of physician leaders in today’s hospitals, health systems, and medical groups. On the growing list of administrative roles that physician leaders play, recruiting, mentoring and retaining an engaged and dynamic clinical staff is at or near the top.

The ability of physicians to expertly oversee other physicians is a topic that Witt/Kieffer consultant Carl Fitch encounters almost daily. In recruiting up-and-coming executives for…



Toward a New Brand of Faculty Practice Leadership

new brand of leadership

Movement in healthcare and academic medicine toward improved quality and new cost structures, organizational consolidation and alignment, and clinical integration have resulted in an evolution of faculty practice plan leadership. In this Q&A, Beth Frye, MD, Witt/Kieffer Chief of Operations & Of Counsel, looks at the expanding responsibilities for group practice leaders and the resulting challenges in recruiting these physician administrators. “The leader must be…



For Healthcare CFOs, M&A Activity Spells Change and Opportunity

The role of healthcare CFO is shifting and expanding with the growth and increased complexity of major nonprofit and investor-owned systems. One critical change is that the CFO in hospitals, health systems, and related organizations is much more of an essential right hand and strategic partner to the CEO.

In a recent feature article for Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), titled “Meet Your New Boss,” writer Jim Romeo looks at the integral role of healthcare CFO as…



Before Signing On, What Not-for-Profit CEO Candidates Must Ask

“When recruiting chief executives for not-for-profit organizations,” writes Witt/Kieffer’s Julie Rosen, “I pose one key question for each candidate: Are you truly passionate and committed to the organization’s mission and its work?”

Mission alignment is critical, Rosen says. As a not-for-profit CEO, “you will be eating and breathing this work, 24/7.” Beyond this, however, Rosen believes there are several fundamental questions…



Can Coaching Help College Presidents?

It’s lonely and tough at the top of the higher education administrative ladder. College and university presidents have more on their plates, and with greater consequences, than ever before. Many presidents are now turning to leadership coaches for support.

Witt/Kieffer recently conducted an online survey of more than 60 presidents on their experience with and thoughts about leadership coaching. More than half of these had experienced coaching at some point in their…



Executive Careers: How to Ace the Interview

Witt/Kieffer senior partner Adriane Willig has conducted hundreds of searches for healthcare executives since joining the firm in 2008, meaning that she has conducted thousands of interviews. In a recent webinar, “How to Ace Your Next Executive Interview,” Willig joined other executive recruiting experts on a panel advising thousands of global executives on the topic. The online event was hosted by BlueSteps, the career support…



Virtua Health CEO Dennis Pullin: In Leadership, Passion Tops Perfection

Like many prominent leaders in healthcare, Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, has been driven by a desire to help others, which he channels into a clear passion for his work as a chief
executive. Leaders, Pullin believes, don’t have to be perfect as long as they exhibit a genuine, unwavering commitment to peers, patients, and communities and pledge
to learn and grow. Pullin is currently president and CEO of New Jersey-based Virtua Health, a…