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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-20

Leading mindfully and managing compassionately: Strategies for meeting today's challenges in academic medicine

1 Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
2 Department of Pathology, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
3 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Monte S Willis
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_63_17

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Academic medical centers (AMCs) are no strangers to operating in a challenging environment; however, the challenges have never been more significant and the future more uncertain than now largely due to the changes affected by the health care reform and the possibility of more changes stemming from the political arena. The looming threat to the triple mission of outstanding clinical care, education, and research can only be successfully thwarted by a shift in the mindset of health-care leadership to better align with winning strategies for a volatile environment. Adapting some of the proven leadership strategies in a business setting may be beneficial in navigating the challenging and changing healthcare arena. Two strategies are highlighted with examples in this review: the adaptation of a “growth” mindset over a “fixed” mindset, and application of compassionate management during challenging times, both of which have been shown to improve the overall financial performance of a company. Integration of these strategies and allocation of resources to professional growth and leadership development can equip health system managers, physicians, staff and trainees with the adaptive tools necessary for meeting the increasing demands and ensuring the continued success of an AMC. With nearly 6000 pathologists and 2200 residents working in an academic setting, an increasing emphasis on leadership development and management tools for pathology professionals is timely. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Interpersonal and communication skills, Practice-based learning and improvement, Professionalism, Systems-based practice.

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