Archive for September, 2011

A new hospital partner in the neighborhood
September 20, 2011

I’m excited to see new changes in the USF Health neighborhood. The place formerly known as University Community Hospital became Florida Hospital Tampa today. It’s now part of the 22 hospital network that Adventist Health System runs in Florida. Today’s announcement was more than just a name change: we also announced that USF Health and Florida Hospital Tampa will work together to create better health for our community. We’ll be announcing more specifics of our new partnership soon. In the meantime, you can see more about today’s news here.

Making medical students happier
September 18, 2011

I know people don’t exactly have a lot of sympathy for medical students these days. But even the most hard-hearted may feel a little concern after seeing these two stories in the news last week. The truth is, medical school is hard. Why should you care? Because if students are feeling depressed and burned out, they feel less empathy. And less empathetic students don’t relate as well to others – including their future patients. The sad truth is, other studies have shown that as they go through medical school, many students feel progressively less […]

More on healthcare reform
September 17, 2011

Healthcare reform has managed to confuse everybody.  

Why we have to think big
September 17, 2011

I challenge our students to dream big – to envision a new future for healthcare.  We have to look for transformational change, not just tweaking the vast, confusing maze that we have now – which does more to grow bureaucracy than encourage paying attention to patients. The Institute of Medicine puts it like this: The American healthcare delivery system is in need of fundamental change.  The current care systems cannot do the job.  Trying harder will not work.  Changing systems of care will. Good healthcare is not good enough. We have to […]

Impossible is Nothing
September 16, 2011

Traditional medical school deans quote Aristotle or Einstein. But I’m not very traditional – and I think our times call for breaking tradition. That’s why I’m quoting a sneaker ad campaign. This is what the Adidas folks say: Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men and women who find it easier to live in a world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.  Impossible is not a fact.  It’s an opinion.  Impossible is potential.  Impossible is temporary.  Impossible is nothing. Now […]

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Funny healthcare reform
September 13, 2011

This is why doctors need to lead the revolution to change the future of healthcare.          

Future health-care leaders
September 13, 2011

“Choosing these future health-care leaders is a great responsibility. We want to make sure that we have a futuristic curriculum that emphasizes leadership education, values and ethics, and health systems and policy, so our students can become leaders as opposed to followers of health-care reform.” — Stephen Klasko , Creating the good doctor St. Petersburg Times, Perspectives, Sunday, May 22, 2011

SELECT Student: Alexandra Printz
September 13, 2011

SELECT Student: Alexandra Printz (video interview) Alexandra Printz is one of the first 19 students accepted into the SELECT program — a new medical education program jointly created by USF College of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Health Network that will cross state boundaries to prepare physician leaders committed to accelerating change in health care. Alexandra and 18 other students arrived at USF this fall. Discover why Alexandra chose SELECT as her top medical education program.

Are physician leaders born or made?
September 13, 2011

Here’s an interesting debate on the 33 Charts blog about our new SELECT MD program, which aims to train the next generation of physician leaders. Our first class of SELECT students just arrived on campus a few weeks ago. They were chosen partly on the basis of our assessment of their emotional intelligence. I have to argue with calling our students “a sheltered group of ‘thought-leaders’ from a pre-formulated personality profile or EQ index,” because they’re a pretty impressive bunch.  They’re already raising kids, volunteering in Haiti and working on neuroscience research […]