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Written by: Vester Gravley on Thursday, August 20, 2015 Posted in:

The white paper “Life Long Learning Physician Competency Development,” issued by American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum recommends competency in the following skills for the “Next Generation of Health Care Delivery”:

– Leadership training
– Systems theory and analysis
– Use of information technology
– Cross-disciplinary training/multidisciplinary teams
– Understanding and respecting the skills of other practitioners

Additional education around:
– Population health management
– Palliative care/end-of-life
– Resource management/medical economics
– Health policy and regulation
– Interpersonal and communication skills
– Less “captain of the ship” and more “member/leader of the team”
– Empathy/customer service
– Time management
– Conflict management/performance feedback
– Understanding of cultural and economic diversity
– Emotional intelligence

This is quite the list! Allow me to make two observations. First, it seems to me that these competencies would benefit every clinician at every level of healthcare. And second, if this is the training trajectory of our physicians, in order to prepare the “Next Generation” in healthcare, it would behoove the other members of the patient care team to adopt a similar training path. The words of Academic and Computer Scientist, Jesse James Garrett apply, “… the best teams I’ve encountered have one important thing in common: their team structure and processes cover a full range of distinct competencies necessary for success.”