Why should you visit us at AMGA or Becker?

Are you attending AMGA Annual Conference or Becker’s Hospital Review 10th Annual Meeting? Or maybe both? If you are attending either conference, then consider meeting with us! Why should you visit us at AMGA or Becker? Healthcare is at a crossroads. According to a new report by the Mayo Clinic, physician burnout and work-life [...]

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Five Personal Values for Fostering Effective Care Teams

Promoting high-functioning care teams requires best practices like clear communication, conflict management (see our blog post “Communication In Teams—What Research Says About Improving It” for more on these) and a commitment on the part of institutions to support those practices with policy. There are also specific values [...]

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Communication In Care Teams—What Research Says About Improving It

A high-functioning care team is one in which communication among its members is high-functioning. On the other hand, as Michelle O’Daniel and Alan H. Rosenstein, MD point out, “Lack of communication creates situations where medical errors can occur. These errors have the potential to cause severe injury or unexpected patient [...]

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What Really Matters to Millennials in Medicine Today

With nearly a quarter of physicians in some specialties under age 39,1 millennials are beginning to make their mark on American medicine. Their age group has experienced criticism, in and out of medicine. The terms “entitled,” “lazy” and “self-absorbed” crop up regularly in journalistic assessments. And the impact of [...]

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The Proven Value Millennial Physicians Bring to the Table

While much of the attention being paid to millennial-age physicians centers on the young physicians’ sometimes uneasy relationships with older medical colleagues, there’s another interesting relationship to consider: millennials caring for millennials.

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Deepening relationships, recognition for healthcare support in 2018

This week VITAL WorkLife was admitted as a Network Organization which supports the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well Being and Resilience. Closing the year strong takes extra effort from everyone, and this recognition to be included in an elite group of organizations dedicated to reversing [...]

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Appropriate, Inappropriate and Disruptive Behavior by Physicians: Some Official Definitions

When it comes to the behavior of physicians, the lines between what’s appropriate, what’s merely inappropriate and what is genuinely disruptive are not always easy to draw. Here’s how the Model Medical Staff Code of Conduct, developed by the Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) of the American Medical Association, explains [...]

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What Does a “Prevention Plan” for Disruptive Behavior Look Like?

Discussing the need to deal with disruptive behavior on the part of physicians, one of the most prominent researchers in the field, H. Alan Rosenstein, MD, writes: "The greatest potential for success in the intervention process is to intervene before a disruptive event actually occurs. Once an event occurs the damage is [...]

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How Big a Problem Is Disruptive Behavior by Physicians, and What Can Be Done?

When a physician engages in disruptive behavior, defined by the AMA as “verbal or nonverbal conduct that harms or intimidates others to the extent that quality of care or patient safety could be compromised,” the ripple effect of the behavior can be extreme and the results quite dire, according to studies.1

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