AAOS Bulletin - October, 2005

Leadership training expands career options for orthopaedists

The AOA~Kellogg Leadership Series provides opportunities

AAOS members who want to become leaders—not only in their practices and communities, but also in their specialty—often find that their medical training isn’t enough. Leadership in an organization frequently requires quite different skills than those obtained in a surgical skills course.

Recognizing this, the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), in conjunction with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, developed a program that focuses on the critical issues of leadership and provides orthopaedic surgeons with the tools and resources they need to lead more effectively, for the benefit of orthopaedics and the patient.

AAOS members who have taken one or more of the modules in the leadership series praise the courses and faculty. According to Michael W. Chapman, MD, “The AOA~Kellogg Leadership Series is a wonderful learning experience. Sharing experiences and viewpoints with many other leaders in orthopaedic surgery—whether from a traditional academic university setting, industry, health care administration, or the private practice setting—provides an enriching experience. I found all of the thought-provoking topics to be exciting and immediately applicable to my current leadership challenges.”

Three learning modules

The course has three modules, which do not have to be taken sequentially. Module One provides a baseline for effective leadership. Participants learn how to formulate and implement strategy, develop an organization’s mission, vision and values statements and catalyze others to act. Using case studies, participants analyze decision-making processes and dynamics, and learn how to persuade and influence others.

Module Two offers human resources training and management. Negotiation is a highlight of this course, challenging leaders to “expand the pie” to create win-win results, while understanding their best alternative to a negotiated agreement. Participants learn to about organizational development, effective personnel selection, development and maintenance of high-performance personnel, and performance appraisals and incentives.

Module Three discusses trends in governance and the evolution of boards of directors. Participants gain a better understanding of fiduciary obligations and are given methods to convert crisis into opportunity by understanding personal competencies, improving deficiencies and leveraging strengths in a variety of environments. Interactive case studies show how to take a program from an unsupported idea or initiative to a valuable organizational offering.

“I think the most valuable part of the AOA~Kellogg Leadership Series is to be in a room full of your peers in orthopaedics and interacting with them—seeing them applying the principles they are learning to their own practices. Attending this course with my colleagues was invaluable,” said Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, professor and chair of the department of orthopaedics at the University of North Carolina.

Sign up now

The next AOA~Kellogg Leadership session (Module Two) is scheduled for Jan. 27-29, 2006. A Module Three session is scheduled for May 19-21, 2006, and a Module One session on Nov. 10-12, 2006.

More information and online registration is available at http://www.aoassn.org/LeadershipAcademicKelloggTop.asp

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