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Leadership in Medicine


Medical Leadership is one of the ‘hot’ topics of the day. There is increasing evidence to support the relationship between good clinical leadership and better patient outcomes. Courses in Medical Leadership abound. Can leaders really be trained, or even selected? I set out to address the question “How does a leader in medicine evolve?”

All doctors have to assume leadership roles but the podcast series "Leaders in Medicine Reflect on the People and Experiences that shaped them"  features those who are embracing high levels or responsibility. They originate from many specialities and areas of the profession, and I selected them through my personal contacts or chance meetings, or just a positive response to an email.

The "Women Role Models in Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry - Leading change" subset of the podcasts emerged when I and colleagues on the Intercollegiate Improving Working Lives Committee and the Medical Women’s Federation  considered how we might respond to the Women in Medicine report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Chief Medical Officer’s report, Women in Medicine – Making a Difference. Both of these indicated the lack of female role models as a significant factor in the slow advancement of women towards higher leadership roles in the profession. However, many women are excelling in the profession and these interviews introduce just a few of them.

And the answer to my question? All these leaders are doctors by vocation but have in the course of their careers recognised areas where change must occur, have a vision of improvement and passion and energy to drive it forward. I hope you enjoy the confidences they share with us.

Jean McEwan