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Making Management Skills a Core Component of Medical Education

Myers, Christopher G. PhD; Pronovost, Peter J. MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001627
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Physicians are being called upon to engage in greater leadership and management in increasingly complex and dynamic health care organizations. Yet, management skills are largely undeveloped in medical education. Without formal management training in the medical curriculum, physicians are left to cultivate their leadership and management abilities through a haphazard array of training programs or simply through trial and error, with consequences that may range from frustration among staff to reduced quality of care and increased risk of patient harm. To address this issue, the authors posit that medical education needs a more systematic focus on topics related to management and organization, such as individual decision making, interpersonal communication, team knowledge sharing, and organizational culture. They encourage medical schools to partner with business school faculty or other organizational scholars to offer a “Management 101” course in the medical curriculum to provide physicians-in-training with an understanding of these topics and raise the quality of physician leadership and management in modern health care organizations.

C.G. Myers is assistant professor, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, and core faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

P.J. Pronovost is senior vice president for patient safety and quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, director, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Funding/Support: None reported.

Other disclosures: None reported.

Ethical approval: Reported as not applicable.

Correspondence should be addressed to Christopher G. Myers, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, 100 International Dr., Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (410) 234-9391; e-mail:

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