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The First 6 Months: Transitioning Into a New Position

Ruiz, Roberto MPA; Baker, Edward L. MD, MSc, MPH

Section Editor(s): Baker, Edward L. MD, MPH; Column Editor

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: March/April 2013 - Volume 19 - Issue 2 - p 187–189
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318283fc9f
The Management Moment

This column describes 3 strategies that are related to transitioning into a new position, particularly the crucial first 6 months in a new job: understanding resource availability, understanding people, and understanding the organization and its mission.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta (Mr Ruiz) and Department of Health Policy and Management (Dr Baker), UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Correspondence: Edward L. Baker, MD, MSc, MPH, Department of Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Campus Box 7411, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.