Brigham Leadership Program: Bridging Disciplines and
Barbara Bierer, MD, (center) joins Brigham Leadership program graduates Barbara Dworetzky, MD, (left) and Roya Ghazinouri, PT, DPT, MS.
MD, MPH, can't praise the Brigham Leadership Program (BLP) enough.
"It was a fabulous experience on many levels," said
Zuccotti, the medical director of BWH's Clinical Documentation Programs. She
was part of the program's second cohort, from 2009 to 2010. She returned to the
program as a sponsor for the fourth cohort of participants, who graduated in
BLP is a unique,
cross-disciplinary program for mid-career physicians, scientists, and nursing
and clinical directors in management or leadership roles. The program, designed by the Center for Faculty
Development and Diversity, the Physicians' Council and the Brigham and Women's
Physicians Organization, collaborates with Harvard Business School (HBS) to
provide participants with leadership instruction, coursework and training.
the caliber of teaching at HBS was unbelievable, including the methodology,
level of engagement, and creativity in cases and class discussions," said
Zuccotti. "My cohort was very collegial, and I loved the fact that there were
not just physicians, but staff in many different hospital roles learning together."
program meets for three days at a time, every six weeks from September through
like going back to school," Zuccotti said. "You arrive with your group at HBS
on a Thursday morning and leave midday Saturday. You attend lectures and
discussion groups all day Thursday and Friday, have meals and guest speaker
events, and sleep in the dorms." Class topics include everything from finance,
statistics and economics to organizational leadership and business principles.
in December, participants team up in groups of six to eight to tackle process
improvement projects identified by BW/F senior
hospital leaders. Participants
are matched with sponsors who help to guide their projects, which are presented
on graduation day. Topics have included
surgical volume and case distribution as well as building an educational course
on quality and safety.
important resource is our people. And
therefore, the investment in our faculty and staff is critical; this program
allows them to grow as leaders and to expand their capabilities and talents," said Barbara
Bierer, MD, senior vice president of Research. "The emerging leaders who
participate infuse new ideas and creativity into the BWH, into their work
areas and into process improvement projects. It's a true privilege to be part
of this program and see the incredible growth and commitment of the
MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS),
recently completed the program. He decided to apply in order to learn more
about strategic and leadership skill sets as he grows his lab and bridges his
work to translational and clinical programs. MacRae called the program
"transformative" and said it was one of the best things he has ever done.
"I thought the
combination of skills that were taught was incredibly useful, thoughtfully
chosen and well-integrated," said MacRae, whose project - overseen by sponsor
Zuccotti - focused on electronic health records. "The level of teaching was
unlike anything I've previously experienced, and the class was very engaged. I
think we all learned a lot together from the faculty and from each other."
One of the
biggest highlights of the program is the cross-disciplinary team-building that
"Now because of BLP, I pass
people in the hall from Finance and can say hello and know what they do,"
Zuccotti said. "We have increased the standardization in the way we speak about
and understand things and can communicate more effectively."
for the project recommendations each group developed, Allen Kachalia, MD,
JD, says that the program is working toward implementation in the future.
"I would say that one of the greatest impacts is participant
learning and the resulting collaboration in activities outside of the program,"
said Kachalia, associate chief quality officer, who served as a sponsor this
past year. "It's setting the foundation for leaders across departments to work
next BLP cohort will begin in fall 2013. The application will be available in spring
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