Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved in a bunch of different events and workshops on the theme of medical engagement. Last week we had our second Australian Health Network event which had a focus on this theme. I have also been involved in running events in Melbourne and Sydney focusing on how to measure medical engagement with my colleague Paul Long who heads the Centre for Health Leadership (which is so new it doesn’t quite yet have a website!).
So it was pretty timely for me to see a new special issue focusing on the issue of medical leadership. Edited by Graham Dickson and Karen Owen this is a collection based on papers presented at the World Federation of Medical Managers Conference from May 2015. There are range of different papers in this special issue covering national and international trends on medical leadership and how this can be developed and supported.
Erwin Loh attended this conference and presented a paper on behalf of a team that I was involved in and which investigated medical leadership in an Australian context last year – if you missed this see previous blog posts on this topic. Our paper explores the idea of the ‘dark side‘ of medical engagement, where those moving into these types of roles are seen as having gone over to the ‘enemy’. We talk about the various ways in which this theme manifests, the implications of this and what we might do about this.
The special issue is worth a look for anyone seeking to keep up to date with the medical leadership literature.