In his summary report, Dr. Neil H. Hyman, Burlington, VT, the Society’s American College of Surgeons/Brandeis University health policy scholarship winner for 2011-2012, offers some very positive impressions of the value of the experience, excerpted here:
“The Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management Course was held at the Heller School at Brandeis University from May 20-26, 2012. This is a rigorous program that provides a foundation for the tool kit of competencies required for leadership in the evolving world of modern healthcare.
“The first evening upon arrival, Dr. Mike Zinner provided an overview of the changing role of surgical leadership. There were daily sessions from 8:30 am to 5:30 or 6 pm that were quite participatory in nature. Questions and participant interactions were encouraged, which helped fully engage the attendees.
“The faculty was uniformly knowledgeable, talented, and interested. One gets the idea that this largely stems from the enthusiasm and deep commitment of Jon Chilingerian, who is really the heart and soul of the course. The support staff made things pleasant and were readily available to help.
“The course opened with Stuart Altman sharing his 40-year experience as an insider in healthcare management and reform through many administrations and attempts at reform. This provided an excellent backdrop to see how we got where we are now. With this as a background, the course moved on to strategic thinking, including newer concepts in value-based purchasing, payment bundling and ACOs.
“Things flowed rather seamlessly into the ‘physics’ of care processes and how to manage the clinical enterprise. Assessing and building a high performance and quality healthcare system was covered comprehensively.
“We then moved on to self-assessment regarding our personal tendencies as a leader and what comprises effective leadership. This led to a simulation of how one can best understand the local environment and what steps are helpful in actually understanding the situation and creating change based on leadership.
“There was then a full day of how to look at conflicts in healthcare and how to negotiate effectively. Finally, the last day dealt with budgeting and accounting principles; we were walked through things in a step-by-step manner.
“The course promoted collegiality and participation. Overall, it was a very valuable and useful experience.”