American Association for Physician Leadership

Quality Improvement

Welcome to the HALM Journal from the American Association for Physician Leadership

Peter B. Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, FAAPL(Hon)

Every other month, the HALM Journal will deliver indispensable and reliable results-oriented guidance for a healthcare industry moving toward inter-professional management and leadership that positively impacts patient care outcomes and population health.

Physician Leadership: More Valuable Than Ever —

A White Paper from the American Association for Physician Leadership

Technology Integration

What Caused the EHR to Crash? Lessons Learned

Michael Agyepong, MD, MS, CPE, Melissa Huff, MBA

These are lessons from an outpatient facility but can certainly be generalized to any setting, and we hope that by sharing our experience, others can mitigate the threats to their IT infrastructure.

Healthcare Process

Enhancing Practice Efficiency

Neil Baum, MD

Successful practices are placing an emphasis on enhancing efficiency and being able to see more patients in the same period while preserving patient satisfaction and preventing physician burnout.

Healthcare Process

Congestive Heart Failure Readmission Rates Decline After Patient Navigator Implementation in COVID-19 Era

Jason A. Lauf, DO, Elizabeth Keller, BSN, RN, Anthony Miniaci, DO, Meghan Ramic, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Farshad Forouzandeh, MD, PhD, James Hill, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE, FASA, FACHE

In this study, we describe the multidisciplinary method implemented by a single hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the rate of HF readmissions.

SoundPractice Podcast

Dr. Jenna Miller and New Book on Navigating Your Fertility as a Woman in Medicine

Jenna Miller, MD

Birthrates in the United States have been on a relatively constant and significant downward trajectory since the 1950s. While medicine has improved in the field of infertility, many still struggle with the issue. Jenna Miller, MD, is an associate profes...

Communication Strategies

Ten Stupid Things Doctors Do on Social Media

Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA

This article reviews 10 common mistakes physicians make when posting comments and videos on social media platforms.


The Importance of a Healthcare Practice Corporate Vision Statement

Timothy W. Boden, CMPE

If your front-line staff members understand your most important goals and values, they can represent you, the physician, much more effectively (and accurately).

New Book

The Catholic Church and Its Hospitals: A Marriage Made in Heaven?

Patricia A. Gabow, MD, MACP

More than just a historical overview or a critique, this is an enlightening guide that underscores Catholic healthcare’s contributions and uncovers its weaknesses. It makes a compelling argument for re-examining policies and practices to ensure the Catholic health system stays true to its roots of service and charity.

Critical Appraisal Skills

10 Common Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Vicky Oliver

Interviews can be high stress, anxiety-driving situations, especially if it’s your first interview. A little practice and preparation always pays off. While we can’t know exactly what an employer will ask, here are 10 common interview questions along with advice on how to answer them.


How to Strengthen Your Curiosity Muscle

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Building our curiosity muscle is essential because it will aid in the efficiency of leadership, enables continual learning, and because it’s a sought after skill by employers. Like any muscle, to strengthen it, you must activate and exercise it.


To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

Maura Thomas

Your attention determines the experiences you have, and the experiences you have determine the life you live. Rather than allowing distractions to derail you, choose where you direct your attention at any given moment, based on an understanding of your priorities and goals.

Systems Awareness

Questions to Ask When Considering the Use of Big Data

Kenneth G. Poole, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP, CPE, David Upjohn, MS, Eric Pool, EdD, PMP, ITIL, James S. Hernandez, MD, FCAP

Big data platforms have the potential to improve patient care and be a potential revenue source. Before partnering with a big data company, however, healthcare organizations need to know how to share data safely and reliably.

Action Orientation

Using Computer Simulation for Nurse Staffing in an Outpatient Clinic

Sung J. Shim, PhD, Arun Kumar, PhD, Roger Jiao, PhD

This article describes a field study undertaken at a hospital clinic. The study used computer simulation to attempt to assess the efficiency of the outpatient consultation process in the rheumatology, allergy, and immunology (RAI) clinic in terms of patient wait times and utilization of nurses involved in the process.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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