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American Association for Physician Leadership
American Association for Physician Leadership

It’s Not Obsolete to Have a Practice Retreat

Taylor Cowart, MBA

Neil Baum, MD

Feb 8, 2023

Journal of Medical Practice Management

Volume 38, Issue 4, Pages 160-162



The traditional in-person, strategic retreat is coming back after having been relegated to virtual gatherings for more than two years. The format is simple—key practice leadership, such as the managing partner or practice manager, hosts a dedicated strategic planning meeting, typically off-site and often over the weekend, for the physicians. The goal is for the team to return with a clear vision for the future and a renewed sense of teamwork with their fellow physicians. This article discusses the importance of practice retreat and offers suggestions for conducting a meaningful and productive retreat.

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