Ochsner Health System to Partner with AAPL on Leadership Education

By AAPL Staff
July 3, 2018

The Louisiana nonprofit organization will begin two cohorts through the American Association for Physician Leadership’s Lx Solutions later this year.

Recognizing the lack of leadership training in traditional medical education, some health care organizations have developed their own physician leadership programs, enlisted the help of consultants or provided reimbursement for physicians to seek a relevant advanced degree.  More and more of them, however, are realizing the benefits of integrating or collaborating with organizations such as the American Association for Physician Leadership.

“The health care environment is changing at an incredible pace, and although the fundamentals of leadership training are the same, the current world is dramatically different than even a few years ago,” said Bobby Rodwig, MD, MPH, medical director, professional staff services, for Ochsner Health System, southeast Louisiana’s largest nonprofit, academic, multispecialty health care organization. “Our past model of physician leadership development needed to evolve, and we felt our ability to manage this internally and to keep up with the change would be challenging. We looked for expertise outside of our organization and chose the American Association for Physician Leadership.”

Ochsner will begin two leadership cohorts with AAPL’s Lx Solutions this fall — one for seasoned leaders and another for emerging and progressing leaders.

The partnership comes during a period of significant growth for Ochsner, in terms of size and complexity. The system employs 1,236 physicians, of which 400 were hired in the past three years.

“We need to quickly identify and train emerging physician leaders for both new initiatives and positions, and replace higher-level physician leaders who may be promoted,” Rodwig said.

Ochsner’s partnership with AAPL is an example of how to augment the potential of physician leadership for its delivery system, according to AAPL’s president and CEO, Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM.

“We have been a staunch advocate of physicians leading not only clinical teams, but administrative and C-suite functions, for the betterment of care,” Angood said. “Remaining innovative, timely and relevant in our education, professional and career support allows us to support physician leaders in managing the demands of both their clinical and administrative worlds. We consider all physicians to be leaders.”

The American Association for Physician Leadership, based in Tampa, Florida, is the only professional organization dedicated to providing education, career support, a leadership community and advocacy to support physician leaders as they create transformative solutions within health care. Founded in 1975 and formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives, the nonprofit has members in more than 40 countries at varying stages of their careers.


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