Clinical Leaders – Physician Coaching

There is a recognized need in healthcare leadership to integrate leaders with clinical experience. Knowledge of the practice of medicine, patient-centered care, and the delivery experience compel healthcare organizations to bring clinical leaders into executive functions; often trying unique leadership models such as dyads and triads.

Successful physicians and nurses are the leaders who are typically tapped for these roles. These leaders face unique challenges in understanding their specific leadership competencies, style, and approach – because leading teams and organizations is very different from practicing medicine.

While this approach brings a much-needed medical voice to leading healthcare, it is important to note that physician and nursing leaders are so much more than their clinical experience. To truly accelerate the impact of the organization, it’s important for them to uncover and leverage their unique leadership competencies. 

MEDI Leadership works with leaders to overcome the hurdle of “what got you here won’t get you there.” Never is this truer than for clinical leaders asked to step into executive roles in healthcare.

The MEDI Method to leadership development goes deeper than physician consulting, training, or academic classes. MEDI coaches bring a deep knowledge of healthcare and leadership; partnering with the clinical leader as they extend their impact by applying practical leadership principles in real-work situations.

MEDI Leadership is the catalyst for clinical leaders to move from transactional leadership to transformational leadership with our physician coaching services.

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As physicians, we spend the better part of a decade learning to be competent at the practice of medicine, but then somewhat ironically assume that the skills of leadership will divinely find us as we advance in our careers. In reality, leadership stands as its own field imperative to study. When I accepted the roles of Medical Director and Chair of Medical Services these positions did not come with a manual for how to influence people and effect change. Moreover, no one pulled me aside to teach me about myself as a leader and how I could leverage my personal strengths. Working with MEDI has been integral to my growth as a leader and the acquired skills have greatly aided my ability to improve safety and cost-effectiveness within my organization. Additionally, my growth through coaching and subsequent success has opened advancement opportunities within my organization.
As an EM physician sitting as the Chair of Medical Services at my hospital, I was faced with several challenging organizational barriers, personalities, and dynamics that served as roadblocks to our hospital’s progress. Though my coaching program with MEDI, I was able to use my challenges in real time to learn more about myself as a leader and how to leverage my strengths to create the desired coordinated movement we needed.

Bradford Commons, MD
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance