It's for you. The information and advice here is written for any doctor or medical student who is or will one day be a leader. And leaders are easy to define: anyone who has responsibility for the wellbeing of others in medicine. Anyone who others look to for guidance, mentorship and hold as an example of how they should care for themselves and those around them in their professional life.
That means all doctors right from the intern up to the clinical director. We all teach medical students at some time throughout our career, as registrars we must look after the wellbeing of our residents too. And in many situations, you're expected to lead clinical teams in the workplace - whether that's a surgical team or if you're the medical registrar responsible for overnight medical emergency calls for the hospital.
Even for GP's heading into independent practice or employed medical officers with no direct reports or students, we form teams with our patients and their families, and they look to us for leadership qualities.
Leadership is especially important for doctors training in hospital specialities, as they will need strong leadership skills for future success. Nursing, midwifery and allied health care leaders may find useful information here too.
Who is the author of The Medical Leader?
Dr Danny Tucker is the hospital Director of Clinical Training & departmental Director of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Townsville, Australia. He has worked in Queensland for the last 9 years, previously in New Zealand and the UK. Through academic roles at James Cook University and University of Oxford, he has a long experience with medical education. He believes that with strong leadership all work places can be an enjoyable and fulfilling place to come every single day of our lives.
Guest authors are credited with each article.
Email danny[at]medical-leader.org to get in touch.