Dr. David J. Dausey, chair of the public health department at Mercyhurst University, will deliver the keynote address at a symposium of the Organization of Surgeons and Chiefs in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. Dausey will talk to the surgeons about continued education in public health and health care management and administration.
Medical doctors are increasingly joining the ranks of hospital administration and health system leadership. According to Dausey, the reasons are multifaceted.
“Physician leaders and executives are helping to bridge the divide between hospital leadership and their clinical staff members,” he said. “They also have an incredible working knowledge of the clinical setting. Thus, they are in an ideal position to identify areas for quality improvement and to serve as agents of change.”
Dausey noted that most physicians who take administrative roles continue their clinical responsibilities part time, which helps them to see things from both the perspectives of the clinical staff members and hospital administration.
As the demand for physician leaders and executives increases, so have the educational opportunities available to them. There are a wide array of graduate degrees in public health schools, business schools and medical schools. In addition, there are a growing number of non-degree offerings from workshops to certificate programs.
“Having a degree or certificate in public health or hospital management and administration or both can help physicians to have the credibility to apply for administrative leadership positions in the health care sector, but choosing between the increasingly large number of options available can be a daunting task,” he said.
Dausey was invited to give the keynote address by a former student, Dr. Michael Caty, surgeon-in-chief at Yale New Haven Hospital and the Robert Pritzker Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.
“Dr. Caty is a great example of how physicians can transition from largely clinical roles to a combination of clinical and administrative roles,” Dausey said.