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Physician Perspective: The Power of Physician Mentorship – My Personal Journey

Ikuyo Yamaguchi, MD, PhD, pediatric nephrologist,
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, OU Health

I’m extremely passionate about my role as a pediatric nephrologist and feel honored to be a part of child health at such a pivotal time. When I accepted my position as division chief of pediatric nephrology at the OU College of Medicine, I quickly learned that with so few pediatric nephrologist colleagues to lean on across the country, being in a leadership role in this specialty can feel a bit solitary at times. Read more…

Successful Leadership Requires Good Communication

Craig Hillemeier, MD, in collaboration with the Child Health Advisory Council

Establishing and communicating a vision and empowering faculty toward a realization of that vision are essential to the success of a leader, especially in these challenging times. Dr. Craig Hillemeier, founding member the Child Health Advisory Council, discusses the importance of effective communication as it relates to the success of a leader. Read more…

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Landing Diverse Candidates Requires Preparation, Process, Selection Commitment and Candidate Support

Valerie Opipari, MD, and Danielle Laraque- Arena, MD, FAAP in collaboration with The Child Health Advisory Council

Preparation to Achieve a Diverse and Inclusive Search – the first step!

  • PREPARATION to ensure there is process that achieves a diverse candidate pool is CRITICAL! It is often done without deliberation/structure/nor clarity of expectations.
  • Institutional leadership should be developing potential candidate lists far in advance of any search – being on the ‘look out’ should be the routine not the exception. Charge your directors/leaders to make this an ongoing priority when networking nationally at meetings/institutional invitations etc.

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JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion) SEARCH CHECKLIST

Valerie Opipari, MD, in collaboration with The Child Health Advisory Council 

  • Has your institution/institutional leadership made a commitment to JEDI in faculty recruitment and retention?
  • Has your division/department/institution set JEDI goals and associated metrics to define success?
  • Do you have an ongoing effort to identify candidates that would enhance the diversity of your faculty and staff?

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Adaptive Leadership and Challenges

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP in collaboration with The Child Health Advisory Council

The principles and insights of the concepts of adaptive leadership and adaptive challenges are important in thinking about how leadership characteristics and processes can lead more effectively to tangible outcomes that improve health.   Read more…

Creating and Sustaining Academic Pediatric Leadership Teams

Bruder Stapleton, MD in collaboration with The Child Health Advisory Council

How does a new leader create the leadership teams that will allow their organization to be successful? Each of us have served as a members of leadership teams in our academic work, why were some successful, others not?  Read more…

The Role of Pediatric Leadership in Mentorship, Child Health Advisory Council, Career Physician, Craig Hillemeier, MD

The Role of Pediatric Leadership in Mentorship

Craig Hillemeier, MD  in collaboration with The Child Health Advisory Council

Playing a positive and supportive role in nurturing the careers of young academicians is one of the most satisfying activities in academic medicine. As leaders in Pediatrics, the ability to spark and focus the desire amongst our faculty to help others grow and become successful can be an important and rewarding part of our careers. Read more…

The Critical 6 F’s of Successful Recruitment

Valerie P. Opipari, MD, Arnold W. Strauss, MD, Bruder F. Stapleton, MD, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD in collaboration with The Child Health Advisory Council

1. Make a lasting (good!) FIRST impression.
No matter what the outcome with each candidate you invite to interview for a position, the first onsite visit is crucial to not only landing your desired candidate long term but equally important for those you do not select/match for the role. Every candidate that visits you and your institution will leave with a lasting impression from the first visit. Read more…

Fierce Conversations Advance the Dialogue on Racism in Academia

Renée Jenkins, MD, in collaboration with the Child Health Advisory Council

Academia has embraced and validated the business literature observation that diversity and inclusion are necessary and critical cultural characteristics to advance the work, and success of any organization. Indeed, a robust literature exists to show that diverse communities are more innovative, more quickly advance solutions to complex problems and in medicine – help to drive improved quality and outcomes. Read more…

In and Out- and In-Between: Successful Leadership Transitions

Christine Gleason, MD, in collaboration with the Child Health Advisory Council

 Child health leaders face challenges and opportunities—both professional and personal—at leadership transition points. As members of CareerPhysician’s Child Health Advisory Council, we present the following collected thoughts and advice we’ve received (or wished we had!) regarding leadership transitions, whether incoming or outgoing and whether the transition is to or from an interim or permanent position. Read more…

Strategic Management through Challenging Financial Times

Valerie Opipari, MD; F. Bruder Stapleton, MD, in collaboration with the Child Health Advisory Council

Dr. Opipari discusses the critical impact of strategic management and strong academic leadership in challenging times, including approaches to Revenue Growth, Expense Reduction and Fund Utilization for Department of Pediatrics to consider during financially downturns. Read more…

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Revenue Growth, Expense Reduction – Case Example

Valerie Opipari, MD, in collaboration with the Child Health Advisory Council

Revenue Growth: Improve patient access by opening new clinics eg. evening clinics, ambulatory expansion and continue implementation of planned new in and outpatient clinical programs. Read more…

CareerPhysician Child Health Advisory Council Proves Impact of Its Unique Transformative Leadership Recruitment and Development Process

F. Bruder Stapleton, MD; Christine Gleason MD; Valerie Opipari, MD, in collaboration with the Child Health Advisory Council; Wesley Millican, MBA, CEO and Physician Talent Officer, CareerPhysician

All child health organizations, including schools of medicine, academic departments and children’s hospitals, periodically require external evaluation of leader performance and leadership recruitment needs, especially at times of transition. Read more…