Medical groups may have the most difficulty socializing newcomers of all professional organizations. Although the technical training in medicine is intense and comprehensive, physicians rarely receive training in a group dynamic or guidance on how to integrate into a group practice, let alone a complex health care system. Prolonged or ineffective integration can cause increased dissatisfaction, increased physician turnover, and waste resources that might have been used to deliver health care. Understanding how to mitigate these problems would be valuable to all medical organizations as increasing numbers of people gain access to medical care and more physicians join health care systems because of health care reform and the efficiencies of group practice. This presentation discussed results from a survey study that suggests that participants gained traits such as understanding how to effect change without disruption, taking on ownership of problems in the workplace, and assuming leadership without formal appointment into a leadership position.
Richard Pitts, DO, PhD
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center