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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a small pocket guide of succinct advice for physicians in leadership positions in academic medicine.
Purpose: An overview of expectations and leadership strategies in academic medicine is provided.
Audience: Physicians and surgeons preparing for academic practice or anticipating a leadership role in academic practice are an appropriate audience for this work originating from senior leaders at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Features: Fifteen brief chapters are organized to provide insight into the sequence of events associated with climbing the leadership ladder in academic departments or the broader medical school hierarchy. After a discussion of preparation for leadership, the book covers contract negotiation, initial adjustment, education and research priorities, fiscal management, and relationships in and outside the medical school. Chapters are clearly written with bullet points highlighting key ideas, and boxed brief anecdotes that are sometimes humorous. There are minimal line drawings. Fewer than 20 source documents are listed on one page as references or selected readings, all of which come from the popular media or secondary literature. References date to within 2 to 3 years of publication. The table of contents lists chapters by title while the subject index of four pages provides adequate access to content.
Assessment: This is the second presentation from this group of authors that summarizes basic problems and their solutions in academic medicine. Discussion is generic, thus any medical or surgical specialist could enjoy this work. This is an obvious quick read which effectively introduces the leadership process.