Leadership Defined in a New Age of Health Care

The pandemic has reshaped health care and forced leaders to help their teams navigate the complexities of these uncharted waters. COVID-19 crystallized the importance of leadership and also highlighted what new skills and competencies are needed among health care leaders, such as openness, empathy, resilience, and the ability to communicate as well as core humane skills such as altruism and mindfulness.

The Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) offers three different leadership programs that address the needs of this new age of health care: Leadership College, Health Care Leadership & Management, as well as one program specifically for students called Future Clinician Leaders College.  Whether you are looking to expand leadership at the societal or organizational level, KIPL programs build and expand leadership skills, mindsets, and social networks.

As a student, check out the program Future Clinician Leaders College, an interprofessional leadership development program open to students from across healthcare professions. Call for Applications 2023.

About the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership

Since 2003, the NC Medical Society Foundation has recognized the importance of leadership among clinicians. The Institute’s foundational belief is that clinicians, heading collaborative teams, are best suited to lead clinical transformation that achieves true patient-centered care. Clinicians possess the key clinical knowledge and skills needed to guide and lead these important changes.

Since the launch of Leadership College in 2003 and the Kanof Institute in 2012, the Institute encompasses a statewide network of more than 800 clinician leaders who have successfully completed professional development coursework through one of the programs offered through the Institute. These alumni have successfully applied and implemented their personal and professional leadership roles in the emerging health care system.

The Institute currently includes three open educational programs focusing on leadership fundamentals and also offers customized programs. Learn more about which one is right for you:

KIPL Power Hours

Have you heard of our series Power Hours yet? Every other Friday at 12:00 PM we invite you to join a chat with a range of experts as well as peers and colleagues on a variety of key topics for addressing current hot topics, whether understanding how to lead during crisis, discussing practical aspects of keeping your practice afloat, implementing telemedicine and well-being and self-care.

Additional Resources

If you are a provider who is looking to volunteer, click here for information from the state on how medical volunteers may sign up to help.

The NCMS has also put together a list of resources for your well-being and self-care. Additional resources:

  • Physicians Support Line, which is a national and free peer support line for physicians and recently featured on the NBC Nightly News. If you are not a physician, you can call the toll free number and receive number prompts that will guide and connect you to National Disaster Distress Line and more recently to the critical workers for mental health support line.
  • Hope4Healers, a newly created option staffed by a large volunteer force of licensed mental health professionals providing pro bono mental health support for health care workers at the front lines and their families.

There are two great meditation apps available: the apps Ten Percent Happier and  Headspace both feature readily accessible meditations.

The North Carolina Psychiatric Association has also assembled a list of resources for mental health support: NCPA COVID-19 Resources