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Table of Contents1. Introduction
“Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through transformation of experience.”David A.Kolb.
Facing the challenges of modern healthcare, experts and organizations are demanding doctors/dentists have the higher capability for leadership. Regardless of professional ethics or their field of specialization, doctors/dentists play a leading role in the healthcare team and are considered to be ultimately responsible for the overall outcome of patient care. Hence they need to be supported by well-developed systems, clear reports, and lines of responsibility, as well as an organizational culture that provides good information and encourages them as a means of improving performance.
Future medical leaders require, and will need to utilize, a broader range of non-technical skills to allow them to lead others, not just within medicine but across all professional boundaries. These skills include creating and communicating their vision, setting clear direction, service redesign and healthcare improvement, effective negotiation, awareness of both self and others, working collaboratively and networking. They need to be able to balance many different competing interests and priorities and manage themselves effectively; to enhance peer credibility; many will seek to continue to deliver high-quality clinical care alongside these prominent leadership positions.
Survey by Quince et al showed that 85% of medical students thought that they should be taught leadership, communication, teamwork, and quality improvement skills in medical school.
Therefore the observership/internship at Healthlancing.com has come up with a solution for doctors/dentists by providing a platform which will helpdoctors/dentists the modern healthcare qualities required.
An observership refers to a clinical experience that does not involve direct patient care. While this experience can be pursued by students at varying levels of education, it is typically done by medical students and post graduates looking to gain experience and familiarity with a particular specialty, obtain letters of recommendation for applications and improve their clinical skills and cultural competency.
1. Students who does internships in colleges, 2. Doctors/Dentists who wants to learn under experienced expert specialist, 3. Doctors/Dentists who wants to own a clinic, 4. Post graduates looking to gain experience in a particular speciality, 5. Doctors/Dentists with a professional break&wants to get back into the field.
Figure 1: Types of internship/observership.
Medical/dental colleges focuses on the diagnosis & management of disease, with little emphasis on the system issues surrounding healthcare delivery & outcomes, or the team collaboration required to achieve safe & quality healthcare whereas hospital/clinic internships can teach leadership, communication ,teamwork , quality improvement skills(self-awareness, empathy, inspiring commitment, confidence & creativity etc), time management, negotiation, delegation, decision making etc.
Figure 2: Internships at colleges
Figure 3: Clinics/Hospital observership.
• Clinical experience
One of the most apparent benefits of an internship is gaining real-world healthcare experience alongside trained professionals.
Internships provide healthcare students with the perfect opportunity to test out and assess if a job fits with their academic interests, career goals, and financial needs.
• To Land a Job
Choosing the right internship can help you get a foot in the door with an employer, which is particularly helpful when first entering the competitive job market. Internships also help you to showcase your dependability, knowledge, professionalism, and work ethic in a much more concrete way than you could ever express on a resume or curriculum vitae. Furthermore, internships provide a smoother transition from student life to professional life.
• To gain knowledge in particular specialty
New methods & breakthroughs are uncovered all the time within the medical field. Hence observership can provide the opportunity to develop existing knowledge.
Financial planning is a necessary part in administration & can have significant impact on patient outcomes.Financial security ensures that the resources needed to treat patients are available with a track record of saving money.
• Staff management
Staff management involve moving a workforce around and utilizing human resources.
• Relationship building skills
Interns can learn about managing people & organizations, covering behavioral science, team dynamics etc.
Communication is crucial at every stage of life. Interns can learn as senior doctor speak & use it when required with clear & concise language.
Doctors/dentists have to inspire others in clinical & medicine- adjacent settings to deliver the best quality of care possible.
Figure 4: Intern hiring.
• Increase the workforce
Interns are valuable support & help to current employees.
Interns can help organizations apply their technology skills to bring creative opportunities & ideas.
• Creates the opportunity to recruit future better trained employees
Observership program can help clinicians select & develop future talent.
• Projects a favorable image in the community
Clinics/ hospitals can establish or grow their connections with universities & colleges & also promote community involvement.
Mentoring involves coaching, education & inspiration.Mentoring can bring significant benefits to the mentee, the mentor and the organizations they work for.
Healthcare is changing rapidly and it is critical for doctors & dentists to develop leadership skills to guide the change, well designed & well evaluated leadership is necessary.
Figure 4: Intern hiring.