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Leadership summit targets physician satisfaction and workforce

The Wisconsin Medical Society hosted its fourth Leadership Summit earlier this week as part of its ongoing effort to lead the state conversation around physician well-being. The event brought together two dozen physician and administrative leaders from across the state to address the topics of physician retention, satisfaction and workforce development.

Held in Madison on October 24, the summit featured a keynote address by Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Tom Engels, who discussed Department priorities including mental health and substance use disorders and the health care workforce.

Heather Schmidt, DO, chair of the Society’s Physician Experience Task Force, shared her organization’s experience bringing the Society’s Leading Healthy Work Systems program to Agnesian Health Care. Over an eight-week period, 25 leaders of various disciplines came together to learn how to transform Agnesian into a health-promoting work system focused on effectiveness, while meeting clinician needs. According to Dr. Schmidt, the program achieved several goals including development of a Healthy Work Steering Committee, creation of an action-based Theory of Change and Logic Model and buy-in and support from the executive team. Long-term, Agnesian will be creating new processes and procedures to promote clinician health and well-being.

The event concluded with a roundtable dialogue between attendees and State Representatives Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan; Dave Murphy, R-Greenville; and Deb Kolste, D-Janesville; who discussed how the state plays a role in creating a strong practice environment for physicians. The lawmakers stressed the need for continued input and feedback from the physician community to help guide policy development, and thanked the Society for elevating the voice of the physician at the state capitol.

The next summit will be held in March, 2018.

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