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Manager and Leader: The Role of Physicians in Generating Health Reform

Special issue call for papers from Leadership in Health Services

Guest Editors:

Graham Dickson
Royal Roads University, Canada
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Karen Owen
The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
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The quality of medical leadership in countries pursuing major health reform is of significant interest. As the title of this special edition suggests-- Manager and Leader: The Role of Physicians in Generating Health Reform—this issue is going to focus on recent research and conceptual thinking re the scope and breath of the challenge to prepare doctors for a role that clearly requires not just the skills of management, but also the skills of leadership. A sophisticated level of both, and the ability to know which skillset to employ, is needed if doctors are going to be active partners in national efforts to steward changes in health service delivery.

Numerous factors have stimulated the need for this special edition. There has been a dramatic growth in demands for patient-centred health reform in the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada, and New Zealand, as well as other jurisdictions, and calls for more active participation of doctors in shaping that reform. The recent shift in the CanMEDS competency framework, employed in 26 countries to provide the basic competencies for educating physicians, has transitioned the manager competency to a leader competency. This shift is having a significant impact on how physicians are educated. Concomitantly, there is a growing need for more literature devoted to understanding what physician leadership is: how to define it; how to develop it; and how to catalyze it within health systems system reform. The World Federation of Medical Managers (WFMM), which has members from the above countries but also Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Denmark is focusing its upcoming conference (June, 2017 in Melbourne) on these issues.

The aims of this special edition are to:

•    Identify and profile research that has been done to inform better practice by physicians engaged in health reform and how that research can influence strategies to further  engage physicians on many levels, from local to national health reform.
•    Share knowledge about outcomes when physicians lead, manage and accomplish the changes that are being employed in many jurisdictions.
•    Present analyses on the scope and effectiveness of physician-led change within collaborative inter-professional environments
•    Leverage the intellectual knowledge and experience of the member countries participating in the WFMM conference and profile evidence-based practices presented at that international session.

Specific themes for invited articles are:
•    The appropriate balance of leadership and management capabilities needed by physicians who wish to be active in health reform (i.e., locally, regionally, province/state wide, or nationally).
•    The implications of health reform for physicians--how their role is being renegotiated in a patient-centred health system—and their role in that.
•    Best practice leadership/management development for physicians (in training); as residents; as physicians in practice; as experienced medical administrators.
•    Developmental challenges associated with growing physicians as leaders as opposed to managers; while retaining the complementarity of both.
•    Effective impact models to measure the effect of leadership and management development programs.

Submission Procedure:

Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at:  which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Submission Deadline:
September 30th, 2017