I have just returned from attending the 16th Annual Health Forum/ AHA Leadership Summit Meeting in San Diego, CA. This meeting always seems to bring in some of the brightest and most insightful speakers, not only in health care but also in the United States. This year was no exception.
The conference kicked off with CBS News Washington Correspondent, Bob Schieffer who spoke of his experiences in Washington, D.C. The entertaining duo of James Carville and Mary Matalin were also on the stage. But, perhaps my favorite speaker of this year’s summit was Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande, who looks younger than his age of 43, has written 2 books “Complications – A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science,” and “Better – A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance.” I found him to be an inspiring leader and a change agent who has an important message on how we can improve the quality of medical care in the United States using some simple techniquest that apply to hospitals of any size. I purchased the 2 books and I can hardly wait to read them both.
Conferences such as the Leadership Summit are an excellent way to re-energize one’s self in one’s profession and to learn from some of the best minds in our Nation. I hope that I will be able to apply, just a fraction, of the great information that I received last week in San Diego.