Your article on the shortage of capable leadership in healthcare (Oct. 2, p. 38) was excellent, but I wonder if you have investigated all solutions. I examined the issue of healthcare leadership as a student in the University of Wisconsin's Graduate Program in Administrative Medicine.
As described in the article, the National Summit on Education and Performance in Health Services Management and Policy involves a variety of organizations. Where on the list are the American College of Physician Executives and UW?
The ACPE is dedicated to improving American healthcare by encouraging physicians to rise above petty issues and become involved in the big healthcare issues that confront our nation.
And UW's master's degree program in administrative medicine should serve as a model for those who plan to address our leadership shortage. It is a rare individual who can fully appreciate the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship, the nuances of hospital politics, the medical justification for inpatient care, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses of healthcare alternatives, bioethical and business ethics dilemmas and the legal implications of everything that happens in healthcare. The program teaches doctors to be systems thinkers, those best poised to tackle the toughest healthcare issues.
Your article shows that now more than ever healthcare leadership is in short supply. With programs such as UW's, physician leaders are maturing and ready to meet the challenge.
Marc Napp, M.D.
Vice president of medical affairs
Hudson Valley Hospital Center
Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.