The Phoenix physician: Defining a Pathway toward leadership in patient-centered care

Robert G. Good, John B. Bulger, Robert T. Hasty, Kevin P. Hubbard, Elliott R. Schwartz, John R. Sutton, Monte E. Troutman, Donald S. Nelinson

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Health care delivery has evolved in reaction to scientific and technological discoveries, emergent patient needs, and market forces. A current focus on patient-centered care has pointed to the need for the reallocation of resources to improve access to and delivery of efficient, cost-effective, quality care. In response to this need, primary care physicians will find themselves in a new role as team leader. The American College of Osteopathic Internists has developed the Phoenix Physician, a training program that will prepare primary care residents and practicing physicians for the changes in health care delivery and provide them with skills such as understanding the contributions of all team members (including an empowered and educated patient), evaluating and treating patients, and applying performance metrics and information technology to measure and improve patient care and satisfaction. Through the program, physicians will also develop personal leadership and communication skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-520
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012


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