Physician recruitment and retention are extremely important aspects of a successful healthcare organization, according to Dr. Levine. Physician expectations regarding their jobs has changed and leadership development is an important driver of physician alignment with a hospital

"Physicians are a hospital's partner and have to be involved in every aspect of the organization," said Dr. Levine. "How can an organization be successful if the physicians are not sitting at all the decision-making tables? Organizations have to help develop and create physician leadership."

A tried and tested way to create effective physician leadership at a hospital is the formation of a physician advisory council. A PAC is designed to give physicians a forum for transparent communication. It allows them to give CEOs direct input and feedback and gives them a seat at the table. "Early discussion of initiatives and ideas with physicians through the PAC also creates alignment with an organization's strategic goals," said Dr. Levine.

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