Recognizing the importance of leadership: A recent graduate develops a corpsman

Joshua D. Hartzell, Laura Gilbert

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There is a growing interest in leadership development within the field of medicine both within the military and the larger medical community. Recognition of the importance of leadership training during graduate medical education has grown, but many residents and faculty still argue that residency training should focus on clinical skills and medical knowledge. Most graduates of training programs in the military quickly find themselves in formal leadership positions or they must informally lead in their clinical practice. As these new graduates enter practice, they quickly realize the need to be able to effectively lead. In order to highlight some of the leadership challenges that junior military physicians face, Military Medicine is starting a new column called “Leadership Lessons from the Field.” This article is the first in the series and discusses a recent graduate's experience in dealing with an underperforming corpsman. The article reviews the importance of emotional intelligence, feedback, and goal setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-4
Number of pages2
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


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