Developing Custodians of Care: Military Medical Leadership
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA CENTER FOR MILITARY HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH
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The Military Health System MHS faces several challenges exploding health care costs, an increased emphasis on performance management, combat operations that have placed unparalleled pressure on the health care system both at home and abroad, and a need to integrate the medical force into joint operations. Leadership will play a central role in responding to these challenges. In this context, the MHS Office of Transformation asked RAND Health and the RAND National Defense Research Institute to examine how leaders in the health care field are prepared and supported in the civilian and military sectors and to recommend improvements to the ways in which the MHS identifies and develops potential leaders. In response, RAND researchers undertook three major tasks. First, they reviewed health care leadership competency models including the military health care leadership competencies identified by the Joint Medical Executive Skills Program JMESP as necessary for successful command of a medical treatment facility or for other executive MHS positions as well as relevant documents on the development of health care officers in the military services. Second, they interviewed almost 60 military health professions officers and community managers and 30 civilian health care leaders from 25 organizations. The study team also conducted a case study of how one government agency the Veterans Health Administration VHA approaches executive leader development. The case study included interviews with 16 top-level leaders and network and facility directors. The interviews were conducted over a period of two years 2007 through 2009. The results of this research appear in Developing Military Health Care Leaders Insights from the Military, Civilian, and Government Sectors.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations