BackTable / ENT / Podcast / Episode #81
Creating Culture Through Leadership and Mentoring
with Dr. Christopher Kane
In this episode, Dr. Bagrodia discusses cultivating a healthy culture inside and outside of the operating room with Dr. Chris Kane, Dean of Clinical Affairs at UCSD and CEO of the UCSD Physician Group.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, December 14). Ep. 81 – Creating Culture Through Leadership and Mentoring [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Christopher Kane
Dr. Christopher Kane is the Dean of Clinical Affairs at UC San Diego School of Medicine and the CEO of the UC San Diego Health Physician Group.
Dr. Aditya Bagrodia
Dr. Aditya Bagrodia is an associate professor of urology and genitourinary oncology team leader at UC San Diego Health in California and adjunct professor of urology at UT Southwestern.
First, the doctors discuss the definition of culture, which Dr. Kane defines as the norms of behavior and relationships within an organization. Culture can include dress code, meeting rules, and punctuality. Most of the time, institutional culture is established in an unspoken way. Dr. Kane emphasizes the importance of having a conscious strategy to create a healthy culture and reiterates that trust is a crucial foundation for motivating cultural changes.
Next, the doctors discuss helping team members find meaning in their work. Dr. Kane recommends that surgeons share patient gratitude with their other colleagues who are not frontline medical workers. He acknowledges his staff’s contributions during meetings and expresses his gratitude through written notes. He also recommends communication training for everybody on his team. Then, he shares tips for assessing organizational culture. He believes that it is most important to ask team members what they think the overarching goal of the institution is and to assess the attrition rate through exit surveys. He emphasizes that behavioral norms matter most, as department leaders often lead by example. One detrimental practice is favoritism, which Dr. Kane regards as disrespectful to other team members. Additionally, he shares his personal experiences with changing cultures at different institutions and utilizing change management theories.
Finally, Dr. Kane shares general leadership advice. He highlights the importance of creating a patient-centered environment, leading by influence rather than authority, and the power of positivity.
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