Leading in a Changing Healthcare Environment

AOA's Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships Conference
Covered Array of Leadership Topics

By Andrew P. Peck for ctosteopathic.org


Leaders in today's healthcare environment have to be ready for rapid change on numerous fronts. With those challenges in mind, leaders in the Osteopathic profession assembled in Tampa during January for the AOA's Advocacy For Healthy Partnerships conference. COMS was represented at the gathering by President Gregory Czarnecki, DO (seen here in Tampa with Executive Director Samyuktha Gumidyala at the AOA Conference in January).

Designed for leaders and physicians in the osteopathic profession, the AHP Conference featured a series of training sessions covering a diverse range of knowledge and skills to aid leaders in the field of Osteopathic Medicine. Attendees received expert advice on successfully advocating for patients and engaged in discussion on topics such as grassroots advocacy, emerging issues in health policies, and technological innovation.

Dr. Czarnecki said the program contained timely and cutting-edge topics that were to his benefit as a leader.

"The program far-exceeded my expectations," he said. "The speaker lineup has been phenomenal. The information has been useful. For anyone in the leadership side, these are important conversations."

The event included a discussion on resilient leadership with Lt. General RusselL Honoré (US Army - Ret.) commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas. The leaders in attendance also heard from Mark Kelly, retired American astronaut, engineer and U.S. Navy Captain. Kelly told the group to think independently and question conventional wisdom. "None of us is as dumb as all of us," Kelly said.

Dr. Czarnecki said he was interested in the wide range of topics covered and would spend more time considering the issues upon his return.

"I think it expands the ways that you can approach from a patient's standpoint, from a teaching standpoint and when I consider my state society, from a leadership standpoint," Dr. Czarnecki said.