Episode 68: Executive Leadership Development: Empowering Physicians To Be Successful

In Episode 68 of the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast, we have the privilege of hearing from Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld, a retired surgical oncologist and executive healthcare administrator turned executive coach and consultant.

Dr. Wirtzfeld takes us through her fascinating journey, from her impactful roles in the medical field to her current focus on leadership and professional development. She shares insights on skills development, career growth, and the progress of healthcare systems, with a particular emphasis on creating sustainable workflows for physicians.

Join us as we explore the evolution of the surgical culture, mentorship, finding work-life balance, and the importance of self-compassion in the healthcare industry.

Here are 3 takeaways from this episode:

1. Building a sustainable career in clinical medicine requires intentional and consistent work to enhance performance through building potential and addressing limitations.

2. Setting boundaries is paramount to sustainability in clinical medicine.

3. Intentionally addressing time management and focus is vital to sustainability in clinical medicine

Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld Bio:

Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld is a retired senior healthcare executive and physician leader with over 15 years of experience working with senior and executive leaders in developing their unrecognized potential. As Founder and CEO of MD Confidence Consulting Inc., she has a passion for assisting clients in successfully navigating sustainable and impactful leadership challenges and career transitions. The power of her approach is found in engaging clients around the Gallwey (Timothy Gallwey) equation “Empowered Performance = Potential – Interference”. She challenges clients to expand their strategic networks, focus their time and attention, step up to act despite fear or a lack of confidence, and own their successes in order to optimize their potential. She has incorporated this approach into her wildly successful ‘She Knows ShiFt!’ Career Transitions Coaching Package.

Debrah holds an MD from the University of Calgary, an MBA and Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University, and an ICD.D from Rotman School of Management. She is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Individuals, Leadership, and Teamwork), PROSCI® Change Management, EQi-2.0, and as a facilitator for Crucial Conversations. She currently sits as the Board Chair of the Canadian Physician Coaches Network (CPCN or www.Coach4MD.org ).

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