Surgical Leadership Series

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The University of Maryland General Surgery Residency hosts what is considered to be one of the nation’s first organized leadership curriculums, the Surgical Leadership Series. This initiative was borne of University of Maryland general surgery residents who recognized that leadership is best learned through discussion and interaction with those who have overcome challenges during their ascent to leadership. 

Guest speakers within the Series include high-performing civic, business, and military leaders. Speakers are hand-picked to stimulate greater awareness of daily leadership demands throughout all levels of professional development, encourage reflection on personal leadership styles, and share observations on a variety of leadership elements and styles. 

“This series is a necessary development in the evolution of surgical training,” says Stephen Kavic, MD, associate professor of surgery and director, general surgery residency program. “Surgeons have always been in positions of leadership; we need to refine and adapt those skills to cultivate the surgical leaders of tomorrow.”

Candid, informal discussions with invited guests encourage residents to ask themselves and each other how they would apply leadership skills with cross-functional teams, both in and out of the operating room. Exposure to leaders outside of the university reminds residents of the collaboration required with non-clinical decision-makers who influence healthcare and surgical practices.

“We are often so focused on work and our craft that we forget we need to look for opportunities to get involved in community leadership,” says Lindsay Hessler, MD, general surgery resident.

The Surgical Leadership Series will feature two to three prominent non-clinical leaders each year in an effort to make future University of Maryland leaders even better.

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