Leadership proficiency in surgery: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Leadership proficiency in surgery: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Can J Surg 2020;63(3):E229-E230 | PDF

Dhruvin H. Hirpara, MD; Bryce Taylor, MD

Summary

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has accentuated the importance of leadership training for health care professionals, particularly surgeons. Surgeons are expected to lead and thrive in multidisciplinary teams. There is, however, a critical gap in teaching residents about fundamental leadership principles, such as developing productive and vision-driven teams, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence. We discuss the merits of leadership training for surgical residents and future directions for implementing a leadership curriculum for Canadian residency programs in the competency by design era.


Accepted May 4, 2020

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.006020

Correspondence to: D.H. Hirpara, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, 149 College St, 5th floor, Toronto ON M5T1P5, dhruvinh@gmail.com