Monday, December 6, 2010

MEDICAL DOCTOR: Up Close and Personal

When I was a little girl, I love having a role- play with my siblings and friends; as a doctor, nurse or patient. Little that I know at that time, doctor's responsibility is far beyond injecting patient or having nurse do whatever a doctor order them to or having a nurse to wipe the sweat using piles of tissue during the operation procedure..

Leadership and Role as a Member of Organization, Society, & Citizen.


The role of medical doctors as members of society, and citizen refer to the functions of a doctor as a leader in 4 main areas in health care:

1. Health Promotion 
Doctors advocate for public health policies and provide advice and care aimed to improve health and wellbeing.

2. Disease and injury prevention 
Counseling and screening for acute and chronic diseases are integral to the role of doctors. Well.. Prevention is better than cure:)
3. Chronic Disease Management
This include the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of complications (secondary prevention).

4. Health Surveillance 
It's doctor's job to care for and report suspected or confirmed infectious diseases that threaten the health of people. Through screening, diagnosis and reporting, doctors play a major role in helping to reduce the severity of outbreaks.


The duties towards doctors' profession include working together with other physicians to create a healthier community, country, and world for everyone to live in. Any member of the organization is best treated as partners:)
Doctors are the usually a leader in the healthcare of which there are list of must- be - so in the pockets:
  • Have a strong commitment to excellent service and communicate it through words and deeds – clearly and consistently to those inside and outside the organization
  • Creating and sustaining the organizational culture and convincing their employees to believe in that culture as well
  • Motivate people develop their talents, provide them with proper resources,  and reward them when they succeed
Medical doctors also must know that they are the essential parts of organizations that profoundly influence people’s live. They will work hard on behalf of that team’s goal because they are so committed to the purpose of the organization. .

“ Act as a Leader, not a Manager,
  Stop Managing, Start Leading !”
(Robert Flater: “Jack Welch and GE Way”)
When it comes to teamwork, doctors must remember that they are part of the team. Members can be anybody; other doctors, specialists, nurses, paramedics, volunteers, NGOs, and many other. 

This is when the implementation of the concept of systematic working & systemic thinking plays a very major role for the sake of betterment in the role of a medical doctor.

"They should know that they can not work alone, with competence of others they will get synergism."
(Fattler MD, Ford RC, & Heaton CP; 2006)

Individuals within the organization are charged with the responsibility for the completion of each task (systematic) while maintaining a partnership with a deep understanding of the proportional rights in order to obtain synergy in the organization (systemic). Similarly, there should be cooperation among organizations in order to obtain synergies in one country.
  • "Leadership and Teamwork", lecture by Prof. dr. Budi Mulyono, Sp. PK (K)
  • "Communication in Working Place", Guest lecture: Panti Rapih Hospital
  • "Poor Team- Working in Health Care Personnel", GROUP 8 TUTORIAL SESSIONS (Week 4)
  • "Systemic Thinking", Practical Session guidelines in BLOCK 4.2 Lab. Manual Book: Health System & Disaster, UGM. Guided by Prof. dr. Laksono Trisnantoro, M. Sc., Ph. D

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