Monday, March 25, 2013

Lessons Learned edited by Deborah M. Shlian

ACPE Publishing Announces the Forthcoming Release of Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management” edited by Deborah M. Shlian, MD, MBA

Release date: March, 2013
Publisher: American College of Physician Executives
ISBN: 978-0-924674-45-7
Members of the news media wishing to request more information are kindly asked to contact Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, by email:

Women physicians now comprise 50 percent or more of most US medical school classes. Yet relatively few fill the most senior management positions within the healthcare system. In "Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management", editor and author, Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA profiles 24 exceptional female physicians who have defied the odds by rising to top management posts. They share their career paths from clinical medicine to leadership within government, academia, hospitals, provider groups, managed care, pharma, consulting and entrepreneurial ventures, including the obstacles and challenges faced in balancing work, family, and personal life. In the Overview chapter, Dr. Shlian explores the barriers women physicians continue to confront in seeking leadership roles. At a time when most agree that the US healthcare delivery system needs fundamental change, this book makes the case for talented women physician executives, articulate in the language of health care policy and business, to be among those leading the way.

 Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA is a physician and MBA with three decades of clinical, management, consulting, and physician executive recruiting experience. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters and two books related to health care management and careers in the industry. She has also written 5 award-winning medical mystery/ thrillers including "Rabbit in the Moon" which won the Florida Book Award.

"The insights of the authors combined remind us of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. This is an important book.  Everyone who cares about the future of healthcare leadership must read it." Donna E. Shalala, Former Secretary of HHS

 "I recognized many of the stories, emotions and quotations in this book and felt I had found many friends who had experiences similar to mine. The honest reflections of these amazing women about their careers is powerful. There are many learning moments in each and every chapter. It is a must read and more important a must have to refer back to when one is struggling with one's own management issues during a tough day..week..or year!" Julie Freischlag, M.D., The William Stewart Halsted Professor, Chair, Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

 "This is an amazing book of stories by pioneering women in medicine. Not only does it serve as a record, but as a resource for future generations as an inspirational and motivational textbook for the next generation of women to finally shatter the glass ceiling on the shoulders of these giants." Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., Past President of the American Cancer Society; Past Chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board; Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

“Everyone knows that girls are smarter than boys  and this wonderful book just proves the rule!  I should know. Member of the second co-educational class at Vassar, (Class of 1977), co-founder of Dual Doctor Families (1982), successfully married to another physician for 32 years (and counting), and proud parent of fraternal twin daughters in medicine and health policy. I am confident that all aspiring physician leaders of both genders will greatly benefit from reading this delightful book!" David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA 

"While women have made enormous progress in breaching the glass ceiling in medicine, there are still many obstacles in the way towards achieving true gender equality.  This book will go a long way toward giving women the tools they need to navigate those obstacles for themselves and be in positions to eliminate them entirely for other women." Linda Babcock, PhD, James M. Walton Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management; Founder and faculty director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS)

 "These stories represent invaluable roadmaps for younger women who want to aim for the highest reaches in the health care industry. They show how these women have been on their own, working out individualized solutions to structural problems in rigid workplaces designed for traditional male breadwinners. They also point to the urgent need within the profession of medicine and the healthcare industry for career flexibility to enable the best and brightest, without penalty, to meet the demands of work and family.” Kathleen Christensen, Ph.D. , Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Founder and Director of the Workplace, Workforce & Working Families Program and its National Workplace Flexibility Initiative.

"This book could not be more profound and timely! 'Women in Medicine and Management: A Mentoring Guide' offers a remarkable inside-look at healthcare from pioneering women physicians at the forefront of one of our nation’s most critical issues. Not only are the stories personal and compelling, they are sure to inspire the next generation of women leaders!" Leslie Sanchez, Former director of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Education and author of “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman”

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