If you already feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, taking on the responsibilities of organizational leadership may sound like just one more demand on your time and energy. But some family physicians have found that they benefit personally and professionally from taking on leadership roles. Yushu Jack Chou, MD, FAAFP, is one such physician. For Chou, embracing opportunities to serve as a physician leader has reignited his passion for family medicine.
“Look at the big picture if you are discouraged,” Chou says. “The lifespan of a career in family medicine is long. You have to ask yourself, ‘Do I want to trudge along or make an effective change?’”
In Chou’s view, family physicians are well suited for leadership roles because they solve problems and provide guidance to their patients every day.