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Surviving and Thriving as an Interim or Acting Leader

Year Published: 2020
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This publication helps professionals at medical schools or teaching hospitals decide whether to accept an interim or acting leadership role and provides guidance on negotiating terms and conditions to ensure success in the position.

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Surviving and Thriving as an Interim or Acting Leader
Year Published: 2020
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Designed for current or aspiring deans, faculty, department chairs, and others interested in leadership development.



Medical schools and teaching hospitals are experiencing increasingly frequent turnover of department chairs. The naming of an interim leader is a common response to leadership turnover in academic medicine. While interim and acting leadership is quite common, very little, if any, guidance exists to help someone tapped for these positions.

This publication, and the tools that accompany it, will help anyone at a medical school or teaching hospital decide whether to take an interim or acting position and will provide tips on how best to negotiate terms and conditions that will best support success if the position is taken.

This publication is part of the AAMC Successful Medical School Department Chair Series, which helps academic medicine professionals achieve and excel in leadership positions. The series was developed in close consultation with department chairs and thought leaders within the academic medicine community and reflects real-world insights.



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Edition: First Number of Pages: 32 Year Published: 2020