*Please note: SCAI 2014 Scientific Sessions registration is required to attend the Thursday session of the Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp. Advance registration is required to attend the Wednesday session.
Cath Lab Directors & Managers: Time to Gear up for Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp at SCAI 2014
Mastering a new job is a tall order in any line of work.
Cardiologists who take on the role of cath lab director may find it especially challenging, says SCAI President-Elect Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI. “The responsibilities of a cath lab director are a bit like that of the president. There isn’t a good job description.”
Similarly, cath lab managers confront a bevy of administrative issues, juggle rapidly evolving technology, and address conflicts among an array of stakeholders. While most cath lab leaders bring a wealth of clinical experiences to their positions, there has been no defined career path or training program. Most learn on the job, having taken on the job with minimal preparation for the scope of work.
Both positions – cath lab director and manager – include a broad range of responsibilities for quality, education, and “other duties as assigned,” says Dr. Chambers. Continuous quality improvement across all activities comprises a major portion of cath lab leadership, typically including credentialing, committee assignments, outcomes, and benchmarking. Together the director and manager handle the team’s ongoing education, including morbidity and mortality and cath lab conferences, current topics, and new challenges.
The final set of responsibilities falls into what Dr. Chambers terms “other duties as assigned,” and ranges from budget to discipline to new equipment purchases and even marketing.
SCAI's Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp at SCAI 2014 is a unique two-morning, educational experience designed specifically to address the challenges and goals faced by cath lab leaders face – as well as those who aspire to the role.
The first morning session, on May 28, will address the roles of the medical director and manager and also delve into common challenges, conflict resolution, and technology evaluation and integration.
The second morning session, on May 29, will focus on issues physician directors may face, exploring administrative challenges, with an emphasis on quality and reporting. Experts will discuss the changing nature of the physician director’s job and offer strategies for successful negotiations and managing conflict resolution in the first session. Day 2 will also cover team-building, budgeting, and building a research program.