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Aug 28, 2020

Thomas Radomski, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical & Translational Science within the Division of General Internal Medicine and Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Director of Academic Programs and Clinical Research for the Institute of Clinical Research Education, where he oversees all master’s and certificate level programs in clinical research training, and co-directs a course on strategic leadership in academic medicine. As a practicing general internist and health services researcher, Dr. Radomski’s research focuses on ways to accurately measure and reduce the delivery of low value care and how the receipt of care across multiple healthcare systems influences health services, utilization, outcomes, and value. His research has been published in many internationally acclaimed journals, and he is also the Immediate Past President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, mid-atlantic region. 

It’s time to get comfortable—with being uncomfortable. Today, Dr. Thomas Radomski teaches us that embracing—and working through—difficult moments is what facilitates the greatest level of growth within ourselves. He also reminds us that even when we’re not thinking about it—we are leaders. He advises us to take ownership of ourselves and how we care for our patients. To recognize what our unique attributes are, and to ask ourselves how we can take advantage of them. And, that handling rejection is just part of the process. Learning to be open and receptive to criticism, and continually aiming to improve ourselves, is the key to success.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Leadership is more about introspection, than demonstration. We should strive to come back to the basics and ask questions such as: Who am I? What are my strengths? Do I have the right people around me to support me in my weak areas?
2. Embrace discomfort. Do your best to avoid living with the regret that you could have done more.
3. Love your patients and make an extra effort to get to know them on a personal basis.