DID BEING AN UP & COMER HAVE AN IMPACT ON YOUR CAREER?
It certainly was great to have the exposure. But it’s not about an individual effort. It’s about an organization, a team that I was able to work with and accomplish many things.
DR. DONALD BERWICK
I was a maverick. I knew it. There were many other friends who were on this track in great places … but we were still pretty much outsiders and pretty much bringing a message that was a little dissident. To have the kind of encouragement that your award gave me, that was meaningful. It said, “OK, keep at it. Keep going. You’re on a track here that’s valuable.”
I still am in touch with some of the people (in my class) who are all doing wonderful and really important things in healthcare. Every time you can build a group of colleagues who can be resources and you can reach out to—I don’t think I’ve ever solved a single problem alone. The way that we solve them is by pulling in the best thinking of people that we’ve been exposed to. This recognition gave me a broader network of very important and accomplished colleagues.