Sometimes you can find answers to your own community’s problems by gaining a global perspective. That’s one idea behind an international gathering of physicians in Singapore attended by ISMA Past President David Welsh, M.D.
The Caring Physicians of the World Leadership Course, conducted by the World Medical Association (WMA) since 2007, now has more than 200 graduates, including one of Indiana’s own physician leaders. A federation of national medical associations from 90 countries, the WMA works to enhance health and quality of life for people all over the world.
|David Welsh, M.D. (front row, third from left) enjoys the company of physicians from around the world.
The stated purpose of Caring Physicians of the World is “to restore enthusiasm and optimism in the field of medicine through medical and social leadership based on the enduring traditions of the medical profession: caring, ethics and science.”
Heading for Singapore
Following invitations and urgings by the AMA-Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS), of which Dr. Welsh is a member, and by ISMA Past President John Knote, M.D., who serves on the AMA Senior Physicians Section Governing Council, the Batesville surgeon traveled for the April 29 to May 3 program.
“Dr. Knote is a mentor to me and I’ve always had a positive experience when I follow his suggestions,” said Dr. Welsh. He described his trip as “an adventure,” but it also meant working on projects – before, during and after the program.
The 30 attendees from a dozen or more countries at this year’s conference sought to enhance their own knowledge and skills in leadership and advocacy for patients, public health and the medical profession. They discussed each other’s health care systems – what was working and what was not.
“We received special instructions on advocacy, branding your institution, negotiating with others, like when writing legislation, as well as improving communication skills and becoming an active listener to understand a situation,” explained Dr. Welsh.
Upon returning home
The 2014 graduating group pledged to stay in touch through a listserv being arranged, and some will meet
at the upcoming AMA meeting. They are also committed to increasing awareness of international issues and problems with patient care.
“The trip itself was fabulous, unbelievable,” said
Dr. Welsh, “but meeting folks from all over the world to talk about helping people made for one of the best weeks I have ever spent.”