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Chief Resident Participates in NYP Retreat Featured on PBS Newshour

January 10, 2018

NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Chief Residents were featured on the PBS Newshour segment “What orchestras can teach executives about conducting business,” which aired on PBS Thirteen on January 4th. The segment focused on the Music Paradigm leadership program taken by NYP Chief Residents and some Residency Program Directors in October 2017, which Columbia Orthopedics Chief Resident W.G. Stuart Mackenzie, MD also participated in. The program discussed fine-tuning communication, leadership, and coordination skills in Chief Residents in order to optimize patient care.

Conductor Roger Nierenberg taught the program and conveyed how playing in an orchestra can be applied to hospital teamwork:

“What happens when you have one silo on its own standard and you have another silo on a different standard? So, strings, you play on your own pitch the last note. We’re playing just one note. And we will all play together. Do you recognize the sound of a high school orchestra? The problem is with the fact that these silos are not communicating across to one another.”

Dr. Mackenzie found the experience at the retreat to be enlightening.

"NYP's Executive provided the Chief Residents with an amazing opportunity to attend the Music Paradigm. The analogy of the orchestra is very fitting to those of us who collaborate in the hospital, but may not always consider our impact and role in comprehensive patient care. The interdependence and trust among the musicians exemplified an ideal team dynamic, one that I hope to develop within our Orthopedic Residency."

To watch the full segment, visit the PBS Newshour site.

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