WASHINGTON, D.C.—Kerry Broderick, MD, FACEP, professor of emergency medicine at Denver Health Medical Center, has a simple list to be successful: Define. Engage. Listen. Action. Closure.
Define what success means on a task, then engage whoever is necessary to reach saidgoal. Listen to stakeholders’ thoughts and be flexible if necessary. Take action to effectuate the goal. Then, reflect on the closure of the process: did success happen? And perhaps most importantly, identify those things that interrupt the process, Dr. Broderick said in her session, “Top 5 Habits of Highly Successful Emergency Physicians.”
“Identifying self-defeating behaviors is super important,” she said. “We all have [them]. And I think if you don’t look at yourself, what your own self-defeating behaviors are, and address those, then you’re really never going to be successful because you’re always tripping over yourself.”