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Some physicians loath administrative responsibilities and seek to practice medicine unburdened by bureaucracy. But others view leadership positions as a calling to bring the experience and point-of-view of the medical practitioner into administration. Moreover, placing doctors in leadership roles appears to create a culture in which patient-centered care is more than just a rallying cry, but is embodied in the actions of the organization's members. Perhaps it is a chief reason why some hospitals are now working to adopt the Mayo Clinic model in which physician leaders head-up service lines.
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