Grand Rounds 3.6

Grand Rounds 3.6 is up this week at Dr. Hebert’s Medical Gumbo – It’s a POEtic collection of the best of the medical blogosphere.

Next week’s Grand Rounds will be hosted here at the MSSPNexus Blog, so send your submissions to me at no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Monday, November 6th.


National Medical Staff Services Week 2006

National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week is November 5-11, 2006. 

The week was first observed in 1992 when President George Bush signed Joint House Resolution 399 proclaiming the first week of November as National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week, in honor of the professonals who direct or manage medical staff services and who play an important role in the nation’s healthcare system.

Read the President’s Proclamation

MSSPs – A Vital Part of Your Healthcare Team

Who Do You Think You Are?

Just who do you think you are?

I still remember how she looked as she hurled those angry words at me. It was a challenge intended to forcefully remind me that, in my co-worker’s opinion at least, I had no right to question her actions.

In the years since that episode, I’ve asked myself that very question a number of times. Who do you think you are?  It’s a valid query, at least when it’s not being aimed like a poison-tipped arrow.

I’ve discovered that when I think of myself as a creative, compassionate leader I act like a creative, compassionate leader, and therefore become more of a creative, compassionate leader. It’s a pretty self-evident concept. No rocket science or brain surgery involved.

Who I think I am exerts a powerful influence over who I become.

Author James C. Hunter, (Servant Leadership) expressed it this way – we’re not human beings, we’re all human becomings.

Who will you become today?

Thinking Styles – The Quiz

 What type of thinker are you?  Creative or logical?  Do you tend to think in pictures; words; music; math? 

Do you see the world through the eyes of William Shakespeare or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?  Martin Luther King Jr. or Albert Einstein?

There is a free online quiz at that helps you determine what type of thinker you are.  (36 questions)

Here are the nine choices:

Linguistic Thinkers (my primary)
Interpersonal Thinkers (my secondary)
Intrapersonal Thinkers
Logical Mathematical Thinkers
Naturalist Thinkers
Existential Thinkers
Musical Thinkers
Spatial Thinkers

Kinaesthetic Thinkers

Click here to take the quiz.

More surveys and psychology tests here.


Against all odds (too old, too poor, too few of the “right connections”) Vince Poscente accomplished his dream of competing for his native Canada in the Olympic Games.

He knows all about taking risks:

It was a gamble. I was broke but I took a chance that the spirit of sportsmanship was alive and well. The gamble turned out better than I had ever hoped.

The plan was to fly to Paris. Take a train to the Alps. Board the shuttle up to Les Arc. Then knock on the door of the French coach the night before his national team training camp and ask if I could train on the Olympic track. I had befriended an athlete on the French team and he said calling ahead would only result in a “no.”

Dumbfounded the coach looked at me as I explained in broken French that I flew all the way over from Canada on the chance that he would allow me to train with the best team in the world. I promised to pay my own way and help any way I could.

“Une moment,” he said and then closed the door. Standing in the hallway the wait was agonizing. After ten minutes he came back out and explained that I could train with his team. But, if anyone else showed up then I had to leave.

Perfect, I said but I think my smile of relief said it all.

The balance of the two weeks was the single greatest training experience in my short speed skiing career. They treated me like a team member. With the best coaching staff, the best speed skiers and the biggest track in the world I managed to accelerate my learning curve by a dramatic margin.

The four-letter word for bold-faced audacity is risk.

Be courageous! Live your dreams. Refuse to listen to that defeatist inner voice that tells you you’re too old, too poor, or don’t have enough of the “right connections.”

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso


An accomplished Olympian and performance strategist, Vince Poscente is an internationally known keynote speaker and author of The Ant and the Elephant and Invinceable Principles. He is also the founder of Be Invinceable Group – a Dallas-based company specializing in services and products to transform personal and workplace performance. For more information, go to 

JCAHO MS.1.20 Field Review – Open Until October 27

The JCAHO field review for the (most recent) proposed changes to MS.1.20 for hospitals and critical access hospitals is only open through October 27th, so if you want to comment, now is the time.

This link will take you to an Adobe pdf document showing (via strike-through text) just what changes are being proposed.

You can click here to complete the Field Review questionnaire.  (Accessing this survey requires that cookies are enabled.)

Grand Rounds 3.4

Nurse Kim has posted this week’s Grand Rounds over at Emergiblog, one of my favorite medical blog sites. Nicholas Genes, M.D. interviewed Kim for the MedScape PreRounds profile, where he calls her a “genuine leader among online medical writers”.

Kim says about Grand Rounds “I see Grand Rounds as the ‘Big Daddy’ of the rest of the medical-related carnivals, because it is the one place where we all are represented, from administration to patients, doctors to nurses, chaplains to researchers, scientists to medical provider credentialing staff.” It’s a good way to keep your finger on the pulse of the broader medical world.

Anyone who gives medical provider credentialing a nod is okay by me.

Hiring the Right Candidate

Effective interviewing is an art.

If you’ve conducted job interviews you know that some people interview exceedingly well, then turn out to be “less than promised” when hired. Others struggle to field questions appropriately, but may end up being among your best employees.  How do you decide?

The first step to effective interviewing is asking the right questions, which may change based on the type of job you’re seeking to fill. The second step is really listening to the answers.

The book Great Interview Questions for Hiring the Best Person by John Kador offers a number of thought-provoking questions interviewers may want to ask.  Here are a few I found worthy of note: 

  • What do you think it takes for a person to be successful in your field?
  • What two or three things will be important to you in a new position?
  • What were the most important projects you worked on at your last job?
  • What was the hardest decision you ever had to make and how did you handle it?
  • Do you prefer to speak with someone or send a memo?
  • What is the most significant compliment anyone has ever paid you?
  • Tell me about an employee who became more successful as a result of your management.
  • Give an example of a situation in which you failed and how you handled it?  What did you learn?
  • Tell me about a time when you handled a difficult situation with a co-worker.
  • What was the most useful criticism you ever received?
  • Tell me about yourself using only one word adjectives.
  • What single message would you like me to remember that will convince me that you are the person we should hire?

Hiring the wrong person can be a costly mistake. It’s important to look for the right blend of technical skills, personality fit, and willingness to persevere and be successful in the role. 

As Mr. Kadar states in his book – interviewing is serious business.