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Medical talent management: a model for physician deployment

Baird Brightman (Worklife Strategies, Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 13 February 2007




This article aims to provide a focused cost‐effective method for triaging physicians into appropriate non‐clinical roles to benefit both doctors and healthcare organizations.


Reviews a validated career‐planning process and customize it for medical talent management.


A structured career assessment can differentiate between different physician work styles and direct medical talent into best‐fit positions. This allows healthcare organizations to create a more finely tuned career ladder than the familiar “in or out” binary choice.

Practical implications

Healthcare organizations can invest in cost‐effective processes for the optimal utilization of their medical talent.


Provides a new use for a well‐validated career assessment and planning system. The actual value of this approach should be studied using best‐practices in ROI research.



Brightman, B. (2007), "Medical talent management: a model for physician deployment", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 27-32.



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