Harvard Emerging Leaders Seminar - To HELS and Back

Nearly 200 radiology professionals have participated in previous Harvard Emerging Leaders Seminar courses. Many of the participants have commented on the powerful, relevant and quality of the course, content, faculty and overall experience. 

Below, Ricardo Cury, MD, Adam Kaye, MD, Scott Harter, MD, and Samir Patel, MD, provide their insights about their experiences and what makes this course so valuable.  


For those who may not understand exactly what the HELS program is all about, can you describe it in one sentence?

Harter: A personal and practice-building opportunity for radiologists like no other.

Kaye: HELS was an introduction to important topics in management, with particular emphasis on their application to radiology.

What are some things you have changed or implemented as a result of yours HELS experience?

Cury: I have changed my approach consensus building when there are a variety of opinions.

Harter:  I have focused on rising above the day to day work of the practice to concentrate on the larger picture.


HELS emphasizes a practical educational experience.  What are some of the key takeaways you learned from this program?

Kaye: Having attended business school prior to my radiology training, I had very little context for applying the material I was studying then to my everyday life and future leadership responsibilities. While the entire HELS curriculum was not “new” to me, per se, I certainly was able to study things like competitive strategy and organizational behavior with a whole new perspective. The course encouraged me to think about how these topics apply specifically to radiology and my leadership perspective.

Harter: How to initiate change in the practice and make it stick.

Cury: One of the key lessons was a great discussion based on articles from the Harvard Business Review regarding leadership styles and the differences between managing and leading a team

Patel: Having access to key Harvard Business Review articles was a great benefit to me as I was developing our groups' Value Management Program.


During HELS you are with the same cohort for the three months.  What value did that provide for you?

Patel: Discussing key topics among a self-selected group of radiology leaders and gaining feedback while exchanging ideas was very valuable from a comparative effectiveness standpoint to continuously improve certain areas in our practice and confirm some areas we were doing well.

Kaye: The participants were all very actively engaged, which led to some wonderful discussions about the state of radiology and its future, and the great open dialogue between all of us allowed people to share their experiences, both positive and negative, with managing and leading their organizations.

Harter: For me, I got exposure to the nationwide radiologist practice experience, as opposed to local practice.


Why is a program like HELS so important and relevant for radiologists?

Patel: All radiologists will need to have leadership CME to succeed in the future, no matter whether they are in private or academic practice, in order to effectively engage with referring clinicians, hospital administration, and insurers so that decisions are made optimally in conjunction with  radiologists.

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