AUPN Leadership Minute Episode 21: Walking the Tight Rope: Balancing Multiple Leadership Roles


Episode 21 of the AUPN Leadership Minute features Alissa Willis, MD, of University of Mississippi Medical Center; and Michael Dobbs, MD, MHCM, of University of Texas at Rio Grand Valley. [WATCH TIME: 5 minutes]

WATCH TIME: 5 minutes

AUPN's Leadership Minute is a brief, highly focused summary of practical advice for Chairs, Program Directors and other leaders in academic neurology, available as both mini-podcasts and in short form videos.

The goal of this program is to provide relevant and useful information in a modicum of time, designed to fit seamlessly into our very busy schedules.

Balancing Multiple Roles

Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer

  • Lead physician for the clinical practice.
  • Responsibility for administration, credentialing, quality, marketing, and productivity.
  • Led COVID response.

Chair of the Department of Neurology

  • New department in a new medical school.
  • Same education responsibilities as anywhere.
  • Fewer faculty (started with 1).
  • New clinic space.
  • Huge demand for services.

Finding Balance

  • Experience really helps.
  • Having a clear mission and vision.
  • Realize you can’t do everything.
  • Take the long view.
  • Take care of yourself,

Click here to access the full PowerPoint presentation for the episode.

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