Ep 69. Stephen Klasko: The Emotional Intelligence of Doctors
"I believe that if we have a more stable and caring workforce of doctors and nurses, patients will get better."
Stephen Klasko, M.D.
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA is President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. Prior to joining Jefferson, Dr. Klasko was CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. He also served as Dean of the College of Medicine at Drexel University and CEO of Drexel University Physicians. Stephen is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation, author of The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine, and a sought-after speaker on the transformation of clinical practice, healthcare information technology and physician leadership.
In this conversation, Stew and Stephen talk about innovation in healthcare. Stephen is convinced that doctors need to transform the way they interact with patients in order to transform medicine. Currently, the medical profession is competitive, hierarchical, and non-creative. Doctors lack the empathy, teamwork skills, and creativity needed to address issues many patients face. Stephen is working to change this culture at Jefferson Medical School by admitting medical students for not only GPA and MCAT scores but Emotional Intelligence scores. This effort will result in better outcomes for patients and harmony between work and the rest of life for doctors. Listen and learn about innovative approaches to preparing the next generation of doctors and what these changes might mean for your life.