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    Interview with Dale Buchbinder, Co-author of Cases in Health Care Management

    Posted by sharonb on Feb 4, 2013 2:00:56 AM

    I am delighted to have Dale Buchbinder, MD, FACS, my fellow Jones & Bartlett Learning author, good friend, and husband with me to talk about his new book to be released in Spring, 2013, Cases in Health Care Management

    Dale Buchbinder, MD, FACS, is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital and Clinical Professor of Surgery at The University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Buchbinder served as Chair of Surgery for 18 years at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He also served as GBMC's Medical Director of Inpatient Surgical Services and Medical Director of the GBMC Wound Care Center. His experience as a physician leader and manager in two major community hospitals in Baltimore is augmented by his time spent as Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Buchbinder has been elected to several surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, past President of the Baltimore Academy of Surgery and Past President of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He currently serves as Governor for the American College of Surgery from Maryland.

    Dale, aside from being able to go to work in your pajamas <G>, what made you decide to author your first textbook?

    I wish that I could work in my pajamas and hoping that this may be the case someday.  I am happy to participate in this textbook. I believe that my clinical experience, as both a practitioner and a healthcare manager has provided me with a vast amount of familiarity with the health care arena. I have always wanted to share this experience. I believe these cases will be useful for students wishing to be able to deal with situations encountered in a surgical practice, as well as those experiences one has as a department chair running large surgical departments in three major hospitals over three decades.

    What do you like best about being an author?

    My most favorite part of being an author is having the ability to relay these experiences and to work with great co-authors like Sharon and Nancy.

    What do you like the least?

    The actual drudgery of writing! It’s hard work!

    How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing textbooks on health care management?

    As noted above, the experiences of being in active surgical practice for over thirty years, being a professor of surgery, and being chairman of surgery at three major hospitals have given me a lifetime of real world knowledge to contribute to a book of this nature.

    What’s your favorite time management tip?

    My favorite time management trick is not to procrastinate and to get your work done in a timely fashion. However, I am not particularly good at practicing this technique. <G>

    If you had one take away piece of advice for faculty who want to become textbook authors, what would it be?

    My advice for physicians who want to be textbook authors is to pick a topic that is timely, and adds a new dimension for the field.  Make sure it is well organized and there are appropriate contributors who will actually finish the work in a timely manner.

    Tell me more about Cases in Health Care Management and the one-hundred and one (101) cases  in the book.

    Cases in Health Care Management gives readers a wide variety of real world situations. When readers analyze the situation and are able to form appropriate plans of action, this enhances their  ability to manage healthcare workers in a myriad of situations.  Whether dealing with ethical issues concerning occurrences in the work place, or interpersonal relationships between employees, this book will give insight in dealing with nurses, physicians, technologists and healthcare executives.  It also helps the reader in identifying difficult and challenging situations and being able to work through reasonable thoughtful and appropriate scenarios to solve complex problems.

    Who is your target audience for Cases in Health Care Management?

    The target audience for this book should be students in healthcare management programs, nursing students, physicians wishing to participate in healthcare management, as well as executives and directors at all levels in healthcare.

    Where can readers find more about your books and you on the Internet?

    Readers who wish to know more about our books, or any other topics in the cases, should refer to the extensive references provided after each case.  They can also Google the authors to find out more.

    Dale, thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview!


    Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD is Professor and Program Coordinator for the MS in Healthcare Management at Stevenson University in the Graduate and Professional School and former chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). She is also the author of four books from Jones & Bartlett: Introduction to Health Care Management (1st and 2nd Ed) (with Nancy H. Shanks), Career Opportunities in Health Care Management (with Jon Thompson) and Cases in Health Care Management (with Nancy H. Shanks and Dale Buchbinder)to be released in spring 2013.


    Topics: administration, Author, Dale Buchbinder, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Nancy Shanks

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