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On the Frontlines of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Crisis—The Many Faces of Leadership

Educational Objective
To understand the many types of leadership displayed on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis
1 Credit CME

Don’t follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

During this past month as a patient-facing, frontlines “soldier” during the apex of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis at a tertiary academic medical center in New York City, New York, I learned a lot about leadership. As physicians, we find ourselves in leadership roles every day irrespective of seniority or proximity to medical school graduation. Whether it is leading a goals-of-care discussion as a freshly minted intern, leading a large clinical team as an experienced attending physician, or developing administrative strategies as a department chairperson, a substantial component of what we do every day involves leadership.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Megha Prasad, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY (megha.prasad@gmail.com).

Published Online: June 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.2240

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Contributions: I thank my mentors, Marty Leon, MD, and Ajay Kirtane, MD (Columbia University), whose admirable leadership and dedication served as the inspiration for this piece. They were not compensated for their contributions.

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