Mar. 14, 2019

​​​​​​​​For the first time: Clinical Leadership Course of the Ministry of Health – Dr. Paula Feder-Bubis 

A special course in Clinical Leadership was held for the first time ever by the Israel Ministry of Health, together with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The course was designed for specially selected female physicians who are at the forefront of medical system management in Israel. They were selected by the management of each of the Israeli medical centers on the basis of their peerless managerial abilities.

The course was a joint initiative of the Israel Government Medical Centers Division and the Advisor to the Director General of the Ministry of Health for Gender Equality, and was managed by "Derech Isha" in cooperation with Dr. Paul​a Feder-Bubis of the Department of Health Systems Management at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management GGFBM, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

The course stemmed from the need to provide a response to female physicians in Israel, as there are very few (9%) women in management positions in government hospitals and the HMO services, in hospital departments (17%) and as deputy managers in those departments (1%), and women doctors' salaries are still significantly lower than men doctors' salaries.  

Liron Zohar, Director of National Programs on Gender Equality and Special Advisor to General Director on Advancement of Women at the Ministry of Health, contacted Prof. Rivka Carmi, then President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, who in 2015 had led the task force to compose a report to the Israel Medical Association (IMA) on the sta​tus of women physicians in the Israeli health system.

Prof. Carmi recommended that Dr. Paula Feder-Bubis be the academic partner for the course's content: "One of the major obstacles for female doctors is the difficulty to manage research studies, and this must be part of such a course," explains Feder-Bubis.​​

As part of the course, the physicians examined the management and planning of their careers, including aspects related to their research activity. "The course was an opportunity to examine not only the doctors' work environment, but also their approach to that environment," says Dr. Feder-Bubis (left).

The participants assessed the opportunity to discuss gender issues that do not receive adequate attention during vocational training and at hospital levels. The participants and organizers of the course met at the Israel President's Residence with President Reuven Rivlin last week in honor of International Women's Day, demonstrating that the course participants are unquestionably the future generation of senior management in the Israeli healthcare system. 

Prof. Miki Malul, Dean of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management: "The initiative of Dr. Feder-Bubis is an example of winning leadership in management and of the Department of Health Systems Management in the GGFBM."

photo from the Office of the Israel Presidential Residence Spokesperson, President Rivlin with the course participants