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Vol 5, No 2 (2020)
Editorial
Published online: 2020-05-28
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The outbreak of COVID-19 — medical leadership challenge

Eldad Katorza, Arnon Afek, Elon Glassberg, Elhanan Bar-On, Yitshak Kreiss
DOI: 10.5603/DEMJ.a2020.0024
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Disaster Emerg Med J 2020;5(2):61-63.

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Vol 5, No 2 (2020)
EDITORIAL
Published online: 2020-05-28

Abstract

The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak surprised humanity with its scale and speed. Starting in Wuhan, the capital city of Central China’s Hubei province, it rapidly spreads to East Asia, Iran, Europe and the United States of America [1]. So far, only a few countries on earth have not yet been affected by the pandemic. Dealing with an emerging new disease is particularly challenging and requires complex decision making and leadership, of both medical leaders and statesmen. Factors such as logistical and technological capabilities, medical staff training level, operational flexibility and leadership, will determine how well healthcare organizations (and nations) will cope with the challenge. In this paper, we present six major leadership dilemmas and possible solutions, in an attempt to provide tools that will assist in confronting such an extreme event.

Abstract

The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak surprised humanity with its scale and speed. Starting in Wuhan, the capital city of Central China’s Hubei province, it rapidly spreads to East Asia, Iran, Europe and the United States of America [1]. So far, only a few countries on earth have not yet been affected by the pandemic. Dealing with an emerging new disease is particularly challenging and requires complex decision making and leadership, of both medical leaders and statesmen. Factors such as logistical and technological capabilities, medical staff training level, operational flexibility and leadership, will determine how well healthcare organizations (and nations) will cope with the challenge. In this paper, we present six major leadership dilemmas and possible solutions, in an attempt to provide tools that will assist in confronting such an extreme event.

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Keywords

COVID-19, outbreak, medical, leadership

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Title

The outbreak of COVID-19 — medical leadership challenge

Journal

Disaster and Emergency Medicine Journal

Issue

Vol 5, No 2 (2020)

Article type

Editorial

Pages

61-63

Published online

2020-05-28

DOI

10.5603/DEMJ.a2020.0024

Bibliographic record

Disaster Emerg Med J 2020;5(2):61-63.

Keywords

COVID-19
outbreak
medical
leadership

Authors

Eldad Katorza
Arnon Afek
Elon Glassberg
Elhanan Bar-On
Yitshak Kreiss

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