The leadership gap: is there a crisis of leadership in anaesthesiology?

  • S Marshall Australian Centre for Health Innovation


Medical educators and specialist colleges have always had concerns about the effectiveness of training programmes to produce specialists with appropriate skills at the fore. Typically these concerns have centred on the ability to perform tasks, unerstand key concepts and having exposure to a sufficient number of cases to produce expertise by deliberate, repeated practice.1 However, other competencies of specialists are less well defined. How do we ensure that those who complete specialist training programmes are ready to support others, to communicate, advocate and lead the speciality? These skills have often been referred to as the ‘hidden curriculum’ – the skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of clinicians in a sociocultural sense, both by society and their own profession.2

Author Biography

S Marshall, Australian Centre for Health Innovation

Lead Human Factors Clinician, Australian Centre for Health Innovation, Alfred Health, Associate Professor, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Central Clinical School, Monash University and Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Critical Care, University of Melbourne, Australia