The changing academic health center. The death of the traditional academic physician.

Academic Article


  • Organizational change is required if academic health centers (AHCs) are to survive the decreased societal commitment to them. The changes will generate significant emotional responses in the physicians employed by such institutions. This article presents an analogy between the reactions of academic physicians to the changes they are experiencing, and the stages of grief that Dr. K├╝bler Ross described in terminally ill patients. By placing physician responses in this context, emotional responses to organizational changes can be more easily understood and managed, allowing academic physicians to devote more energy to facing the threats to AHCs in an innovative and constructive manner.
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    Author List

  • Fargason CA; Fargason RE
  • Start Page

  • 22
  • End Page

  • 24
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 8