Temple University anesthesiology chair implements professional development app

Gordon Morewood, MD, anesthesiology chair at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia, integrated a professional development app into the department's workflow.

Here are three things to know.

1. The app, called DevelapMe, offers users a mobile process for performance review. The app enables users to grade participants on various competencies using a scale of 1 to 5. Through DevelapMe, a supervisor can then receive real-time feedback about student and employee performance, to track improvement and professional development over time.

2. Dr. Morewood chose to implement DevelapMe to cultivate soft skills, which he believes will improve patient outcomes. "We tend to see, in our line of work, highly intelligent people who lack ongoing opportunities to develop the leadership skills, group-working skills and real-time negotiation skills that are becoming essential in our complex medical organizations," he said.

3. DevelapMe was developed by two professors and a staff member at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, also in Philadelphia. These team members included Academic Director of Leadership Development Tony Petrucci, PhD; Associate Professor of Strategic Management Michael Rivera, PhD; and Cliff Tironi, performance analytics manager for the school's MBA and Master of Science programs.

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