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Leadership Lessons: Tips for Building Teams, Mixing Personalities and Making Hard Decisions

Posted on Wed, Oct 05, 2016
Leadership Lessons: Tips for Building Teams, Mixing Personalities and Making Hard Decisions

Lynn Reyman, MD, FACEP, is no stranger to managing conflicting personalities.

As former chair of the board of directors for Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), a regional emergency medicine partnership, Dr. Reyman learned how to build a high-functioning team and lead the company through complex decisions, even if the group’s opinion didn’t echo her own.

“I was the only female board member for more than a decade,” said Dr. Reyman. “The key was not to push my own agenda but to surround myself with smart people with varied viewpoints. I needed the naysayers, the dooms-dayers… I’m optimistic by nature, so I needed that ‘worst case scenario’ opinion to ensure we covered each issue thoroughly.”

Dr. Reyman said her management style has always been to build teams by finding physicians with open minds and differing strengths and backgrounds so each task and issue can be examined and analyzed from multiple angles. She often leaves her opinion out of the discussion and focuses on providing the team with as much data as possible. If an issue in front of EMA’s board was controversial without a significant majority, the decision would be tabled.

“My belief is that you should not change the direction of the organization unless a significant majority is vested in the change,” explained Dr. Reyman. “Sometimes the best decision is no decision.”

Perhaps the board’s most pivotal – and most discussed – decision was whether to join forces with another physician management group. The physician partners voted with an overwhelming majority to join Envision Healthcare. EMA was officially acquired by Envision Healthcare, EmCare’s parent company in February 2015.

EMA is a founding member of EmCare’s Partners Group division, which seeks to maintain many of the same benefits and control enjoyed by physician-owned or democratic practices. The division is guided by a 10-member Physician Affairs Committee, which meets eight to 10 times a year to advocate for physicians and maintain a culture of equity and fairness. Dr. Reyman serves as chair of the committee.

Despite her success in medicine, Dr. Reyman’s first career was in human factor engineering at Bell Labs. She earned a bachelor's degree at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., before changing industries and receiving a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York City. She completed a three-year residency in internal medicine before exploring her passion for emergency medicine during a second residency at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, N.J.

Dr. Reyman said that it’s the unexpected that drew her to the field. She’s had an impact on numerous young clinicians over the course of her career, including her daughter Sarah, who also became an emergency physician after years of observing her mother’s love of her job.

“Like most EM physicians, I’m an adrenaline junkie. I like running around and being busy in the ED. I work hard and I play hard,” she said. “I learn something new every day. I have the dream job.”

Lynn Reyman, MD, FACEP, is an attending emergency physician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J.

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Featured Recruiter: Tara Gorombey

Posted on Mon, Sep 28, 2015
Featured Recruiter: Tara Gorombey

Each month, we will feature a Q&A with one of our recruiters.

Name:  Tara Gorombey
Position:  Advanced Practice Provider Recruiter
Division: EmCare Partners Group
Location: Parsippany, N.J.

Education:  Bachelor of Science

Years with EmCare:  I've been with EmCare for 6 months, but I've been with Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) for 2 years (EMA was acquired by EmCare in February 2015).

Years in the recruiting field? 13 years.

Why did you decide to become a recruiter? My first job was working as an administrative assistant for a staffing agency. I was promoted and began sourcing and doing junior recruiting.

How does your experience enable you to connect candidates with the right positions? After recruiting for several years, I’m able to read people. I now can tell which candidates and interested in a position and which ones are passive and less committed.

Describe one of your greatest professional accomplishments. I worked full-time while going to school at night for three years.

Describe your ideal candidate. I look for a candidate who’s clinically strong but has a personality that will fit with the ED team they will be working with.

How important is the “relationship” between recruiter and candidate? It’s very important. You both need to understand each other and communicate well.

What do you enjoy outside of work? I like to go to concerts with my son.  I also collect vintage mid-century modern items.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? “Don’t walk behind me I may not lead, don’t walk in front to me I may not follow.  Walk beside me and be my friend.”

What qualities make a successful recruiter? A successful recruiter should have emotional intelligence and be able to relate to his or her candidates. You also need to understand the industry you’re recruiting for.

Can you give an example of something a candidate has done that really impressed you during the recruiting process?  I’ve had a few candidates that turned the tables on me during the interview and asked questions about me and the company.  I find that candidates who have a lot of questions seem to be a lot more career-focused than those who only ask one or two questions.

What are a few of your go-to questions during an interview?

  • How did you hear about us?
  • Why did you want to become an APP?
  • Why did you choose emergency medicine?

How should a candidate follow up after an interview with you? Always send a thank you email.

Where do you look for candidates, both in-person and online? Do you use social media? I use LinkedIn, Indeed, DocCafe and HealtheCareers.

How would your co-workers describe you? Hardworking and funny.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or historical, who would you choose and why? Morgan Freeman because I respect him as a person and as an actor.  

What’s the most interesting place that you’ve been? At a concert standing next to David Bowie!

What was the last book you read? “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? Being an awesome mother!
 

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