Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM) faculty members Lindsay Mazotti, MD, and Nardine Riegels, MD, have coauthored a thought-provoking study highlighting the need for physicians to adapt their role in order to meet the demands of the modern healthcare system. The concept of "system citizenship" is proposed, advocating for physicians to not only treat individual patients but also actively engage in improving the overall healthcare system.
The study emphasizes the importance of supporting physicians in their pursuit of system citizenship. While acknowledging the rich history of medicine's evolution and the unwavering dedication of physicians, system citizenship calls for collaboration between physicians and all stakeholders, working towards a shared vision of enhancing patient and population health. By combining traditional values with a forward-thinking mindset, physicians can contribute to improving healthcare outcomes and addressing the complex challenges of the 21st century.