2011 AMGA Annual Conference

General Sessions

Marcus Buckingham

Friday, April 15, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
What the World's Best Leaders and Managers Do Differently
Marcus Buckingham, Author, Now Discover Your Strengths and The One Thing You Need to Know, and former Consultant for the Gallup Organization

Medical groups and organized systems of care are made up of separate teams, and the performance of those teams, no matter how successful the medical group may be, varies widely. What makes the difference? Leaders.  Leaders play a significant role in creating an environment within which individuals can thrive, discover their talents and use their best selves daily. Great leaders help people to identify and leverage their unique strengths.  In this opening keynote presentation, Marcus Buckingham will discuss the four key demands a leader must fulfill in order to provide the kind of environment that enables people to achieve peak performance on a regular basis. His presentation will address how great leaders can fulfill these demands and turn talent into performance.


Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
A Political Insider's View of Washington
Chris Matthews, Host, Hardball with Chris Matthews
and The Chris Matthews Show
Razor-sharp intelligence and insightful commentary on the American political condition are the hallmarks of Chris Matthews' television shows. In this timely presentation, he will take an up-to-the-minute look at American politics, including his take on Congress, the Obama Administration, and the recent healthcare reform legislation and regulations.

Chris Matthews


David Hnida

Saturday, April 16, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq
David Hnida, M.D., Author, Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq, and Medical Editor, CBS4 (Denver)

In 2004, a family physician from Littleton, Colorado volunteered to be deployed to Iraq and spent a tour of duty as a battalion surgeon with a combat unit. In 2007, he returned as a trauma chief at one of the busiest Combat Support Hospitals (CSH) during the Surge. The only CSH staffed by reservists, his unit, the 399th, soon became a medevac destination of choice because of its astounding 98 percent survival rate.  In this inspiring presentation, Dr. Hnida will take you on his personal journey, describing the organized chaos that defined his time as a trauma chief and how strongly a care team from disparate backgrounds can come together to achieve positive outcomes and save lives.

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