There will be times when physicians must get things done outside of the clinical setting. Much of the time they will need to work with others that are not physicians. It turns out that while medical school and residency prepared us to handle many situations these “corporate” entities (meetings, committees) are a mystery to most of us. What follows is a simple guide to understanding and succeeding in these environments. The goal is to achieve positive changes to the clinical environment that benefits our patients through collaboration with others in our organization. I think it is important to start with definitions as to where the power and authority (See definitions below) of the committees you will be working on (or leading) come from. While…