In 1996, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, under the direction of David G. Poplack, M.D., instituted a seminar for its fellows on the psychological and social aspect of pediatric hematology/oncology. Ernest Frugé, Ph.D. (a clinical psychologist) and Marc Horowitz, MD (a pediatric hematologist/oncologist) combined the concepts of reflective practice and leadership to promote the mission of the fellowship: to produce leaders in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology. In 1999, Jan Drutz, M.D. (a generalist pediatrician) invited Drs. Frugé and Horowitz to translate their methods into education for all residents in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. The model evolved and proved successful with pediatric residents, fellows, and community pediatricians.
In 2003, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations awarded Drs. Frugé, Horowitz, and Drutz a grant for Learning for Leadership: Training for Reflective Practice in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Beyond. The grant funded additional refinements to the model as well as its dissemination to other specialties and institutions. This website is made possible by this grant and other contributions. To see a list of presentations and publications related to the RP&L project – click here. For more information please use the contact form to get in touch with us.
Ernest Frugé, Ph.D., is a professor of Pediatrics and Family & Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of Psychosocial Programs at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. He is a clinical psychologist with extensive training in group and organizational behavior. He has a particular interest in the concept of leadership as applied to medicine, health care systems, and medical education at the graduate and post-graduate levels. Dr. Frugé is the executive Director of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and a fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.
Jan E. Drutz, MD, is a professor of Pediatrics and an academic general pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine. He is director of the Primary Care Continuity Teaching Program for Pediatric Residents. Prior to assuming his full-time faculty position in 1987, he was in private practice. After joining the faculty, he became interested in making an effort to enhance the professional communication skills of residents, especially appropriate verbal interactions with patients, families, colleagues, faculty, and medical ancillary personnel. Working collaboratively with Drs. Frugé and Horowitz, Dr. Drutz has participated in a number of educational workshops and other projects over the years to communicate the importance of reflective thinking as an integral part of the practice of medicine. In line with the ACGME mandated core competencies for resident training, he firmly believes that teaching and modeling of appropriate communication skills, employing deliberate reflection, is essential to preparing young physicians for their professional careers.
Marc E. Horowitz, M.D., is a professor of Pediatrics and an academic pediatric oncologist at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Horowitz has had a number of leadership roles within the organization over the past 14 years, including heading the Solid Tumor Programs and the Brain Tumor Program. He believes that leadership is an integral part of the physician’s role and that a physician’s capacity for reflection and leadership is a primary determinant of success in one’s profession..