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Speaking Engagements
Professor Young has spoken to a wide variety of audiences, including:
  • National Council for International Health
  • American Hospital Association
  • Canadian Association of Social Work
  • National Hospice Institute
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Center for Public Health Research, Mexico City
  • Conjunto de Administratores de Hospitales Catalanes, Andorra
  • Ministry of Public Health, Mexico City
  • U.S. Veterans Administration
  • American Medical Group Association
  • World Health Forum, Interlaken, Switzerland,
  • Doctoral Program, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Doctoral Program, University of Forli, Italy
  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
  • Educational and Strategic Planning Retreat, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
  • Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine
  • Association of American Medical Colleges



Professor Young’s most recent speaking engagements have been on the following topics (Each speech is about one hour in length):

David W Young April 2006

For General Business Organizations
  • Accounting Standards, Ethical Codes, and Greed: Can there Ever be a Truly Independent Auditor?

Discusses the real reasons that underlie the accounting scandals of the past two decades and proposes a way to assure more independent and reliable audits.

  • Creative Strategies for Cost Control.

    Based on his book, A Manager’s Guide to Creative Cost Cutting: 181 Ways to Build the Bottom Line. Moves from some simple techniques to a more complete set of guidelines that companies can use to make cost control a “way of life.”

  • Measuring and Reporting on Intangible Assets.

    Discusses some easy ways to both measure and report to shareholders on a company’s intangible assets. Contains a framework that distinguishes between the easily measurable and reported (such as internally-developed patents) to the more amorphous (such as “brand”).

  • You Can Control Your Health Care Costs!

    Focuses in the corporate sector, discussing some techniques that they can use to be more effective in controlling their health care costs. Based, in part, on the experience of General Electric.

For Health Care Organizations

  • Management Control in Academic Medical Centers.

    A talk for physicians on techniques for managing the clinical side of a department’s activities, using a “budget driver” approach to building budgets and managing revenues and costs.

  • Managing Organizational Culture in Academic Medicine.

    A talk for physicians based on his paper “The Six Levers for Managing Organizational Culture,” Business Horizons, September-October 2000.

  • What’s Wrong with the U.S. Health Care System?

    A talk for European audiences who want to know more about the U.S. health care system, and why, despite the passage of legislation granting universal access, the system will continue to experience problems.

  • Nonprofits Need Surplus, Too.

    Based on his article in the Harvard Business Review with the same title. Discusses why most hospitals and other nonprofit organizations need to earn a financial surplus, and how to determine the appropriate amount.

  • Myths and Realities in Medicare’s Policies for Graduate Medical Education: Yes we Can Compute the Cost of GME!”

    Discuses several erroneous assumptions about graduate medical education, and describes a methodology for computing its cost.