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Become A Chief Medical Officer

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Working As A Chief Medical Officer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $109,510

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Medical Officer Do

A Chief Medical Officer monitors the staff and programs of the organization's medical and nursing programs. They work in a healthcare institution, such as a hospital or nursing home.

How To Become A Chief Medical Officer

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.


Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.


Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Gujarati

  • German

  • Marathi

  • French

  • Greek

  • Russian

  • Sanskrit

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Real Chief Medical Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Medical Officer Cartersville Medical Center Cartersville, GA Nov 14, 2016 $417,400
Chief Medical Officer Infinity Discovery Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2013 $398,100
Chief Medical Officer Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2010 $380,000
Chief Medical Officer Sargent's Personnel Agency, Inc. Danville, PA Mar 01, 2014 $356,877
Chief Medical Officer MHM Correctional Services, Inc. Danville, PA Jun 20, 2014 $354,790
Chief Medical Officer Principia Biopharma Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2016 $343,500
Chief Medical Officer Allergan Sales, LLC Goleta, CA Feb 28, 2011 $335,000
Chief Medical Officer Principia Biopharma Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 21, 2014 $330,000
Chief Medical Officer Conatus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 19, 2014 $305,422
Director, Chief Medical Officer Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 24, 2012 $300,000
Chief Medical Officer Alphaeon Corporation Santa Barbara, CA Dec 14, 2013 $300,000
Director, Chief Medical Officer Health Hero Network, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2011 $300,000
Chief Medical Officer Strathspey Crown LLC Santa Barbara, CA Jan 04, 2014 $300,000
Chief Medical Officer Conatus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 04, 2013 $280,000
Chief Medical Informatics Officer Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Santa Rosa, CA Jan 15, 2016 $250,106
Chief Scientific/Medical Officer Immusant, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 01, 2012 $225,000
Chief Medical Officer Spring Branch Community Health Center Katy, TX Dec 15, 2015 $215,000
Chief Medical Officer Spring Branch Community Health Center Houston, TX Dec 15, 2015 $215,000
Chief Medical Officer Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 02, 2010 $215,000 -

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Top Skills for A Chief Medical Officer


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Top Chief Medical Officer Skills

  1. CMO
  2. Patient Safety
  3. Medical Staff Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with administrative support with other divisions in OCMO as needed.
  • Championed quality and patient safety.
  • Secured private practice or employment opportunities for all Internal Medicine program graduates.
  • Position: Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Resident.
  • Respond to information requests from contracting agency and when applicable from Federal Court with oversight responsibility.

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