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Become A Medical Director

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Working As A Medical Director

  • 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

  • $111,187

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Director Do

A Medical Director monitors and improves the level of care provided by a medical organization. They plan and direct all aspects of the organization's medical policies and programs.

How To Become A Medical Director

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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Real Medical Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Medical Oncologist, DIR. of Gastrointestinal Oncology West Michigan Cancer Center Kalamazoo, MI Jan 08, 2016 $585,000
Psychiatry Medical Director Dubois Regional Medical Center DuBois, PA Mar 11, 2016 $537,000
Medical Director of The Antibiotic Stewardship Committee The Healthcare Authority for Baptist Health An Affiliate of UAB Health Montgomery, AL Apr 13, 2015 $521,750
Psychiatrist/Medical Director Insight Guidance Group Lafayette, LA Aug 07, 2016 $521,750
Medical Director, Thoracic Surgery Winchester Medical Center Winchester, VA Jan 15, 2016 $503,500
Medical Director of Interventional Pulmonology Metro Health Hospital Wyoming, MI Oct 17, 2016 $450,000
Medical Director Breast Imaging Radiology Ltd. PLC Tucson, AZ Sep 18, 2016 $450,000
Medical Director-Pulmonary/Critical Care Specialty North Platte, Nebraska Hospital Corporation North Platte, NE Feb 01, 2015 $435,000
Assistant Medical Director New England Inpatient Specialists, LLC Gardner, MA Mar 08, 2016 $417,400
Medical Director UHS of Dover, LLC Dover, DE Jan 10, 2016 $417,400
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Top Skills for A Medical Director


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Top Medical Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Clinical Trials
  3. Medical Oversight
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Review, revision and creating policies and procedures for unit.
  • Recruited Investigators, conducted Investigator meetings, monitored the clinical trials and prepared written reports for internal and external communication.
  • Provide medical oversight for Emergency Medical Services in the territory.
  • Provide leadership for patient excellence, patient safety and quality initiatives.
  • Served in direct patient care as well as administrative duties incumbent on the Medical Director of a relatively new unit.

Top Medical Director Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a Medical Director

  1. Concentra
  2. AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  3. Corizon Health
  4. FiveApples/InpatientSpecialists LLC
  5. Private Practice, LLC
  6. United HealthCare Insurance Company
  7. TeamHealth
  8. U.S. HealthWorks
  9. Creekside Hospice
  10. Northside Urgent Care
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