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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

  • $112,114

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Director Do

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Duties

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

Medical and health services managers work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Others may interact with patients or insurance agents.

Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the facility or area of expertise in which they work. The following are examples of types of medical and health services managers:

Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances, and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; licensing requirements vary by state.

Clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy, and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.

Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. They also handle administrative tasks, such as ensuring that their department has the necessary supplies and that equipment is operational and up to date.

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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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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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Medical Director Demographics

Gender

Male

56.3%

Female

40.9%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

5.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.9%

French

12.6%

Chinese

6.9%

Mandarin

3.8%

Hindi

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Arabic

2.5%

Russian

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Cantonese

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Swedish

0.6%

Telugu

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Marathi

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Korean

0.6%
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Medical Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.7%

Johns Hopkins University

7.2%

University of Pennsylvania

6.8%

New York University

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Emory University

5.6%

Yale University

5.6%

Wayne State University

5.1%

University of Florida

4.7%

Harvard University

4.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.7%

George Washington University

4.4%

University of Miami

4.4%

Temple University

4.2%

Duke University

4.2%

Baylor College of Medicine

4.2%

Columbia University

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.7%

University of Southern California

3.7%

Howard University

3.7%
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Majors

Medicine

36.0%

Nursing

13.4%

Business

8.6%

Public Health

5.9%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Biology

4.2%

Physiology And Anatomy

3.6%

Education

2.8%

Clinical Psychology

2.4%

Management

2.3%

Osteopathic Medicine

2.2%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Veterinary Science

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.2%

Physician Assistant

1.2%

Chemistry

1.2%

Microbiology

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

32.3%

Doctorate

24.7%

Masters

24.4%

Bachelors

12.1%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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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
Psychiatrist/Medical Director Insight Guidance Group Lafayette, LA Aug 07, 2016 $521,750
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
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
Medical Director Hospice of The Emerald Coast, Inc. Chipley, FL Jun 28, 2016 $417,400
Assistant Medical Director New England Inpatient Specialists, LLC Gardner, MA Mar 08, 2016 $417,400
Assistant Medical Director New England Inpatient Specialists, LLC Gardner, MA Apr 08, 2016 $417,400
Medical Director UHS of Dover, LLC Dover, DE Jan 10, 2016 $417,400
Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician/Icu Medical Director The Physician Network Grand Island, NE Jan 01, 2016 $400,000
Neurologist and Medical Director Baystate Medical Practices, Inc. Greenfield Town, MA Jan 07, 2016 $238,000
Neurologist and Medical Director Baystate Medical Practices, Inc. East Longmeadow, MA Jan 07, 2016 $238,000
Medical Director of The Antibiotic Stewardship Committee The Healthcare Authority for Baptist Health An Affiliate of UAB Health Montgomery, AL Sep 09, 2016 $236,000
Hospice Medical Director Hospice of Yuma Yuma, AZ Jan 28, 2015 $235,000
Hospice Medical Director STA-Home Health & Hospice Inc. Jackson, MS Dec 05, 2016 $233,744
Primary Care Medical Director Asante Physician Partners Grants Pass, OR Nov 09, 2016 $230,000
Medical Director Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Pennington, NJ Oct 15, 2015 $198,823
Site Medical Director Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 07, 2016 $196,000 -
$226,000
Director, Medical Affairs, Bile Acid Disorders/Gastroenterol Retrophin, Inc. New York, NY Apr 20, 2015 $195,000
Medical Director Imclone Systems LLC Bridgewater, NJ Aug 19, 2015 $195,000
Medical Director Correct Care Solutions, LLC Eddyville, KY Jul 01, 2016 $190,000
Medical Director Correct Care Solutions-Kansas, LLC Eddyville, KY Jan 07, 2016 $190,000
Medical Director Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 19, 2016 $190,000
Medical Director for Oncology Clinical Research Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 09, 2016 $188,400 -
$376,900

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Top Skills for A Medical Director

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  1. Clinical Trials
  2. Patient Care
  3. Medical Oversight
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  • Recruited Investigators, conducted Investigator meetings, monitored the clinical trials and prepared written reports for internal and external communication.
  • Directed patient care to ensure the delivery of superior quality service to patients throughout the Baltimore/Washington Region.
  • Provided medical oversight to medical providers in a community clinic that provided care to adults and children with developmental disabilities.
  • Developed physician and nursing staff to drive team engagement towards performance and patient safety initiatives.
  • Acted as clinical lead for Scientific Communication and Publication with brand related input into therapeutic area and disease area strategies.

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