An evolving medical leadership position. Tomorrow's Vice President for Medical Affairs.Physician Exec. 1997 Feb; 23(2):16-20.PE
The role of medical leadership in hospitals and health systems is under constant scrutiny and change. The nature of the Vice President for Medical Affairs (VPMA) position and its relationship to leadership in the health care system is explored through a national panel survey conducted recently. The effective VPMA will: be an aggressive manager able to implement change, address strategic planning and quality of care issues; have a high level of integrity; and be a good communicator and problem solver. The results of the research are presented in three sections. The first section describes the background characteristics and compensation of the VPMAs who participated in the survey. The second section focuses on the current role of the VPMA, including duties and responsibilities, job performance barriers and required skills. The final section addresses respondents' perceptions regarding areas for improvement in the role of the VPMA, as well as projections for future changes in this position.