Leadership is the key to chief medical officer success.Physician Exec. 1999 Sep-Oct; 25(5):36, 39.PE
Senior physician executives were surveyed in 1998/99 to ascertain that they see as their greatest value to their organizations. They believe that their most significant contribution is their accumulated knowledge and experience--both in medicine and management. This medical management perspective is considered the key advantage of serving on the senior management team and helping to shape the organization's decisions and direction. Additionally, they rated their relationships with physicians as a critical aspect of their position. They were also asked what activities they most enjoyed. The number one response was working with the physicians on the medical staff and in the community. This includes the day-to-day involvement as a leader, as a mentor and educator, and overall as a liasion to the organization's practitioners. The activities that they found most rewarding were also those they perceived to be of greatest value. If these physicians are correct about what is valued in their organizations, they are the right people in the right jobs--and they enjoy what they do.