By John Jurica MD
Instructor of online course Securing a Career as a Medical Science Liaison
Shortly after finishing my residency, I worked in a small family medicine practice. I held inpatient privileges, and spent many hours in the local community hospital caring for my patients. As a result, I attended many medical staff committee meetings. I balanced work in the office, nursing homes, and the hospital for a long time. I enjoyed working in the hospital environment.
Ten years later, I was hired as Vice President for Medical Affairs, the hospital’s first ever physician executive. I was later promoted to Senior Vice President / Chief Medical Officer (CMO), and I stopped all direct patient care.
In the next few paragraphs, I’m going to explain how to make the transition from practicing clinician to hospital executive, based on my experiences and conversations with CMO colleagues.
Characteristics of an Emerging Hospital CMO
Physicians best suited to this career generally have the following characteristics or backgrounds:
About the Author: John V. Jurica, MD, MPH, is a certified physician executive, host of the Physician Nonclinical Careers Podcast and “admin” for the Physician Nonclinical Career Hunters Facebook Group. You can access a free guide to 3 Top Hospital Management Jobs, minicourses, and articles by going to vitalpe.net/nonclinicaldoctors.
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