Chief of Medicine

Take charge of making policies for a hospital.
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Salary Range
$51,000 – $145,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chief of Medicines do?

A person who is blindfolded and pushed into the open doors of a hospital might be able to identify it by smell alone. This doesn’t mean, however, that all hospitals are the same. In fact, the regulations that govern patient care can be quite different from facility to facility. What’s common, though, is that in each hospital, a Chief of Medicine sets up those rules and makes sure they’re followed.

The Chief of Medicine at a hospital works with the Hospital Administrator, who may have specific goals for the facility. They may want to reduce the level of infections caught by patients, for example, or they may want fewer patients to receive a specific medication. As Chief of Medicine, when you’re given a goal like this, you translate it into specific steps that each staff member must take, and you outline those steps in handouts, classes, and speeches.

Some aspects of patient care may be covered by federal laws, and you’re an expert on those laws as well. If the laws change, you explain the changes to the Doctors and you make sure they implement the changes.

New Doctors must be introduced to the rules in the hospital, and it’s the job of the Chief of Medicine to train them during their first few weeks on the job. Often, you supervise them as they work, just to make sure they’re taking each step as promised.

Sometimes, though, Doctors make mistakes. Missed medications, botched treatments, and wrong diagnoses can be difficult to explain to Lawyers, but they can be easy to prevent with supervision. If one of your Doctors makes a mistake, you coach them. You may watch them extra carefully in the future, just to make sure no mistakes crop up again.

Should I be a Chief of Medicine?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Chief of Staff, Medical Officer, Quarantine Officer

    How to become a Chief of Medicine

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