- June 30, 2019
A medical director is a physician leader who provides guidance, leadership, oversight and continuous quality improvement for his or her local practice. Generally, he or she may serve as the department director, working closely with the department nursing leader to provide service excellence and optimize department operations.
How to become a medical director
The path to becoming a medical director is not one size fits all. There is not an algorithm every medical director follows on his or her path to leadership. Some medical directors come into the profession with aspirations of moving up the chain of command, while others simply accept new responsibilities as their leadership skills evolve and change.
For those interested in becoming a medical director, we suggest focusing on development of leadership skills and overall performance. Talk to other leaders within your organization and let them know your intentions. This can help you gain valuable feedback and mentorship to help you on your path.
You can also develop your leadership skills through courses or reading books on the subject. If a leadership opportunity presents itself to you, take it. In other leadership roles, you can hone your skills and demonstrate your competence.