There is no doubt that many people aspire to become a doctor. There is no better way to help protect and save people, as well as connect with them in a personal, special way. For those doctors that go above and beyond, proving their loyalties to their employer and their patients, there are promotions available that can allow them to make even more of a difference to the community. A medical director, which is the clinical leader, watches over clinical care within the facility to ensure quality care and employ the proper clinical policies, programs and procedures. To become a medical director, it is important to have leadership skills in both patient care and in being a physician.
As previously implied, to become a medical director requires experience as a physician first. Whether you already are one or are planning to start your career as one to work your way up to becoming a medical director, this is the first step you must take. Becoming a board certified physician will ensure you gain all the respect possible from your mentors and fellow physicians, as well as those whom you will manage once you do become a medical director. Becoming a physician will require many years of college courses, where many nights and weekends will be spent on assignment and with little free time. There is a vast amount of knowledge to be gained when aiming to obtain a degree in the medical field, so consider this carefully before making the decision to use years of your life in a classroom, as well as ensure this is not a passing desire.
Before you can even start to think about becoming a medical director, you should probably practice medicine for at least five years. Not only will this help you gain all of the necessary experience that is required to become a medical director, but it will prove that you have the necessary knowledge and ability to care for patients, insurance companies and government regulations.
Serve on a task force for a state medical society in conjunction with taking management classes at a local university. Not only do you gain the basic knowledge of physician management in the courses, but while serving on the task force, you gain management experience by helping solve problems for the team. Get to know others while you're there, as well as within your own area of practice. Networking will prove invaluable later on.
When you feel you are ready, seek medical director positions. Apply and with the experience and the respectful reputation you have gained over the years, you should be a shoe in for the position. Good luck on the journey to becoming a medical director!