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Medical directors are responsible for the overall health and wellness activities offered by, and the clinical direction of an organization or institution. The role of medical director includes consultations with service providers, staff and consumers, the monitoring and training of contract physicians, and the provision of guidance and leadership to the core medical team.  Medical directors act as consumer health care advocates, which involves working with community physicians on both policy and consumer health issues. Additionally, they provide medical and clinical opinions to both the Board of directors and Executive director. 
Medical directors plan and oversee all aspects of an organization’s medical standards, policies, and programs. They are responsible for building strategic clinical relationships with all levels from physicians to interns as well as ensuring that all clinical programs comply with relevant regulations. 

Employment Outlook and Salary
In the United States, the average salary for a medical director is approximately $211,041 per year with salaries ranging from $108,321 - $339,369. In the United Kingdom, medical directors receive an average salary of £119,332 per year. In all instances, salaries vary based on industry knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise.
Demand for medical directors in the health care industry is growing. Although the title has remained the same, the responsibilities of medical directors have changed dramatically, with an increased focus on hands-on management skills, forward-thinking abilities and clinical expertise now playing an equally important role. 

Job Description
Medical directors play a crucial role in ensuring the delivery of long-term quality health care in clinical facilities and are responsible for overall regulation and medical supervision. They generally work in clinics, hospitals, residential care units and nursing homes, as well as providing medical guidance to corporations and universities. 
Medical directors are responsible for a wide range of activities related to the clinical services and delivery of medical care, such as utilization review, cost management, medical protocol development, and quality assurance. As with all other positions in this field, medical directors must be open to a wide range of new, emerging, and innovative technologies that ensure that the health care system is simultaneously cost effective for employers while maximizing benefit to patients.   

In a medical group practice, the medical director generally holds the senior medical administrative position and reports to the president/CEO and/or to higher management or the governing body of the organization.

The role of a Medical Director includes: 

  • Preparation and management of budgets, including monthly financial reports 
  • Providing leadership and guidance for performance guidelines 
  • Monitoring quality of medical care 
  • Developing procedures and policies 
  • Overseeing clinical peer review
  • Managing strategic development
  • Management of care planning and documentation 
  • Supporting the education and training of physicians  
  • Managing community relations

Key Skills & Qualifications
Candidates should hold a degree in medicine with board certification, occupational health or emergency care, and ideally, prior experience in medical management. Candidates who can demonstrate written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, along with excellent presentation abilities, are often given priority for these positions. Likewise, those with established IT skills, experience dealing with electronic medical records, and web-based services will have an added advantage for these positions.  

Skills and Qualifications Include:

  • Managerial and leadership experience
  • Excellent organizational change experience, proven track record of managing complex and difficult situations and projects 
  • Committed and capable of translating analysis and policy into practical actions
  • Confident dealing with the media
  • High levels of interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills
  • Innovative with strong service skills and a customer focused approach
  • A natural ability to build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to act and think strategically, while demonstrating a clear sense of vision and direction to a wide range of audience
  • A track record of achievement in introducing and improving processes and developing robust systems for delivering effective performance management
  • Strong understanding of the social and health care management environment
  • Experienced in facilitation and in the initiation of strategic partnerships 
  • A thorough understanding of national targets and performance management methodologies 

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