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I Want to Be a Chief Medical Officer: Now What?


Physicians aspiring to become a chief medical officer: Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Look no further than this book from AAPL and author Rex Hoffman, MD, MBA, FACHE, CPE. This comprehensive guide is designed to help you put your best foot forward and achieve your goal of becoming a chief medical officer.

Through the use of surveys and interviews with chief executive officers and regional and system CMOs, this book provides unique insights into what hiring managers are looking for in potential CMOs. Furthermore, the book covers the different types of chief medical officer roles, including those in hospitals, medical groups, health plans, and health systems, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the field.

The book is divided into five parts, with each section focusing on a different aspect of the journey toward becoming a CMO.

Part I provides an overview of what a chief medical officer does, as well as the pros and cons of leaving a clinical practice to become a CMO.

Part II covers the importance of experience, MBA/MHA/MMM/CPE credentials, or fellowship when applying for a chief medical officer role.

Part III focuses on the application process itself, including tips on where to find CMO jobs, how to review job descriptions, and how to prepare a standout resume.

Part IV includes advice from four individuals who have held various CMO roles, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the different types of CMO positions.

Finally, Part V covers what to do once you land your dream job, including how to spend your first 90 days on the job and the importance of having a mentor.

By gaining a deeper understanding of what it takes to become a successful chief medical officer, readers will gain confidence in their journey toward this goal. Each of the authors is a successful CMO and a subject matter expert in the topics they are writing about, providing readers with valuable insights and knowledge to help them succeed.

This resource will be useful to any physician who aspires to become a chief medical officer. However, it will also be valuable to current chief medical officers who are looking to change jobs and become a CMO somewhere else.

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Rex Hoffman, MD, MBA, CPE, is the chief medical officer at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He earned his medical degree at Tulane School of Medicine and is a board-certified radiation oncologist. Always looking to help chief medical officers in his health system, he created the CMO Handbook for new CMOs and the Medical Directorship Playbook to guide chief medical officers in managing medical directorships.

Co-Editors: Doug Koekkoek, MD, and Mark Olszyk, MD, MBA, CPE

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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