Follow These Steps Intentionally to Become CMO

In this week's show, I explain the 5 steps I took to go from family physician to hospital Chief Medical Officer.

I start by explaining why I believe hospital leadership is an excellent career. Then I set the stage for the rest of the discussion.

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5 Steps to a Leadership Position

Here are the five steps I describe in today's monologue:

  1. Be curious and volunteer for committees and special projects;
  2. Engage one or more mentors;
  3. Try different part-time paid positions as pilots to see what interests you while gaining new skills;
  4. Get additional education and certification or a new degree;
  5. Go for it, and ask for the job.

My path spanned about 20 years. But you can compress what I did into a much shorter time frame. In the end, you will find a well-compensated position that enables you to have a meaningful impact on healthcare in your community. 

And if you're like me, you'll have fun doing it.


This is an excellent career open to any physician who regularly works in the hospital setting. By demonstrating interest, learning on the job, obtaining the help of a mentor, and furthering your education, you will be able to find a career as a hospital executive.

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Music Note: I decided to make good on my promise to record and use my own Intro and Outro music (at least for a few episodes). This is a short recording of Whisky Before Breakfast (public domain tune). I'm using a “flatpick” on my D28 Martin Acoustic Guitar about as fast as I can play it without missing too many notes. I recorded it directly into GarageBand on my MacPro using a Blue Yeti microphone. Then I added the rhythm component on the second track using the same set-up once the first track was laid down. Other than trimming the beginning and end of the audio file, I did not edit or manipulate the recording in any way and ran it at normal speed.

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The opinions expressed here are mine and my guest’s. While the information provided on the podcast is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, there is no express or implied guarantee that using the methods discussed here will lead to success in your career, life, or business.

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