Hello, and welcome to the PNC podcast. Today I'm going to run through a thought experiment: How to Become CMO in a Year!

Granted, this is a pretty tall order. It’s certainly easier if the organization you’re working for is looking for a CMO, or if you’re in a large city with multiple hospitals, MCOs and large medical groups.

But what do you need to do to get that chief medical officer job as soon as possible, even if you have limited management and leadership experience? Well, let me be your mentor and show you how it might be done.

Let’s start with the end in mind. What skill sets will a CMO candidate need to demonstrate so that an employer will…

  1. read a cover letter and resume,
  2. set up a series of interviews and,
  3. select you as the new CMO?

If you’ve graduated medical school, completed a residency and worked clinically for a few years, you already have many of the necessary leadership skills.

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But you’ll need to work on those additional business and management skills that will enable you to work in a corporate environment.

I break down those skills into five general areas that a health care organization will generally be looking for:

  1. Data Management
  2. Financial Management
  3. Business Practices
  4. Leadership Skills
  5. Talent Management

In this solo episode, I describe the specific skills needed in each area. I also provide examples of how you can develop those skills, if you don't already have them. Then, you can dream about becoming CMO in a year!

So… Is it possible to Become CMO in a Year?

It’s a stretch, but here's one plan for doing so, based on what I outlined in today's episode:

  1. Join the AAPL and sign-up for one or two management courses. This demonstrates commitment.
  2. If you’re a member of a committee or team, volunteer to be chair as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Let everyone know NOW that you’re willing to do so.
  3. Find a local nonprofit that needs a board member and join ASAP. Volunteer for the Finance and Quality Committees and attend every board and committee meeting. Volunteer to chair at least one of the committees as soon as you can.
  4. Try to get certified in QI, Lean Process Improvement or Six Sigma in the next 6 months.
  5. Keep track of your positions, AND of the measurable accomplishments the organizations or committees have achieved with your help.
  6. Leverage any current part-time management positions to include direct reports that you can manage.
  7. Take one of the teams or boards that you chair through a SWOT analysis and mini-strategic plan, and set measurable goals for the coming year.

If you can complete those steps in the next 12 months, you’re ready to prepare an awesome resume, and begin your search for that CMO job.

New Paid Mentoring Program

I described a very special offer at the end of this episode. It's for a new paid Mentoring Program called Become CMO in a Year.

It’s designed for board certified physicians who work at least part-time in a hospital setting, who want to move into hospital or medical group management.

Through this mentoring program, I’ll obtain a detailed summary of your business and management experience, training and skills. I’ll identify the gaps in your skill sets, and then outline a plan for you to address gaps as efficiently as possible, using methods I’ve used myself, and have seen others use to great success.

The mentoring will occur through detailed audio advice and coaching that you can review as often as you like, and written transcripts, all designed to address your specific needs. It is completed with a live one-on-one call to answer specific questions and provide additional insights and advice to launch your new career.

If you'd like to read more about this program and launch your fulfilling, high-paying career as a physician executive, you'll definitely want to check out Become CMO in a Year.

There is no obligation. So, go check out Become CMO in One Year, because this could be the turning point in your nonclinical job search!

Please join me again next week for an exciting interview with a physician expert witness. I hope to see you then.

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

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