A medical administrator is a non-clinical role such as a Chief Medical Officer, Director of Medical Services, Chief Executive of a hospital, Consultant to a government or private sector health service, etc. The role could involve responsibilities such as managing medical programs and clinical services in hospitals or other health care facilities, contributing to health service planning and workforce planning, providing leadership to ensure an appropriately skilled workforce and working closely with your clinicians to improve patient safety, care pathways, and even mediate between units.
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To be a good medical administrator you need:
- Effective time management
- Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
- To be comfortable working to deadlines
- To be comfortable dealing with organisation-wide risks, as your decisions may affect many people
- Good networking and stakeholder management skills to build connections with those around you
- Awareness of occupational concerns facing the medical profession
- Interest in the bigger picture view of health
What are some enjoyable aspects of medical administration?
Training to become a medical administrator is facilitated through the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). Further information about the training program can be found here.
Overview of medical administration training program
How to best prepare myself for applying to RACMA?
Can you do dual training as a Medical Administrator?
Can you still work clinically as a medical administrator?
Which PGY year is best to apply for the training program?
What don't you enjoy about being a medical administrator?
What masters should I consider for medical administration?
N.B. Career prospects are dependent on both the supply of specialists and the projected future demand for services provided by medical specialists (including general practitioners). The complex interplay of supply and demand is currently being modelled at both a state and national level and will be included when it's available.