The Shifting World of AMC Deans and Department Chairs

With the formation of multi-hospital health systems with geographic reach, dean and chair roles can vary dramatically depending on whether the academic medical center is at the center of the new enterprise or one of many parts, says WittKieffer’s Karen E. Otto. “With the latter, the clinical enterprise becomes managed at the system level of the organization, and the dean role may primarily provide oversight of the academic program only. Juxtaposed, when the academic medical center is the driver of the multi-hospital system, the dean and chairs have the opportunity to play a greater strategic role directing the clinical programs and outreach for patients and the communities the health system serves.”

In this Q&A, Otto looks at the dramatic changes taking place for deans and department chairs in academic medicine.

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