Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Profile of an AMDA Medical Director

Many physicians choose to transition from the clinical world of medicine into the non-clinical world of healthcare administration. If you have experience working in the long-term care setting (such as skilled nursing facilities) and you're interested in becoming a medical director, then I suggest that you join AMDA (American Medical Directors Association) and become a certified medical director or CMD.

Profile of an AMDA Medical Director
AMDA Physician Members Perform Services as Medical Directors in...
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Assisted Living
  • Hospice Care
  • Subacute/Post-acute
  • Home Care
  • CCRCs
  • Offices
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals

Source: AMDA Membership Survey 2008

  • 44% of AMDA physician members are CMDs-Certified Medical Directors
  • 81% of Medical Directors work part-time
  • 89% also serve as attending physicians
  • 60% of physicians maintain a private practice outside of LTC responsibilities
  • Average age is 51-60.
  • 80% are Board Certified (primarily in IM and FP)
  • 43% have CAQ in Geriatrics
  • The average number of years in LTC practice: 17.6
  • The average number of years as Medical Director in LTC: 12.6
  • Average number of LTC facilities served: 1-2
  • Average facility size: 100 beds per facility
  • Average number of hours spent as Medical Director per facility per month: 6-10
  • Average pay per hour for Medical Director Services has increased slightly from: $119.00 in 2002 to $130.00 in 2004 to $140 in 2006 to $161 in 2008

Source: AMDA Membership Survey 2008

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