Laboratory Administration
Leading / Interfacing
Leading / Connecting in the medical staff organization

Topic Completed: 1 April 2013

Revised: 12 March 2019

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PubMed Search: laboratory medical staff organization

Richard E. Horowitz, M.D.
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Cite this page: Horowitz R. Leading / Connecting in the medical staff organization. website. Accessed November 12th, 2019.
  • The medical staff of a hospital or health care institution is responsible for establishing, monitoring, assessing and ensuring compliance with standards for professional quality and performance
  • The medical staff organization is responsible for appointing and re-appointing the institution's professional staff and for delineating the privileges of each appointee
  • In many instance, the medical staff is also responsible for establishing and maintaining an educational program for its members
  • Much of the work of the medical staff is performed through committees such as Infection Control, Transfusion, Tissue and the Executive Committee
  • It is essential for pathologists to become active and to assume leadership positions in the medical staff organization
  • Communication skills
  • Read the medical staff By-Laws and Policies; be aware of the structure and hierarchies of the medical staff organization
  • Volunteer for service on committees, especially those in your area of expertise
  • Volunteer to chair committees, but first know how to conduct and chair a meeting
  • Volunteer to present educational programs, but first know how to give a talk
Some Things to Do
  • Cheerfully accept any committee assignment
  • Request assignment to specific committees, e.g., tumor board, infection control, transfusion, tissue committee and volunteer to chair the committee
  • Participate in Medical Staff oversight functions such as Utilization review, peer review, performance measurement and outcomes research
  • Present educational programs, such as CPC's and organ recitals
  • Contribute to, or edit, the medical staff newsletter
  • Establish periodic conferences with clinicians regarding appropriate use of the laboratory
  • Participate in Medical Staff social events, e.g., dances, golf tournaments
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