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Dr. Mark Olszyk and “CMO — The Best Job in Medicine”

December 13, 2023

Mark D. Olszyk, MD, MBA, CPE, is the editor of the new best-selling book, The Chief Medical Officer’s Essential Guidebook .

This book is a compilation of dozens of medical executives' experiences and lessons, including what they wish they had known before becoming CMOs. A Foreword by Peter Angood, MD, chief executive officer of the American Association for Physician Leadership, puts the book in context for modern physician leadership.

President Truman famously had a sign on his desk that read, “The buck stops here.” It was an acknowledgment that he was ultimately responsible for the actions of his administration.

Chief medical officers can relate to Harry Truman’s position as being a CMO comes with significant responsibilities. Being a CMO is “the best job in medicine,” Olszyk says. He is about to defend that position while offering advice to current and future CMOs.

In this episode, host, Mike Sacopulos, and Olszyk discuss the following:

  • What are the traits and skills that make a good Chief Medical Officer?

  • How do you build alliances and partnerships to ensure success?

  • Learning stories from other CMO is a great way to learn; case studies and anecdotes were chosen carefully for the new book.

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