Why doctors move from clinical roles into health management

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Clinicians like doctors are useful in management roles because of their credibility and knowledge of healthcare. Only a minority of doctors decide to move into a management career. There are intrinsic and extrinsic generic decision-making factors. Intrinsic factors are factors that are specific to each individual. Extrinsic factors are factors that are imposed upon and experienced by the individual. Abstract factors also exist expressed as specific career drivers. Doctors have more disincentives to move from clinical practice into management. There are also specific factors for doctors. Medical students who belong to the biosocial group are more likely to move into a management career in the future. Workplace engagement and the presence of role models and mentors have also been found to be important factors. Four major factors are described: personal career drivers, individual interest, presence of role models and mentors, and workplace engagement. A better understanding of such factors will assist employers in the recruitment of doctors into management positions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalThe Quarterly: Journal of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

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