Psychiatr Q (2007) 78:169–170 DOI 10.1007/s11126-007-9037-z SPECIAL SECTI O N The Role of the Medical Director in Public Mental Health Organizations Jules M. Ranz, M.D. Æ Susan M. Deakins, M.D. Published online: 7 April 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007 For 26 years the Public Psychiatry Fellowship (PPF) of New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons has been training young psychiatrists who wish to exert leadership roles in public psychiatry. In the early years of the fellowship it was assumed that alumni would naturally ﬁll executive roles in mental health services. Over the ensuing 25 years, however, such leadership roles have increasingly been ﬁlled by other mental health professionals and, more recently, by people with business training with or without mental health experience. This trend is especially true in community-based organizations and also in hospital-based organizations to a lesser extent. For medical-legal reasons, however, almost all mental health organizations have medical directors who fulﬁll clinical and medical leadership roles with line authority over medical but not necessarily clinical staff. The role of such a medical director is complex. Many psychiatrists who ﬁll such roles without specialized training end up doing little more than
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Published: Apr 7, 2007
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