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Medical staff bylaws and related documents, Part 7: Medical staff officers

Medical staff officers have the responsibility to govern and oversee the administrative functions of the medical staff. In the past, the office of medical staff president or chief of staff was an honorary position that required little work—truth be told, most of that work was actually done by the MSPs in the medical staff services department. Hospitals did little succession planning and often selected leaders who were ill-prepared and did not even want the position. Or worse, they nominated individuals from the floor at an annual medical staff meeting, regardless of whether the members had the time, interest, or experience to do the job.

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