Department Chair Essentials Handbook

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Department Chair Essentials Handbook

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Department Chair Essentials Handbook


Get the knowledge needed to serve as an effective Department Chair and fulfill the role well.

The Department Chair Essentials Handbook offers valuable insight into the role of the Department Chair and provides expert guidance for fulfilling your responsibilities. Whether you are newly assuming this role or have been in it for a while, this handbook can help you reach a deeper understanding of your duties. Get the information, knowledge and skills you need to excel at this critical role and bring your collaboration and strategic planning to the next level.

Plus, to make staff training easy, this handbook includes a customizable PowerPoint® presentation highlighting key takeaways covered in the handbook.

Benefits of Department Chair Essentials Handbook:

  • Assess, document, and comply with The Joint Commission’s core competencies
  • Verify the competence of advance practice professionals and allied health professionals
  • Understand the role of physician leaders in focused professional practice evaluation (FPPE), ongoing professional practice evaluation (OPPE), and peer review
  • Overcome challenges presented by low- and no-volume providers and legal issues such as negligent credentialing
  • Avoid costly, time-consuming fair hearings
  • Oversee professional conduct and confront disruptive behavior


What’s inside:

  • Describe the relationship of the board, administration, and medical staff
  • Describe the dimensions of physician performance
  • Define the department chair's role in credentialing and privileging in relation to the MEC and credentials and peer review committees
  •  Explain the department chair's role in OPPE and FPPE
  • State steps to balance department chair's role and interests that he or she represents
  • Describe the department chair's role in managing disruptive physician behavior
  • Derive strategies to streamline department meetings


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Roles and responsibilities of the department chair
Chapter 2. The Power of the Pyramid: How to achieve great practitioner performance
Chapter 3. The department chair’s role in credentialing and privileging
Chapter 4. The department chair’s role in peer review, quality, and patient safety
Chapter 5. The department chair’s role in strategic planning and collaboration
Chapter 6. The department chair’s role in managing poor performance and unprofessional conduct


Meet the experts who bring you Medical Staff Leadership handbook series

Richard A. Sheff, MD
Dr. Sheff serves as principal and chief medical officer for The Greeley Company. He is a leading faculty member for The Greeley Company's national seminars and provides educational and consulting services on a wide range of topics to hospitals, physician organizations, and other healthcare entities. Sheff has authored numerous books on healthcare-related topics, is a popular national speaker, and serves on the faculties of the American College of Physician Executives and The Governance Institute. His previous positions include VPMA, IPA president, PHO medical director, president of a corporation that owned and operated physician practices, and group practice medical director.