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Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni on Working as a Medical Director
Transitions can be difficult. Think about being born; that’s a m...
director. It’s an interesting dichotomy – I’m both the one doing the organizing and the one
being organized.
Is there any ...
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Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni on Working as a Medical Director

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Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni on Working as a Medical Director

  1. 1. Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni on Working as a Medical Director Transitions can be difficult. Think about being born; that’s a major transition with a lot of crying involved. Or, in the same vein, think about going from being married to being married with children; another major transition with lots of sleepless nights. Or what about the transition from staff doctor to administrator? Does this transition involve a lot of crying too? We sat down with Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni to find out about his transition from doctor to administrator. What are your current responsibilities? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: I work at St. Mary's Hospitalin Camrose, Alberta. I serve on both the emergency medical staff and the family practice/obstetrics staff. I am also the facility Medical Director for the St. Mary’s Hospital Camrose Covenant Health and the Alberta Health Services Community Medical Director for Camrose, Beaver and Flagstaff Counties. You’ve worked in the medical field for almost twenty-one years but it was only in the last two years that you took on administrative duties. How did that transition go? Was there any crying involved? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: [Laughing] No, there wasn’t any crying! But it definitely was a transition. It was actually a more gradual process that I had. Why? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: The bulk of my career has been spent as a physician. At the universitiesand the other institutions at which I’ve worked, my main responsibility was to my patient’s care. When I took on the Medical Director position, my main responsibility broadened to include, not only the patients, but the physicians as well. Just what does a medical director do? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: A medical director is responsible for the management and organization of doctors, the implementation of policies within the hospital, and the maintenance of quality care. As you mentioned, you are also a practicing physician. How do the two positions differ in viewpoint? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: As a medical director, I am concerned with the quality of care as a whole while, as a physician, I am also concerned about the patient-specific quality of care. I have a much more focused view as a physician whereas my view is much broader as a medical director. Then, too, there’s the organization of doctors that falls to the medical
  2. 2. director. It’s an interesting dichotomy – I’m both the one doing the organizing and the one being organized. Is there any benefit to being in both situations? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: Yes. Having been and still in the trenches, as it were, I can understand what the physicians are experiencing. This makes me more able to establish correct policies, structure the environment better, and generally make their jobs easier so they can provide the best care for their patients. Was there anything that you brought with you from your twenty-year experience as a physician that helped with the transition to administrator? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: Definitely my organizational skills. I think that was the skill that helped me make the transition without the crying you mentioned. Do you enjoy being a medical director? Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni: Very much! It’s another way in which I can help people. Just as I do as a physician, I can continue to help the patients by ensuring a high quality of care. But now I can also help improve the lives of the physicians at our hospital.

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