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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Man management - Basic tips for new medical officers

Basic tips for new medical officers : Man management

By Dr.Raja S Vignesh
  1. The medical officer is the boss of the PHC. 
  2. You are responsible not only to conduct OP and look after IP but also to get work done from your hospital and field staff as well as from administrative staff
  3. You have two duties – One Medical and the second Officer. 
  4. Keep in mind clearly that you have an Officer Duty Also 
  5. You are answerable to the superiors for the acts of your staff
  6. You shall not act per the request / ideas / ORDERS of your subordinates if they are not legal. Consider only those suggestions which are legal
  7. Even if you acts by the ADVICE of your administrative or medical or field staff, you alone will be held responsible for the outcome of the action and not the Person who gave the advice. 
  8. Keep in mind that you cannot escape saying that some one misguided you 
  9. Do not have close relationship [friendly or brotherly or sisterly !!! or any other ] with your subordinates. Relationships include Friendly, Brotherly or Sisterly (Hope you know what happened to the anna akka pasamalars in your college in due course) or intimate relationship. 
  10. You are an Officer and they are your team members and all of you work for the department and public. Its so simple and nothing more than that. The more close relation you maintain the more tough it becomes to manage them 
  11. Do not trust any one completely. Always keep a doubtful eye in them. 
  12. Even though you are an officer, do not scold or find fault with your staff in front of third persons and especially in the field. 
  13. Always talk about their mistakes inside the PHC. 
  14. The Best option is noting that down in the review register along with review minutes 
  15. Do not talk with a staff of opposite sex without a third person in that room. 
  16. Do not allow any one other than patient to sit in the medical officer room 
  17. Do not entrust your PERSONAL WORK to your staff. 
  18. Don’t listen to comments by your staff about your co medical officers [even if you have personal hatred against the doctor] 
  19. The same person who comments about the other person will speak about you in your absence. 
  20. When you have misunderstanding with your officer, speak directly to him / her and to the best possible effort resolve the issue immediately. 
  21. Don’t speak about your indifferences to your hospital or field staff , this will work as a dividing method by the others  and Both the doctors will be the end losers 
  22. If you cannot resolve the dispute among yourselves please contact senior medical officers (not the DDHS !!) or association for intervention. 
  23. If you are both from the same college, better contact a college senior who is known to both of you.
  24. If everything else fails, we will help
  25. Any doubts, ask in the comments or at 
NEXT in this Series
  • Material Management
  • Stock, Sub Stock, Indent
  • Leave Rules
  • Medical Leave, Earned Leave, Loss of Pay
  • CL, CoL, RH, PL, W/o
  • Vaccination
  • Duty Timings
  • Pulse Polio
  • and
  • What you suggest


  1. thank u so much sir....extremely useful

  2. Thank you sir for this useful article.looking forward to your future articles too. You have come up with this at the right time, now that many of us are going to join phc's.

  3. thanks alot sir, ur advice was so much useful for newly joining medicalofficers like us. phc MO duty entirely different scenerio frm our college days


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