1. Cochran, Christopher PhD
  2. Peltier, James W. PhD

Physician retention has become a critical issue for maintaining the success of today's health care organizations. With many external factors-increasing malpractice premiums, lower reimbursement rates, and managed care controls-driving physicians out of the practice, it is imperative to understand how the internal functions of the organization can help maintain satisfaction in the workplace and prevent physicians from leaving (Reece, 2000; Taylor, 2002). This is especially important in Community and Migrant Health Centers (C/MHCs), federally supported health clinics providing care to low-income and uninsured patients in medically underserved communities and neighborhoods. In this study, we examine the medical directors' roles and responsibilities, their relationships with the C/MHC administrators, and whether these impact satisfaction and, ultimately retention in the centers.