A phenomenon which may occur when a VIP* is admitted to a major medical centre or university hospital.
*Very important person
In the chief syndrome, the chief of a service may be more involved in departmental administration than in hands-on practice of his specialty, and may be unfamiliar with the location of essential equipment, and out of practice with routine procedures. The chief is nonetheless pressed into service–since a VIP warrants nothing less than the best, when in fact the VIP may receive suboptimal care.
Reference J Clin Psychiatryv.4(6); 2002PMC315491