Thursday, October 5, 2017

Psychometric Assessments

How well do you know yourself? Do you really know why you're seeking a career transition?

There are a variety of psychometric assessments that may provide valuable insights as you prepare for a career transition. These tests reveal personality, behavior traits, strengths and weaknesses, and even some hidden insights about a person.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Big Five
DiSC Profile
CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsFinder)
High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) 

While these types of assessments have traditionally been used to define one's personality, they can also provide insights as one navigates different seasons in life. A transition from a clinical career to a non-clinical career can be quite transformative and disruptive in many ways (potentially both good and bad). Which psychometric assessments have you taken? If you took them prior to medical school, it may be time to take a different one. You will probably gain some new insights about yourself as you take these throughout your career. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Non-Clinical, Flexible Side-Work for Physicians

Mednick Associates has been in business for 26 years offering medical experts to legal entities. Mednick Associates is contracted with the Social Security Administration to provide physicians for their Disability Appeals reviews.

Mednick Associates offers non-clinical, flexible side-work for physicians who want to fill the gaps in their schedules. This is work that can be done from your home.

Please only apply if your specialty is in one of the following areas: Internal Med, Family Med, Orthopedics, Physiatry, and Psychiatry.

Must be board certified and must have an active state medical license.

Visit the members-only section (free to join) for more information and to contact the medical expert coordinator.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

Interested in pursuing a career in research? The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, offers the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, an historic “intramural-extramural” partnership to nurture the next generation of clinical researchers.

The Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program aims to grow the diminishing pool of talented physician-scientists by providing the necessary financial support to establish their careers. It combines a five to seven-year period of independent research as an NIH Principal Investigator with the opportunity to then either remain at the NIH as a tenured Senior Investigator or apply for up to five years of extramural financial support ($500,000 per year plus overhead) at a university or other external research institution.

Qualifications/eligibility: Candidates must have an MD, MD/PhD, DO, DDS, DMD, RN/PhD, or equivalent clinical doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution and must have a professional license to practice in the United States. The program is intended for early-stage investigators. At the time of application, applicants must be no more than 10 years from completion of their core residency training. Applicants who have completed their core residency in June 2007 are still eligible. Applicants will generally have completed or be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship, and will have demonstrated significant patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment. Scholars do not have to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Emphasis on diversity: The NIH and the Lasker Foundation recognize a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the clinical research workforce. The NIH expects all of its efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the education and training of all researchers; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. Thus the NIH encourages applications from talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women.

Learn more here:

Monday, July 10, 2017

Public Health Fellowship in Government

The APHA Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C.

The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health. Much of the work developing public policy happens at the staff level, where these critical issues are not well understood or incorporated into the discussion. The fellow will have the opportunity to make an impact and improve the health of the public.

The fellowship aims to:

  • Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and public health professionals;
  • Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful, including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professionals in the policy arena;
  • Increase attention to and focus on the social determinants of health and the goal of improving health equity and creating healthy communities;
  • Support the inclusion of sound public health science in policy; and
  • Create a culture of policy engagement for public health professionals.

This fellowship is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from the Aetna Foundation.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Direct primary care business models may be failing

An interesting article in Medical Economics may have caught your eye recently. It's titled, "Is the DPC movement at risk of failing? Direct primary care pioneers Qliance and Turntable have closed."

While many primary care providers have shifted to some type of alternative care delivery model (such as direct primary care, cash-only, or concierge medicine), these models continue to evolve and a big question lingers: are these models sustainable? 

Another question in the background is: what types of health outcomes do direct primary care (DPC) models provide?

While direct primary care and concierge care have similarities (and some may use these terms interchangeably), they are not exactly the same. 

Patients who have the means to pay for either direct primary care or concierge care may achieve higher patient satisfaction and experience scores. They may have easier access to their providers (after all, they are paying for it). And for the primary care providers who shift to a DPC model, many of them experience greater work-life balance and career satisfaction. After all, a typical patient panel under the DPC model may only include several hundred patients.

While the Internet debates the future of the DPC model, it will also be interesting to see how other alternative practice models will blend and leverage telehealth/telemedicine, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and more effective patient engagement strategies designed around wellness and prevention.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Don't miss this HIMSS webinar: A Clinician’s Career Transition from Bedside to Boardroom

Don't miss this HIMSS webinar titled, "A Physician's Story: A Clinician’s Career Transition from Bedside to Boardroom."

Date: June 26, 2017

Hear from:

Dr. Carol Steltenkamp
Chief Medical Information Officer
University of Kentucky HealthCare

Dr. Geeta Nayyar
Chief Healthcare & Innovation Officer
Femwell Group Health, Inc.

Dr. Milisa K Rizer
Chief Medical Information Officer
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Women in Health IT share stories of how they changed their career path, expanded their skillset to make an impact, and transformed what it means to be a physician across the healthcare continuum. As leaders in the field, these women share their unique perspectives on healthcare policy, clinical experience, transitioning to executive work, and taking advantage of new learning opportunities.

Learning Objectives:
· Understand what inspired these physicians to make a change in their career path
· Determine your potential impact outside the clinical setting
· Explore the balance between patient care, medicine science, and the healthcare administration

Register Today:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

AMDIS Physician Computer Connection Symposium

The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) is holding its 2017 Physician Computer Connection Symposium in Ojai, California this June 20-23.

Meet other Physicians, CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, Healthcare Executives, Nurses, Clinicians, Vendors and Consultants.

Learn about the latest issues and advances in the direct physician use of healthcare information systems and technology.

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