Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Biotech/pharma career fairs

Mark your calendars for these upcoming biotech/pharma career fairs:

Genetown Talent Connect
Boston Marriott Cambridge
Monday, April 10, 2017
4pm to 7pm

Biotech Bay Talent Connect
South San Francisco Conference Center
Monday, April 24, 2017
4pm to 7pm

BIO Talent Connect presented by BioSpace
San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, June 22, 2017
2:00pm to 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't miss the AAPL 2017 Spring Institute and Annual Meeting

Join hundreds of other physician leaders at the American Association for Physician Leadership 2017 Spring Institute and Annual Meeting in New York. April 19-23 at the Sheraton Times Square. Join like-minded physician leaders in focused, high intensity learning and discussion. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re an experienced high-level manager or just starting your medical leadership career.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Job Posting: IRB Medical Board Chairperson

Job Posting: IRB Medical Board Chairperson

Western Institutional Review Board® (WIRB) is currently searching for a dedicated medical professional to join their mission of protecting human research subjects as a Board Chair in our Puyallup, WA location.

Position Summary:
Provide the highest possible support to WIRB’s ethical review and research safety programs in areas and issues requiring medical training and judgment.  This most commonly involves the Institutional Review Board, and may also include providing medical advice to biosafety committees.   This is a full-time position.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Chair Board meetings to ensure compliance with federal and state laws as well as WIRB policies and procedures, and facilitate discussion from Board Members.  Provide scientific, ethical and regulatory support and advice to Board members 
  • Analyze and present protocols and other agenda items at Board meetings to facilitate informed decision making. Set standards and role model effective presentation and discussion for all Board members.
  • Analyze research submissions, identify problems and issues, collect additional information or request corrections, and draft memoranda.
  • Research, draft, and present reports to the Board on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to, investigator misconduct, site visits, FDA and sponsor audits of investigators and others, issues involving human subjects, sponsors, and institutions.
  • Advise clients of applicable scientific information and regulations pertaining to human subject research, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze requests for exemption determinations and provide formal written opinions that proposed projects are exempt from the requirements for IRB review or do not require IRB review.
  • Provide guidance to clients to help resolve scientific, ethical and regulatory issues and difficulties.
  • Review literature and other materials to keep abreast of developments in the regulatory, legal, and ethical arenas.

Educational Qualifications:
  • MD or DO
Qualifications/Experience Requirements:
  • Able to Chair Board meeting.  Can effectively present information to a diverse group of professionals
  • Experience in clinical research, IRB, and/or similar medical ethics practices experience strongly desired
  • Six or more years of related clinical experience and/or training, preferred
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. 
  • Knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and MS Windows.

Apply for this opportunity here.

WIRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minorities, females, veterans and members with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

About WIRB:
For more than 45 years, Western Institutional Review Board® (WIRB) has been at the forefront of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects during all phases of clinical trials.  Recognized as the gold standard of human subject protection, WIRB is the trusted partner to over 1,000 institutions in the United States alone, ranging from small community hospitals and research sites to large academic medical centers and universities. Our distinguished staff of full-time physicians, Certified IRB Professionals, lawyers, and research professionals delivers unparalleled review quality to ensure that human research studies withstand scrutiny around the world.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Genomic Medicine Career Forum at JAX-GM

Attend The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine Career Forum

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Farmington, Connecticut
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
4pm to 7pm

Want to join a world-class research team? Come find out about the successes at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), and discover where JAX-GM is going and why your next career step should be to join JAX-GM. JAX is a leader in genomic medicine with eight decades of experience using genetics and genomics to accelerate scientific discovery and precise solutions to human disease. Every job we offer contributes to our mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our quest to improve human health.

At the Jackson Laboratory Career Forum in Farmington, Connecticut, attendees will learn from world-class scientists about cutting-edge research, engage with senior business leaders, and meet with hiring managers to discuss openings in Computational Science, Genomic Research, IT/Software and Post-Doctoral roles. Click here to view the job profiles.

Scientists at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM) are leading genomic research in the areas of Cancer, Immunology, Microbiome, Reproduction/Development, Metabolics/Aging, and Neurosciences. Through this research, JAX-GM is advancing the search for tomorrow's cures for diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Addiction, Breast Cancer, and Diabetes.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Business clubs for medical students

Given that so many US medical schools offer MD/MBA dual degree programs, you might think that these schools may also have very active clubs for students who have a strong interest in business. I can't find a comprehensive list for students, but that's why we have Google. Here are just a few examples of what these business clubs are called:

According to its website, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has a Business of Healthcare student organization. I wonder if the club also includes students from nursing, pharmacy, and other health professions. Medicine is a team sport, so it would make a lot of sense to include them.

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine,the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Northwestern University School of Medicine list their Business in Medicine clubs on their websites. I'm sure many other schools use Business in Medicine (BIM) as the name of their club.

The University of Toledo College of Medicine calls their group the Business of Medicine Organization.

At the NYU School of Medicine, the student club is called the Business and Economics In Medicine.

As Temple University, you may run into students who are involved in the Medical Entrepreneurship, Design, and Innovation Collaborative

The Florida State University College of Medicine has the right idea with BAM: Business and Medicine

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has a Business of Medicine Interest Group for students.

At the Georgetown School of Medicine, don't miss the BLIMP (Business & Leadership in Medical Practice).

My favorite student club is the Medicine & Business Association (M&BA) at the Boston University College of Medicine. Don't confuse that with MBA.

If your medical school doesn't have an organization to support students who also have an interest in business, consider starting one. After all, it's easy to start a student group. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine even has a Game of Thrones Society.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Create your own career transition story

We all know that a major career transition can feel daunting.

It's one thing if you have 3+ years to plan the transition, map out your different options, and have a robust roadmap along with a GPS. As long as you have plenty of gas and good tires on your vehicle, you'll eventually reach your destination. You may encounter a few unexpected detours, but you know where you're going and you know how you'll get there.

Unfortunately, some people find themselves needing to accelerate the process and they start their journey without a map or without a GPS. In many cases, they don't even know where they're trying to go. Are they driving to Boston, Dallas, or Chicago?

I'd like to offer one suggestion for any physician who is contemplating a major career transition: Be sure to expand your social network and surround yourself with people who can properly guide you.

I realize that one problem with my suggestion is that you're likely to encounter many different opinions from different people who have had different experiences. That's expected, but it can also lead to some confusion. Ultimately, you may need to perform your own little meta-analysis of all the advice that you receive. To review, a meta-analysis is:
A subset of systematic reviews; a method for systematically combining pertinent qualitative and quantitative study data from several selected studies to develop a single conclusion that has greater statistical power. This conclusion is statistically stronger than the analysis of any single study, due to increased numbers of subjects, greater diversity among subjects, or accumulated effects and results.
Every career transition story is unique and represents an anecdotal study (that includes qualitative and quantitative data). There may be some common themes and elements, but there are many different and creative ways to develop your career transition story.

Finally - remember that if you're planning a career into the full-time business world, it's always possible to pivot into different industries. An anesthesiologist can't easily pivot into a career as a psychiatrist. However, a physician who enters the pharmaceutical industry may later pivot and go into health policy or health information technology. Expand your set of transferable skills so that you can be a valuable contributor across different industries.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Management and Leadership Pathway at Duke

Duke University offers a unique Management and Leadership Pathway for Residents (MLPR). This program provides future leaders with the knowledge and skills essential to bridge clinical practice and management and become effective physician executives.

The MLPR is a 15- to 18-month rotational experience that allows trainees to work on high-priority initiatives across the Duke University Health System and the School of Medicine. MLPR trainees study across multiple disciplines, including health-system management and operations; financial management and planning; quality improvement and safety; informatics; technology transfer; global strategy and business development; research enterprise management; clinical service enterprise management; and supply chain management.

You can learn more about this interesting program here.

Most applicants apply in December/January of their internship year.

Interested trainees should have a graduate degree in management (e.g. MBA, MHA, etc.) or a minimum of two years management/administrative experience.

Seems like a great opportunity for graduates of an MD/MBA program.
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