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.

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.

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