AHA Physician Leadership Forum

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

If you spend most of your time working in the inpatient setting, you're probably already familiar with the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum (PLF).

The PLF strives to make available resources to prepare today’s physician for tomorrow’s challenges. Building the next generation of care necessitates close collaboration between clinicians and administrators across the care continuum. With rapid changes in care delivery, high performing leadership teams are needed to combine high quality and high efficiency to deliver high value care.

Over the past few years, the AHA PLF has been collaborating with various organizations and working on initiatives such as:
  • Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource
  • AMA-AHA Joint Leadership Conference on New Models of Care
  • Physician Leadership: The Implications for a Transformed Delivery System
  • Lifelong Learning: Physician Competency Development
  • Creating the Hospital of the Future: Implications of Hospital-Focused Physician Practice
  • Team-Based Health Care Delivery
You can learn more about the AHA PLF here.


ASCO is hiring an oncologist to lead their Clinical Affairs department

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ASCO to Establish a Clinical Affairs Department to Provide Hands-on Assistance to Oncology Practices

ASCO is forming a Clinical Affairs department dedicated to providing services, education, and resources to support oncology practices. This new department will offer hands-on assistance in areas such as practice management, quality care assessment and improvement, and efficiency and business intelligence to meet the needs and demands of the current oncology landscape.

The Clinical Affairs department will begin providing assistance to practices by the end of 2014. The Society plans to house existing practice management resources in the new department and, over the next year, will expand these offerings to include support in the following areas:
  • Business of oncology
  • Practice management (staffing, technology, services, etc.)
  • Practice transformation to medical home, to certification, etc.
  • Market analysis
ASCO is seeking an oncologist to lead the Clinical Affairs department who has experience in all aspects of managing an oncology practice. This senior director will also work across ASCO and the cancer community to support all initiatives to enhance oncologists’ efforts to provide the highest quality of care.

Learn more here.

HBR post: Should You Get an MBA

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A few months ago, there was a blog post on HBR titled, "Should You Get an MBA?" This seems to be a growing question among physicians who are interested in transitioning into a non-clinical career in the business or corporate world. Many will convince you to make the investment to pursue an MBA while others will persuade you to save your time and money since you don't "need" an MBA. Which is right? I believe it depends on your level of experience, your skill sets, your knowledge base, your social network, and your ultimate career goals and ambitions. Those factors are going to be unique for each person.

You can read the HBR perspective by Ed Batista here. Let me quote some interesting comments that might stick out to you:
I knew that some people in my field had negative impressions of MBAs, and I needed a chance to prove myself as an individual before being stereotyped... there are many fields and organizations in which MBAs are viewed with skepticism and even disdain 
While some firms seek out graduates from elite schools, others avoid them out of a concern that they will be difficult to work with and disruptive to the established culture.
What do you think? Does this perspective by Ed Batista sway you one way or the other?

Get certified in Healthcare Quality CPHQ

Monday, November 3, 2014

These days, everyone seems to be talking about Quality Improvement in health care. The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification incorporates the body of knowledge in the healthcare quality profession, which includes:
  • strategic and operational roles in management and leadership
  • information management, including design and data collection, measurement and analytics, and communication
  • performance/quality measurement and improvement, including planning, implementation and evaluation, and training
  • strategic and operational tasks in patient safety
The CPHQ is the only certification in the profession of healthcare quality. The program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the National Organization for Competency Assurance in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about CPHQ and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
http://www.nahq.org

Job Posting: Clinical Trial Review Board Chair (IRB)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Job Posting: Clinical Trial Review Board Chair (IRB)
Western IRB (Puyallup, Washington)

For more than 45 years, Western Institutional Review Board has been at the forefront of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects research participants. If youre looking to join a company with a global mission and impact, please read further.

We're looking for dedicated medical professional to join our mission of protecting human research subjects as our Board Chair/Vice Chair (Medical) at our Puyallup Washington location. We offer competitive compensation and benefit programs.

Position Summary:
Provide the highest possible support to the organizations ethical review and research safety programs in areas and issues requiring medical training and judgment. This most commonly involves the Institutional Review Board, but may involve areas such as biosafety, data safety, and others.

Learn more here.

ACPE.org now points to PhysicianLeaders.org #leadership

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In case you missed the announcement, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) is now the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL). AAPL may cause you to think about Apple stock on NASDAQ, so it may be best to remember the new URL: PhysicianLeaders.org

Don't get this new website confused with PhysicianLeadership.org - that's a different organization.

ACPE is now: PhysicianLeaders.org

This is not the first time the organization has gone through a name change. When ACPE began in the mid-1970s, it was called the American Academy of Medical Directors (AAMD). Then, soon after the term “physician executive” was coined, the organization became the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).

Read about the name change here.


Article about re-entering clinical medicine

Friday, October 3, 2014

MedPageToday has posted an article about the costs of re-entering clinical medicine after a physician leaves for an extended period of time. The definition of "extended period of time" varies for each state medical board and many state boards make it very challenging to re-enter the practice of medicine after you have transitioned into a full-time non-clinical career.

The Primary Care Physician Re-entry Act has been proposed before Congress by Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.).
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