Friday, February 5, 2016

Is it time to pursue the CFA credential?

Interested in a career in finance? Don't automatically go for an MBA. It could make more sense to pursue a CFA instead (or, you could pursue both).

According to this story on BusinessInsider: "people that are only CFA charterholders tend to make $27,000 more than people that only have a MBA, and $13,000 more than people that only have a MBA in Finance." I think those PayScale figures represent the "average" business professional working in the finance industry. A physician who transitions into a career in finance is at a very different level.

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential is one of the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world. The program provides you with a foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.

Who is it for? Portfolio and wealth managers, investment and research analysts, professionals involved in the investment decision-making process, and finance students who want to work in the investment management profession

How long does it take? Approximately 4 years to complete 3 exams (Level I, II, and III)

So, if you're exploring the possibility of being a research analyst, a relationship manager, a corporate financial analyst, a financial advisor, a portfolio manager, or a consultant in the financial industry, then maybe it's time to consider the CFA credential. You can learn more about pursuing the CFA from the CFA Institute.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Featured Job Posts: Sr. VP Product Mgmt, Sr Medical Associate

Don't miss these featured job posts listed on

Senior Vice President - Product Management
First Databank (fdb) - South San Francisco, CA
~~First Databank, a member of the Hearst Organization has created a rare and unique executive leadership opportunity within the healthcare technology industry...

Senior Medical Associate
Doctor To Doctor Sales Solutions - Greenwood Village, CO
Telecommuting or On-Site Opportunity for Non-Clinical, Physician (MD or DO) We are a growing company seeking an M.D. or D.O. in any specialty who enjoys keeping their clinical...

Please reminder: the Job Board is powered by an aggregation engine, so you will find both clinical and non-clinical job opportunities listed on the site.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

American Association for Physician Leadership Board of Directors Nominations are Now Open!

The American Association for Physician Leadership is seeking physician leaders with board and operational experience to help address the rapidly changing health care environment. Board members serve a four-year term.The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2016.

To be considered, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Credentials must include at least one of the following:
•Fellowship with the association (FAAPL or FACPE)
•Certification by CCMM (CPE) and/or a master's degree graduate from one of the association's partnering universities.

Professional experience must include all of the following:
•Previous board experience.
•Previous operational experience: managing people, information and budgets.
•Regional or national recognition as a physician leader through teaching, writing, speaking or contributing to the health care leadership above and beyond what is expected from the current employer.

Please submit your nomination here:

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Physician Advisor sub-specialty for the HCQM certification

Want to get certified as a Physician Advisor? Earlier this year, two organizations formed an alliance to offer the first Physician Advisor as a sub-specialty for Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) certification.
  • American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP)
  • American College of Physician Advisors, Inc. (ACPA)
ABQAURP and ACPA formed the alliance to offer the first Physician Advisor sub-specialty for the HCQM certification. The HCQM certification and new sub-specialty align with ACPA’s mission to promote and expand the prominent role of the Physician Advisor in today's rapidly changing healthcare environment through education, certification, mentorship, and collaboration; as well as ABQAURP’s mission to improve the overall quality of health care that is provided to the consuming public. The Physician Advisor sub-specialty is endorsed by the ACPA, and will only be awarded to those physicians who have first achieved certification in HCQM.

Learn more about the Physician Advisor sub-specialty here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Consider an encore career in social entrepreneurship

Thinking about an "encore career" as you plan your retirement? Consider pursuing something in social entrepreneurship. Maybe you can be inspired by viewing this video about the Ageing Well Think Tank and Innovation Collaborative: A collaboration between the University of Adelaide’s School of Nursing, and the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre. The Ageing Well Think Tank and Innovation Collaborative is chaired by Professor Alison Kitson and Professor Noel Lindsay.

Here's a short video from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship to get you inspired:

Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices.

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship fosters social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress. For more information, visit:

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Don't miss the 2016 Winter Institute - American Association for Physician Leadership

Don't miss the 2016 Winter Institute - American Association for Physician Leadership
January 28-31, 2016

The program takes place Jan. 28-31, 2016, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. The 2016 Winter Institute, sponsored by McKesson, offers courses for physicians at any career level and those working toward their CPEs or master’s degrees will benefit from attendance. Among courses offered are Resolving Conflict; Influence, Power & Politics; Integrated Health Systems; and Using Influence to Work Collaboratively.

Medical student poster presentations. You’ll want to check out the poster sessions from medical students at the University of South Florida. Take advantage of the opportunity to hear what the next generation of doctors has to say on leadership.

Learn more here:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Greater awareness regarding physician burnout

Have you noticed the recent flurry of articles focusing on physician burnout? Earlier this year, the AMA launched their "STEPS Forward" program to address the issue of physician burnout.

AMA STEPS Forward is an interactive practice transformation series offering innovative strategies that will allow physicians and their staff to thrive in the evolving health care environment by working smarter, not harder. Physicians looking to refocus their practice can turn to AMA STEPS Forward for proven, physician-developed strategies for confronting common challenges in busy medical practices and devoting more time to caring for patients.

Earlier this month, an article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings sparked interest in this topic and a series of publishers released articles on this topic. They also referenced the Dec 8, 2015 JAMA article titled, "Prevalence of Depression and Depressive Symptoms Among Resident Physicians: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." What starts in residency as extreme mental stress, poor coping skills, and psychological trauma often carries itself to the working world.

Last month on the TEDMED stage, Dr. Pamela Wible spoke about the difficult topic of physician suicide. Physicians may be reluctant to admit that they are thinking about suicide because they may lose their ability (and privilege) to practice medicine. They may jeopardize their careers.

What is the medical community doing to provide support and assistance to medical students, residents, and physicians who may be struggling at work? There is tremendous need to bridge some of these gaps by providing counselors, coaches, mentors, and others who can assess symptoms, identify "red flags," and offer practical suggestions and assistance so that these medical professionals do not continue to struggle alone.

The International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) is a first step in the right direction, but the focus of this conference remains too narrow (in my opinion) and does not introduce students and physicians with other needed resources on how they can overcome burnout, explore career transitions, or pursue other types of jobs that may provide a healthier work/life balance.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings:
Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance in Physicians and the General US Working Population Between 2011 and 2014
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