Thursday, August 4, 2016

Physician Rotational Program at Humana

Interested in a career in insurance medicine?

The Physician Rotational Program at Humana is a groundbreaking opportunity unlike any other. It’s a two-year program that’s part of the chief medical officer’s office. You’ll receive high-level company exposure throughout your first year, followed by deep operational responsibilities in various lines of business the second year. You will be immersed in market-based, core experiences where you’ll have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to problems you really care about.

The Physician Rotational Program is a two-year commitment. It’s designed to give you a comprehensive and detailed understanding of our company. During the first year, you’ll spend your time immersed in key teams throughout Humana, which will give you a high-level overview of our organization. The second year focuses on the details at the core of our business, with time set aside for you to explore the specific area you find most interesting.
  • Mentoring by top company executives with open-door access companywide, up to and including the CEO
  • Development of capabilities in key business areas including strategy, governance, population health improvement, consumer-centered design, financial structures, value-based care, data and analytics, government relations and others
  • Clinical-level pay with a flexible work style
  • The chance to work on projects with both clinical and non-clinical focus
  • The opportunity to continue your clinical practice, if desired
  • The chance to be part of a peer network of physician leaders
Learn more about the Physician Rotational Program at Humana.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Ready for some alphabet soup of acronyms on graduate medical education?

The AHA (American Hospital Association) PLF (Physician Leadership Forum) recently held a webinar about the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) CLER (Clinical Learning Environment Review) program for GME (Graduate Medical Education). ACGME established CLER as part of its NAS (Next Accreditation System).

The Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program was established in line with this mission to provide formative feedback in six areas of focus: patient safety; health care quality (including health care disparities); care transitions, supervision; fatigue management, mitigation and duty hours, and professionalism. The collective observations from the first set of CLER site visits portray a community of teaching hospitals, medical centers, and ambulatory care sites that has great capacity to shape the quality of the emerging physician workforce and drive improvement in patient care.

The AHA Physician Leadership Forum recently held a webinar about the 6 CLER focus areas. You can access those slides and recording here. GME programs are pursuing the CLER Pathways to Excellence, so find opportunities to get involved!

The webinar presenters were:

Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President for Institutional Accreditation

John R. Combes, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President
American Hospital Association

Thursday, July 7, 2016

2017 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

The American Public Health Association has announced their call for applications for the 2017 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. This is the ninth year APHA is offering this fellowship, which has been described as an “amazing,” “phenomenal” and “life altering” experience by previous fellows.

Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year 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.

Training for the fellowship will begin in January 2017 so you must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area in January. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

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.
Learn more and apply for this fellowship here:

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Find Healthcare IT Jobs

If you're looking for healthcare IT jobs, take a look at the HIMSS JobMine

The Job Board on is preparing for a relaunch, so we encourage you to visit some other job sites such as:

Biospace (for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or other life science jobs)
LinkedIn (for medical director jobs)
American Association for Physician Leadership (for jobs in medical administration)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Some MD/MBA graduates often ask, "should I skip residency?"

The following is a guest post by an MD/MBA who wishes to remain anonymous:

Historically, there has been a cohort of MD/MBA graduates who have planned to go right into the business world (and skip internship and residency completely). Some may spend 1-2 years working in business and may actually "return" to clinical medicine and complete a residency, but those are the exceptions. Others may start residency and drop out before finishing. These days, with the explosion of digital health and other entrepreneurial opportunities surrounding medical school graduates, the temptation to skip residency is probably greater than ever for those with an MD/MBA (and even for those who don't have an MBA).

When MD/MBA graduates seek advice about residency, they seem to get polarizing feedback: Some will strongly urge them to skip residency and get a jump start on their promising career in business. Others will insist that they will not gain the first-hand experience and knowledge of being a physician in a clinical environment. I believe they are both right (in some ways), so the decision must be tailored for each graduate. When an MD/MBA graduate asks me, "should I skip residency?" I always respond, "It depends." Do I sound like a lawyer or what?

There are medical students who have started their own companies and achieved business success before graduating. There are stories of students who were accepted into medical school, but deferred admission to pursue some ventures and found a successful path in business (never to go to medical school). There are medical school dropouts who have become successful business people. Are these examples the exception or the rule? If you happen to be someone with extreme talent, would you know if you're the exception or the rule? If you look in the mirror and see the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, then you're either delusional or extremely talented. Maybe you're both.

Residency can be hard. Grueling. Some people come out of residency feeling like they have been abused or hazed. Times have certainly gotten better with work hour limitations, but we still hear stories of physician residents committing suicide or experiencing major mental health problems.

If you're pursuing an MD/MBA and have no intention of practicing medicine, be sure to speak with a handful of other MD/MBAs who are in the business world. Advice may follow certain trends (geographic, generational, philosophical, etc.) and may vary based on the risk-tolerance of the individual offering the advice. Traditionally, most physicians tend to be quite risk-averse. But, the MD/MBA who has an entrepreneurial spirit (and who also has no student loans and happens to be married to an extremely wealthy spouse) may be quite willing to take major risks.

Skipping residency isn't simply about calculating risks. It's also about having a plan and a series of backup plans (along with supportive family who'll be there if none of your plans work out). Skipping residency is also about managing your perspective about time. You may never plan to practice medicine, but do you want to limit yourself from having the option to practice medicine someday?

So, instead of spending countless hours in an intellectual wrestling match to calculate whether you should pursue a residency, just go for it (and if you get to be that miserable, then just quit!)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Featured Job Posts

Update: these job posts will be published on a different site soon. For now, you can find them here:

Don't miss some of these featured job posts:

Nationwide Independent medical chart reviewer (non - clinical)
Mednick Associates - Wilton, CT
My company supplies board certified MDs & psychologists to conduct disability case reviews and provide their opinions on various cases - to government agencies. This is very...

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...

California Medical Physician, RETIRED PREFERRED, to Consult Patients Part Time (Inland Empire)
Serenity Medical Evaluations - Riverside, CA
Medical marijuana office needs 2 part time physicians: ——shifts flexible for 2, 3, or 4 , four hour shifts a week. ——be comfortable seeing patients and recommending Medical...

IRB Medical Review Board Chairman
Western Irb - Puyallup, WA
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...

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pharmaceutical Medical Director Salaries

What happens if you search Google for Pharmaceutical Medical Director Salaries? One of the first websites you'll find is Glassdoor:

Here are some numbers from Glassdoor:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Senior Medical Director $223,317
  • Novartis Senior Medical Director $275,530
  • Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Senior Medical Director $272,324

However, take these numbers with a grain of salt because on average, only two (2) people at each company reported a salary figure. Two. That doesn't seem like enough to generate a meaningful average.

At Amgen, there were 6 reported salaries: Medical Director Amgen $222,661

That figure is similar to the average Medical Director salaries reported by UnitedHealth Group (7 reported salaries from UnitedHealth Group employees): $229,086

What about a different source such as Let's look at their "Medical Director Salaries" page (which appears to include data from the Aerospace & Defense, Biotechnology, Business Services, Edu., Gov't. & Nonprofit, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Healthcare, Hospitality & Leisure, Insurance, Media, MFG Durable, MFG Nondurable, Pharmaceuticals, Retail & Wholesale industries):
The median annual Medical Director salary is $252,773 with a range usually between $230,915-$277,006. However, the salary for someone with the title Medical Director may vary depending on a number of factors including industry, company size, location, years of experience and level of education.
That range of $230k to $277k is reflective of 25-75% of Medical Director salaries. If you broaden the range to include 10-90% of Medical Director salaries, then you're looking at a range between $211k to $299k. 

There's one final and interesting factor to consider: in the clinical world, most medical directors are either MDs or DOs. They are physicians. But, in the business world, a "Medical Director" may be a PhD, a PharmD, an NP, someone with a master's degree, etc. You don't have to be a physician to hold the "Medical Director" title in the corporate world (of course, this also depends on the industry). 
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