ACPE 2014 Fall Institute Course: Successful Career Transitions: Taking Charge of Change

Friday, July 18, 2014

Considering a career change? Don't miss the ACPE (American College of Physician Executives) 2014 Fall Institute Course:

Successful Career Transitions: Taking Charge of Change

This course is scheduled for Nov 15, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Some physician leaders are taking this time to perform a professional inventory and prepare themselves for the uncertainties. This course provides the opportunity to do so while also learning practical skills to maintain control of careers and successfully move forward. Participants will hear what the industry offers in non-traditional sectors and what the market looks like from a recruiter's perspective. They will also gain insight into the way they personally approach change, and how to use their change style to their professional advantage.

Register for the course here.

Job Posting: Protocol Review Board Chair

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Job Posting: Protocol Review Board Chair (Medical)
Western Institutional Review Board

The WIRB Copernicus Group (WCG) is a dynamic organization dedicated to leading the way in the delivery of ethical review services for the research community. We have an exciting opportunity for a Protocol Review Board Chair/Vice Chair (Medical) to join our team in Puyallup Washington.

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.

* Chair Board meetings to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and IRB policies and procedures and facilitate discussion from Board Members. Provide scientific, ethical and regulatory support and advice to Board members
* Assist in resolution of disagreements between Board members.
* Analyze and present protocols and other agenda items at Board meetings to facilitate informed decision making, and to 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.
* Convey the Boards concerns with the research submission by composing written correspondence to investigators and sponsors.
* Identify and assist in the resolution of problematic review items, through interaction with investigators and other IRB clients,
* Perform or assist in performance of expedited review, making appropriate decisions on behalf of the Board, and review of unanticipated problems, research subject complaints involving medical issues, etc.

* 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
* Provide guidance to clients to help resolve scientific, ethical and regulatory issues and difficulties


Sunday, July 6, 2014

MOC stands for Maintenance of Certification and Part IV refers to the Practice Performance Assessment component of MOC. Here are the 4 parts of MOC defined by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
  • Part I Licensure and Professional Standing: Hold a valid, unrestricted medical license
  • Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment: Educational and self-assessment programs determined by your Member Board
  • Part III Cognitive Expertise: Demonstrate your specialty-specific skills and knowledge
  • Part IV Practice Performance Assessment: Demonstrate your use of best evidence and practices compared to peers and national benchmarks
Depending on your medical specialty, you may have noticed recent changes to Part IV. In fact, these changes have generated significant confusion (and controversy) among physicians who are not accustomed to the routine practice of individual performance assessment and quality improvement.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation has put together a nice MOC Part IV Activity Decision Tree. You'll notice that if you're not currently engaged in direct patient care, you may contact ABIM to see if you are entitled to a waiver for Part IV.

Johns Hopkins University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What happens when you bring the school of medicine, school of engineering, and school of business together at Johns Hopkins University? You get the 2014 JHU Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. This year, classes will run from July - August and will feature lecture presentations, guest speakers, and mentors.

The bootcamp will provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to turn raw ideas into validated business proposals. Participants will build knowledge and skills through case studies, didactics and hands-on experiences. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own ideas.

Topics that will be covered include: intellectual property, technology transfer, market analysis, the FDA, reimbursement, finance and funding, building a venture team, and more.

Who can register for the Bootcamp? According to their website:

All Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health Faculty, Staff, Post-doctoral Fellows, Students and Residents are eligible to register. 

Learn more here:

MBA programs for physicians

Thursday, June 5, 2014

These days, there are a growing number of MBA programs that are tailored specifically for physicians. If you run a search on Google, you'll find:
  • Physician Executive MBA Program - University of Tennessee College of Business
  • Physicians Executive MBA | Auburn University College of Business
  • Physician MBA program at Indiana University : Kelley School of Business
  • Isenberg University of Massachusetts Amherst | MBA American College of Physician Executives
The summer's a good time to do some research, explore programs in your area, consider your schedule, and answer the key question: Why do you want to get an MBA? What is your primary goal? Your answer will help you choose the right program.

Modern Healthcare names 50 most influential physician leaders and executives

Monday, June 2, 2014

Every year, Modern Healthcare names 50 physician leaders and executives who are considered most influential in our health care system. You can see that list here. Not surprisingly, we see physicians who are leaders at some of the largest health care delivery systems, hospitals, government organizations, health insurance companies, professional medical societies, and more.

HHS Entrepreneurs is back!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Do you have an innovative idea? Interested in working for HHS (in case you're wondering, yes - the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)?

HHS Entrepreneurs is back! The HHS Idea Lab is looking for bright, talented individuals who can tackle some of the most complex health care related challenges and in this round, they are focusing on these 6 challenges:
  • Creating De-Identified Claims Data
  • Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why?
  • Healthcare Practitioner Credentialing Portal
  • Improving Beneficiary Access to Health Information
  • Innovative Design, Development and Linkages of Databases
  • Modernizing CDC Mortality Data & Analytic Tools
Learn more about the HHS Entrepreneurs program here.

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