Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Leaders in Healthcare conference in the UK

The Leaders in Healthcare conference in the UK will be Nov 14-16, 2018 in Birmingham.

Brought to you by FMLM and BMJ, the event will showcase the latest ideas and solutions to support the future of medical and healthcare leadership and management.

FMLM = Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
BMJ = British Medical Journal

Thinking about attending? Here are some highlights from the 2017 event:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Harvard Master in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MHQS)

Harvard Medical School now offers a Master in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MHQS). This program aims to train students in how to become operational leaders in healthcare quality, safety and informatics.

The MHQS is a full-time, residential program over 9 months located on Harvard Medical School's campus in Boston.

Students learn from faculty working in Harvard affiliated hospitals including the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The program is designed for doctors, dentists, nurses, administrators, policy makers, and other health professionals who are either in leadership positions or who aspire to leadership positions in healthcare quality, risk management and patient safety. Applicants must hold an MD or other advanced degree and possess at least three years of clinical experience.

You can learn more here:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Featured non-clinical job postings

Don't miss these featured non-clinical job postings:

Assistant Director, Comprehensive and Innovative Faculty Development
The incumbent will provide leadership for a new and innovative Program for Mentoring, Coaching, and Advising Surgery Faculty in education that will be housed within the Division of Education and its reach will extend nationally and internationally...

Associate Medical Director
Review and update current utilization management guidelines, as assigned periodically; Create new guidelines; to be reviewed by other physicians prior to publication...

More details about these job opportunities can be found here (login required, free to join and access)

Friday, March 2, 2018

From an academic oncologist to an FDA medical officer and scientific liaison

Don't miss this story of Dr. Tatiana M. Prowell who has held a hybrid government/academic appointment since 2006. She currently serves as a medical officer and breast cancer scientific liaison to the Oncology Center of Excellence at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). At Johns Hopkins, she is an assistant professor of oncology in the Breast Cancer Program. You can read her story here.

Monday, January 29, 2018

ACP Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction initiative

Earlier this year, the American College of Physicians (ACP) launched its "Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction" initiative. The goal of this program is to create a "culture of wellness, improving practice efficiencies, enhancing individual physician well-being, and reducing administrative burdens."

This program will address many dimensions that impact physician wellness. The ACP will also continue to advocate for system changes, identify practical ways to improve the clinical practice environment, and encourage physicians to maintain their own personal health and wellness. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Graduate certificates: healthcare or clinical informatics

More universities are offering graduate certificates to busy working professionals who may not wish to invest the time and energy to pursue a graduate degree. While a certificate is not equivalent to a certification, it provides value for professionals interested in developing, understanding, managing and integrating medical information systems in healthcare organizations.

Here are a few examples of graduate certificate programs in healthcare or clinical informatics:

UMass Boston Healthcare Informatics Certificate
UC Davis Health Informatics Certificate Program
USF Health’s Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics
Drexel University Certificate in Healthcare Informatics
Boston University Health Informatics Graduate Certificate

Physicians may also wish to consider pursuing board certification in clinical informatics. Broadly speaking, there have been two different possible pathways for subspecialty certification eligibility in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (or the American Board of Pathology if you're a pathologist):
  1. ACGME Accredited Fellowship Pathway
  2. Practice Pathway
In the future, the only pathway for physicians to board certification in clinical informatics will be by completing a fellowship.

Nurses can pursue certification in informatics from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Some may choose to obtain a masters degree in informatics. Those programs may be called clinical informatics, medical informatics, health informatics, healthcare informatics, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, etc. While those may all sound like they refer to the same curriculum, there are some key differences across those different types of programs.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Article: Professional Satisfaction and the Career Plans of US Physicians

Recent article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings titled, "Professional Satisfaction and the Career Plans of US Physicians."

Objective: To evaluate the relationship between burnout, satisfaction with electronic health records and work-life integration, and the career plans of US physicians.

Nearly 1 in 5 US physicians intend to reduce clinical work hours in the next year, and roughly 1 in 50 intend to leave medicine altogether in the next 2 years to pursue a different career. If physicians follow through on these intentions, it could profoundly worsen the projected shortage of US physicians.

When you dig into their data analysis, it's no surprise that they found the following:
Notably, after adjusting for other personal and professional characteristics, physicians who were burned out, dissatisfied with work-life integration, and dissatisfied with the EHR were more likely to intend to reduce clinical work in the next 12 months and were more likely to intend to leave their current position in the next 24 months.

Burnout was even more strongly related to whether physicians intended to leave medicine altogether to pursue a different career.

These results were based on surveys performed between August 28, 2014, and October 6, 2014. It would be very interesting and insightful to repeat this study in 2017-2018 and see how these numbers have changed. What are hospitals, health systems, and group practices doing to address concerns about burnout, work-life integration, and EHR dissatisfaction?
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