Doctors want to quit medicine and join the "drop out club"

Friday, May 22, 2015

These days, there's a growing trend of doctors wanting to quit medicine. They want to join the "drop out club" and look for other types of jobs where they can use their medical knowledge and highly-trained skills. After all, they invested so much time, energy, and money into their education and training. We even see residents in training who are burning out and quitting medicine. 

Here at, we offer a way to connect with other physicians who have left a career in clinical medicine to work in the business world. You can become a member of this growing online community here:

However, if you're looking for the Drop Out Club, then go to

Key themes from the AAPL (formerly ACPE) Annual Conference #DocsLeadVegas15

Monday, April 20, 2015

Over the weekend, the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) held its first annual conference under its new name/brand. Formerly, AAPL had been known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and you could still hear members refer to the group as "the college," as "ACPE," etc. I'm starting to get used to the new name and saying the acronym as "double A - P - L."

This year, some key themes focused on topics that would not surprise any of us:

  • The evolving role of technology: We're beyond "meaningful use" and we're now looking for ways to utilize technology effectively to improve patient care and clinical workflow. We're also looking at the future horizon where technology will enable health care providers to apply the latest clinical research and science when treating patients. Clinical decision support and analytic tools will help us navigate the complex world of precision medicine and genomics.
  • Redefining the value of physician leadership: There are already many physicians in leadership positions. We're seeing this growing. So, as more physicians gain leadership positions within various health care organizations, they are helping to redefine the value of physician leadership. AAPL is equipping those leaders to develop both their hard and soft skills so that they can be effective leaders within their organizations.
  • The shifting landscape from fee-for-service to value-based health care delivery. We've been talking about this for years, but now that SGR has been repealed, this transformation is becoming a concrete reality that will gain acceleration over the next few year. How will physician leaders 
  • Achieving physician engagement. There are still many health care organizations that are having difficulty engaging their physicians through major shifts and changes. This is where the physician leader plays such a crucial role in implementing effective strategies to engage those physicians. 
  • Redefining the team in health care. The traditional team is changing as roles/responsibilities get shifted and as patients play a more active role in their own health care as empowered, educated, and engaged patients. Effective physician leaders know how to inspire their teams. They understand teamwork. Some physicians may not like the shift away from independence to team-based, but they must accept these changes.
  • Innovation. Every health care conference seems to focus on emphasizing innovation. We need innovation in health care delivery to fix the broken health care system. Advances in innovations in biomedical science will continue as we discover new therapies and treatments, but we also need to see changes in how care is delivered and reimbursed. Innovation can start small. They can be little experiments. Those projects can be led by physicians and successful changes can be expanded. 
There were many concurrent sessions focused on quality and safety, value-driven care, leadership, and innovation. 

On Twitter, follow AAPL: @Physicianslead
This year, the Twitter hashtag for the annual conference is #DocsLeadVegas15

American Association for Physician Leadership 2015 Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Don't miss the American Association for Physician Leadership 2015 Annual Meeting

This year, the meeting will be at the Venetian in Las Vegas, April 18-22. Courses include:
  • Physician in Management Seminar
  • Authentic Leadership Development
  • Managing Physician Performance
  • Three Faces of Quality
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Solve This! Breakthrough Thinking for Physician Executives
  • Leadership and Governance for Group Practice Board Members
  • Preparing for the CEO Role
  • Using Influence to Work Collaboratively
  • Resilient Leadership
Hope to see you there! You can register at:

NY is looking for a Clinical Informaticist

Sunday, February 15, 2015

PCIP is seeking a Clinical Informaticist.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) is devoted to improving population health in underserved neighborhoods through health information technology. The PCIP is the largest project of its kind nationwide, focusing on the efficient use of prevention oriented electronic health records (EHRs) in New York City. We strive to transform the quality of health care services in these neighborhoods by helping providers use electronic health records and other health technology to improve the quality of care.

PCIP also operates the New York City Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH) by assisting providers in New York City through practice transformation, quality improvement initiatives and other support services, such as Meaningful Use support, revenue cycle management, and data security.

Job ID: 21997024
Position Title: Clinical Informaticist
Company Name: Fund for Public Health in New York
Worksite: Public Health
Job Function: Healthcare Informatics
Location(s): Long Island City, New York, 11101, United States
Posted: February 12, 2015
Entry Level: No
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Min Education: MD

You can view the full job description here.

APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make a contribution to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government. The overarching goals are to increase the capac­ity of public health professionals to inform the discussions and the decisions of the individuals and institutions that influence or determine policies and to provide relevant expertise and analysis to support decision-makers confronting increasingly complex issues.

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;
  • Foster positive exchanges between public health professionals and policymakers; and
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professional in the policy arena.
You can learn more and apply for this fellowship here:

The Economist's Virtual MBA Fair is Feb 3-5 @theeconomist

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thinking of an MBA? The Economist's Virtual MBA Fair is Feb 3-5, 2015. Chat online with admissions officers from MBA programs all over the world including the Darden School of Business and the Yale School of Management. Attend to win prizes like MBA scholarships and The Economist subscriptions. Learn how you can make yourself the strongest candidate possible.

Connect on LinkedIn this holiday season

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The holidays can be a great time to do some networking with friends and family. You never know who's going to show up at that next holiday party. Connect with people on LinkedIn to stay in touch and to see how that relationship may open doors of opportunity for you in the future.

If you're new to LinkedIn, here are a few simple tips to get you started:

1. Find and join a few groups on LinkedIn and participate in some conversations to virtually meet people in that community. If you're a physician in a leadership position, join the American Association for Physician Leadership group on LinkedIn. Interested in entrepreneurship? Join the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) group on LinkedIn.

2. After you're updated your profile, reconnect with lost classmates. I'm sure they'll enjoy hearing from you after all those years. You may be surprised to hear what some people are doing now. Your surgeon colleague may be working for a big consulting firm. A dermatologist you know may be a medical director at a biopharmaceutical company.

3. Next, look at the list of alumni from your schools. LinkedIn makes it easy to identify alumni who may be in influential hiring positions. Perhaps one of them would be willing to offer an informational interview.

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