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?

Monday, November 13, 2017

What is a physician advisor?

The job title "medical director" may refer to many different types of roles and responsibilities depending on the work setting. How about the job title "physician advisor?"

To help answer this question, we reviewed a few recent job posts titled, "physician advisor" and here's what we found:

Job #1:

As a Physician Advisor, you will serve as a liaison between the clinical staff and hospital administration, working closely with case management (length of stay, patient status), medical necessity, Medicare regulations, claim denials and documentation.

Job #2:

The Physician Advisor - UM MSQ serves as a peer liaison among Hospital Administration, Utilization Management, Quality Improvement and the Medical Staff regarding issues of utilization management. Serves as an educational resource that will enable the medical staff to become familiar with physician specific data, and practice patterns and resource utilization patterns. Works closely with the Chairman of the Utilization Management Committee to enhance communication and feedback to the Medical Staff.

Job #3:

The Physician Advisor (PA), Clinical Documentation Integrity is a key member of our physician executive team. Acts as the peer consultant to the medical staff in the areas of care coordination, clinical resource utilization and documentation. Monitors inpatient and observation unit utilization, reviews and determines appropriate patient status, coordinates care with case management, hospitalists, residents, specialists, emergency physicians and medical staff. Provides education, reviews and counsels medical staff and peer providers on appropriate clinical documentation, patient status determinations and clinical resource utilization. Develops and implements clinical practice guidelines and standard order sets and works with clinical teams to solve utilization management and clinical documentation issues.

These "physician advisor" job posts were found on and you'll find similar ones through other job aggregation websites like and

Friday, November 3, 2017

Physician advisor jobs

If you take a quick glance at some of the physician advisor jobs posted on, here's what you'll find:

Physician Advisor
Schumacher Clinical Partners
Toms River, New Jersey
Optum Executive Health Resources (Optum EHR) and Schumacher Clinical Partners (SCP) have formed a strategic relationship combining the physician-led utilization review and case ...

Physician Advisor
BayCare Health System
Winter Haven, Florida
The Physician Advisor - UM MSQ serves as a peer liaison among Hospital Administration, Utilization Management, Quality Improvement and the Medical Staff regarding issues of ...

Physician Advisor, Clinical Documentation Integrity
Presence Health
Greater Chicago Area
Provides support to the Clinical Documentation Team, Care Coordination Team, and the medical staff for resolution of challenging cases, including intervening with physicians ...

Senior Sleep Medicine Physician Advisor
MedCentric Search Firm
Glendale, California
Board Certification in Sleep Medicine as a subspecialty of the American Board of Medical Specialties. At least 3 years of clinical experience. Skills and Experience Required.

Appeals Author - Physician Advisory Services
Chicago, US-IL
The successful candidate must have experience in a clinical environment and the ability to use sound judgment in reviewing clinical documentation supporting patient care.

These jobs can be found on

Monday, October 23, 2017

Don't miss "Navigating Payment Reform for Providers, Payers, and Pharma"

Don't miss the upcoming NEJM Catalyst webinar titled, "Navigating Payment Reform for Providers, Payers, and Pharma."

True payment reform will require three of the main stakeholders in U.S. health care — providers, payers, and pharmaceutical makers — to collaborate and innovate. NEJM Catalyst has gathered expert leaders, researchers, and physicians from these key players for a free Web event, Navigating Payment Reform for Providers, Payers, and Pharma, broadcasting live from Harvard Business School.

November 02, 2017
1:00pm-5:00pm ET

This event, hosted by Harvard Business School and HBS Health Care Initiative, will be led by Leemore Dafny, PhD, HBS Professor of Business Administration and NEJM Catalyst Theme Leader for the New Marketplace theme.

Learn more:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Psychometric Assessments

How well do you know yourself? Do you really know why you're seeking a career transition?

There are a variety of psychometric assessments that may provide valuable insights as you prepare for a career transition. These tests reveal personality, behavior traits, strengths and weaknesses, and even some hidden insights about a person.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Big Five
DiSC Profile
CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsFinder)
High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) 

While these types of assessments have traditionally been used to define one's personality, they can also provide insights as one navigates different seasons in life. A transition from a clinical career to a non-clinical career can be quite transformative and disruptive in many ways (potentially both good and bad). Which psychometric assessments have you taken? If you took them prior to medical school, it may be time to take a different one. You will probably gain some new insights about yourself as you take these throughout your career. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Non-Clinical, Flexible Side-Work for Physicians

Mednick Associates has been in business for 26 years offering medical experts to legal entities. Mednick Associates is contracted with the Social Security Administration to provide physicians for their Disability Appeals reviews.

Mednick Associates offers non-clinical, flexible side-work for physicians who want to fill the gaps in their schedules. This is work that can be done from your home.

Please only apply if your specialty is in one of the following areas: Internal Med, Family Med, Orthopedics, Physiatry, and Psychiatry.

Must be board certified and must have an active state medical license.

Visit the members-only section (free to join) for more information and to contact the medical expert coordinator.
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