HBR post: Should You Get an MBA

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A few months ago, there was a blog post on HBR titled, "Should You Get an MBA?" This seems to be a growing question among physicians who are interested in transitioning into a non-clinical career in the business or corporate world. Many will convince you to make the investment to pursue an MBA while others will persuade you to save your time and money since you don't "need" an MBA. Which is right? I believe it depends on your level of experience, your skill sets, your knowledge base, your social network, and your ultimate career goals and ambitions. Those factors are going to be unique for each person.

You can read the HBR perspective by Ed Batista here. Let me quote some interesting comments that might stick out to you:
I knew that some people in my field had negative impressions of MBAs, and I needed a chance to prove myself as an individual before being stereotyped... there are many fields and organizations in which MBAs are viewed with skepticism and even disdain 
While some firms seek out graduates from elite schools, others avoid them out of a concern that they will be difficult to work with and disruptive to the established culture.
What do you think? Does this perspective by Ed Batista sway you one way or the other?

Get certified in Healthcare Quality CPHQ

Monday, November 3, 2014

These days, everyone seems to be talking about Quality Improvement in health care. The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification incorporates the body of knowledge in the healthcare quality profession, which includes:
  • strategic and operational roles in management and leadership
  • information management, including design and data collection, measurement and analytics, and communication
  • performance/quality measurement and improvement, including planning, implementation and evaluation, and training
  • strategic and operational tasks in patient safety
The CPHQ is the only certification in the profession of healthcare quality. The program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the National Organization for Competency Assurance in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about CPHQ and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)

Job Posting: Clinical Trial Review Board Chair (IRB)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Job Posting: Clinical Trial Review Board Chair (IRB)
Western IRB (Puyallup, Washington)

For more than 45 years, Western Institutional Review Board has been at the forefront of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects research participants. If youre looking to join a company with a global mission and impact, please read further.

We're looking for dedicated medical professional to join our mission of protecting human research subjects as our Board Chair/Vice Chair (Medical) at our Puyallup Washington location. We offer competitive compensation and benefit programs.

Position Summary:
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.

Learn more here.

ACPE.org now points to PhysicianLeaders.org #leadership

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In case you missed the announcement, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) is now the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL). AAPL may cause you to think about Apple stock on NASDAQ, so it may be best to remember the new URL: PhysicianLeaders.org

Don't get this new website confused with PhysicianLeadership.org - that's a different organization.

ACPE is now: PhysicianLeaders.org

This is not the first time the organization has gone through a name change. When ACPE began in the mid-1970s, it was called the American Academy of Medical Directors (AAMD). Then, soon after the term “physician executive” was coined, the organization became the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).

Read about the name change here.

Article about re-entering clinical medicine

Friday, October 3, 2014

MedPageToday has posted an article about the costs of re-entering clinical medicine after a physician leaves for an extended period of time. The definition of "extended period of time" varies for each state medical board and many state boards make it very challenging to re-enter the practice of medicine after you have transitioned into a full-time non-clinical career.

The Primary Care Physician Re-entry Act has been proposed before Congress by Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.).

Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Apply for the Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy (formerly The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy)

Achieving a high-performance health care system requires dedicated physician-leaders capable of transforming care delivery and promoting policies and practices that improve access to high-quality care for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged groups. Since 1996, the Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy has played an important role in developing such leaders.

Based at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Joan Reede, M.D., Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, the year-long fellowship offers intensive study in health policy, public health, and management for physicians committed to transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations. Under the program, fellows complete academic work leading to a master of public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, or a master of public administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Fellows also participate in leadership forums and seminars with nationally recognized leaders in health care delivery systems, minority health, and public policy.

Learn more here.

Research Associate, Specialty and Generic Pharmaceuticals

Friday, September 26, 2014

Job Posting: Research Associate, Specialty and Generic Pharmaceuticals
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., one of the leading investment banks for mid- to small-cap companies, is currently seeking a research associate to support our Specialty and Generic Pharmaceuticals franchise.

Ideal candidates should possess 1-2 years of equity research or related experience and have some background in the life sciences. The research associate will work in conjunction with and support a senior analyst on all aspects of developing the specialty and generic equity research product. Impeccable attention to detail, a strong work ethic, the ability to multi-task, and excellent communication skills are required. This person will also have strong writing and financial modeling skills and an ability to learn and adapt quickly to the lead analysts product framework. Research licenses (Series 7, 63, 86, 87) are preferred, but candidates without licenses will also be considered. The position is located in NY.

Learn more here.
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