Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Navigating a career transition

Many physicians who plan a major career transition end up being successful. It may take them some time, depending on their experience, their specialty, and their geographic location. In many ways, a career transition is similar to a driving experience. If you have a map, you'll get there fairly effectively (as long as you know how to read the map and know how to find your location on the map). Using a GPS is probably more efficient and requires less effort. Plus, a GPS will automatically redirect you when you veer off the course, so you end up wasting less time.

Travel Time

Navigating a career transition is like going on any type of journey. Are you familiar with the landscape and do you plan to use a map to make sure you reach your location? Or will you invest in a GPS that can get you there as quickly and as efficiently as possible?

Career transition navigators are coaches or counselors who can guide people and also predict how long a career transition may take. A drive from Dallas to Houston may take 3.5 hrs on an average day, but if you hit traffic or end up taking many detours, then you may be in the car for 5+ hrs. Similarly, a career transition may take 1-2 months or may require 6+ months of planning for some individuals.

Your Destination

The other key component of navigating a career transition is to understand all your options as you plan your destination. If you're planning a drive to California, do you plan to visit LA? San Francisco? Yosemite? The beach? Using a map or a GPS, you can know that it may take 1 hr to drive to San Francisco or 6 hrs to drive to Los Angeles. There are so many different types of destinations for physicians who wish to transition to a new career. Identify realistic destinations and understand what they truly have to offer. Then you can start mapping out your journey.

Traffic and Delays

In general, major roads experience traffic during weekday rush hour. However, an occasional accident can jam major freeways on the weekends. Also, construction may occur at night when traffic is lighter. It's important to anticipate that you may hit some traffic in your career transition journey, especially if you're departing near rush hour. There are many physicians who are planning their departures from clinical medicine because they are burning out, they don't want to deal with the administrative paperwork (electronic records), or they are nearing retirement but they still want to maintain a certain level of productivity.

Use a GPS

If you plan to venture into uncharted territory, be sure to use a GPS. A GPS can reduce delays, minimize frustrations, and ensure that you'll successfully reach your destination. A GPS will also provide you with real-time feedback telling you how soon you can expect to reach your destination. Similarly, a career navigator will be able to give you feedback regarding your progression toward your destination. If you experience detours or delays, you'll know how to navigate around them so that you can plan your life accordingly.

Crowdsourcing Information

There's a reason why Google purchased the social GPS mobile app called Waze for $1.3 billion back in 2013. When you have a critical mass of users who are willing to share information about real-time traffic and accidents. Imagine if you could tap into that type of resource as you plan your career transition journey. If you had multiple navigators who could see your progress and provide input, then this type of crowdsourced feedback could be much more accurate than a single resource.

Coming Soon

Stay tuned to hear more as these ideas come together. We are planning to offer a "next generation" career transition navigation service for physicians interested in pursuing a change that aligns with their personal and professional goals.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy

The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy (formerly The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, est. 1996) is now accepting applications for the 2017–18 class. This unique fellowship prepares physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting policies and practices that improve access to high-performance health care for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged groups.

Under the auspices of the Minority Faculty Development Program at Harvard Medical School, up to five one-year fellowships will be awarded annually. Fellows will complete academic work leading to a master of public health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, or a master of public administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School for physicians already possessing an M.P.H. Fellows will gain an understanding of major health issues facing vulnerable and disadvantaged populations through seminars, site visits, and other fellowship activities.

Physicians who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who have completed residency and are either board-eligible or board-certified in the U.S. are eligible for the fellowship. We are seeking physicians with strong evidence of leadership experience or potential, especially as related to community efforts, quality improvement, transformation of health care delivery systems, or health policy. Applicants should also intend to pursue a career in policy, health care delivery management, public service, or academia.

The application deadline for the 2017–2018 fellowship is December 1, 2016.
Learn more here:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Don't miss the American Association for Physician Leadership Fall Institute

Mark your calendars for the American Association for Physician Leadership Fall Institute
Nov. 4-8, 2016
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Chandler, Arizona

The 2016 Fall Institute offers the courses you need to achieve your physician leadership goals. You get access to our world-class faculty, cutting edge content and peer-to-peer networking. Wrap up 2016 focused on advancing your career and changing the world of health care.

Friday, September 16, 2016

CMMI Employment Opportunities

The CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is hiring NOW! Are you interested in innovative ideas to improve the health care system through the Affordable Care Act? If so, this opportunity is for you.

The Learning and Diffusion Group within CMMI is looking for clinical and other health care policy professionals with expertise in quality improvement and running multi-institutional learning collaboratives, to guide the improvement of tests-of-change taking place through new health care payment and service delivery models being developed and implemented by CMMI.

CMMI is currently testing alternative models for payment that incentivize care redesign; engage beneficiaries; harvest best practices; and spread them nationally. These models have the potential to reduce CMS program expenditures while maintaining or improving the quality of care for CMS beneficiaries; with the ultimate goal of identifying potential improvements to the Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP programs.

Please share this exciting news with colleagues who want to be involved with important national health care issues and be a part of a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly visible team. To learn more about the work of CMMI, please visit:

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to

Thursday, September 15, 2016

QS World MBA Tour

If you're thinking about pursuing an MBA, take a look at some of the schools profiled through the QS World MBA Tour happening all around the world.

The QS World MBA Tour offers you the opportunity to meet with MBA admissions officers and alumni from top business schools around the world.
  • Speak directly with admission directors from the world’s top business schools;
  • Get advice on your MBA admissions strategy by attending our admissions and study abroad panels;
  • Improve your GMAT™ scores at our dedicated workshops;
  • Get access to scholarships worth $1.7 million, available exclusively to fair attendees;
  • Hear about the MBA experience from top business schools alumni at dedicated seminars.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Today is a unique and unofficial first "World Hiring Day"

Are you comfortable in front of a webcam? You've probably never heard of this unofficial holiday called World Hiring Day because it's unofficial, it's the first one ever, and it's probably going to expand into an annual tradition.

You don't need to submit a resume or fill out applications online. Just be prepared in front of a webcam.

HireVue -- Together With Hundreds of Companies -- Hosts First-Ever Video-Based "World Hiring Day"

Candidates Worldwide Can Introduce Themselves to New Opportunities with Companies including Hilton Grand Vacations, Netflix, Carnival Cruise Line and IBM

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- HireVue, provider of team acceleration software designed to help companies build and coach the world's best teams, celebrates "World Hiring Day" -- a 100% video-based initiative in partnership with more than 200 companies taking place on September 14, 2016. World Hiring Day gives job seekers a modern, empowering way to showcase their true ability to work and introduce themselves to companies such as Netflix, Dr Pepper Snapple, Hilton Grand Vacations, HSN,, Chipotle, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Carnival Cruise Line, Equinix, Sabre, IBM and many others via

Interested candidates from around the world can interview for a specific job with participating companies, or simply introduce themselves to their dream company--all through digital video and all from their mobile device via the free HireVue app available for Android and iOS. Recruiters and hiring managers will watch, rate and share the video introductions instead of sifting through resumes to get a true sense of the candidates.

For more information and to participate in World Hiring Day, visit

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Become a HERO: Hawthorne Effect Research Outcome Professional

Interested in clinical research or working part-time? Want to supplement your current income?

Here is a unique opportunity to be a "Hawthorne Effect Research Outcome Professional" or "HERO."

Here's some more information about Hawthorne Effect, a technology-enabled network of clinical experts who use a patient-centered approach to radically transform patient follow-up:

Founded in 2014, their focus is to deliver comprehensive and timely data for clinical trials, while focusing on the experience for the patient. They call this network their “HEROs” and they support them with a novel platform for scheduling, onboarding, training, tracking and rewarding their accomplishments.

HEROs work across all medical specialties to enable more timely and complete patient follow-up and improve the clinical trial experience for all stakeholders. Customers are clinical trial sites, sponsors (pharmaceutical and medical device companies) and CROs.

HEROs are matched by visit with patients participating in clinical trials based upon their professional credentials and Hawthorne Effect training certifications, schedule preferences (e.g. evenings, weekends, day off) and the specifications prescribed in clinical trial protocols.

HEROs do not need any prior clinical research experience. They are trained by Hawthorne Effect to provide a unique visit experience and equipped with a modern doctor bag to gather and transmit complete and timely data at each visit.

Using these skilled and compassionate employees, they move patient follow up visits out of the clinic and into a patient-preferred environment (home, local facility, office, etc.) significantly increasing patient satisfaction and compliance by making it easier for patients to participate in trials. This increased patient engagement significantly reduces patient attrition and the amount of missing data that render assessments of safety and efficacy challenging. By enabling patient follow up anytime, anywhere, they also help clinical trial sponsors and trials sites increase access to and diversity within clinical trials.

About HEROs:
Hawthorne Effect Research Outcome (HERO) professionals are licensed MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, and MedTech professionals throughout the US and Europe.

More importantly, our HEROs believe in hope and seek to offer their patients better lives and health. They embody all that is good and revered in the practice of medicine.

• HEROs understand the importance of human connection and are inspired to make interactions more meaningful for both their patients and themselves.
• HEROs embrace innovation and the use of technology to improve the future of healthcare.
• HEROs challenge convention and embrace creativity.
• HEROs act with integrity and a fierce commitment to the rights of patients.

Employment & Compensation:
HEROs are part time employees of Hawthorne Effect who are paid weekly for the visits they complete. Opportunities will be offered to HEROs based upon their qualifications and visit demand in their geography.

Unlike telemedicine, visits are not “on demand” but rather scheduled well in advance based upon clinical trial protocols. They frequently take place in a patient’s home but may also take place in the patient’s local physician’s office.

Visit needs are determined by the clinical trials and sites that Hawthorne Effect is supporting. Needs vary over time and across geographies and clinical specialties and are offered to the network as they arise.

Compensation per visit, which includes travel expense, varies by clinical trial but is based on a premium over market rates per credential or specialty.

Become a HERO:
If you are interested in part time opportunities to grow your income, experience and career satisfaction; believe you embody the traits presented above; and are passionate about improving opportunities for patients and the quality and impact of medical research, apply to become a HERO here:

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