This site addresses some important issues regarding drug safety and is designed to be a resource for both healthcare professionals and consumers (or patients if you prefer). For details on specific drugs, the site points you to the FDA or to the PDR website. Of course, they also include a link to their own products.
It's great to see a large pharma investing in drug safety and public health issues. Patients are often so easily misinformed about these types of things.
Some states also have specific requirements about mandatory topics that must be covered each year. Examples of such topics include: HIV/AIDS, risk management, cultural competence, pain management, etc. How do you get your CME?
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABSM) has a list of general and subspecialty medical board certifications. Many consumers don't realize that there is no board certification as a "general practitioner." Family physicians and general internists may refer to themselves using that term since people are familiar with the phrase "GP."
Even healthcare professionals do not realize that "doctors" can get board certified in other fields that are not listed by the ABSM. For instance, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) offers board certification education. You can become board certified in medical management by the Certifying Commision in Medical Management (CCMM) and become a certified physician executive (CPE). You're probably a physician involved in serious management responsibilities if you're pursuing that board certification. Some doctors interested in non-clinical opportunities have also received this certification. You can also get board certified in medical quality by the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ).
Interested in attending a conference on Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? Well, the 4th Annual Integrating Electronic Health Records and eClinical Technologies Conference is about to happen in Baltimore later this month. It doesn't appear to be too late to register for this event that will cover strategies to converge drug development and healthcare IT. I've never attended, but it sounds like a very interesting conference that may be worth checking out if you're new to the industry. These types of conferences are excellent networking and educational opportunities.
It's no surprise. According to BusinessWeek, more and more people are going back to school. Applications to business schools are on the rise and many are attributing this to the changes in our economy. The personal and financial investment required is significant since most b schools have very high tuition fees.
Are you a lifelong learner? Have you been thinking about b school? Full-time or part-time?