There's an article in the July/August 2010 PEJ titled, "Key Roles for Physician Executives in the Pharmaceutical Industry." The author is Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA, CPE, FACPE, senior director of global clinical development for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Delaware.
Here's a snippet from the article:
Many physicians find that working in the pharmaceutical industry is a rewarding alternative to practicing medicine, possibly because there are diverse roles in industry for physicians and they have extensive opportunities to apply their medical knowledge in the service of patient care.
He outlines physician roles in the following areas:
- Clinical research and development
- Drug safety
- Medical liaison
- Medical marketing
- Medical affairs
- Health economics and outcomes research
- Other roles
Visit the American College of Physician Executives: http://www.acpe.org