Tuesday, August 31, 2010

QS World MBA Tours

Are you thinking about business school? The QS World MBA Tour may help you learn about business school options that may be right for you.

The QS World MBA Tour provides an outstanding opportunity for candidates to meet representatives of the world's leading business schools face to face. It is an unparallelled opportunity to help candidates make informed education and career choices, while giving participating business schools the chance to meet a highly targeted audience of the world's brightest young professionals.

Meet face-to-face with the MBA admissions officers and alumni of the world's top business schools to help you make your business school selection.
  • US$1,600,000+ of exclusive scholarships: information on eligibility criteria at the fairs
  • GMAT™ and Admissions Strategy Workshop
  • Careers Panel with MBA recruiters / alumni
  • Sample MBA MasterClass from top professors
  • Free TopMBA Career Guide for first 100 visitors
Do you live on the East Coast? They're coming to Boston on Sept 23, NYC on Sept 25, Philadelphia on Sept 26, and Washington DC on Sept 28. You can learn more and see their global touring schedule here:

Clinical research job opportunities for physicians

Some physicians may choose to leave the bedside and pursue careers in the world of clinical research. What types of industries and organizations would be willing to employ you?

Let's take a look at this list or industries/companies/organizations/employment settings:
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical laboratories
  • Clinical study/investigative site - includes academia/medical research facility
  • Contract research organization (CRO)
  • Drug development/Clinical trials consulting
  • Government
  • Independent CRA (clinical research associate)
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceutical sponsor/biopharmaceutical/biologics
  • Trial/Site management organization (TMO/SMO)
So, where do you start? I'd suggest looking at different CROs. There are some small, local CROs that focus on niche therapeutic areas and there are huge CROs that have a global presence. A CRO is a good place to gain experience and to learn about the world of clinical research and the health care industry.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Average physician salaries according to the Bureau of Labor Services

What does the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services (BLS) report as the average salary of a physician?
http://www.graduan2u.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/salary_jobs.jpg"In 2008, physicians practicing primary care had total median annual compensation of $186,044, and physicians practicing in medical specialties earned total median annual compensation of $339,738."
Let's look at a few specific specialties, in ascending order:

General Pediatricians $161,410
Psychiatrists $163,660
Family and General Practitioners $168,550
General Internists $183,990
Obstetricians and Gynecologists $204,470
Anesthesiologists $211,750
Surgeons $219,770

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $173,860

These BLS numbers are much lower compared to the salary survey statistics you may find through the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) or the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). For instance, the AMGA reports the average salary for Anesthesiologists as $366,640. So, who's right? I suppose we'll never know.

Successful Women in Pharma

I wanted to share a link to the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) Woman of the Year podcast series. Listen to these inspiring stories of successful women working in the pharmaceutical industry. You'll hear from people like:     
  • Deborah Dunsire, MD, president and CEO of Millennium Pharmaceuticals
  • Catherine Sohn, PharmD, Sr Vice President, WW Business Development & Strategic Alliances, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare 
  • and others
Click here to listen to these podcast recordings.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Navigating a Career Transition into the Life Sciences

If you live near San Francisco, you may want to consider enrolling in this UC Berkeley Extension course titled, "Navigating a Career Transition into the Life Sciences."

Identify a career path in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors that best suits your interests, skill sets, and career goals. Through lectures, a self-assessment test, and discussion, develop an understanding of a variety of career paths in the life sciences, including sales and marketing, business development, clinical and regulatory affairs, project management, and discovery research. Get practical job search advice on topics such as working with recruiters, building your resume, networking, and interviewing.

Toby Freedman, Ph.D., is the author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development
and Drug Development and owner of Synapsis Search, a life sciences recruiting company. She previously worked at an executive-retained search firm and in a biotechnology startup. She has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Textbook(s) for this course:
Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development

Author: Toby Freedman
Publisher: Cold Spring Harber Laboratory Press
Edition: 1st
Publication Year: 2009
ISBN: 0879698802

Click here to learn about the course.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

3rd Annual meeting of SoPE (Society of Physician Entrepreneurs)

The 3rd Annual meeting of SoPE (Society of Physician Entrepreneurs) will be in Boston, Monday night, Sept 27th , Westin Hotel, Adams Room 5-7PM.

Guest Speaker: Eugene Buff, MD, PhD "Open Innovation and IP"

Sept 26th-29th , 2010 during the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in Boston.

You can learn more about SoPE here: http://www.sopenet.org

Friday, August 27, 2010

AMWA Chapter Conference Schedule

AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) has regional chapters (New England, Pacific Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Michigan, Florida, Delaware Valley, Indiana, Southwest, Carolinas, Greater Chicago, etc.)

If you're interested in learning more about medical writing, then you may want to start by attending some meetings held by your local AMWA chapter. You can view the Chapter Conference Schedule here on the AMWA website.

Featured Physician Executive: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Each week, we feature a physician executive. This week's featured physician is Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. Here are some snippets about Dr. Gupta:

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for the Health, Medical & Wellness unit at CNN. Gupta, also a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in the network's lead reporting on breaking medical news, regular health reports for American Morning and Anderson Cooper 360°, anchoring the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD, and reporting for CNN documentaries. Gupta also contributes to CNN.com and CNNHealth.com, co-hosts “Accent Health” for Turner Private Networks, and writes a column for TIME magazine.

When did Dr. Gupta join CNN?

Based in Atlanta, Gupta joined CNN in the summer of 2001 and led CNN’s reporting on anthrax following the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City.

Does Dr. Gupta still practice medicine?

In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Neurosurgery, is a certified medical investigator, and is a board member of the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Foundation.

Did Dr. Gupta graduate from an Ivy League university?

Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate of medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pharmaceutical Executive August 2010

I enjoy reading Pharmaceutical Executive magazine. If you're interested in learning about the business of pharmaceutical medicine, you can get a taste by reading this magazine on a regular basis.

Here are a few examples of articles and stories you'll read:
  • Emerging Pharma Leaders 2010
  • 2010 Pharm Exec 50
  • Successful Women in Pharma
  • Pharma Country Reports
You can read the August 2010 issue here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Career Opportunities in Clinical Drug Research

Career Opportunities in Clinical Drug Research
by  Rebecca J. Anderson

This book is an easy-to-follow handbook that introduces readers to entry-level clinical job opportunities and explains how to qualify for them, with a particular emphasis on how to gain clinical experience that a hiring manager will accept. Each chapter covers one of the clinical specialties involved in conducting pharmaceutical clinical trials: for example, clinical research associate, clinical data manager, biostatistician, and clinical drug safety specialist. The chapters are written as personalized narratives, allowing the reader to follow the daily work of a clinical specialist as he or she supports a clinical study and interacts with the other study team members. The descriptions of these specialists are composite profiles that incorporate the true-to-life experiences of typical clinical study team members. A list of career options available to workers after mastering their entry-level clinical position, as well as a tool box for those seeking a position, are included. Career Opportunities in Clinical Drug Research also gives readers a brief overview of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry and explains how a typical clinical study is conducted.

Opportunities for Physicians Seeking Non-Clinical Jobs (on ReachMD)

You can listen to me on ReachMD as I speak about "Opportunities for Physicians Seeking Non-Clinical Jobs."

ReachMD commentator Dr. Joseph Kim, founder and editor of the blog Non-Clinical Jobs, joins host Tim Rush as a guest to discuss the landscape of career options for physicians. Why do MD's seek non-clinical jobs, and what opportunities can they expect to find?

Click here to listen to me on ReachMD (registration required).  While you're there, don't forget to listen to me on the Mobile Medical Minute series on ReachMD.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Featured Job Post: Executive Director

Executive Director
Doctors for America
Washington, DC

The Executive Director is a creative, flexible, and diligent leader who will manage day-to-day operations and help shepherd the organization through an exciting period of growth and transition.

--Oversee implementation of organizational strategy
--Facilitate development and execution of advocacy campaigns
--Manage volunteers, staff, and contractors
--Recruit local leaders and support local initiatives.
--Work with board of directors on fundraising activities
--Coordinate communication with media and key stakeholders
--Monitor health policy developments in conjunction with volunteer leaders
--Foster relationships with key partners and outside stakeholders
--Manage DFA finances (including annual budget).
--Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations

--MD or DO ideal but not required
--Strong experience and interest in grassroots organizing
--Working understanding of key issues and politics in health care
--Strong interpersonal skills
--Experience in cultivating partners, volunteers, and future leaders
--Excellent skills in administration and project management
--Flexible. Able to adapt to new initiatives and directions in a young organization.
--Superior written and verbal communication skills
--Comfortable with innovative uses of technology and social media
--Able to work virtually with other leaders and volunteers around the country, with flexibility in working hours including some evenings and weekends
--Ability to manage budgets and conduct financial reporting
--Fundraising experience

Key Roles for Physician Executives in the Pharmaceutical Industry

If you're interested in a pharmaceutical career, then I'd encourage you to read the Physician Executive Journal. Published for more than 20 years by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), The Physician Executive Journal (PEJ) is the premier source of information and insight about the business of medicine.

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
To read this article, you'll need to join the American College of Physician Executives and click on the link that takes you to the Physician Executive Journal. View the archived issues and go to the July/August 2010 issue of the PEJ.

Visit the American College of Physician Executives: http://www.acpe.org

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rita's Blendini and the Concept of a Blended Career

I really enjoy Rita's Italian Ice (or Water Ice). I also like Rita's Frozen Custard. They have a product called the Blendini where they mix the Italian Ice with Frozen Custard. What do you think about the idea of blending those two things together? As I was eating a Blendini the other day, I thought about the concept of a blended career for physicians who wish to mix clinical with non-clinical work.

Some physicians achieve a very high level of career satisfaction by having a blended career. By "blended career," I mean a career that includes a combination of clinical duties and non-clinical responsibilities. You can achieve this in the hospital or outpatient practice, but what if you were found some non-clinical opportunities in other industries such as medical education, venture capital, health information technology, or management consulting? Would you be willing to work part-time in the clinical setting so that you can pursue a second part-time career in the world of business?

I know many physicians who are doing this and they're loving the flexibility and diversity they're experiencing. For instance, one emergency medicine physician may only work 10 shifts per month and spend the rest of the time consulting and traveling to meet with clients. An anesthesiologist may only work in the operating room 10 days/month and spend the rest of the time providing strategic medical leadership and direction for a health information technology company. An internist may work as a hospitalist and work 1 week out of a month to have 3 weeks where she can work on some medical writing projects and work from home. A pediatrician may work 10 hrs/week and spend the rest of the time privately teaching or tutoring medical students on nights and weekends. Some pharmaceutical physicians who work full time also maintain an active medical license so they can see patients a few times each month.

You don't have to leave clinical medicine if you wish to pursue alternative careers as a physician. There are many ways to maintain and establish a blended career. Perhaps Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN is a perfect example of a physician who maintains a very active blended career.

Job Opportunity: Senior Medical Associate

Here is a job opportunity in the Denver, CO area. Please pass the word along to your colleagues in that area.

Senior Medical Associate

Job Description:

Doctor to Doctor Sales Solutions is seeking an individual (with an M.D., D.O., or DPM degree in any specialty) who enjoys keeping their clinical knowledge current by learning about new medical products and services being brought to the healthcare market. Our physicians telephone healthcare executives and other physicians to inform and assist them in becoming familiar with those products and services. Then, our physicians schedule meetings between these key healthcare decision makers and our clients’ salespeople. By helping our clients’ salespeople succeed, our physicians enable them to act as a conduit for delivery of cutting-edge products and services designed for the ultimate benefit of patients.

Knowledge of computers, including use of Microsoft Office Word, Outlook email, Internet Explorer, and the Internet is required. The majority of time will be spent on the telephone and the rest of the time using the computer to document the calls. There is no travel. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, focused while working, tenacious, persuasive, enjoys a challenge, and has excellent communication skills. All work will be performed at our office base in Denver, Colorado.

This position will begin at 10 hours per week and can increase to either 20 hours per week or to a full time position. Pay includes a base salary plus commission.

For inquires about this job offering, please contact us at: humanresources@doctortodoctorsales.com

About Doctor to Doctor Sales Solutions:

We facilitate the efforts of healthcare companies to get their products and/or services more quickly to the people who need them the most: the patients.

In healthcare, access to people who influence or make buying decisions has become more and more restricted, ultimately, making it difficult for patients to benefit from the innovative care they need. Our services help diminish difficulties hindering the sales of healthcare products and services important for improving patient outcomes and saving patients money. We believe in working only with companies that want to bring the very best in new medical ideas to market.

Doctor to Doctor Sales Solutions helps clients with the most important step in the sales cycle: Our physicians contact the clients’ prospects directly, scheduling the clients’ salespeople for face-to-face or telephone meetings with those individuals who make or influence the buying decisions. In doing so, our physicians set the stage for our clients’ salespeople to be successful.

We specialize in offering our services to the following industries:
• Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
• Medical Device
• Capital Medical Equipment
• Pharmaceutical
• Biotechnology
• Managed Care Organizations (MCO)

For more information about our company, please visit: http://www.doctortodoctorsales.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Regulatory Medical Writing Conference

Interested in learning more about Regulatory Medical Writing? There's an upcoming Regulatory Medical Writing Conference that you may want to attend. Here's what it's about:

The only event that deals constructively with core issues of document review and compiling information for document authoring.

* Uncover innovative strategies to streamline the document review process
* Learn how the medical writing department is being consolidated and reorganized to address new challenges in the regional and global submissions processes
* Bridge the gap of divergent information systems and uncover gaps in the development process early enough to correct them
* Reduce the number of drafts necessary to form your final submissions document
* Maximize your time to respond to regulatory inquiries by evaluating the document life cycle

Who should attend?

Professionals from Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device companies with responsibilities in the following areas:

* Regulatory Medical Writing
* Submissions Management
* Scientific Communications
* Technical Writing
* Regulatory Affairs
* Scientific Information
* Clinical Research
* Regulatory Operations
* Data Management
* Document Management
* Electronic Submissions
* Clinical Operations
* Project Management
* Regulatory Publishing

The conference will run Sept 22-23 in Philadelphia. Learn more and register here.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Connect with me on these social networks

I like to invite you to connect with me on these social networks:
Don't have time for so many different social networks? OK, that's fine. If I had to pick 2 social networks, they would be LinkedIn and Facebook. Don't want your patients finding you on Facebook? You can adjust your privacy settings so that people can't find you. Don't have time for 2 social networks. Well, if I had to pick only 1 network (for professional networking), it would be LinkedIn. So, at the very least you should consider joining LinkedIn and creating a free profile.
If you're on LinkedIn, join our LinkedIn Group.

If you're on Facebook, support NonClinicalJobs.com by pressing the "like" button on our Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/NonClinicalJobs
Want to meet other physicians who are interested in non-clinical careers? Join the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Physician Re-entry

There's a nice article on Physicians News Digest about physician re-entry. In fact, the author is Nielufar Varjavand, MD, Program Director, Drexel Medicine® Physician Refresher/Re-Entry Course.

Many physicians leave clinical practice with hopes of pursuing non-clinical careers. Other leave because they're ready to retire (or they want to retire early). This early retirement phenomenon hasn't been working out so well for some who've lost a significant portion of their savings in the recent stock market crash.  These physicians may be facing the reality that they may need to return to clinical practice to pay their bills. You might be here on NonClinicalJobs.com because you want to know how physicians leave clinical practice. Some of you might be wondering "how do physicians re-enter clinical practice after they've left clinical medicine?"

From November 2006 through spring 2010, about 50 physicians completed the Drexel Medicine Physician Refresher/Re-Entry course.  You can learn about that Drexel re-entry program here: http://webcampus.drexelmed.edu/refresher/

Featured physician executive: Roger Perlmutter, MD, PhD

Each week, we feature a physician executive on NonClinicalJobs.com. This week, our physician executive is Roger Perlmutter, MD, PhD. Here's a description from the Amgen website:

Dr. Perlmutter is Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Amgen. A graduate of Reed College (Portland, Oregon), Dr. Perlmutter received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University (St. Louis) in 1979. Thereafter he pursued clinical training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and at the University of California at San Francisco. From 1981 to 1984 he was a Lecturer in the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1984, and in 1989 became Professor and founding Chairman of the Department of Immunology there. During this period, Dr. Perlmutter focused his scientific efforts on the elucidation of signaling pathways governing lymphocyte development and activation. In 1997 he left the University of Washington to join Merck and Co., ultimately rising to the rank of Executive Vice President, Worldwide Basic and Preclinical Research. He left Merck in 2001 to join Amgen in California. Dr. Perlmutter is also a director of Stem Cells, Inc., a Trustee of Reed College, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Systems Biology, a not-for-profit research institute based in Seattle, Washington. He was previously President of the American Association of Immunologists, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Career Strategies on How to Enter the Health IT Industry

You can now view this on-demand webinar titled, "Career Strategies on How to Enter the Health IT Industry."

Have you asked the question, “How can I transition to, or further develop my career in health IT?” Bonnie Siegel, a long time recruiter in the world of health IT shares her experiences, insight and tips on how to become a successful candidate for employment in this industry.

Learning Objectives:

* Examine the healthcare information technology (HIT) market
* Identify the HIT roles in demand
* Review what HIT employers are looking for in new hires
* Determine ways to prepare yourself for a career in healthcare IT

Click here to view the webinar (it will appear in the middle of the web page in a small rectangle)

AMIA 2010 Annual Symposium

The fall is always full of annual meetings. AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) is having its 2010 annual symposium Nov. 13-17, 2010 in Washington D.C. If you're considering a career in medical informatics, you won't want to miss this meeting.

Here are the details:

The AMIA Annual Symposium is the world’s most comprehensive annual meeting on biomedical and health informatics. The Annual Symposium provides a wide range of formats for education and discussion. Papers and posters present peer-reviewed state-of-the-art scientific and technical work. Demonstrations and Partnerships in Innovation allow for comprehensive presentation of advanced systems, including new developments and innovative uses of commercial systems. Panels, keynote presentations, tutorials, and workshops bring together thought leaders for in-depth and active audience exchange about critical issues of the day.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium flourishes as the premier educational forum in clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, public health informatics, and translational bioinformatics. It attracts an impressive network of informatics experts spanning the spectrum of informatics foundations and applications, and is comprised of professionals and students from an array of occupational settings—academic institutions, community-based organizations, government agencies, the military, health care and research facilities, industry, international health, and private practice.

The early-bird registration deadline is 8/26/2010

Learn more and register here:  http://symposium2010.amia.org/

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Medical Education Jobs

Have you considered working in the field of medical education? The medical education industry can refer to:
  1. certified continuing medical education or CME (governed by the ACCME)
  2. promotional medical education (which falls under advertising regulatory guidelines outlined by the FDA)
There are currently a number of job openings in the area of "medical education" and you can view those Medical Education jobs here.

If you're a physicians, you'll probably be overqualified for some of the medical education jobs that are listed (such as medical education coordinator, CME coordinator, etc.).

However, you might be interested in jobs such as Medical Education Manager jobs or Medical Education CME Writing jobs.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Physician Health e-Letter

The Physician Health e-Letter is a new publication of the American Medical Association. Here's some information from the AMA:
Our goal for this monthly publication is to offer news, updates, and information related to physician health, including wellness, stress (caused by practice and personal concerns alike), burnout, addiction, depression, duty hours, impairment, and suicide.
To read the first issue (August 2010), click here (PDF).  Speaking about physician health, don't forget that there's a great resource out there called http://ephysicianhealth.com/

Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators

The Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators (APPI) has the following mission: To promote and advance excellence and professionalism in pharmaceutical medicine and clinical research.

Through the establishment of pharmaceutical medicine as a rigorous and demanding scientific and managerial discipline, The Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators (APPI) seeks to enhance the image of pharmaceutical physicians.

Pharmaceutical medicine is the discipline of medicine devoted to the discovery, research, development and the support of ethical promotion and safe use of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical devices and diagnostics.

A Pharmaceutical Physician is a physician who spends the majority of his/her professional time in matters related to pharmaceutical medicine.

APPI exists to serve its membership, and has an evolving program of meetings in response to expressed needs. APPI organizes scientific and educational activities on a variety of issues concerning pharmaceutical medicine. APPI establishes a collegial dialogue with other medical specialty groups, academics, societies and associations.

APPI also exists as a forum for members to express views and receive advice and support on improving the contribution of pharmaceutical medicine to the discovery, development, registration and marketing of innovative and useful medicines.

Membership Eligibility
All pharmaceutical physicians and all physicians in good standing (M.D., D.O., M.B.B.S, or equivalent degree) who, in addition to their other professional work, devote a substantial portion of their time to 1) performing studies of drugs, biologics, devices, vaccines or diagnostics; 2) activities related to research, development or regulation of these products; or 3) teaching the subject of pharmaceutical medicine and who will uphold the policies of APPI and subscribe to its bylaws.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Adaptive leadership in medicine

The March/April 2010 issue (Vol 36 Issue 2) of the Physician Executive (the Journal of Medical Management published by the American College of Physician Executives) has a nice article titled, "Medicine Needs Adaptive Leadership." The author, Jean-Marc C. Haeusler, MD, MBA, writes about the different forms of leadership that are often seen in the health care setting.

How often do you think about leadership? Are you effective in solving complex problems and mobilizing people to address difficult issues?

Physicians are technical experts, but we are not trained very well in mobilizing and motivating people to change their ways. Perhaps this is why physicians often struggle to convince their patients to comply with medication therapy. Maybe this is why doctors struggle to convince patients to receive certain vaccinations. After all, we're good at learning facts and communicating them, but are we persuasive speakers? Do we know how to effectively foster social learning and systemic improvement within our organizations? Or, are we so independent that our only leadership is to exercise authority to enact technical change?

Do you want to invest in your career and learn how to improve your leadership skills? I'd encourage you to consider joining the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and attending one of their meetings. The Fall Institute is coming up in October.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Attend the AMWA conference to learn about medical writing

The AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) conference runs November 11-13 and will be in Milwaukee, WI. If you can't make the national conference, you may want to explore some of the regional meetings that occur within each AMWA chapter.

Membership is $150 for one year. I'd encourage you to join if you're considering a career in medical writing.

Why Join AMWA? Membership benefits more than pay for the cost of dues. Benefits include:

* Career development at all expertise levels
* Continuing education through highly regarded workshops and certificate programs
* Networking with more than 5,600 members in 19 chapters in the US and Canada
* Job opportunities posted online
* Publications including an indexed journal, e-newsletter (AMWA Update ), and books
* Member discounts on meetings, publications, and other products, including free access to MDConsult

Learn more about AMWA at: http://www.amwa.org

Saturday, August 14, 2010

National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants

Have you heard of the NSCHBC? (how do you pronounce that?)  Here's some information about the organization:

The NSCHBC is a national organization dedicated to serving the needs of consultants who provide ethical, confidential and professional advice to the healthcare industry.

We do this by:
  • Establishing a standard of conduct that assures those in the healthcare profession of the availability of ethical competent business managers.
  • Encouraging our members to become certified members of the Society by providing education and training to assist members in fulfilling the requirements of certification.
  • Providing valuable tools for your business, including our annual national statistics report.
  • Continuously providing educational forums and meetings that include the best and the brightest speakers/instructors in our industry.
  • Sharing information and networking among members, which serves to advance the profession of medical and dental management consulting. 
The National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants was founded by the membership of the Institute of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, the National Association of Healthcare Consultants and the Society of Medical Dental Management Consultants on July 1, 2006.

Friday, August 13, 2010

A medical residency (or fellowship) in business

Would you consider going through a residency in business? What about a fellowship in business? Pharmacy school graduates have the option to pursue a residency in the pharmaceutical industry. Should medical students also have the same option?

Right now, there are no medical residencies in business or industry. Medical students who have a very strong interest in business are more likely to be enrolled in dual degree MD/MBA programs. Although you won't find a residency in industry, you will find a one-of-a-kind medical fellowship out there called the Physician Executive Fellowship program at WellPoint.

At some point, perhaps medical student graduates will have the option to pursue a non-traditional residency in the world of business. Maybe the pharmaceutical industry will provide a residency option. Perhaps consulting firms will begin offering residencies for MD/MBA graduates. It would be innovative to see health information technology companies offering residencies for medical school graduates who have a strong interest in technology.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM)

The American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM) is among the oldest medical specialty organizations in the United States. Our physician members typically serve as medical directors to insurance companies. Members may serve these companies as advisors for underwriting and consultants for claims and disability management. Other roles include medical and actuarial research, underwriting guideline development, employee health education and care, and as professional liaison to the medical community, legislative bodies and regulatory agencies.

Membership is open to physicians who are Medical Directors of insurance companies, nurses, underwriters, medical consultants and other professionals working in insurance medicine, as well as to affiliates who have a professional interest in insurance medicine.


Get a complimentary resume critique

I've found that most physicians need help with their resumes. Why? Because the traditional physician resume is simply a list. How can you effectively demonstrate your skills and talent when you're applying for non-clinical jobs?

Get a complimentary resume critique and see what could be done if you were to rewrite your resume. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Resources for Disabled, Impaired or Reentering Physicians

There's a great list of online resources for Disabled, Impaired or Reentering Physicians on the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) website. Although the information is on the ACOG website, most of the links are relevant for physicians and others who are not OB/GYNs.

The list contains 3 sections:
  1. Disability Organizations
  2. Reentry or Returning to Practice Resources
  3. Organizations Offering Non-clinical Career Opportunities
I hope they'll include NonClinicalJobs.com and the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC) under category #3.

I also hope they'll include the Society of Disabled Physicians under category #1.

To view the resource list on the ACOG website, click here.

McKinsey & Company - Careers for MDs

Here's an email that I recently received about physician career opportunities with McKinsey & Company:

McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that advises senior management of the world's leading organizations on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations. People join us from a wide range of disciplines, and you'll find that we're more interested in your achievements than your particular area of studies. Working with us, you will gain exposure to a diverse range of industry sectors and business issues that will not only enhance your career options, but also accelerate your personal development.

So, if you like the idea of a career alternative that will stimulate and challenge you, along with the opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a supportive, team-based environment, please join us for our presentation.

Please visit our website at www.apd.mckinsey.com to learn more about us. The website features profiles of consultants with backgrounds similar to your own, information about selection criteria, application tips, and the online application form.

McKinsey & Company is hosting upcoming presentations for MDs, interns, residents and fellows:

Date - Wednesday, August 11th
Harvard Medical School
Time - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location - TMED (Tosteson Medical Education Center), Carl Walter Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue
RSVP @: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HMSPresentation

Date - Tuesday, August 31
UCSF Parnassus
Time - 5:30PM-7:30PM
Location - Millberry Union, Golden Gate Room - http://www.campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu/conference/maps/
RSVP @ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C5X7N83

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Register for the Medical Fusion Conference (Las Vegas)

Don't forget to register for the Medical Fusion Conference this November in Las Vegas. This year, the conference emphasized how to leave clinical medicine to pursue non-clinical career opportunities. While they'll still be discussing that issue this year, there will be greater emphasis on ways to generate supplemental income and improve career satisfaction.

They have some great speakers lined up this year and I think this conference will be a phenomenal event. Here's a list of the topics that will be covered this year:
  • Non-clinical Jobs
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Medical Device Development
  • Physicians in Pharmaceuticals
  • Internet Marketing
  • Medical Journalism
  • Intellectual Property Laws
  • Physicians in Law
  • Filmmaking
  • Writing and Publishing
  • Medical Tourism
  • Telemedicine
Wynn Las Vegas
November 5-7, 2010

To learn more about the Medical Fusion Conference and to register, visit: http://medfusionconf.com

Physicians Interested in Entrepreneurship & Industry

You can now view the video from the careinnovate "Physicians Interested in Entrepreneurship & Industry" meeting held in Cambridge, MA on June 29, 2010.  When you watch this video, you'll hear some great stories from the panelists who are all physicians who left clinical medicine to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and industry.

The Panelists Include:
  • Omar Amirana, MD – Partner, Oxford Biosciences; Co-Founder, Propel Careers
  • Wing Delatorre, MD, MBA – Head of Business Operations bi3; Director, New Ventures Biogen Idec
  • Kiran Reddy, MD, MBA – Senior Associate, Third Rock Ventures
  • Alejandro Reti, MD, MBA – Vice President, Verisk HealthCare
  • Richard von Rueden, MD – Managing Director, J. Robert Scott Executive Search
Here's a brief description of the meeting:
Health care reform and industry trends are creating a demand for talented physicians and academics to join both early stage and established companies in the various health care industries. This event hosted by careinnovators is a rare and unique opportunity to meet top physicians in industry positions and learn from your peers on how to leverage your expertise into industry careers. Anyone in health care is welcome.  Connections are key to great career opportunities, and it’s never too early (or late) to network!
You can view the video here (registration required). 

Monday, August 9, 2010

2010 ACPE Fall Institute (Tuscon, AZ)

This fall, don't miss the 2010 ACPE Fall Institute in Tuscon, AZ. The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) is the world's premier organization for lifelong growth and support of physician leaders. The ACPE Fall Institute is a great place to receive education (and CME credit), to improve your leadership skills, to interact with colleagues, to re-evaluate your career, and to network with other physician leaders from around the country. Plus, you can learn about graduate degree options (like an MBA or an MMM) that are offered through partner universities.

Here are the courses that will be offered at the 2010 ACPE Fall Institute:
  • New! Appreciative Inquiry: Igniting Positive Change 
  • MetaLeadership
  • Science of High Reliability
  • Physician in Management Seminar 
  • New! Integrated Health Systems 
  • Solve This! Breakthrough Thinking 
  • New! High Reliability 2.0 
  • ACPE's Keystone: Blueprint for High Performance 
  • Managing Physician Performance 
  • Three Faces of Quality
Register by August 31 and save! To learn more about the 2010 ACPE Fall Institute, visit ACPE.org.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Featured Job Post: Physicians - Full or Part-time-Various Specialties

Physicians - Full or Part-time-Various Specialties

Tri State Occupational Medicine - Multiple, WV

I am looking for physicians to join a group performing Independent Medical Exams (IMEs) and/or Consultative Exams for Social Security in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri, and Mississippi. We have opportunities in these and possibly adjacent areas for full or part time work. My group provides all administrative needs including scheduling, transcription, assisting, and billing. Pay for the day's work is guaranteed regardless of turnout and is paid promptly regardless of time of collection. Of course there is no call and no weekend work. Most full time physicians see patients 3 or 4 days a week. Physicians working for us have various background and training including IM, FP, pain mgt., surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiology, and general practice.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Health care added 27,000 jobs in July

Here's an "Employment Situation" update from the BLS:
  • Health care added 27,000 jobs in July.
  • Over the past 12 months, health care employment has risen by 231,000.
  • Employment in professional and business services was little changed (-13,000) in July. The number of jobs in temporary help services showed little movement (-6,000) over the month.
  • Employment in financial activities continued to trend down in July, with a decline of 17,000. So far this year, monthly job losses in the industry have averaged 12,000, compared with an average monthly job loss of  29,000 for all of 2009.
Both the number of unemployed persons, at 14.6 million, and the unemployment rate, at 9.5 percent, were unchanged in July.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Friday, August 6, 2010

One-Year Executive MBA (EMBA)

Most Executive MBA (EMBA) programs are roughly 2 years. However, there are several schools that offer a One-Year Executive MBA (EMBA) option. Once such example is Saint Joseph's University Haub School of Business. They offer a standard 20 month EMBA and also a one-year EMBA. You will save on tuition (and time) by going with the one-year model. Plus, you can continue to work while you're taking classes, so you won't be giving up any income.

Speaking of Saint Joseph's University, they also offer an Executive Pharmaceutical Marketing MBA Program. This program is offered in two different formats: classroom and online. If you choose the classroom option, then you can complete this EMBA in 2 years or you can take up to 6 years to complete it. If you choose the online option, then you'll be locked into a cohort and you'll finish the EMBA in 2 years. Students are required to complete 24, two credit courses in various pharmaceutical business modules. All courses are at 2.0 credits each, for a total of 48 credits. The core business courses are designed to ensure that all students in the program have that common body of knowledge necessary for advanced study in business.

Are you thinking about business school? There are plenty of options out there, so make sure to do your research. 

Featured Physician Executive: Robert Temple, MD

Each week, we feature a physician executive. This week's featured physician executive is Robert Temple, MD. Dr. Temple is the Deputy Director, Clinical Science, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research at the FDA.

How did he get there?

Dr. Temple received a B.A. Magna cum Laude from Harvard College in 1963 and received the M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1967. At NYU he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1969. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology. Dr. Temple was in the Clinical Endocrinology Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases, National Institutes of Health from 1969-1972.

He became a reviewing Medical Officer in the Division of Metabolic and Endocrine Drug Products in 1972, and moved to become Assistant to the Director of the Bureau of Drugs in 1974. In 1976, he became the Director of the Division of Cardio-Renal Drug Products, serving in that role until 1982. From 1982 to 1988 he was Acting Director and then Director of the Office of Drug Research and Review. The responsibilities of that office have been divided in various ways among five Offices of Drug Evaluation (ODE's 1-5). Among other awards, he has received FDA's Award of Merit on six occasions, three Commissioner's Special Citations, the Public Health Service Superior Service Award, the DHHS Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary's Special Citation, and the Drug Information Association Outstanding Service Award. He received the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics' Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Lecture and Award in 2001. He also received the National Organization for Rare Disorders Public Health Leadership Award in 2001. In 2002, he received FDLI's Distinguished Service and Leadership Award. In 2005, he received the Drug Information Association Distinguished Career Award.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Featured Job Post: Medical Director

Medical Director

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals - The Woodlands, TX 77381

This position will be responsible for the medical support of ongoing clinical trials across a variety of therapeutic areas and indications. These responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: being the primary medical representative to development teams; participating in study design, protocol drafting and indication assessment; interfacing with clinicians/sites for ongoing clinical trials to ensure appropriate study conduct from a medical perspective; responsible for site interface concerning inclusion/exclusion criteria, adverse event management, SAE management and reporting; and other duties as assigned or required.


• MD from accredited medical school
• Board certification in a primary care discipline
• Prior clinical trial experience preferred
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
• Ability and desire to work in a team-oriented
• Ability to travel up to 25%

At this time, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals is not accepting assistance from third party recruiters.

For additional information about Lexicon and its programs, please visit www.lexpharma.com

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

To apply, please e-mail your resume to: opportunities@lexpharma.com. No phone calls, please.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ingenix to Acquire Executive Health Resources (EHR)

Eden Prairie, MN and Newtown Square, PA, August 4, 2010 – Ingenix, a leading health information technology and services company, today announced it is acquiring Executive Health Resources, a leading provider of medical necessity compliance and physician medical management solutions for hospitals.  The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close before the end of 2010.

Physician Executive MBA

If you type "Physician Executive MBA" into Google, you'll see 2 business schools pop up on the first page:
  • Physician Executive MBA Program - University of Tennessee
  • Auburn University Physicians Executive MBA
There are many other Executive MBA programs specifically for physicians, but they're not popping up on the first page of Google.  Why? Because the majority of Executive MBA or EMBA programs are not specifically tailored just for physicians. There are some that focus on healthcare, but those programs are generally open to pharmacists, nurses, and other health care professionals.

Physician EMBA programs are almost exclusively geared for physicians who wish to improve their leadership skills and learn how to become more effective physician executives in the world of medical management.  Speaking of medical management, you could also choose to pursue a Master of Medical Management or MMM degree from a number of schools that offer this relatively new degree.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College Master of Medical Management
  • University of Southern California Marshall Master of Medical Management
What's a physician executive? Visit the American College of Physician Executives or ACPE website.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How blogging could lead to some great job opportunities

Have you thought about starting a blog? If you create the right type of blog, then your blog could help you find a great job. How? There are several reasons:
  1. If you start a blog, you could gain recognition as a subject matter expert in a specific field. A potential employer who is looking for a consultant or an employee might stumble upon your blog and may offer you a job position. 
  2. Once you engage other bloggers and industry professionals, you'll build relationships that may lead to some great job opportunities. In short, blogging opens up many doors in the world of social networking.  Networking is a critical step in finding a job.
  3. Blogging can allow you to think about what you're hoping to accomplish in life. When you write each blog post, you may be thinking about your future and the different job possibilities that may interest you. As you continue to blog, you're mentally preparing yourself for future interviews.
  4. When you blog, you discover many new things. These new discoveries can lead to some great discussions during job interviews.
  5. Blogging helps you establish your personal brand. If you create a great blog, you'll immediately differentiate yourself from all the other job hunters out there. 
I could go on, but those are some of the reasons that jump to the top of my head. So, what's keeping you from starting a blog? If you choose to jump into the blogosphere, make sure you're dedicated and persistent. After all, you don't want people to think that you're an easy quitter, do you?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Title vs. Salary: Which is More Important to You?

In the corporate world, which is more important: your job title, or your salary?

Your job title should reflect your roles and responsibilities within the organization. Some people may make a lot of money, but they may not enjoy the work they're doing. As a result, they may prefer a different job within the same company, even if that means a reduction in salary. Different job titles may be more appealing, even if they don't signify a movement "up" the corporate ladder.

Some people who are currently looking for new job opportunities are looking specifically for jobs where they will have a different title. A job change may seem like a good time to pursue a promotion. Why not go after a new job if you can also move up the corporate ladder?

The issue of salary is fascinating topic because so many people have presumptions and assumptions when it comes to salary. Most doctors make a relatively "high" salary. When you look across the board of different medical specialties, you'll find that doctors make anywhere from $80,000 to over $500,000. That's quite a range, isn't it? It surprises many people when I tell them that there are many physicians who are willing to accept a 20% or even a 40% reduction in salary if they can achieve a better work/life balance. Some physicians are willing to earn much less if they can achieve career satisfaction. The reality is that many physicians are overworked (even after residency) and they simply burn out. They want other options. Therefore, salary drops on the priority scale as other factors rise to the top.

So, how about you? What's more important to you?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

MS in Health Informatics

How can an MS in Health Informatics help you transition into a career in health information technology? The University of Illinois at Chicago offers an online MS in Health Informatics. Here is a student testimonial:

Name: Pamela Bullington
Year Graduated from Master in Health Informatics program: 2006
Current Employer: Walgreens
Current Position/Title: Clinical Pharmacist in Pharmaceutical Care Development and Medication Adherence

What has the Master in Health Informatics degree done for your career?

The Master in Health Informatics gave me the skills and the confidence to jump-start my career and change jobs to a new energetic environment. I now help develop computer-based patient counseling programs for retail pharmacists – AND with a $35,000 pay increase!

If someone asked you about Master in Health Informatics program, what would tell them?

This is a well-rounded program that makes you think, helps you learn to interact with people from other areas in the healthcare field and technology, and gives a great sense of accomplishment when you’ve completed the program. It is tough – but well worth it! Directly or indirectly I have used something from every class I took in the program.

What are your career plans?

I am wildly happy with my job at Walgreens. I am in a new department that works with our retail stores and pharmaceutical companies to develop new programs for improving medication adherence. I plan to grow along with the department as we think of new ways to incorporate technology to improve patient health. Who knows what is next? The possibilities are truly endless!

What did you enjoy most about the UIC Masters in Health Informatics degree?

The professors are the best I have ever had – caring, extremely knowledgeable, and accessible. They are true mentors and encouraged me to do the best I possibly could. I never would have finished my research project and had it published had it not been for their constant support and input. All in a very friendly, comfortable atmosphere – both on campus and on-line.

To learn more about this MS in Health Informatics program, click here.
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