Sunday, October 31, 2010

Networking Evening for Healthcare Entrepreneurs in Boston

If you live in the greater Boston area, you're in luck! careinnovators invites you to Networking Evening for Healthcare Entrepreneurs (Nov 09, 2010). Meet other health professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors. Help build a health care innovation community where we help each other reach our goals.

Nov 09, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Jacob Wirth
31-37 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02216

To learn more, click here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The 10 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How to Avoid Them

Starting, running, and growing a business is no easy task. There are many pitfalls that can make even the most air-tight business models collapse. Growthink's guide, The 10 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How to Avoid Them, reveals information and insight you need to make sure you avoid the most common and most significant traps. Armed with this information, you will be able to focus on what what really matters for your business, allowing you to achieve your goals -- from raising venture capital or receiving a business loan to forging strategic partnerships and plotting a successful course for your business.

Click here to view the free e-guide (PDF).

Featured Physician Executive: Hal Barron, M.D.

Each week, we feature a physician executive. This week's featured physician executive is Hal Barron, MD, Executive Vice President, Global Development and Chief Medical Officer, Genentech.

Here's some background about Dr. Barron from Businessweek:

Hal V. Barron M.D., FACC served as Executive Vice President of Global Development of Genentech, Inc. and its Chief Medical Officer since March 2004. Dr. Barron's academic positions at the University of California, San Francisco include Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology. Dr. Barron joined Genentech Inc. in 1996 as a Clinical Scientist. He served as Senior Vice President of Development of Genentech Inc. since January 2004. During the next several years, he held positions as Head of Development, associate Director and Director of Cardiovascular Research and Senior Director of the Biotherapeutics group within Medical Affairs. In May 2002, he was promoted to Vice President of Medical Affairs. He leads the newly formed Development organization that is being created by combining Genentech's Medical Affairs and Development Sciences departments. The Development organization is responsible for pre-clinical, clinical, and post-approval activities. He has been issued several patents for his work in thrombosis and angiogenesis, and has published more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He serves as a Director of Arête Therapeutics, Inc. He has been a Director of Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc. since December 2007. Dr. Barron received his Medical Degree from Yale University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Washington University.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

BioSpace 2010 Career Fair

BioSpace 2010 Career Fair
Monday, November 8, 2010
11am to 4pm
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

Looking for a new job? Networking with industry peers in an ever-changing work environment?

Attend the BioSpace 2010 Career Fair!
Job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, medical device and diagnostics companies in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Who should attend?
Candidates with a 4-year degree in the life sciences and a minimum of 2-years of industry related experience are invited to attend. Just register by clicking the button below.
(Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of a four-year college degree. PhD and Postdoc candidates welcome.)

What companies will be there?
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see a list of exhibiting companies. Take the time to research what each company is recruiting for to see if you are a match. If you can’t make it on event day, you can still pre-register online to allow exhibiting companies to view your resume and contact you outside of the career fair.

What types of positions are available?
Exhibiting companies are recruiting for positions in areas such as: QA/QC, clinical research, engineering, manufacturing, biostatistics, clinical data management, chemistry, regulatory affairs, and research.

Click here for more information.

Professional Burnout Among Surgeons

Are you experiencing burnout? In the August 16, 2010 edition of the Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, we see this issue addressed among very specialized surgeons. Here's the full title of the study: "Professional Burnout Among Microvascular and Reconstructive Free-Flap Head and Neck Surgeons in the United States."

Objectives  To determine the prevalence of professional burnout among microvascular free-flap (MVFF) head and neck surgeons and to identify modifiable risk factors with the intent to reduce MVFF surgeon burnout.

Design  A cross-sectional, observational study.

Setting  A questionnaire mailed to MVFF surgeons in the United States.

Participants  A total of 60 MVFF surgeons.

Main Outcomes Measures  Professional burnout was quantified using the Maslach Burnout Inventory–Human Services Study questionnaire, which defines burnout as the triad of high emotional exhaustion (EE), high depersonalization (DP), and low personal accomplishment. Additional data included demographic information and subjective assessment of professional stressors, satisfaction, self-efficacy, and support systems using Likert score scales. Potential risk factors for burnout were determined via significant association (P < .05) by Fisher exact tests and analyses of variance.

Results  Of the 141 mailed surveys, 72 were returned, for a response rate of 51%, and 60 of the respondents were practicing MVFF surgeons. Two percent of the responding MVFF surgeons experienced high burnout (n = 1); 73%, moderate burnout (n = 44); and 25%, low burnout (n = 15). Compared with other otolaryngology academic faculty and department chairs, MVFF surgeons had similar or lower levels of burnout. On average, MVFF surgeons had low to moderate EE and DP scores. High EE was associated with excess workload, inadequate administration time, work invading family life, inability to care for personal health, poor perception of control over professional life, and frequency of irritable behavior toward loved ones (P < .001). On average, MVFF surgeons experienced high personal accomplishment.

Conclusions  Most MVFF surgeons experience moderate professional burnout secondary to moderate EE and DP. This may be a problem of proper balance between professional obligations and personal life goals. Most MVFF surgeons, nonetheless, experience a high level of personal accomplishment in their profession.

Study by Stephanie P. Contag, BA; Justin S. Golub, MD; Theodoros N. Teknos, MD; Brian Nussenbaum, MD; Brendan C. Stack Jr, MD; David J. Arnold, MD; Michael M. Johns III, MD

Click here
for more information.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How are you doing with time management?

The other day, I attended a FranklinCovey workshop on time management titled, "Focus: Achieving Your Highest Priorities." The workshop was a good reminder that I need to be more effective with time management when I'm in the office and when I'm at home. I've started using some new To Do task applications on my smartphone and I'll continue to try some new things as I try to find the optimal balance between work and my personal/family life. Today was not the most productive day as I went from one meeting into another meeting. I need to find a better way to deal with my daily e-mail bombardment.

I've made a commitment to be more deliberate and intentional with my "to do" list. I will prioritize my tasks and focus more attention on the time management matrix (from Stephen Covey’s book “First Things First”).

What types of physicians pursue alternative career paths?

According to a study published in 2007, certain medical school graduates are more likely to pursue alternative career paths. What types of physicians are they?

Graduates reporting Hispanic race/ethnicity or no response to race/ethnicity, lower debt, dual advanced degrees at graduation, and psychiatric-specialty choice were consistently more likely to plan to pursue alternative careers.

The article is titled, "The changing paradigm of contemporary U.S. allopathic medical school graduates' career paths: analysis of the 1997-2004 national AAMC Graduation Questionnaire database."

Here's the abstract:

PURPOSE: During the last 15 years, the proportion of U.S. allopathic medical graduates planning to pursue alternative careers (other than full-time clinical practice) has been increasing. The authors sought to identify factors associated with contemporary medical graduates' career-setting plans.

METHOD: The authors obtained anonymous data from the 108,408 U.S. allopathic medical graduates who completed the 1997-2004 national Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation Questionnaire (GQ). Using multinomial logistic regression, responses to eight GQ items regarding graduates' demographics, medical school characteristics, and specialty choice were tested in association with three career-setting plans (full-time university faculty; other, including government agencies, non-university-based research, or medical or health care administration; or undecided) compared with full-time (nonacademic) clinical practice.

RESULTS: The sample included 94,101 (86.8% of 108,408) GQ respondents with complete data. From 1997 to 2004, the proportions of graduates planning full-time clinical practice careers decreased from 51.3% to 46.5%; the proportions selecting primary care and obstetrics-gynecology specialties also decreased. Graduates reporting Hispanic race/ethnicity or no response to race/ethnicity, lower debt, dual advanced degrees at graduation, and psychiatric-specialty choice were consistently more likely to plan to pursue alternative careers. Graduates selecting an obstetrics-gynecology specialty/ subspecialty were consistently less likely to plan to pursue alternative careers. Being female, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black or Native American/Alaskan, and selecting non-primary-care specialties were variably associated with alternative career plans.

CONCLUSIONS: As the medical student population becomes more demographically diverse, as graduates increasingly select non-primary-care specialties, and as dual-degree-program graduates and alternative career opportunities for physicians expand, the proportion of U.S. graduates planning full-time clinical practice careers likely will continue to decline.

Jeffe DB, Andriole DA, Hageman HL, Whelan AJ. The changing paradigm of contemporary U.S. allopathic medical school graduates' career paths: analysis of the 1997-2004 national AAMC Graduation Questionnaire database. Acad Med. 2007 Sep;82(9):888-94.

PMID: 17726402

Travel requirements (non-clinical jobs)

Travel is frequently required for non-clinical jobs. The big question is: how much travel? When a job description indicates 30% travel, do you know what that really means? What if you had to travel 30% each week? 30% each month? If there are 5 working days each week and 4 weeks each month, then there are approximately 20 working days each month. Are you willing to be gone 6 days each month?

The math isn't always this perfect or clean, but it's important to think about the travel requirements that are associated with each type of job. There are some jobs that require over 50% travel. Others may indicate only 5 to 10% travel and you may find yourself traveling to 1 or 2 national conferences each year.

I don't particularly enjoy traveling because I find that it wears me out. It may be fun to be in a new city, to eat out, and to meet new people and expand my network. But, by the time I get home, I'm frequently tired and I'm often overwhelmed because I need to catch up on a ton of missed work. Deadlines don't change. You don't automatically receive deadline extensions just because you're traveling. In many cases, you're working at night in your hotel room so that you can keep up with certain deliverable deadlines. 

If your priority is to spend more time with your family, then don't pursue a job that will require a considerable amount of travel. People frequently burn out if they're traveling too much. On the other hand, if you're willing to sacrifice a year and work a job that may require a significant amount of travel, you may gain some valuable skills such as field experience, networking, exposure, etc.

I enjoy spending time at home, so I'm really thankful that my daily job doesn't require me to travel very much. How about you?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Here's why one physician entered an executive MBA program

Are you thinking about business school? Here is an excerpt from an editorial written by Dr. Eric Seaman in 2004, titled, "Why I am entering into an executive MBA program":

In the fall, I will begin an executive MBA program at Rutgers State University of New Jersey. I am not doing it to abandon the practice of medicine. In fact, the executive programs are scheduled such that the professional can maintain his or her full time occupation while going to school, so I fully intend to continue my urology practice, both during and after the program.

Why then am I doing it? Fundamentally, I am doing this to increase my knowledge of business so that I will be able to continue to practice medicine. Therefore, ultimately, I am doing this to continue to help my patients. I am 40 years old and have been in practice for eight years. Taking into account my six years of residency and internship and also a fellowship in male infertility, I have been an MD for 15 years. During that period, I have noticed several progressive trends within the field of medicine, trends which adversely affect me, my colleagues, and the practice of medicine itself.

To read the full article (PDF), click here.
J Natl Med Assoc. 2004 October; 96(10): 1344–1345.

An MBA: The Utility and Effect on Physicians' Careers

How often do you find an article in a peer-reviewed journal about the physician getting an MBA?

Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA and Bikramjit Singh, MD published this article in 2007 titled, "An MBA: The Utility and Effect on Physicians' Careers." Here's the abstract:

BACKGROUND: Higher economic, legislative, legal, and administrative constraints in health-care services in the United States have led to an increase in physician dissatisfaction and a decrease in physician morale. In this study, we attempted to understand the motivation for a physician to enroll in a business school, and to discover the utility of the Master of Business Administration degree and how it changed the career path for the practicing clinician.

METHOD: We conducted a retrospective study in which a twenty-seven-question survey was distributed by the United States Postal Service and by e-mail to 161 physician graduates of three East Coast business schools. The results were evaluated, and a statistical analysis was performed.

RESULTS: Eighty-seven physicians (54%) responded. Eight surveys were discarded because of incomplete data or stray marks, leaving seventy-nine surveys. The average age of the respondents was 41.4 years. The major motivations for going back to school included learning the business aspects of the health-care system (fifty-three respondents; 67%) and obtaining a more interesting job (forty-one respondents; 52%). The time that the respondents allocated for health-care-related activities before and after obtaining the degree was 58.3% and 31.8%, respectively, for patient care (p < 0.001); 8.5% and 3.68% for teaching (p < 0.001); 4.57% and 1.46% for basic-science research (p = 0.11); 4.23% and 4.55% for clinical research (p = 0.90); and 11.8% and 33.5% for administrative responsibilities (p < 0.001). The physicians stated that the most pertinent skills they had acquired were those related to evaluating systems operations and implementing improvements (thirty-nine respondents; 49%), learning how to be an effective leader (thirty-five; 44%), comprehending financial principles (thirty-three; 42%), working within a team (twenty-seven; 34%), and negotiating effectively (twenty-five; 32%). Sixty-four physicians (81%) believed that their business degree had been very useful or essential in the advancement of their careers.

CONCLUSIONS: Many physicians decide to acquire a Master of Business Administration degree to understand the business of medicine. After they complete the degree program, their practice patterns substantially change, which is reflected particularly by an increase in time spent on administrative responsibilities. In order for physicians to overcome the multifaceted challenges of the evolving health-care system, it is essential to continue educating a proportion of physicians in both medicine and business.

Parekh SG, Singh B. An MBA: the utility and effect on physicians' careers. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Feb;89(2):442-7.

PMID: 17272464

Monday, October 25, 2010

Boston Region Entrepreneurship Week (BREW)

There's still time to catch up on Boston Region Entrepreneurship Week (BREW).

October 25, 2010
Angel Investor Education Series Workshop
Waltham, MA

October 26, 2010
In Transition: Present with Confidence
Boston, MA

October 26, 2010
They Said it Couldn't be Done!
Cambridge, MA


MIT/Harvard Virtual Grad School Fair

Interested in Attending Graduate School? Register for the MIT/Harvard Virtual Grad School Fair

Virtual Grad School Fair
Dates: October 27-28, 2010

Students and Alumni are invited to attend the Virtual Grad School Fair, a unique virtual event that helps students and alumni meet potential graduate schools in an efficient, environmentally-conscious way.

“The university’s commitment to sustainability is clear by providing a more sustainable strategy that leverages the power of the internet to help grad schools connect with technology-efficient students/alumni and a greener generation.”

Why Participate?

* Connect with universities/graduate schools without ever leaving your computer
* Avoid waiting in long lines and spending time on-campus
* Meet university representative who may not attend on-site events

Learn more here:

Attend a CareerEco virtual career fair

You can attend a virtual career fair by sitting in front of your computer and interacting with people online.

There's a virtual career fair for MIT and Harvard October 27 & 28, 2010. You can learn more here:

Students and Alumni are invited to attend the Virtual Grad School Fair, a unique virtual event that helps students and alumni meet potential graduate schools in an efficient, environmentally-conscious way.

“The university’s commitment to sustainability is clear by providing a more sustainable strategy that leverages the power of the internet to help grad schools connect with technology-efficient students/alumni and a greener generation.”

CareerEco is a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for individuals and employers who embrace the power of technology & innovation, the value of relationships, the importance of the environment, the concept of managing according to a triple bottom-line, and the objective of long-term sustainability.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Job Post: Corporate Medical Director for Cisco Systems

Corporate Medical Director, Cisco Systems

The Position

Reporting to the Worldwide Benefits Leader, and working closely with the Senior VP of HR and other key executives, the Corporate Medical Director at Cisco Systems will be responsible for a variety of health and wellness issues including global health strategy and policy, employee health engagement and resiliency, onsite clinic oversight, Cisco’s telemedicine technology strategy, and employee and family advocacy in times of need.

Key Responsibilities

• Providing leadership on Cisco’s global health and wellness strategy and translation of strategy into operational execution and return of investment.
• Developing personalized and relevant, leading edge strategies to increase employee engagement in their health and life balance in order to build a resilient and productive workforce for today and the future that impacts the business.
• Provide strategic leadership for Cisco’s onsite LifeConnections Health Clinic which includes oversight of the third-party vendor(s) to ensure qualified physician staffing, clinical aptitude, operational effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.
• Partnering with Cisco HR and HealthCare leaders in progressive thinking in the evaluation of evidence-based metrics that optimizes Cisco spending in healthcare along with desired quality and clinical outcomes.
• Acting as a patient advocate for Cisco employees and family members in times of crisis, care management, and in navigating the medical system to access the best possible care.
• Collaborating with internal and external partners in evaluating innovative health technology innovative solutions that provide value to Cisco employees.
• Focusing on internal workplace disability, return to work strategies and pandemic preparedness.
• Representing Cisco in executive briefing meetings with customers as well as external councils that share information and strategize on global health risk prevention.
• Identifying, managing and mitigating fundamental occupational medicine issues at the workplace

Friday, October 22, 2010

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business"

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SCORE Has Helped 8.5 Million Small Businesses.

Every year, SCORE helps almost 20,000 businesses start.

SCORE's 13,000 volunteer mentors have more than 600 business skills. Volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business. Learn more about volunteering with SCORE.

Learn more about SCORE by visiting:

Featured physician executive: Robin Winter-Sperry, M.D.

This week's featured physician executive is Robin Winter-Sperry, M.D.

Dr. Robin Winter-Sperry serves as the President and CEO of Scientific Advantage, LLC, and Science Oriented Solutions. Her responsibilities include management and oversight of all of the combined entity’s strategy and business activities. In addition to serving as founder and president of Scientific Advantage for the past six years, Dr. Winter-Sperry has held a number of senior management and medical affairs positions at leading pharmaceutical companies. She created Novartis’ MSL department of Scientific Operations and Sanofi-Synthelabo’s Medical Therapeutic Liaison division. She has pioneered the recognition of MSLs as a specialty in the biopharmaceutical and device industry and is responsible for creating and developing many of the industry’s leading medical affairs and medical liaison teams. Dr. Winter-Sperry holds an assistant professorship in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai in Manhattan. She is a member of the Women’s Health and Counseling Center (WHCC) steering committee in Somerville, NJ. She was named in August 2005 by PharmaVoice to be one of the industry’s 100 most inspiring people. In 2006, she was elected to the Madison Who’s Who of Professionals. She has professional memberships in the American Academy of Dermatology. She has also been an active member of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association (HBA) for over 18 years, and is currently the HBA Mentor to the Metro chapter. She also holds the position of adjunct professor at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW)

New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) is coming up!
November 8th-12th, 2010

With over 25,000 innovators in our community, New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) is the premier movement dedicated toward promoting a single belief: entrepreneurs change the world.

NYEW is a semi-annual event built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, providing an exclusive educational experience for innovation-minded start-ups to multi-million dollar revenue generators.

More than 100 speakers from 40 cities, 15 states and 3 continents converge at NYEW to unite the state’s diverse entrepreneurial community; giving you the opportunity to connect with and learn from New York’s best and brightest entrepreneurs who are relentless, driven and dedicated to improving your business and the economy.

New York Entrepreneur Week encompasses five days of innovative and hyper-targeted events, including:

* Inspiring keynote speeches from recognized business leaders
* Riveting panels delivering relevant mission-critical advice
* The flagship RELENTLESS business plan competition

Entrepreneurs catapult economies to greater success. We are the catalysts for conquering today’s harsh economic challenges by turning economic adversity into opportunity.

To take part in the entrepreneurial revolution, join us and attend New York Entrepreneur Week this November.

Learn more here:

American Academy of Pediatrics: non-clinical career resources

The American Academy of Pediatrics is providing some non-clinical career resources to their members. One article is titled, "Transitioning to a Non-Clinical Career" and you can read it here.

You can view these Career Change resources here. Keep in mind that the AAP makes a disclaimer:
These resources have not been investigated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP takes no responsibility for these resources.
Speaking of the AAP, I know a number of pediatricians (both men and women) who have pursued non-clinical careers. Some may continue to work clinically part-time, but many are now spending 100% of their working time doing something non-clinical. Some work from home as medical writers. Others may work for a pharmaceutical company or a biotechnology company. Some are now working for the FDA or a state health department.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BioCrowd - a social network for bioscience professionals

Every time you turn around, there's a new social network that pops up. Sermo is exclusively for physicians. BioCrowd is a free, online social network for bioscience professionals. Interested in networking with people working in industry?


Physician Careers: Government Payors - Dr. Richard Kalish (MD/MBA 8th AMMP Conference)

Here's a video of a presentation given by Dr. Richard Kalish at the 8th Annual AMMP conference titled, "Government Payer Careers." I blogged about his presentation (here) back in April when I was in Boston attending the Association of MD/MBA Programs (AMMP) 8th Annual Conference.

Now, you can view a video of his presentation and slides here (you'll need Microsoft Silverlight to play the video).

Richard Kalish, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Boston HealthNet
Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

Richard Kalish, MD, MPH, MS, is an assistant professor of medicine and family medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Director for Community Engagement at Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (BU CTSI). He is Medical Director of Boston HealthNet, a network of fifteen community health centers, Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the chairman of the Boston HealthNet Research Sub-Committee. In addition, he is Medical Director of the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, a provider-sponsored Managed Care Plan with insurance products in both Medicaid and Commonwealth Care (a government sponsored product which came about with Massachusetts Health Care reform in 2006). In both of these medical director roles Dr. Kalish works with community health centers, hospitals serving the underserved and other safety net providers. The work involves population and disease management models aimed at improving the health of people and communities. The models focus on both chronic diseases and prevention. In addition, he has led practice redesign efforts in the network. Results have included processes to improve access in ambulatory practices, utilization of an electronic medical record for decision support and improved communication between health care providers. Currently he is involved in working on establishing medical home care environments in a few of the community health centers.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Demonstrate career progression in your resume using these 4 steps

Four Ways Your Resume Should Show Off a Career Progression
By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC

Whether you've worked for the same employer your entire career or lost count of the number of resignation letters you've signed, demonstrating how you evolved as a professional is key to a winning resume presentation.

Prospective employers find career progression very important. What better way to showcase your potential for future professional growth than exhibiting your capability of successfully doing so in the past? It also proves you have possessed ambition and drive throughout your career. Even more significantly, it can clearly convey the depth and breadth of your experience to lend you a valuable edge in today's highly competitive job market.

National Association of Physician Advisors (NAPA)

The National Association of Physician Advisors (NAPA) is in partnership with World Research Group (WRG). It is dedicated to creating a forum for physician advisors, case managers, VPMAs, medical directors and other hospital professionals in the departments of utilization and compliance for:

* Networking: Connect through social networking sites and national conferences with your peers, superiors and consultants.
* Knowledge Transfer: Share strategies, best practices and lessons learned through national events, online discussion forums and publications.
* Industry Development: Begin the process of developing the Physician Advisor’s role as a true specialty area in healthcare.

Physician Advisors are truly an evolving specialty and their presence in a hospital has led to reduced denials, dramatic improvements in coding, documentation, communications, patient throughput and quality care. With such terrific results, more responsibilities continue to fall into the laps of the PA. This trend will only expand with expected healthcare changes prompted by the government and CMS.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Writing Your Resume Workshop

Today at LeBow College of Business (Drexel University), they are having a resume workshop.

Date and Time:
Monday, October 18 at 05:00 PM until 06:00 PM

Pearlstein Business Learning Center
3218 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Room: 307

Event Type:
MBA Career Services

The resume is the visible tool of a job search. Make sure that yours is professional and powerful.

Presented by MBA Career Services.

Click here for more information.

Expert Witness Directory

Here are several websites that provide expert witness directories. If you're interested in being an expert witness, make sure to get your name listed in some of these directories so that potential clients can find you.

If you type "Expert Witness Directory" into an Internet search engine like Google or Yahoo, you'll certainly find a host of other websites (including sponsored websites).

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2010 Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit

The Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier bioscience industry gathering, connecting the CEOs of early stage and emerging growth biotech, pharmaceutical, healthcare, medical device, healthcare IT and diagnostic companies with venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate VCs, investment bankers and professional service firms.

Whether you're seeking funding, partnerships or new investment opportunities, The Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit, now in its 7th year, is one event you won't want to miss.

This premier forum for the emerging growth bioscience industry will feature:
  • 35+ Venture Capital Speakers
  • 5 Venture Capital Panels
  • 50 of the Hottest Emerging Companies Seeking Funding
  • Emerging Company Presentations
  • High Level Networking Opportunities
Audience Profile: Venture Capitalists, angel investors, corporate VCs, CEOs, CFOs and other senior management of early stage and emerging growth ventures, technology transfer professionals and premium services firms.

Oct 21, 2010 in New York City. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Choosing An Online MBA Program: Four Key Questions

This is a guest post by Alexis Bonari.

Getting an online MBA might seem like a futile exercise. Most MBA programs encourage a great deal of team work and networking among the students. It has been argued that the main reason Harvard MBA graduates are so successful is because of who they know, not just what they know.

The game is quickly changing, however. For managers who already have connections at their place of employment, an online MBA might be the best fit for their busy schedules. Online MBA’s can be a boon for those who want to take the next step in their career without the hassle of attending a brick and mortar university.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Are you ready to make a career change in 2011?

Many of you may be thinking about a career change. Are you ready to make the transition in 2011? The new year is literally right around the corner and it may be a perfect time for you to explore a part-time or full-time non-clinical career.

As the new year approaches, I've been thinking about ways to improve my work/life balance. Like many of you, I have a full-time job and a family. I also blog and that can often feel like an ongoing moonlighting gig.

Don't forget about our key services:
I hope you'll find the information you're looking for here on I've added an enhanced search box on the upper right section of the page. Use the search box to find something specific.

Register for ACPE's popular Health Law course!

In ACPE's Essentials of Health Law course you'll learn to think like a lawyer. Help keep your organization out of the courtroom. This course will give you a basic understanding of laws pertaining to health care organizations. You'll discuss the hot legal issues of today—privacy, managed care contracting, patient rights, peer review protection-and how they apply to your organization. Highlights include:

* Avoiding antitrust violations.
* Deciphering Stark Legislation.
* Integrating HIPAA rules in your organization.
* Frequently asked questions about managed care organizations.
* Tips for dealing with disruptive practitioners.
* Practitioner health issues.
* Key elements for physician employment contracts

The next session begins Friday, Oct. 22. Click here to register or learn more.

(This course is required to become a Certified Physician Executive.)

Featured physician executive: Elliott Justin, MD

Each week, we feature a physician executive. This week's featured physician executive is Elliot Justin, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. You can read about him on the SwitfMD website:

Dr. Justin launched SwiftMD in 2008 to provide consumers, health plans, employers and government entities with a new choice of healthcare options through the development of telemedicine services. SwiftMD is distinguished by their offering of medical diagnosis and advice delivered by board-certified emergency physicians. As President and Chief Executive Officer of SwiftMD, Dr. Justin uses his thirty years of medical experience to lead business strategy development and implementation, as well as fulfillment of the company's mission, vision and values.

Dr. Justin spent the past 12 years of his career as CEO of Pegasus Emergency Group, a role he continues to play, in addition to his leadership at SwiftMD. Pegasus Emergency Group is a company lauded for its excellence in managing and upgrading procedures in hospital emergency departments. A graduate of Harvard University as well as Boston University's School of Medicine, Dr. Justin was named by his peers as the New Jersey American College Emergency Physician of the Year.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Job Post: Physician Advisor

Here's a job post that may be of interest to you. Even though you may not have any direct patient care in this role as a physician advisor, you'll still need an active medical license as you practice "administrative medicine" instead of clinical medicine.

Physician Advisor
Job #: 1122269
Franklin Square Hospital Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Franklin Square Hospital Center, the third-largest hospital in Maryland and part of MedStar Health, can elevate your career to a new level of caring, compassion and clinical excellence.

Were progressive, patient focused and growing: just take a look at the progress on our new, 7-story Patient Care Tower. Opening this Fall, this state-of-the art facility will provide even more opportunities for team members to enhance their dedication and talents. We now have an opening for a:

Physician Advisor
1st shift
Mon- Fri / 9:00-5:30

Job Description:
Works closely with the Care Management department to assure cost effective, quality treatment of all patients. Acts as liaison between physicians, payers, hospital administration, and the case management department. Provides ongoing education, both formal and informal, for the purpose of affordable quality care.

- MD Licensure
- Medical Terminology
- Licensed physician
- Clinical practice with understanding of Utilization Review
- Excellent verbal and written communication
- Experience with Hospital Information Systems and database software
- Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of hospital staff, physician peers, managed care entities, external regulatory agencies and QM/U&M staff in a verbal and written manner
- Demonstrated ability to be organized and efficient in prioritizing and managing assignments within minimal oversight and direction

Franklin Square offers highly competitive salaries and benefits.

Click here for more information.

Resume critiqued by a resume professional

Many physicians need help with their resumes. Why? Because the traditional physician resume is simply a list of jobs and it doesn't effectively communicate your accomplishments. We all know that you've been working as a doctor, saving lives, performing procedures, etc. How can you effectively demonstrate your leader skills on your CV? How can you communicate your team work experience? How can you describe some of your major accomplishments?  You may want to start by getting a complimentary resume critique. Explore what could be done if you were to rewrite your resume by working with a professional. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Recommended Books about Non-Clinical Physician Careers

I'll be updating this list of recommended books periodically. You can also find these same books by looking in the right column of this website. Would you like to suggest a book? Add a comment or send me an e-mail.

UMass Memorial Health Care cutting 350 jobs

If you think that a career in health care is "stable" and "recession-proof," you may want to think again. UMass Memorial Health Care is cutting 350 hospital jobs. Here's a snippet from a story on
The health care system, which operates the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and four community hospitals in Central Massachusetts, said it expects to lay off 130 workers, freeze 120 vacant jobs, and shed the equivalent of 100 jobs by reducing overtime and shifting employees from full time to part time. The system employs 13,700 workers... The staff reductions will affect a range of hospital workers, from nurses and pharmacists to finance and marketing managers.
They don't mention that they're cutting physician jobs. However, physicians are not immune to the recession. I know a number of physicians who are currently struggling to find jobs (clinical or non-clinical jobs). Let's hope that things start picking up soon so that we'll see more new jobs appearing.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. announces a 25% workforce reduction

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., October 8 - Sanofi-aventis U.S. announced today that it will streamline U.S. Pharmaceutical Operations as part of the company’s ongoing transformation to better respond to patients and customers in a challenging healthcare marketplace. The restructuring will include an estimated 25% work force reduction in U.S. Pharmaceutical Operations, eliminating approximately 1,700 positions in total. These decisions will be finalized by mid-December.

Of the 13,000 people employed by sanofi-aventis in the United States, currently 6,900 are employed in the Pharmaceutical Operations division. Other affiliates of sanofi-aventis in the United States include Research & Development, sanofi pasteur vaccines, BiPar and Chattem, the company’s consumer healthcare business.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BioConference Live 2010 (virtual conference)

BioConference Live: Clinical Diagnostics Returns
October 20-21

Earn Free PACE Continuing Education Credits!

Join thousands of Physicians and Laboratory Clinicians worldwide. This live interactive virtual event meets the collaborative needs of the Clinical Diagnostics community in a format that is not possible with physical events and webinars.

This program is accredited by the ASCLS American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and Professional Acknowledgement for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.).

Login October 20th and 21st between 9 AM and 6 PM EST.

Topics at BioConference Live:

Infectious Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Allergy & Immunology, Cardiology, Point of Care, Automation, Molecular Diagnostics, Hematology, Laboratory Testing, Stem Cells, Protein Arrays, and Clinical Chemistry.

EMWA - European Medical Writers Association - Nice 2010

31st EMWA Conference
11 – 13 November 2010
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice, FRANCE

Complete educational programme with workshops to be applied towards the EMWA professional development certificates. Including many new workshops following suggestions from our members. Come and take advantage of the opportunities to continue your training as a medical writer, and network with other writers from across Europe and the rest of the world.

The 30th EMWA Conference will be held at: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
223 Promenade des Anglais
F-06200 Nice France
Telephone:+33 (0)4 97 177 177
Fax:+33 (0)4 93 71 21 71

Johns Hopkins Master's Degrees - Study Onsite or Online

Johns Hopkins University offers biotechnology master's degrees tailored to the needs of working adults, whether you choose to take classes onsite in the evening or on Saturday, or pursue your degree fully online.

Uniquely situated in a leading biotechnlogy cluster and near key goverment research and regulatory agencies, the programs leverage expert faculty from Johns Hopkins, government and private industry.

Graduate Degree Programs

* Master of Science in Biotechnology
* Master of Science in Bioinformatics
* Master of Science in Bioscience Regulatory Affairs
* Master of Science in Biotechnology/Master of Business Administration joint degree

Learn more here.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Job Post: Physician Champion

Would you like to have a job where your title is, "Physician Champion"? It's possible if you enjoy the world of health information technology. Here's a brief description of a current job opening:

Physician Champion
Job #: 1114226
Mission Hospitals - Physician Services
Asheville, North Carolina

Mission Medical Associates is seeking a physician champion to lead the efforts of implementation of our EMR system.

The Physician champion will advocate for the use of a newly implemented EMR system in the Asheville area. This position will promote the use of the new EMR system, while also acting as a support system for between the users and the software vendor.

Click here for more information.

Medical-Legal Consulting Training

Here's an e-mail I recently received from SEAK about 2011 Medical-Legal Consulting Training:

Medical-Legal consulting is the proven way to significantly supplement your income. The work involved is intellectually challenging and most of it can be done from your home office.

We are offering four highly-acclaimed small group programs in 2011:

How to Start, Build and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice
Thursday-Friday, February 3-4, 2011

How to Start, Build and Run a Successful IME Practice
Thursday-Friday, February 3-4, 2011

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mixing business and medicine

There's a nice article on LocumLife titled, "Mixing business and medicine."  You'll read about a physician who is also a farmer. Another physician is a writer and publisher. Another physician is also a sales person. If you've been thinking about turning your hobby into a non-clinical career, maybe you'll enjoy reading this article. Read the article on LocumLife.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Abbott Named One of the 'Top Employers' in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry by Science Magazine

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today was named one of the top 20 employers in Science magazine's 2010 Top Biopharma Employers survey. The annual survey seeks to identify the companies with the best reputations as employers. According to the survey, Abbott's top three driving characteristics were: clear vision, loyal employees, and does important, quality research. The complete rankings are available online and in the Oct. 8, 2010 issue of Science.

The pharmaceutical industry lost 6,000 jobs in September

According to this story on The Day, the pharmaceutical industry lost 6,000 jobs in September. Here are some key snippets:
  • The pharmaceutical industry shed more than 6,000 jobs nationwide last month, as total layoffs in the sector across the United States reached a high not seen since May, according to new numbers released Wednesday.
  • The outplacement consultant Challenger, Gray & Christmas said the 6,069 pharmaceutical jobs lost nationwide in September compares with 255 reductions in August.
  • The pharma sector nationwide has seen 43,334 job losses so far this year.
  • Pharma job losses accounted for 16.3 percent of all layoffs across the United States, according to the statistics.
You can read the full story here.

There's still time to register for the Medical Fusion conference

You still have time to register for the upcoming Medical Fusion Conference that will be this November 5-7, 2010 at the Wynn Las Vegas. The event website is

The Medical Fusion Conference brings together physician leaders who have developed unique niche areas to further their careers. Concierge medicine, telemedicine, entrepreneurship, writing & publishing, medical tourism, living & working abroad, developing start-up companies, financial management, alternate income streams, clinical practice innovation, and internet marketing are some of the topics covered at the Medical Fusion Conference.

Faculty who are true experts in their fields are being brought in to discuss their careers and developing trends in medicine. Each day is designed to maximize learning and face time with faculty members including the scheduling of two "meet the faculty" sessions that allow sit down time between participants and the Medical Fusion speakers.

Register here:

Featured Physician Executive: Jonathan Leviss, MD

This week's featured physician executive is Dr. Jonathan Leviss. 

Jonathan Leviss, MD
Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Sentillion (a Microsoft Company)
Author of "H.I.T. or Miss: Lessons Learned from Health Information Technology Implementations"
Dr. Jonathan Leviss is the Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Sentillion (A Microsoft company), and a practicing internist at the Thundermist Health Center in Rhode Island.  Dr. Leviss has been using advanced health care technologies for over 15 years and was the first CMIO at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.  He co-chairs the Rhode Island HIT Physician Advisory Committee which advises the Rhode Island Quality Institute on key statewide HIT initiatives.  Dr. Leviss regularly writes and presents on health information technology and edited the recently published book, “HIT or Miss:  lessons learned from health information technology implementations.”     

Thursday, October 7, 2010

5 Insider Tips for the Perfect Resume

There's an article on BioSpace titled, "HR and Hiring Experts Provide 5 Insider Tips for the Perfect Resume." What happens when you speak with HR professionals who work in the pharma/biotech (biopharma) industry about resumes.

Here are some interesting things to consider as you apply for jobs online:

“Computers are evaluating your resume, not people.”
“1 out of 5 resumes is unreadable.”
“Hiring managers don’t have time to read your resume either!”

According to real insiders, if you really want the perfect resume, you should keep these 5 simple thoughts in mind:

1. Applicants need to research the keywords important to the job.
2. Highlight years of experience and put bullet point summaries up front.
3. Unless requested, save your cover letter for after the screening process.
4. Apply a little “shock and awe” approach by touting some company knowledge up front.
5. Why not use the software screening system to your advantage?

You can read the complete article here on BioSpace.

Supplemental Income Opportunity: Teach for Kaplan Medical

Here’s a great non-clinical opportunity where you can generate supplemental income by teaching part-time.

Kaplan Medical is searching for qualified, energetic physicians to join as expert part-time instructors. If you have a passion for teaching and enjoy helping others reach their goals, teaching USMLE review might be right for you! With over 40 years of experience in health sciences education, Kaplan Medical is the leader in USMLE and COMLEX preparation. This is a very rewarding opportunity and you can have the opportunity to shape the next generation of doctors.

Ideal candidates will have completed medical school, obtained licensure, finished residency and should have some teaching experience at a medical school and/or hospital. A dynamic, creative personality and a love for teaching are a huge plus. Click here for a full list of preferred qualifications.

5 Great Reasons to teach for Kaplan Medical:

1. Make a difference in students' lives by helping them excel on their licensing exams
2. Earn excellent pay (it’s better than you think)
3. Enjoy flexible, part-time hours
4. Work with well-respected peers in a stimulating environment
5. Travel

If you are interested in joining the Kaplan Medical team and you meet the qualifications described above, please complete the instructions on this page. You may also call: 1-800-860-4203, Ext. 5715

Click here to learn more about teaching at Kaplan Medical.

BioCapital Career Fair

BioSpace is proud to present the BioCapital Career Fair, an opportunity for leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies to meet face-to-face with experienced job seekers.

BioCapital Career Fair
Monday, October 18, 2010
11am to 4pm
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, MD

Spend the day speaking with representatives from top biopharmaceutical companies in the area. Face time is hard to get in today’s world of technology, so take advantage of this great opportunity to speak with HR reps and hiring managers in person!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Top 3 questions when researching online MBA programs

I've been speaking with a number of physicians about online MBA programs. There are so many to choose from. How do you select the right online MBA?

First, it's important to answer the following 3 questions:

1. Is the program a cohorted program where all the students start and finish at the same time? (Generally, cohorted programs may run 2 years, so they will require a significant time commitment. Other online MBA programs allow you to take courses based on your own timing.)

2. Are there any on-campus residency requirements? Or, is the program 100% online? Many programs have some on-campus requirements.

3. Is the program accredited by the Association to Advance the Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)?  You might be surprised to find that many MBA programs are being offered by colleges and universities that are not accredited by the AACSB.

So, before you invest in an online MBA, do some research so that you find the best program that will suit your needs.

Transitioning from academia to industry

There's a nice blog post on the Propel Careers blog on the topic of transitioning from academia to industry. We probably all know of academic physicians who made the career move to enter the pharma or biotech industry. Although they may face criticism from some of their colleagues for going to the "dark side," there are a number of reasons why physicians may choose to transition from academia to industry.

The blog post is titled, "Propel's Industry Insights - transitioning from academia to industry – Kevin Sprott." Kevin does a nice job outlining some of the myths and facts associated with such a transition. You can read the blog post here. (by Kevin Sprott, Business Advisor, Propel Careers)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Search for jobs that are over $100k on  provides you with the ability to find high-paying non-clinical jobs in medical affairs, consulting, biopharma, investment banking, venture capital, and many other industries. Their targeted sites list more than 35,000 new $100k+ jobs each month across every industry, in companies of all types and sizes. They only list jobs that pay more than $100,000/year, including many C-level, VP, Director and Manager jobs. So, if you're in the market for a $100k+ job, you won't find a better resource anywhere.  

Find $100K+ Jobs at

10 Careers With High Rates of Depression

Those of us who work in the health care industry need to remember that workers in the health care industry have some of the highest rates of depression. Why is this the case? Why do physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, therapists, surgeons, and other health care professionals struggle with depression?

Here are some of the reasons why:
  • High-risk and high-stress occupations (when you have a person's life in your hands, that's a lot of stress)
  • Long work hours (how do you like those 12-hr shifts?)
  • Irregular sleep patterns (especially for medical and surgical interns and residents)
  • Social isolation (because you are simply too busy all the time)
  • Dealing with sickness and death (whether you work in the ICU or in a hospice facility, you're dealing with sickness and death all the time)
Here's a snippet from a article titled, "10 Careers With High Rates of Depression."

“There are certain aspects of any job that can contribute to or exacerbate depression,” says Deborah Legge, PhD, a licensed mental health counselor in Buffalo. "Folks with the high-stress jobs have a greater chance of managing it if they take care of themselves and get the help they need.”

Depression can lead physicians and other health care professionals to make poor decisions. Some get involved with alcohol and substance abuse. Others may fall victim to other types of addictions. Some pursue dangerous outlets to escape their depression. Others feel trapped and disabled.

The AMA/CMA/BMA International Conference on Physician Health 2010 is happening this week. If you suspect that you may be struggling with depression, make sure to seek professional help.

Physician Careers in Consulting (MD/MBA 8th AMMP Conference)

Are you interested in a consulting career?

Here's a video of a presentation given by Dr. Lisa Bard Levine at the 8th Annual AMMP conference titled, "Consulting for the MD/MBA." I blogged about her presentation (here) back in April when I was in Boston attending the Association of MD/MBA Programs (AMMP) 8th Annual Conference. Now, you can view a video of her presentation and slides here (you'll need Microsoft Silverlight to play the video).

Here's a brief description:

Lisa Bard Levine, MD, MBA
Associate Director, Healthcare
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Lisa Bard Levine, MD, MBA, is an Associate Director in the Healthcare Practice at Navigant Consulting, Inc. in Needham, MA. She works with leading US healthcare organizations on physician–hospital alignment, performance excellence and clinical service line development. Her consulting work focuses on financial, operational, and strategic healthcare redesign initiatives that improve quality and safety of patient care. Much of her work recently has been oriented around the Accountable Care Organization and the patient-centered medical home model of primary care. Dr. Levine’s career has also concentrated on mentoring emerging physician leaders. Prior to her position at Navigant Consulting, Inc., Dr. Levine was a senior consultant at The Bard Group and before that, with the Mount Sinai Medical School under the Director of Business Strategy, and APM/CSC Healthcare in New York. Dr. Levine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied healthcare management. She received her MD and MBA from Tufts University and completed her internship at Newton Wellesley Hospital. After initiating her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Levine chose to return to her primary interest in the business and management side of healthcare and returned to her consulting career.

Monday, October 4, 2010

5 Days Left to Register for ACPE's Popular Ethics Course

The next InterAct session of ACPE's Ethical Challenges course begins October 8, and if you haven't taken this highly insightful course, now is the perfect time to enroll. (This course is required for CPE certification.)

Ethical Challenges explores many facets of the controversial and problematic ethical concerns facing health care today. Among the topics you'll examine:
  • Building ethics into your organization's organizational culture, especially its policies and procedures.
  • Preventing and managing ethical conflicts at the bedside.
  • Responsibly managing your organization's resources.
  • Responding to patients' refusals of needed medical interventions.
  • Setting ethically justified limits on individual and organizational self-sacrifice.
  • Invoking futility to set ethically justified limits on end-of-life care.
  • Putting your institution to the test: gauging its commitment to ethics.
Click here to register or get more information!

Participant Comment: "I learned so much in this course from our facilitator and from fellow students. It really has changed my perspective in what I do daily with regards to patient care and administrative duties."

Specialized Programs in Graduate Business (SPGB) Consortium

Have you heard of the Specialized Programs in Graduate Business (SPGB) Consortium? Should you get an MBA or a different type of master's degree in business? Perhaps this is question you should consider before you enroll in a program.

SPGB Consortium Participating Schools:

* Boston College
* Brandeis University
* Case Western Reserve University
* Claremont-McKenna College
* Tulane University
* University of Maryland
* University of Rochester
* University of San Francisco
* University of Virginia
* Vanderbilt University
* Villanova University
* Wake Forest University
* Washington University in St. Louis

You'll see that these schools offer a variety of MS programs in business.

Entrepreneurial Healthcare IT Companies

Showcasing Entrepreneurial Healthcare IT Companies

This networking event, organized by Propel Careers and MassDevice is designed to profile entrepreneurial Healthcare IT companies located in New England. This event will coincide with BREW (Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week) and is designed to bring together industry professionals, post doctoral fellows, recent graduates, and current students to be exposed to the many exciting initiatives that Healthcare IT firms in the area are working on and to build relationships in the field. During the event, a presentation on emerging healthcare IT trends will be given and each company attending will have the opportunity to do a 2 minute elevator pitch to the audience to highlight their company as well as the research, products, or services they are developing and/or selling. This will provide the audience insight into these exciting companies.

Wednesday October 20th 2010
Location: Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 6-9pm
For more information and to register, click here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Don't forget to join the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC)

The Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC) has grown to over 1,700 physician members. Membership is free, so what are you waiting for? Earlier today, I sent an e-mail to the membership about a non-clinical opportunity to make supplemental income while you continue your day job. Click here to join the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

2010 Business Innovation Conference

The Business Innovation Conference is a premier educational and networking event bringing together leading innovation experts and practitioners from business, academia and government to exchange experiences and explore and learn the science of innovation.

Traditionally, innovation has been viewed as an art, a flash of genius, or rare strokes of brilliance -- expensive and unpredictable to manage. In the 21st century, we now have the tools to master innovation so that we become continual thinkers, capable of innovating on demand, and managing innovation teams to predictable outcomes. These are the core learnings of the Business Innovation Conference!

Over three exciting days you will have the opportunity to attend 4 workshops, 18 presentations, and 5 keynote speakers from diverse industries and domains – in addition to making invaluable new connections and opportunities to share ideas and experiences with other accomplished innovators from around the US and the world.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Biotech Bay Career Fair (San Francisco)

Biotech Bay Career Fair
San Francisco Airport Marriott
Monday, October 18, 2010
2pm to 7pm

Biotech * Pharmaceutical * Medical Device & Diagnostics

Attend the Biotech Bay Career Fair!
Job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, medical device and diagnostics companies in the Bay area.

Who should attend?
Candidates with a 4-year degree in the life sciences and a minimum of 2-years of industry related experience are invited to attend. Just register by clicking the button below.
(Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of a four-year college degree. PhD and Postdoc candidates welcome.)

What types of positions are available?
Exhibiting companies are recruiting for positions in areas such as: QA/QC, clinical research, engineering, manufacturing, biostatistics, clinical data management, chemistry, regulatory affairs, and research.

Featured Physician Executive: Mark Blatt, MD

Each week, we featured a physician executive here on This week, we're featuring Dr. Mark Blatt. 
Mark Blatt, MD
Director for Healthcare Industry Solutions, Intel - Digital Health Group

Dr. Blatt joined Intel in the summer of 2000 working in the New Business Group. He is currently the Director for Healthcare Industry Solutions, in the Digital Health Group. In this role he is concentrating on how Personal Health IT systems might assist with care delivery outside the hospital. Dr. Blatt is working with care delivery systems in many countries, including the UK, China, Mexico, Australia and the USA to enable cost effective, sustainable systems that will allow Clinicians to provide “virtual care” to patients in settings as diverse as rural remote clinics or the patient’s home.     

Previously, from 2005-2006, he was the Director for Global Healthcare Strategies in the Digital Health Group. During this time he helped design Intel’s Payor and Pharma strategy as well as worked with the team that brought Intel’s Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) computing platform to market. Dr. Blatt received the Intel Achievement Award (Intel’s highest honor) in 2007 for the MCA design. Prior to this, Dr. Blatt served for 3 years as the Manager for Worldwide Healthcare Strategies, in the Sales and Marketing Group. During this time he played a key role in formulating Intel's IntegratedDigitalHospital vision. This vision has gained signification momentum and mindshare with Intel’s healthcare customers, fellow travelers, and industry thought leaders worldwide.

He has also worked on a variety of health related Internet business efforts including an early platform in 2001 to deliver home-based medical care. Prior to joining Intel he was the managing partner of a five-provider group of family practitioners. He practiced family medicine for 15 years before returning to Yale University to earn his MBA (2000) in finance. Dr. Blatt earned his Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College of Union University (1979). He completed a residency in Family Practice at the University of Connecticut (1982). He then served two years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service before starting private practice. He is a member of the IEEE Medical Technology Policy Committee, the American Telemedicine Association, on the Board of the Center for Improving Medication Management, a Life-time member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice.
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