Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Join me for a group career coaching call on Dec 5 (Sun)

Our next "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" is scheduled for Sun, Dec 5th at 9 pm Eastern time. We still have 5 openings for the call (which will be limited to 15 participants).

On that call, we will discuss some of the key non-clinical opportunities that appear to be opening up in 2011. We will also talk about strategies for "breaking in" when you lack industry experience. I will reserve plenty of time at the end to answer your questions.

ACPE's Winter Conference

The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Winter Conference is coming up! Nothing beats a warm winter weekend in Florida.

January 28-30
Orlando, FL

You can choose from two excellent leadership courses:

Physician in Management Seminar
These days, it isn't enough to be a good doctor. Whether you're working in a group practice or hospital, in insurance or any other health care setting, you need management and leadership skills if you want your organization and your career to thrive. Join 15,000 physicians just like you. For over 30 years, the Physician in Management Seminar has opened new doors of opportunity and perspective for physicians choosing to pursue additional training in the business side of medicine.
Leadership Skills for Medical Staff Officers
As a leader on your hospital's medical staff, you likely carry out peer review, make complex credentialing and privileging decisions, and fulfill other critical responsibilities that directly affect patient care, hospital success, and even your own and your colleagues' livelihoods. Moving into an important medical staff leadership position without any training just sets you up to fail. You may not be able to commit the time and resources to leadership and management training appropriate for a career physician executive. That doesn't mean you have to face these new and often difficult challenges unprepared.
Learn more about the ACPE Winter Conference here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Does an Entrepreneur Need an MBA?

There's a great blog post on Harvard Business Review titled, "Does an Entrepreneur Need an MBA?" I'm now enrolled in business school and I'm pursuing an MBA. I don't consider myself a traditional entrepreneur, but I've started a few things here and there. Someday, I may take a big risk and start a "real" company, but for now I'm comfortable bootstrapping my way through a few little ventures.

The author Stephen Greer talks about his perspective on the MBA. He built and sold a company for $250 million. Could a physician do that? As physicians, we often get caught up with formal education and degrees. We may not feel competent to take certain risks and pursue specific ventures if we don't feel like we have the appropriate knowledge and "training" to pursue such things. After all, that's our medical mindset. You won't find many internists performing brain surgery. You won't find radiologists delivering babies. We appreciate the importance of formal education and training that then prepares us for our specific careers.

I've run across a number of successful physician entrepreneurs who don't have business degrees. Would they be more successful if they had an MBA? Perhaps. But then again, the time it takes to get an MBA could distract one from pursuing certain ambitions. Success in the world of business depends on several factors which include luck and timing. If you don't have some luck at the right times, you'll fail. If you start a great business at the wrong time, you'll fail. So, if you delay your brilliant business idea to pursue an MBA, you may miss that window of opportunity to be successful. Then again, you don't want to venture into something if you don't feel like you have the appropriate level of training to be well-equipped for the things you're likely to face. If you're willing to take the initiative to learn things on your own, then you probably don't need an MBA to be a great entrepreneur.

The author of the HBR blog post quotes Dr. John Yang, the dean of the Beijing International MBA program at Beijing University: "In my opinion, entrepreneurship is a matter of the heart, and education is a matter of the brain. It is difficult to teach a heart." That's a great quote, isn't it?

Work Life Challenges for Women Physicians – Going Beyond "Balance"

Doctors for America and the American Medical Women's Association are having a webinar titled: Work Life Challenges for Women Physicians – Going Beyond "Balance"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

Neelum Aggarwal, MD
Linda Hawes Clever, MD

Vidushi Babber, MD

Although many women physicians say the find their work gratifying, they remain frustrated when it comes to integrating their work with their lives. The lines between a professional career and private life often are blurred, leaving many female physicians, tired, frustrated and wondering how they are going to manage everything.

Join us for this insightful webinar with two physicians who will not only share their experiences in forming their desired medical careers, but also engage participants by actively taking calls and offering their insights to questions posed throughout the webinar.

Click here
for more information and to register for this webinar.

Boonshoft Physician Leadership Development Program (BPLDP)

The Boonshoft Physician Leadership Development Program (BPLDP) prepares future physicians for leadership roles in order to shape the health care of the future.

The Boonshoft Physician Leadership Development Program offers first-of-their-kind integrated, dual-degree curricula for medical students. Two tracks are offered, one conferring a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.); another conferring a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). These two tracks are integrated with the School of Medicine (M.D.) curriculum, and also interact with each other during the five-year, dual-degree education. Both tracks emphasize the exercise of leadership in health care and the greater community. The physician leaders developed in this program have unique personal and professional skills that propel them to leadership opportunities in their careers.

Learn more here: http://www.med.wright.edu/bpldp/

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I'm enrolling in my first business school course

This fall, I'm taking my first business school course in the Saint Joseph's University's Executive Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA program. The course is titled:
The course sets the stage for future study by taking students through the marketing fundamentals beginning with strategy, target marketing and opportunity analysis, then developing product, price, distribution and promotion (the 4 p’s), and an introduction to customer driven marketing strategy, all in a managed care context.
The textbook is: Marketing Management by Philip Kotler and Kevin Lane Keller.

Saint Joseph's University's Executive Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA Program offers students the opportunity to cultivate an understanding of the latest techniques for developing sophisticated research tools, innovative marketing plans and effective methods for implementing and evaluating strategies for the changing business environment.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Palliative and Hospice Care: A Growing Field

This is a guest post by Angelita Williams.

Palliative and Hospice Care: A Growing Field

Only two months ago, the New Yorker, a popular current events, culture, and arts magazine, ran an article entitled "Letting Go." The article outlines the need for a greater focus on palliative and hospice care and cites statistics indicating that there is an increased interest in such options among patients who are struggling with terminal illness. For those who are searching for career options outside the traditional hospital role, palliative and hospice care can serve as a rewarding alternative.

The New Yorker article makes a very clear case for the importance of palliative care. It states:

"People have concerns besides simply prolonging their lives. Surveys of patients with terminal illness find that their top priorities include, in addition to avoiding suffering, being with family, having the touch of others, being mentally aware, and not becoming a burden to others. Our system of technological medical care has utterly failed to meet these needs, and the cost of this failure is measured in far more than dollars. The hard question we face, then, is not how we can afford this system’s expense. It is how we can build a health-care system that will actually help dying patients achieve what’s most important to them at the end of their lives."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Formation Underway for an MIT Enterprise Forum of the Delaware Valley

As an MIT alum, I'm part of this team in the Delaware Valley. If you're interested in joining us, please contact Vilma below:
Bill Collins ’77 and Vilma Barr ’73 are coordinating plans to organize the Delaware Valley Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. The Delaware Valley Chapter will cover from Wilmington to Trenton and west as far as Harrisburg, serving a population of nearly six million. Participation is invited to assist in programming, industry liaison, networking events, publicity, and financial sponsorship.

For more than 30 years, the Enterprise Forum has been a platform for entrepreneurial networking, inspiration and education. There are now 25 Forum chapters around the world and Bill and Vilma are drafting the required Business Plan needed to be considered by the Global Board in December and awarded our charter.

Headquartered at MIT, Executive Director Antoinette Mathews is guiding and encouraging us in the process of meeting the Forum’s educational, programming, and financial requirements. She describes the Enterprise Forum as the global voice of entrepreneurship. “We are a community of volunteers sharing resources, knowledge and a passion for entrepreneurship and wealth creation,” she says.

Enterprise Forum participation is open to anyone interested in entrepreneurship - MIT alumni and non-alums - and attracts executives, business leaders, venture capitalists, industry experts, and service organizations, in addition to our core of emerging entrepreneurs. The MIT Enterprise Forum collaborates with over 200 corporate and education organizations worldwide that connect entrepreneurs with resources to make the commercialization of technology faster and easier.

If you would like to assist in the future activities of MITEF/DV or become a sponsor of the Enterprise Forum’s Delaware Valley Chapter, please e-mail Vilma (formerly active in the Chicago and New York City Enterprise Forum chapters) at vilmabarr@aol.com.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful to my family for their love and support. I'm thankful to have a great job where I enjoy what I do. I'm thankful for the unique opportunities I've had over the past few years. I'm thankful for my friends. I'm thankful for the freedom we experience in this country. I'm thankful for the numerous ways that God pours out His blessings on us. What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I will offer group career coaching services in 2011 (Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs)

This year, I spent quite a bit of time providing individualized career coaching services. Given that some people can't afford career coaching on an individual basis, I'm offering a new service in 2011: It's called Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching. This will be a highly cost-effective way to get some career coaching in the setting of a small group.

I'm taking the "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" conference call and I'm making that the platform for the Group Career Coaching conference calls. It's now being called: Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching.

I will publish a calendar and schedule a few conference call dates each month (depending on the demand). Those who are interested can register and sign up for these group coaching sessions. Starting in 2011, each Group Career Coaching session will be limited to 5 participants and will last approximately 60 minutes. The fee to participate in each call will be $50. I will have an agenda tied to each call, but I will also reserve time for discussion so that we can talk about individual issues, review assignments, and set goals for the future.

The monthly call schedule for "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching" is available here.

How would you answer these 20 interview questions?

Here are 20 questions that you can ask during a job interview (by Marc Cenedella, Founder & CEO, TheLadders.com):
  1. What's the biggest change your group has gone through in the last year? How has the recession impacted your group?
  2. One year from now, if I get the job, what will earn me a "gold star"? What are the key accomplishments you'd like to see in this role over the next year?
  3. What's your (or my future boss') leadership style?
  4. About which competitor are you most worried?
  5. How do your sales / marketing / finance / technology / operations work here?
  6. What type of people are successful here? What type of people are not?
  7. What's one thing that's key to your success that somebody from outside the company wouldn't know about?
  8. How did you get your start in this industry? Why do you stay?
  9. What are your best and worst working relationships with other groups in the company?
  10. What keeps you up at night? What's your biggest worry?
  11. What's the timeline for making a decision? When should I get back in touch with you?
  12. Why is this position open? Who was previously in this role / why did you decide to create it?
  13. What is your reward system? Is it a star system / team-oriented / equity-based / bonus-based / "attaboy!"-based? Why is that your reward system? What is the hoped-for purpose of it, and what actually happens when you put it into practice? What are the positives and negatives of your reward system, and if you could change any one thing, what would it be?
  14. What information is shared with the employees (revenues, costs, operating metrics)? Is this an open-book shop, or do you play it closer to the vest? How is information shared? How do I get access to the information I need to be successful in this job?
  15. If we have a very successful 2011, what would that look like? What will have happened over the next 12 months? How does this position help achieve that?
  16. How does the company / my future boss do performance reviews? How do I make the most of the performance review process to ensure that I'm doing the best I can for the company?
  17. What is the rhythm to the work here? Is there a time of year that it's all hands on deck and we're pulling all-nighters, or is it pretty consistent throughout the year? How about during the week, is it pretty evenly spread throughout the week, or are there crunch days?
  18. What type of industry / functional / skills-based experience and background are you looking for in the person who will fill this position? What would the "perfect" candidate look like? How do you assess my experience in comparison? What gaps do you see?
  19. In my career, I've primarily enjoyed working with big / small / growing / independent / private / public / family-run companies. If that's the case, how successful will I be at your firm?
  20. What types of attributes are common to the people who are considered heroes at your company? What types of attributes are common to the promising people you hired but who then flamed out and failed or left? As I'm considering whether or not I'd be successful here, how should I think about the experiences of the heroes and the flame-outs?
From  TheLadders.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Job Post: Senior Medical Writer

Senior Medical Writer
Eveo Communication Group
San Francisco, CA 94107

Job Title: Senior Medical Writer

Company: Eveo Communication Group, Inc.
Reports to: Content Director
Direct Reports: TBD

Eveo Communication Group, Inc. (ECG) is a leading provider of digital/interactive marketing solutions for the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Equipment industries.
Much of our work is a combination of video, motion graphics, and 3D animation resulting in elegant, high-end programs that deliver on our clients’ key messages to physicians, sales reps and patients.

Position Summary:
This position will be responsible for a variety of duties, including, but not limited to:

We seek an experienced medical writer to drive the development of the written and visual content for our multimedia programs. This position requires a working knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, significant medical writing experience, and the ability to work with project teams and clients across brands and therapeutic areas.

Essential Job Function:
The Essential duties and function of this job include the following. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities considered necessary to perform the essential job functions adequately. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job function. Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

• Concisely and accurately communicating scientific information to a variety of audiences
• Writing and editing scripts for multimedia, interactive programs optimized for delivery on our various platforms
• Preparing annotated submissions for Medical/Regulatory review according to client specifications
• Working with account teams and creative teams to translate scripts into compelling programs

I'm a student again (business school) and I'm still working full-time

I'm a student again. I just can't stop myself from studying. This time, I'm attending business school and I've enrolled in the Saint Joseph's University's Executive Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA Program. This program is unique because it's a flexible, self-paced executive MBA program. Classes are held on the weekends (Fri/Sat) and the courses are tailored specifically to the pharmaceutical industry. I really needed a flexible format because I want the flexibility to spend certain weekends with my family. Students in the Executive Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA Program represent a number of industries including pharmaceutical sales, healthcare, clinical research, product management and countless others.

Saint Joseph's University also offers an Executive Online Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA Program for those who don't live near the greater Philadelphia region. If you don't mind taking courses online, then this could be a viable option. However, the online program is driven by a cohort model and you'll be completing your degree in 2 years.

You can learn about the SJU Executive Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA Program on the SJU website.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Salary Information for Clinical Trials Professionals

Applied Clinical Trials partnered with CenterWatch on the bi-annual review of compensation and fulfillment. The 2010 Salary and Career Development Survey for the clinical trials professional featured new directions and challenges over the previous survey in 2008. First and foremost were the economy and the mergers and acquisitions within the pharmaceutical industry. Salaries by industry again are subject to the number of respondents and breakdown of job title. By industry, the average salary for the biotech was the highest at $130K-plus. This was followed by the independent CRA ($112K-plus) and pharmaceutical sponsors ($109K-plus). The average reported salary for the CRO industry was $87,724.
Table 2. Vice Presidents are the top earners according to the respondents.

Read the 2010 Salary & Satisfaction Survey here.

RWJ Health Policy Fellowship

Initiated in 1973, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program seeks exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care who:

1. possess the skills and commitment to use the fellowship experience to provide leadership in improving health, health care and health policy at the national, state or local level;
2. bring a depth of expertise and knowledge about health and health care to the policy-making process; and
3. can offer an informed perspective on important and complex challenges facing health policy-makers.

Fellows actively participate in the formulation of national health policies in congressional offices and accelerate their careers as leaders in health policy. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducts and administers the fellowship with funding support from and in collaboration with RWJF.

Up to six fellows will be selected for the program. The Health Policy Fellows program is a residential fellowship experience in Washington, DC, which prepares individuals to influence the future of health care and accelerate their own career development. Fellows are able to continue their health policy activities for up to 24 months after the Washington placement period.

Learn more here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Yale MBA for Healthcare Executives Information Event

Register now for the Yale MBA-e Information Event

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Yale School of Management
52 Hillhouse Avenue, Steinbach Lounge
New Haven, CT

Learn what distinguishes Yale’s Leadership in Healthcare Executive MBA from other programs and how it will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Students will be available to answer your questions on what it is like to experience a Yale MBA.

If you are a healthcare professional looking to stretch in new directions, acquire new skills and build a network of professional colleagues, you may want to consider the Yale executive MBA program.

With an innovative curriculum and mission of "educating leaders for business and society", this MBA is uniquely focused on the critical issues confronting the healthcare industry.

For more information visit: http://mba.yale.edu/mba-e

Friday, November 19, 2010

MD/MBA programs in the United States: evidence of a change in health care leadership.

We're seeing a growing number of dual-degree programs that provide a joint MD/MBA for graduating students. Do these programs primarily attract medical students who wish to pursue careers in industry? Or, are they generating a future generation of physician executives who will emerge as national health care leaders?

There's a 2003 journal article titled, "MD/MBA programs in the United States: evidence of a change in health care leadership." Here's the abstract:

PURPOSE: Managerial sciences are playing an increasingly prominent role in the organization and delivery of health care. Despite popular media reports that a rising number of physicians are acquiring a background in this discipline through MD/MBA (medical and master of business administration) programs, no recent study has verified this. This study measured changes in the number and nature of the affiliations between management and medicine in the form of MD/MBA programs in the United States.

METHOD: Surveys of admission officers of 125 U.S. allopathic medical schools and of the overseers of each joint MD/MBA degree program were administered in May-October 2001. Main outcome measures included program growth, curriculum and degree requirements, application and admission requirements, and program leadership and organization.

RESULTS: The number of MD/MBA programs grew from six to 33 between 1993 and 2001, and 17 more medical schools were considering establishing the joint-degree program. Ten, 15, and 20 programs produced 27, 42, and 61 graduates in 1999, 2000, and 2001, respectively, and over 100 students were expected to graduate per year when all 33 programs matured. Program structures and oversight indicate a spectrum of philosophies regarding the appropriate level of integration of the two degrees. MD/MBA programs apparently attempt to complement medical education with management education rather than the converse.

CONCLUSIONS: The growth in the numbers of MD/MBA programs and participants indicates rising cooperation between medical and business schools and increasing interest in management education early in the careers of graduating physicians.

Larson DB, Chandler M, Forman HP. MD/MBA programs in the United States: evidence of a change in health care leadership. Acad Med. 2003 Mar;78(3):335-41.

PMID: 12634220

Featured physician executive: Ronald J. Chod, MD, MBA

Each week, we feature a physician executive. This week's featured physician executive is Ronald J. Chod, MD, MBA.

Ronald J. Chod, M.D., MBA
Managing Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates

Dr. Chod brings more than 20 years of progressive clinical and academic leadership experience to Grant Cooper & Associates. Prior to entering the search profession Ron served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Executive Director of the Faculty Practice Plan, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Ron left community clinical practice in 1994, accepting his first leadership role as Vice President for Medical Affairs at BJC Healthcare.

Ron’s focus at Grant Cooper is on academic positions, hospital and integrated delivery system executives, and physician executives across the health care spectrum.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pharmaceutical Executive November Issue

You can read the November issue of the Pharmaceutical Executive here.

Pharmaceutical Executive, the #1 ranked magazine in its category, offers forward-looking, thought provoking analysis of business and marketing strategies to key decision-makers at the world's leading drug companies. Each month, top leaders and industry visionaries share their insights on where Pharma stands today - and where it is going tomorrow. From in-depth company and executive profiles to award-winning analytical articles, Pharmaceutical Executive consistently focuses on innovation and strategic thinking. In its pages readers find not just the latest sales statistics, but the people and ideas behind them; and not just the latest news on companies, markets, and the regulatory playing field, but cogent analysis of what events mean for the industry -- and what its leaders plan to do next.

Physician Careers: Entrepreneurship - Dr. Joseph Fastow (MD/MBA 8th AMMP Conference)

Here's a video of a presentation given by Dr. Joseph Fastow at the 8th Annual AMMP conference titled, "The Entrepreneur in Medicine." 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).

Joseph Fastow, MD, MPH
Physician Management, Ltd.

Joseph S. Fastow, M.D., M.P.H. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he received his BA in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University, his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Dr. Fastow was one of the first residents in the emergency medicine residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is board certified in emergency medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. He founded Physician Management, Ltd. in 1975 and has operated contracts for professional services in emergency medicine, urgent care, internal medicine & pediatric hospitalist, intensivist & house coverage at more than a quarter of the hospitals in Maryland as well as hospitals in surrounding states.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Roche to Cut 4,800 Jobs Over 2 Years to Help Save $2.4 Billion

Swiss Drug Maker Roche To Cut 4,800 Jobs over 2 years to help save $2.4 billion

GENEVA -- Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche will cut 4,800 jobs over two years, mostly in the U.S., to help save 2.4 billion Swiss francs ($2.4 billion) by 2012, the company said Wednesday.

Join me on Dec 5 and "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs"

Earlier this year, "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" was a free monthly group conference call. As we enter 2011, "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" is evolving into a paid group conference call for medical students, physicians, and others who would like to receive career coaching in the setting of a small group.

As I work to finalize all the details around the 2011 Group Career Coaching service, I am providing you with the opportunity to join in a group conference call Sunday, Dec 5 at 9 pm Eastern time. The fee for this call will be $35 and the call will be limited to 15 participants. (Moving forward, in 2011 the Group Career Coaching will be limited to 5 participants per call and the fee will be $50 to participate in the call.) Before each call, you will have the opportunity to exchange several e-mails with me. Then, following the call we will follow-up via e-mail until the next call.

Our next "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" is scheduled for Sun, Dec 5th at 9 pm Eastern time. We will discuss some of the key non-clinical opportunities that appear to be opening up in 2011. We will also talk about strategies for "breaking in" when you lack industry experience. I will reserve plenty of time at the end to answer your questions.

If you'd like to register for the call, click on the "Add to Cart" button below and you can submit the $35 payment using PayPal. You have the option of checking out and using your credit card if you don't have a PayPal account. Instructions for the conference call will be sent via e-mail after you register. If you register and miss the call, your registration fee will not be refunded, but you will have the opportunity to apply the $35 as credit for our next call.
Dec 5, 2010 (Sun) at 9 PM Eastern: $35
Click on the "Add to Cart" button below to register for the Sunday, Dec 5th 2010 "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" group conference call (payment of $35 required, up to 15 participants allowed):

This call is now full

Please contact me if you have any questions.

More information can be found here.

* Dates may be subject to change. Additional calls may also get scheduled each month.

Teach for Kaplan Medical

There’s a great non-clinical teaching opportunity where you can generate supplemental income by working 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.

ACPE's Physician Leadership Development Program

Have you considered the ACPE's Physician Leadership Development Program? 

Physician leadership is becoming increasingly valuable. Quality is now the measure of an organization – not the amount of money it makes. As a result, clinical experience is more important than ever in health system leaders.

But a successful leader needs other skills, the kind that aren’t taught in medical school. An understanding of finance. The ability to run a meeting. The communication skills necessary to inspire employees and patients.

This four-step Leadership Development Program gives organizations the necessary tools to help physicians while staying within their budget.
  1. Assessment
  2. Program Building
  3. Measurement
  4. Executive Coaching
Learn about the ACPE’s Leadership Development Program here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Visit the Rutgers MBA Open House on November 20th

Rutgers offers a variety of MBA opportunities for physicians. One program of interest is the MBA in Pharmaceutical Management. Recently, the Wall Street Journal ranked the Rutgers Executive MBA #21 among the Best Executive MBA Programs and #1 in Administrative Assistance.

Rutgers Business School has turned a geographic advantage into a top MBA in Pharmaceutical Management. The greater New Jersey area is in the heart of the bio-pharma corridor -- nowhere else will you find a greater concentration of pharmaceutical companies. Through a partnership with seven pharmaceutical companies, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novartis, Roche and Schering-Plough, Rutgers offers a cutting-edge MBA in Pharmaceutical Management.

There is a Rutgers MBA Open House on November 20th. To RSVP, click here.

Non-clinical elective rotation for 4th-year medical students

I've been asked to precept a 4th year medical student for a non-clinical elective rotation. This will be the first time I will be doing this, but it's great to see that some medical schools are progressive enough to be willing to allow their 4th year medical students to pursue non-traditional elective rotations. When I was in medical school, I really wanted to do an international health elective but I couldn't pull it together because I was busy with wedding plans (I got married immediately following medical school graduation).

Are you a medical student? If you're interested in pursuing a non-clinical elective rotation, you should ask your school to see if they'd approve such an elective. Let me know and perhaps we can generate a list of medical schools (that are open to such ideas) and elective opportunities.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'm applying to business school again

Earlier this year, I began the business school application process because I seriously through I would enroll in an executive MBA program this fall. I put the entire application process on hold because of several significant changes in my personal and professional life.

Now, I'm resuming the B-school application process again. I'm looking at a variety of programs, including some executive MBA programs that offer a flexible curriculum so that you can complete the program in 2 years or take as long as 6 years to finish. You won't find many executive MBA programs that provide that level of flexibility.

If things go according to plan, then I hope to enroll and begin taking business courses in 2011. I'll be blogging about my experiences as an executive MBA student once that happens. You probably won't find too many other physicians blogging about their business school experience.

Considering consulting? When to Consider Consulting Instead of Full-Time Employment

Consulting is a very popular topic among physicians who are interested in pursuing non-clinical career opportunities. Do you know how to build an independent consulting career?

If you're a member of ExecuNet, you'll see a free article (PDF) titled, "When to Consider Consulting Instead of Full-Time Employment." It's a short, 4-page article that sums up some of the main points you need to seriously consider before you venture into a consulting career.

Questions for the Consulting Roundtable:
  • Is this problem occurring in other cities and other industries (besides government)?
  • Why do employers apparently prefer to hire full-time, given the risks of bringing aboard an unproven employee?
  • What, if anything, should consultants do differently in this economy to find projects?
You can join ExecuNet for free if you choose the associate membership option. Founded in 1988, ExecuNet brings C-level executives together online and in face-to-face meetings to discuss business challenges, solutions and opportunities, and share job leads. A recognized authority in executive recruiting and human capital, ExecuNet also provides members access to confidential six-figure jobs listings, proprietary research, and pragmatic advice.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Follow @ACPE and @consultdoc for ACPE Fall Institute tweets

Not at the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Fall Institute? Follow @ACPE on Twitter. Also check out ACPE member Dr. Mark Browne's feed @consultdoc.

Medical Expert Witness Directories

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but here are some Expert Witness Directories that list medical, nursing, and other health care professional consultants who are willing to serve as expert witnesses in medicolegal cases.


I plan to update this list periodically, so bookmark this page (or this website) and check back frequently.

Friday, November 12, 2010

An entire section on "Career Change 2010" on Forbes

Are you thinking about a career change? There are a number of different articles on Forbes.com about "Career Change 2010." Some of the titles include:
  • When You Need A Completely New Career
  • How To Become A Financial Advisor
  • Give Yourself A Resume Makeover
  • How To Get A Job At A Hedge Fund
  • How To Get A Job In The Arts
  • How To Take A Sabbatical From Work
  • The Most Outlandish Resume Mistakes Ever 
You can read those career change articles here on Forbes.

Featured Physician Executive: Daniel Russler, M.D.

Each week, we feature a physician executive here on NonClinicalJobs.com. This week's featured physician executive is Dr. Dan Russler.

Daniel C. Russler, M.D., is vice president of clinical informatics for Oracle. His current role at Oracle includes creating strategies for healthcare standards, healthcare training, and new product development in healthcare intelligence and healthcare information exchange. Dr Russler also played a key role in the development of the HL7 Reference Information Model for HL7 Version 3 and is past member and Treasurer of the Board of HL7. He gives frequent tutorials on HL7 requirements definition and modeling and the use of HL7 standards in the IHE document sharing architecture. Most recently, he has been contributing to the development of technical specifications for the Nationwide Health Information Network.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A fully-paid MBA degree program + job opportunity

Do you think you could find an MBA program where you would receive full corporate sponsorship? You may find that opportunity if you're currently working for a large employer and if they provide some type of tuition reimbursement. There's another option. The University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business has something called the Customer-Driven MBA program. Here's more information about this unique opportunity:

Customer-Driven MBA

The University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Memphis-based Corporate Partners are proud to introduce the Customer-Driven MBA program; the nation’s only full-time Corporate Sponsored MBA program that is uniquely designed to emphasize specific industry needs. By partnering with Memphis-based corporations, the Fogelman College of Business & Economics can offer students the opportunity to obtain an industry-centered graduate education with assistantships and full-time employment upon successful completion of the degree.

The full-time Customer-Driven MBA is a 4-semester program that entails assistantships throughout the 21-month period with 10-hour work weeks during the semesters and 40-hour work weeks in the summer between year-one and two.

Science Shaping Our World (SHOW) – The Role of Academics in Drug Discovery: Filling the Gap

Thursday November 11, 6:00-9:30pm
Science Shaping our World - The Role of Academics in Drug Discovery: Filling the Gap
Event Organizer: Munevar and Associates
Location: Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 6:00-9:30pm

For more information: http://shownovember2010.eventbrite.com

Science Shaping Our World (SHOW) is an ongoing seminar and networking series that highlights areas of life science research possessing significant application potential. Our mission is to bring together researchers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, investors, technology and business professionals, in a setting where they can gain exposure and insight into the life science advancements changing our world. Further, we seek to promote active inter and cross-disciplinary networking toward fostering the creation of opportunities in Life Science.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Women Leaders in Life Sciences (video)

Propel Careers, careinnovators and Gene Network Sciences co-hosted the panel and networking event "Showcasing Women Leaders in Life Sciences" on October 6th 2010 at Bingham McCutchen in Boston MA. If you missed that even, you can now watch a video of that event here.

Topics discussed included:

- What's More Important: Power of Position or Power of Influence?
- Characteristics of a Good Leader
- What is "Centered Leadership"?
- Why Mentors and Advocates Are Key
- How to Balance Work and Life
- Tips for Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Business Plan Guide (by Growthink)

Writing a business plan is no easy task. Business plan software and business plan templates are often limited as they present you with just one format for writing your plan. Rather, Growthink's Business Plan Guide gives you the tools, information and insight you need to develop any kind of business plan. Armed with this information, you will be able to start developing a winning business plan that allows 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.

Learn the key components of a business plan and the methods to make sure you complete it correctly.

You can view the e-guide here (PDF)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My article in the Nov/Dec 2010 Physician Executive Journal (Vol. 36 Issue 6)

The Physician Executive Journal (PEJ) is the Journal of Medical Management and the official publication of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). In the 2010 Nov/Dec issue (Vol. 36 Issue 6) of the Physician Executive Journal, you'll find my article titled, "Non-Clinical Career Opportunities for Physician Executives." (You have to be a member of ACPE to access the article)

It starts on page 82 and I spend some time reviewing a number of different non-clinical physician executive opportunities in different industries such as:
  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • Medical communications
  • Technology
  • Biopharma and medical devices
  • Medicolega
  • Public health
  • Research
  • Entrepreneurship
If you're not a member of the American College of Physician Executives, you're missing a tremendous opportunity to network with physician executives. You can join the ACPE by visiting: http://www.acpe.org/

Career resources on ExecuNet (free associate membership)

ExecuNet is an online resource for effective career management, exclusively for executives and senior-level managers with salaries above $100,000. There is a charge to join, but ExecuNet also offers a free associate membership (many people don't know about this). The free membership offers limited functionality, but it's enough if you're not actively searching for a new job.

After you join ExecuNet, you can access a series of career articles (these are listed under "Career Insights"). You'll find titles like:
  • Find Career Opportunities in the "New Recovery"
  • Your 5-Step Job Search Action Plan
  • Considering Consulting?
  • Uncover Opportunities in Your Backyard
  • Six Steps to Your Next Position
  • Proven Search Strategies in a Recession
About ExecuNet

Founded in 1988 and online since 1995, ExecuNet is the nation's first and most respected online executive career site. ExecuNet is a community of senior level executives, and has served more than 405,000 executives and 25,000 companies and executive recruiters by posting more than 30,000 executive positions annually.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program

The Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program FOSTERs the growth and development of future pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry professionals through the following key program features:
  • Family of Leading Companies–Partners include several of the top 10 global pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies.
  • Outstanding Alumni Track Record–Over 500 alumni hold prominent positions at more than 100 different companies.
  • Strong Network–Annually, more than 80 fellows develop valuable, lasting connections with each other, alumni, preceptors and faculty.
  • The Pathway to Industry–Since 1984, the Rutgers program has been nationally recognized, trusted, and proven as the pathway to industry for pharmacists.
  • Enhanced Career Path–Increasingly challenging assignments build depth of experience and enhance the potential for an accelerated career path.
  • Rigorous Academic Component–Rutgers affiliation provides academic and professional development opportunities.
Unfortunately, this fellowship program is only for pharmacists. Someday, we'll see an industry fellowship program for physicians. Right? Maybe.

More than 80 Pharm.D.s participate in the Fellowship Program annually. Over 500 Fellows have successfully completed the Program to date, and are now pursuing influential and rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries both in the US and abroad.


Physician Careers: Consulting & Entrepreneurship (MD/MBA 8th AMMP Conference)

Here's a video of a presentation given by Dr. Spencer Borden at the 8th Annual AMMP conference titled, "Consulting: Navigating the Tank Traps in Your Path." 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).

Spencer Borden, MD, MBA
Senior Managing Scientist
Exponent, Inc.

Spencer Borden, MD, MBA, CPE, FAHCE, FACR, FAAP, FACPE, is Senior Managing Scientist at Exponent, a scientific and engineering consulting company, where he heads a new consulting practice in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device sectors. Exponent has over 600 consultants (over one half with doctorates) in a wide variety of disciplines. Dr Borden was formerly director of employer outcomes research at Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc. J & J Health Care Systems is a division of J & J that supports the 203 independent operating companies under the J & J umbrella. Borden develops workplace-based demonstration projects to show the value of J & J products and services for the employer market sector. Borden ran his own independent consulting company, Integrity Consulting, LLC, for nine years and consulted with large employers, business coalitions on health, 13 major pharmaceutical firms, and three major biotechnology companies in areas of human capital management and health and productivity management. Previously, he was medical director at Aetna Life Insurance Company, MediQual Systems, Inc, and Value Health Sciences. He also spent 20 years in academic pediatric radiology, chairing the pediatric radiology departments at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Health care added +24,000 jobs in October

Even though unemployment remains relatively flat at 9.6 percent, the health care industry added 24,000 jobs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of unemployed persons, at 14.8 million, was little changed in October.

Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada, and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, registered the highest unemployment rates in September, 15.0 and 14.8 percent, respectively.
The lowest jobless rate among the large areas was recorded by Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia, 5.9 percent, followed closely by Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 6.0 percent.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Boston Healthcare Networking Event

Tuesday Nov. 9, 6:00-8:30pm
Boston Healthcare Networking Event

Event Organizer: careinnovators
Location: Jacob Wirth Restaurant, Boston MA
For more information and to attend: http://cinovember2010networking.eventbrite.com

Come meet other health professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors. Appetizers such as beer steamed bratwursts and knockwurst, BBQ and buffalo wings, cheese veggie quesadillas, and assorted fresh veggies will be provided by Jacob Wirth. $5.00 admission. Cash bar.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thanks for showing your support of NonClinicalJobs.com

I want to thank all of you for showing your support of NonClinicalJobs.com. This website couldn't exist if you didn't spend time reading various articles on this website. I also want to thank all of you who have joined the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers. We now have 1,800+ members in that group and we continue to grow each month! I think we'll reach over 2,000 members in the first part of 2011.

I also want to thank the 800+ fans who "Like" NonClinicalJobs.com on Facebook. If you're on Facebook and you haven't taken the opportunity to "Like" NonClinicalJobs.com, then you can do that right now by clicking on this link and then clicking on the "Like" button. Let's reach over 1,000 fans on Facebook in the early part of 2011.

As a reminder: this website can't exist unless you visit it on a regular basis. Share this website with others. Let them know that this resource is freely available. Join the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers.

Featured physician executive: Barry C. Dorn, MD

Each week here on NonClinicalJobs.com, we feature a physician executive. This week's featured physician executive is Barry C. Dorn, MD.

Here's some information about Dr. Dorn from the Excel Orthopedics website:

After 35 years, I will be leaving the practice of orthopedic surgery to work full time at the Harvard School of Public Health. Knowing and caring for so many wonderful people during my time in practice has been a great privilege for me.

Here's some more information about Dr. Dorn from Wikipedia:

Barry C. Dorn, M.D. (born 1941) is Associate Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Associate Director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at HSPH. He is also an Instructor in Public Health Practice at HSPH and Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Formerly, he practiced at Excel Orthopedic Specialists. He retired from medical practice in 2007. Dr. Dorn is among the leaders in the development of the health care negotiation and conflict resolution field.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

9 Online MBA Programs with AACSB Accreditation

Here's a list of 9 Online MBA Programs with AACSB Accreditation:

Colorado State University
Distance MBA accredited by AACSB

CSU offers a Distance MBA that has been AACSB-accredited for over 30 years. The program can be completed in as little as 21 months. CSU hosts Centers of Research Excellence in: Global Business, Social Marketing & Social Issues, Entrepreneurship, e-Business, and Real Estate. CSU's Distance MBA has the same academic rigor and content as the Professional MBA. In fact, you'll see and hear all the activity in the classroom -- it's like being a part of the class yet never leaving home or your place of work.

Thunderbird School of Global Management
On-Demand MBA accredited by AACSB

Thunderbird School of Global Management has been ranked #1 in international business for the last 13 years by U.S. News & World Report, and #1 by The Financial Times (2009). Thunderbird offers several programs and degrees, including the Global On-Demand MBA (online). Founded in 1946, Thunderbird is the first and oldest graduate management school focused exclusively on global business.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Online Executive MBA accredited by AACSB

A highly accredited University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a leader in professional and career-oriented education. Within this leading institution, TheSaunders College of Business is a catalyst for producing critical thinkers and team-based leaders. Worldwide, more than 1,700 top executives got their start at the Saunders College of Business. RIT ranked ninth by U.S. News and World Report in the "Best Universities Master's (North region)" category.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

2nd Annual Biotech, Healthcare & Science Summit

2nd Annual Biotech, Healthcare & Science Summit
From the Bench to Bedside
Thursday, November 4, 2010
6:00 - 9:00pm
Sherman Function Hall

This event will feature a panel of experts in diverse fields followed by a networking session. Come meet professionals for over 30 biotech, healthcare and science research organizations, and learn how each focuses on improving patient outcomes, research and discovery.

By attending students will have a chance to:

* Explore exciting and growing fields and industries
* Network and establish professional connections
* Learn how your skills and interests relate to internships and jobs
* Learn about hiring practices in fields and organizations of interest

Click here to learn more.

Career Change May Open New Doors

There's an article titled, "Career Change May Open New Doors." It's an October 2003 commentary by Lorne E. Weeks, MD and Rob Priddy and it's on CareerLab.com. You can read it here.

If you're feeling frustrated about your career, maybe it's time to explore some alternatives. Maybe it's time for a career transition. Perhaps it's time to get ready to open some new doors as the new year approaches.

Make sure to follow NonClinicalJobs.com for daily updates, articles, and news about non-clinical career opportunities for physicians and other health care professionals.

Physician Careers: Commercial Payors - Dr. John Fallon (MD/MBA 8th AMMP Conference)

Here's a video of a presentation given by Dr. John Fallon 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).

John Fallon, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President
Chief Physician Executive
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

John is responsible for ensuring the highest standards of medical care for our members. He is also accountable for helping expand health care strategies involving quality, effectiveness, efficiency and their relationships to new payment methodologies. He oversees the company’s medical policies, acts as the main liaison with the plan’s provider network, reviews upcoming legislation for medical impact, manages the company’s medical directors, acts as primary spokesperson for medical inquires and main medical contact with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its 39 plans.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Managed Healthcare Executive (November 2010)

The November 2010 of Managed Healthcare Executive can be viewed here (this is a digital version and you can view archived versions as well). Interested in learning more about the managed care industry? Read about disease management, pay-for-performance, and other health insurance industry issues.

Managed Healthcare Executive provides senior-level decision makers the trends, analysis, strategies, and applications they need to innovate value in a rapidly changing health care landscape.

The 5 Second MBA

There's a free report titled, "The 5 Second MBA" by an organization called WhatWouldDadSay. I wanted to take a look, so I filled out the form and downloaded the 49-page report. It's actually a set of slides that include Venn diagrams. After you go through the slides, you'll feel like you've already completed your MBA (almost).

G.L. Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor/operator/incubator/mentor. Two of his companies have traveled the entire success path from the garage to IPO. He has been featured in Forbes, FastCompany, the Wall Street Journal and other local business publications and newspapers.

You can read his blog here: http://blogs.jobdig.com/wwds/

Click here (PDF) to view the 5 Second MBA.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Outcomes of a program in business education for physicians and other health care professionals

What happens when physicians take a year-long course about the business of medicine? Is such education effective?

Take a look at this 2003 article titled, "Outcomes of a program in business education for physicians and other health care professionals."

BACKGROUND: We sought to determine the expectations that graduates of one business of medicine program had upon enrollment and to ascertain fulfillment of those expectations after completion, as well as the extent to which participating in the program improved business skills and led to advancement in office practice or career development.

METHODS: A postal mail survey was conducted of graduates of The Johns Hopkins University's Business of Medicine Program, a year-long, four-course certificate program to educate midcareer academic and nonacademic physicians and other health care professionals about fundamental business practices and their application to health care.

RESULTS: Surveys were sent to 285 graduates, and responses were received from 136 (48%) of them. Most respondents expected the program to expand their management skills, to enhance their knowledge of marketplace trends, and to advance their careers. These results were not correlated with respondents' age, sex, or profession (ie, physician, non-physician). More than 87% of respondents agreed that their overall expectations had been fulfilled by the time they completed the survey. Participants noted, however, that several expectations were unfulfilled upon replying to the survey.

CONCLUSION: Programs designed to educate physicians and other health care professionals--in private practice, academia, or industry--about the business aspects of medicine can be effective but need to be designed carefully to integrate business theory and application to the medical setting.

Young MA, Hough DE, Peskin MR. Outcomes of a program in business education for physicians and other health care professionals. South Med J. 2003 Oct;96(10):1000-6.

PMID: 14570345
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