Monday, January 31, 2011

Pharmacovigilance Jobs

Are you interested in finding a Pharmacovigilance Job?  Let's begin by taking a look at the word "Pharmacovigilance." Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Pharmacovigilance (abbreviated PV or PhV) is the pharmacological science relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects, particularly long term and short term side effects of medicines. Generally speaking, pharmacovigilance is the science of collecting, monitoring, researching, assessing and evaluating information from healthcare providers and patients on the adverse effects of medications, biological products, herbalism and traditional medicines with a view to:

* identifying new information about hazards associated with medicines
* preventing harm to patients.

The etymological roots are: pharmakon (Greek), “drug;” and vigilare (Latin), “to keep awake or alert, to keep watch.”

MIT Enterprise Forum

MIT Enterprise Forum is the global voice of entrepreneurship. For more than thirty years, Enterprise Forum has been a platform for entrepreneurial networking, inspiration and education. We are a community of volunteers sharing resources, knowledge and a passion for entrepreneurship and wealth creation.

The MIT Enterprise Forum collaborates with over 200 corporate and education organizations that connect technology entrepreneurs with resources which makes the commercialization of technology faster and easier.

1. Operates through 27 official chapters globally and expanding.
2. Non-profit, 2000 plus volunteer-driven organization.
3. Community program that is open to all.
4. Produces 300+ world-class networking and educational programs annually to inspire, connect and educate technology business executives.
5. Goal to build a community, connect technology entrepreneurs with capital, resources, employees, and industry experts, and to ultimately make the commercialization of technology faster and easier.

We are driven to answer the challenge of the imagination and to support the passion and creativity in every entrepreneur. We are changing the world one enterprise at a time.

The MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and strengthening technology-oriented startups, allowing them to grow and prosper.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

SEAK's Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

Here's some information from SEAK about their upcoming Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop:

SEAK's Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop has helped many of your colleagues break through and get published. It can help you as well.

Attendees from past conferences have enjoyed the personal attention from New York Times Bestselling author and teacher extraordinaire Robert Dugoni, one-on-one coaching from Literary agent Sorche Fairbank (who gives you frank, bottom-line suggestions about your all-important query letter and pitch), and a line-by-line edit of your first chapter by award winning novelist and highly experienced writing instructor John Hough, Jr.

These dedicated professionals have only one goal for this extraordinary weekend- improve your writing, query letter and first chapter, thus greatly increasing your chances of writing success.

This intimate course (maximum 36 attendees) is a great learning experience, fun, and has been extremely helpful in the writing career of past attendees.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

It was great to meet some of you here in San Francisco

I had a great time meeting some of you (our readers) here in San Francisco. I had the opportunity to meet:
  • a physician entrepreneur
  • a physician pursuing a health IT career
  • a physician working in a small biotech company
  • several physicians working at Kaiser Permanente
  • a surgeon in career transition
  • a number of physicians working full-time in the CME industry
It's always nice to put a face to a name, especially when we're connected on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Next month, I'll be at HIMSS and I look forward to connecting with a number of physicians working in the health IT industry.

Top 10 Contract Research Organizations

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Contract Research Organizations (CROs):

A Contract Research Organization, also called a Clinical Research Organization, (CRO) is a service organization that provides support and/or services for clinical trials. CROs support the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries as well as foundations, research institutions, and universities, in addition to governmental organizations (such as the NIH, EMEA, etc.). There are over 1,100 CROs in the world. It is a very fragmented industry with the top 10 controlling 56.1% of the market in 2008. One estimate had the size of the market set to reach $24 billion in 2010 and set to grow at a rate of 8.5% through 2015.

Top 10 CROs:

1. Quintiles ($2.5 billion)[2][6]
2. Covance ($1.8 billion)[2][6]
3. Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) ($1.4 billion in sales)[2][7]
4. Charles River Laboratories (CRL) ($1.2 Billion sales)[6]
5. Parexel ($930 million in sales)[6]
6. ICON ($887 million)[8]
7. Kendle ($590 million in sales) [6]
8. Pharmanet ($470 million in sales)[6]
9. PRA International ($410 million in sales)[6]
10. Aptuit ($370 million in 2009)[6]

Friday, January 28, 2011

Featured physician executive: Joseph M. Feczko, M.D.

Each week, we feature a physician executive.

This week, our featured physician executive is Joseph M. Feczko, MD. Here's some information from about Dr. Feczko.

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
New York , NY
Sector: HEALTHCARE / Drug Manufacturers - Major

On July 16, 2010, Joseph Feczko, M.D., was appointed to the Board of Directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Joseph Feczko, M.D., 61, a seasoned pharmaceutical executive, joins the Keryx Board with broad industry experience across the spectrum of medical, regulatory and operational affairs. Dr. Feczko was, until his retirement in May 2009, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Pfizer Inc and member of the Executive Leadership Team with global responsibilities for all aspects of the company?s medical, regulatory and safety activities. Following a time in private practice, he joined Pfizer in 1982 in New York, and then worked for ten years in the United Kingdom for both Pfizer and Glaxo where his responsibilities included supervising clinical research, regulatory affairs, data management and safety reporting. He returned to Pfizer in New York in 1996, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in clinical research and regulatory affairs and safety, culminating in the role of CMO. Dr. Feczko is board-certified in Internal Medicine and a specialist in Infectious Diseases. He has a B.Sc. degree from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

BIO Career Fair 2011

Mark your calendars!

BIO Career Fair
Monday, June 27, 2011 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington
Independence Ballroom
Washington, D.C.

Considering a new job? Register and Upload your resume today and find that new position you desire! Joining and attending the BIO Career Fair is FREE to all job seekers and there is no better way to meet face-to-face with those companies you want to work for. You can also participate and be considered by employers even if you don't attend the event.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) - for entrepreneurs only is a dynamic, global network of more than 7,500 business owners in 38 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Membership in one of EO’s 118 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 40 years old with annual revenues of US$18.4 million.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization also operates the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards program, the premier award for undergraduate students that own and run businesses while attending a college or university, as well as the Accelerator Program, a series of quarterly, high-impact learning events that provide business owners with the tools, knowledge, and skills to grow their businesses to more than US$1 million in annual revenue.

Our Vision:
To build the world's most influential community of entrepreneurs.

Our Mission:
Engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BIO-Windhover/Pharmaceutical Strategic Outlook

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Windhover Conferences, a division of Elsevier Business Intelligence (EBI), are proud to host BIO-Windhover/Pharmaceutical Strategic Outlook 2011.

For the second year in a row, the BIO-Windhover partnering event is combined with Pharmaceutical Strategic Outlook for an in-depth analysis of the top issues affecting the industry, creating a dynamic three days of networking and discussion. The conference offers a personal and interactive setting with in-depth on-stage interviews, panels, one-on-one partnering meetings and company presentations by carefully selected biotech companies.

At BIO-Windhover/Pharmaceutical Strategic Outlook, hear:

* Keynote Fireside Chats with Leading Industry Experts
* Restructuring R & D to Maximize Innovation and Productivity: Has Industry Right-Sized its Infrastructure?
* Making Alliances Work: Best Practices for Preserving Future Exit Strategies
* How Biotechs should Position Themselves to Access Funding
* Dealmaking in Personalized Medicine and Diagnostics
* M & A and Licensing Dealmaking Trends
* Innovation in Reimbursement Strategies

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Consulting opportunities for physicians

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

Doctors who are making a career transition often think consulting is the way to go. It seems to be a fun and interesting job with no call, doesn’t usually require any certifications or more schooling/degrees and is rumored to pay a lot. Is this true? Well, it largely depends on the type of consulting and the subject matter, as well as the employment type. There are different varieties of consulting employment. Let’s consider each one separately.

If you don’t want to transition into a non-clinical career all at once, part time consulting may be the best way to figure out if you like consulting and to get experience to build your resume. It’s a good way to get your feet wet with the smallest amount of risk.

Many doctors end up as full time consultants for large companies (drug, device, medical supply, financial, etc.). You will use your clinical expertise and experience in your current specialty. Some specialties are more sought after than others when it comes to being hired by a large company as a full time consultant.

Working completely for yourself has its advantages. You don’t have to set an alarm and you can go to the gym in the middle of the afternoon. But you may not have enough time to do that. There’s a lot that goes into being an independent consultant. You have to market and sell your services before you get a paycheck. Then you have to do the work so you can get paid – but at the same time, continue to market and sell yourself so you can get that next job (and paycheck). With a physician’s skill set, you can command a high billing rate and your overhead is often low. You will need to form an LLC and liability insurance is a must.

2011 Career Thought Leaders Conference & Symposium

The 2011 Career Thought Leaders Conference & Symposium is unlike any event you’ve ever attended. Rather than a series of short-term presentations on a broad range of often unrelated topics, you’ll enjoy content-rich, day-long programs focusing on the three disciplines most critical to each career professional’s success:
  • Writing powerful resumes, letters, LinkedIn profiles, executive bios, and other career marketing communications
  • Mastering new strategies, tools, and techniques for career coaching, job search coaching, interview training, and more
  • Defining your path and managing your successful and profitable entrepreneurial journey
Designed to meet the needs of both experienced and new career professionals, these programs provide an equal blend of “must-know” information and sophisticated, master-level practices employed by career industry thought leaders and innovators worldwide. No matter your years of experience, you’ll learn valuable new information, gain new skills and competencies, make great professional contacts, and leave the conference with takeaways that will immediately elevate your performance and success.

Monday, January 24, 2011

AMWA New Jersey Networking Event

The AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) Delaware Valley Chapter is having a networking event on Tues, Feb 8 in New Brunswick, NJ. If you're interested in medical writing, get involved with a local chapter of the AMWA.

Here are the details of the event:

Panico's Restaurant
103 Church Street; New Brunswick, NJ; (732) 545-6100

6:00 p.m. — Dinner

Some Insights on being an MD/MBA Graduate Part 2: Applying/Interviewing for Residency and Finishing Up

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

I wanted to use this article to discuss issues that face the final year (5th year usually, I think there are some where you still finish in 4) of MD/MBA students. Brittany made a great post on what the MBA offers medical students and what you can do with it while you're in school earlier so I won't touch on that much in this article.

The first thing I wanted to cover is how the MBA affected applying to residency. Being this is the time of year when interviews are winding down and match day is just about 2 months away, there is nothing on the mind more-so than "The Match." Entering this time of year always brought out the question among my MD/MBA peers: "Will I be looked at differently as an MD/MBA applicant?" In particular, everyone was more concerned if the deeply entrenched world of medical academia that dominates residencies would shun "the business person."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

BranchOut: Career Networking on Facebook

Look out LinkedIn! Facebook is seriously moving into the professional networking space with BranchOut. If you want to get serious about professional networking and job searching, it may be time to use Facebook and BranchOut (you should also use LinkedIn, but it's good to use both LinkedIn and Facebook).

Here's some information about this new Facebook app:

Unlock your career network on Facebook with BranchOut

BranchOut empowers you to create a professional presence on Facebook that is safe and easy to use. By leveraging Facebook's network of over 600 million users, BranchOut gives you inside connections to jobs and sales leads that you can't find anywhere else.

Whether you are a job seeker, recruiter, or just like seeing where your friends work, BranchOut is your professional networking service on Facebook.

BranchOut has over three million job posts and 15,000 internship opportunities waiting for you right now. Search for jobs by company, position, location, industry, and area of expertise. You'll find employment opportunities at top companies, like Google, Apple, Bank of America and thousands more.

Pharm Country Career Fair

Looking for a job in the pharmaceutical industry?

Maybe you should attend the BioSpace Pharm Country Career Fair. There, you'll have the opportunity to connect with leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Pharm Country Career Fair
Thursday, February 10, 2011
11am - 4pm
Bridgewater Marriott
Bridgewater, NJ

Attend the Pharm Country Career Fair!
Job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, and medical device companies in the tri-state area.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Update: Next conference call with Dr. Steven Peskin: Feb 27, 2011 (Sun) on Pharma Jobs

Updated on 4/2/11: (recording is now available for purchase)
Our next "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" conference call is scheduled for Sunday, Feb 27 at 9 pm EST.

This conference call is titled,  "Physician Careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry (part 1 of 2)"

Presenters include:
Over the two-part series, we will address specific jobs in the pharmaceutical industry including:
1. MSL (Medical Science Liaison)
2. Drug safety/pharmacovigilance officer
3. Research 
4. Other medical affairs jobs
5. Medical education
6. Marketing/promotion
7. Health economics outcomes research (HEOR)
8. Managed markets
Part 1 will occur on 2/27 (Sun evening) and we will address questions like:
1. How do you "break in" and get started in the pharmaceutical industry?
2. What types of opportunities are out there for experienced physicians, recent medical school graduates, etc.?
3. Specific "next-step" suggestions and tips.
The cost to participate is $50.

This call will be open to 15 people and will be highly interactive so come prepared with questions. The call will last approximately 60 minutes and the entire call will be recorded.

Part 1 was recorded on Sunday, 2/27/2011 and we addressed questions like:

1. How do you "break in" and get started in the pharmaceutical industry?
2. What types of opportunities are out there for experienced physicians, recent medical school graduates, etc.?
3. Specific "next-step" suggestions and tips.

The cost to access the Part 1 recording is $50. Once you submit payment, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to listen to the recording. Purchase this recording by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below:

18th Annual Euro-Biotech Forum

Windhover Conferences invites you to join its 18th Annual Euro-Biotech Forum, the best global partnering meeting with the highest concentration of the right senior-level biopharma executives. Featuring the leading strategic minds, one-on-one meetings and presenting companies, all at the elegant Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris.

Biopharma Financing, M & A and Alliances: What are the Trends?

Hear directly from global biopharma about how the deal trends can affect your R&D pipelines.

* Which creative deal structures are proving successful?
* What is the rationale behind the biggest M&As of the year?
* And where are the real opportunities for growth as risky yet rewarding deal trends continue to evolve?

Register now for this exclusive event where senior executives gather to drive pipelines, profits and personal career growth through partnering and knowledge-building!

18th Annual Euro-Biotech Forum
May 23-25, 2011
Paris, France

More information here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Recommended Reading for HealthCare Executives

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog recommends the following 2 books as "Recommended Reading for HealthCare Executives:"

Reengineering Health Care: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery

Transforming Health Care: Virginia Mason Medical Center's Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience

Featured physician executive: William R. Shanahan, Jr., M.D., J.D.

This week's "Featured physician executive" is William R. Shanahan, Jr., M.D., J.D.

You can find information about him on Forbes and BusinessWeek. Here's his bio from the Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. website.

William R. Shanahan, Jr., M.D., J.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

William Shanahan, William R. Shanahan, Jr., M.D., J.D., has served as our Vice President and Chief Medical Officer since March 2004. Dr. Shanahan served as Chief Medical Officer for Tanox, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 2000 to March 2004; in various positions at Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 1994 to 2000, most recently as Vice President, Drug Development; as Director, Clinical Research for Pfizer Central Research, a pharmaceutical company, from 1989 to 1994; and in various positions at Searle Research & Development, a pharmaceutical company subsequently acquired by Pfizer, from 1986 to 1989, most recently as Director, Clinical Research. Dr. Shanahan holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and a J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Salary Negotiation Tactics: Know Your Value

You'll find some great career articles at

One recent article is simply titled, "2011 Salary Negotiation Tactics." (registration required)

The author of that article outlines a six-step process to get the most out of a 2011 salary negotiation. I'd like to highlight the importance of this point: "Know and document your value." This is where many physicians struggle when they're applying for a non-clinical job position. They know how much they could be making in the clinical world, but how about the non-clinical world? Should they get an equal salary? If they think they deserve a higher salary, why? Can they prove and document their value to the company that may hire them?

Physicians generally don't like to discuss the topic of salary, but we all have to recognize that this is a critical topic. Your current salary will influence your salary figure for your next job. Make sure you know how to document your value.  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

If you're on LinkedIn, make sure to join these 3 groups

LinkedIn is an online professional social networking website. You can join for free (but they also offer paid premium services).

If you're on LinkedIn, make sure to join these 3 groups:
  1. Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC)
  2. American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)
  3. Your college/medical school alumni group
I'd also encourage you to join groups that are focused around specific industries. For example, you'll find groups around:
  • Pharma/biotech/medical devices
  • Consulting
  • Health information technology
  • Medical writing/medical communications
  • Journalism
  • Venture capital/investment banking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Job search/career transition
  • and many other interesting topics
If you're planning on finding a new job in 2011, it's critical to have a robust network and to connect with people through social media. LinkedIn is a powerful resource that can be leveraged to help you focus your job search this year. 

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    McKesson's 2011 Physician Leadership Congress

    McKesson's 2011 Physician Leadership Congress

    Innovative Thinking and Networking for Physician Leaders
    "Nothing endures but change." -Heraclitus

    Change is accelerating in every dimension of our lives, especially in healthcare. Now, more than ever, collaboration between physicians and nurses is essential to the quality and safety of care delivery. By leading together as a team, you create a culture throughout your organization that transforms the patient experience.

    With the 2nd annual Physician Leadership Congress (PLC), formerly called Physician Leadership Forum, an exciting change is coming.

    * For the first time, the PLC will now include a day of clinical leadership collaboration with nursing executive peers

    But the value of attending PLC will be more powerful than ever:

    * Learn transformational strategies to improve healthcare from industry leaders and your colleagues
    * Share your ideas and experiences through interactive discussions
    * Network with peers

    DO/MBA Dual Degree: PCOM and SJU

    The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) offers a dual-degree DO/MBA through Saint Joseph's University Erivan K. Haub School of Business.

    PCOM's DO/MBA Degree Program, the osteopathic profession's first graduate program in business administration, increases your career options and practice management skills while you prepare to become a physician. Learn what they don't teach you in medical school. On the business side, medical students today sense a need for solid business sense to manage a practice successfully in an age of increasing competition and regulation.

    * PCOM does an excellent job of training you as an osteopathic physician. A cooperative program with St. Joseph's University now makes possible an augmented degree track that can enhance your efficiency and skills as a clinician by equipping you for the business management side of medicine.
    * The DO/MBA program provides the business know-how every physician needs. A solo practitioner learns to make business decisions about managing time, money, personnel and practice building. Those joining group practice enter a small business that markets medical services, subject to all the lore and pitfalls of the business world. And physicians serving administration positions in academic health care centers, major hospitals, clinical departments or public health delivery gain a credential for senior management positions.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Pharmaceutical Executive January Issue

    A great way to get familiar with the business issues in the pharmaceutical industry is to read industry-specific journals like Pharmaceutical Executive. You can read the January 2011 issue of Pharmaceutical Executive here.

    I'll be in San Francisco Jan 25-30

    I'm heading out to San Francisco Jan 25-30 for a conference called the Alliance for CME. This is a conference for professionals working in the continuing medical education or CME industry. Attendees come from medical universities, publishing companies, specialty societies, medical education companies, disease foundations and non-profit groups, technology vendors, and a host of other types of organizations.

    If you live in the San Fransisco area and you'd like to get together, send me an e-mail here.

    Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS)

    CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and successfully complete the CPHIMS exam are designated a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

    A mark of distinction
    CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and successfully complete the CPHIMS exam are designated a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).The CPHIMS credential provides both internal and external rewards. It is a mechanism to validate your skill, knowledge and abilities.
    • Distinguish yourself from your peers as certified in healthcare information and management systems;
    • Expand your career opportunities;
    • Validate your healthcare information and management systems knowledge, competency and credibility;
    • Provide yourself with skills and tools to help you make a difference in your career, your organization, and your community;
    • Demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development;
    • Enjoy the pride of recognition of knowing that you are among the elite in a critical field of healthcare; and
    • Hold a premier credential based on a sound assessment to distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
    To learn more about CPHIMS, visit the Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) website here.

    Physicians re-entering the work force

    Physician re-entry is a hot topic that is gaining more momentum these days. There are several forces that are significantly impacting this re-entry phenomenon.  First, retired physicians need income because they've lost much of their savings and/or they under-estimated how long they would live and how much money they would need. Also, the national physician shortage is triggering more physicians to re-enter the workforce. We also have moms and others who temporary left the clinical scene to raise a family, and now they're re-entering the workforce. How are these physicians doing it?

    The Dec. 15, 2010 AMA Wire has an article titled, "Re-entering the work force? Let the AMA help you navigate the challenges." You can read that article here.

    The AMA has a web page focused on physician re-entry fact/resources/articles. You can view that here:

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    Next conference call: Feb 27, 2011 (Sun) on Pharma Jobs

    Correction/Update (date and topic changed)

    Our next "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" conference call is scheduled for Sunday, Feb 27 at 9 pm EST. This conference call will be a focused discussion around physician careers in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Presenters include:
    We will address questions like:

    1. How do you "break in" and get started in the pharmaceutical industry?
    2. What types of opportunities are out there for experienced physicians, recent medical school graduates, etc.?
    3. Specific "next-step" suggestions and tips.

    The cost to participate is $50.

    Economic Club Meeting recap

    Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

    Well, I was fortunate enough to still be able to attend the Economic Club of Indiana meeting yesterday and was very happy I did...a big thanks to the Kelley School of Business for providing me with the info and free ticket. As I said before I attended, I didn't know a lot about the speaker or the company he's involved with, Lumina. I quickly found out that my questions I asked in my previous post were not really relevant. The speaker, Jamie Merisotas, was a very good speaker and did a great job of emphasizing the goals of Lumina, primarily to have 60% of Americans obtaining some form of post-secondary education by 2025.

    This may not sound like a very high number, but currently the U.S. rate is at 39% so they have a long way to go. His talk and the goals of Lumina are specifically focusing on post-secondary education so my question about costs of graduate and medical education were not covered (even though I submitted it before the talk...I was glad it got screened afterwards). Information on some of the compelling statistics of education's impact on economics can be found on their site. A link to their pamphlet describing their plan in full can be found here. Essentially he made the point that America lacks a skilled workforce scaled to its size and that advancement of the middle class is dependent on education and will only become more so in the future...along with staying competitive in an increasingly global environment.

    ACPE Washington/Baltimore Physicians Executives Network Dinner

    If you live in the Washington/Baltimore area, don't miss this opportunity to connect with physician executives!

    Washington/Baltimore Physicians Executives Network Dinner (ACPE Networks)
    January 26, 2011 — 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Ciao Bella
    236 S. High St.
    Baltimore, MD 21202

    Beverly Magda, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Technology Management Program at Georgetown University will speak on Change Management in IT.

    Learn more here on the ACPE website.

    Sunday, January 16, 2011

    AT&T hiring for mHealth (mobile health) - looking for an Executive Director Chief Medical Information Officer

    AT&T is hiring for its mHealth (mobile health) efforts. Here's a brief description:
    By being hired into one of our mHealth jobs at AT&T, you’ll be a key member of the AT&T team. Professionals in mHealth careers come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing an assortment of knowledge and skills to every area of our business. Please click on your desired mHealth job below to learn more about the exact qualifications.
    AT&T Executive Director Chief Medical Information Officer

    The Chief Medical Information Officer, will guide and direct the overall strategy of AT&T's healthcare solutions practice by providing industry expertise in evidence-based medicine, health outcomes, disease management and wellness. The CMIO will utilize healthcare technology expertise to develop an industry viewpoint on AT&T offerings and represent those viewpoints and offers to clients, partners and associations across the healthcare ecosystem. This position is also responsible for driving the design, development, and delivery of healthcare information technology offerings to the market; and providing strategic guidance and impact to AT&T sales, marketing and technology organizations.

    Primary responsibilities:
    •Provide healthcare technology expertise to product, sales and marketing management teams to ensure the successful positioning of industry solutions and go to market tactics.
    •Provide market-driven information for product strategy and development direction using industry expertise and direct interaction with customers, prospects, analysts, and other external resources.
    •Develop and maintain relationships with partners, key consultancies and system integrators to establish focused and effective strategic teaming arrangements.
    •Represent AT&T to medical societies and advocacy groups and medical advisory boards.
    •Deliver the AT&T Healthcare strategy to senior leader and peers in the market.
    • Manage and provide subject matter expertise in medical risk assessments.
    • Advise and assist in developing and maintaining processes that govern pilots.
    • Direct strategic issues, investment decisions, and actions regarding key regulatory demands and requirements.
    •Create risk assessment documents and white papers related to product launches and post launch positioning.
    • Coordinate publication and regulatory submissions that include clinical data in support of the Regulatory Affairs team.
    • Identify and assess competitor advances in the market and develop required strategic responses.

    Free ACPE Webinar: Advancing Your Career: Degree & Certification

    Are you curious about what steps to take next toward a possible part or full time career as a physician leader or manager? Then join us for this informative session presented by Barbara Linney, ACPE's Director of Career Development. Barbara has over 15 years experience working with physicians from across the country - she'll offer clear and proven tips on how to navigate your way down the path from managing one patient or practice at a time to managing and leading groups, departments, organizations and systems. 

    Participate in this free ACPE (American College of Physician Executives) Webinar titled,: Advancing Your Career: Degree & Certification

    Tuesday, January, 18 at 12:00 Noon Eastern

    Click here
    for more information.

    Informational Interviews versus Job Interviews

    Author: Bob Priddy

    I know you’ve heard this before, most of the best jobs are never advertised and a solid networking strategy is the best process for physicians to learn about those best jobs – and it’s true. However, what do you do when your networking lands you an interview for a job you don’t know if you really want. It happens.

    Sound networking strategies are built around a set of expectations. You don’t expect the first person you speak with to direct you to a job. Networking is an escalating process where at each level you move closer to people more knowledgeable of your objectives and therefore more likely to introduce you to someone who understands you clearly and can help you do exactly what you with to do.

    However, it’s not unusual while debriefing a client following a first or second tier networking meeting to be told, “She said this person is looking for someone with my expertise and they may offer me a job. I don’t think I want to work there. What am I supposed to do.”

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Physician Reentry Regulations by State

    Physician reentry into clinical practice can be defined as returning to professional activity/clinical practice for which one has been trained, certified or licensed after an extended period. This is an issue that cuts across genders and specialties. However, anecdotal evidence indicates that reentry into the workforce will affect women more often than men. Although there is paucity of data on this complex topic, many agree that it is an issue that is gaining prominence.

    The American Medical Association Division of Graduate Medical Education has made available information on physician reentry including a table describing reentry regulations for each state from its publication, State Medical Licensure Requirements and Statistics, 2010.

    Business School Blog: I'm taking an accounting class this weekend

    This weekend, I get to spend Friday and Saturday in an accounting class. The room is full of executives who work in the pharmaceutical and health care industry. It's great to interact with students who share common career interests.

    This weekend, we're covering the basics:
    • balance sheets
    • income statements
    • retained earnings statements
    • cash flow statements
    I never took an accounting course in college. Here's a bit about accounting from Wikipedia:
    The basic accounting equation is assets=liabilities+stockholders equity. This is the balance sheet. The foundation for the balance sheet begins with the income statement, which is revenues-expenses=net income or net loss. This is followed by the retained earnings statement, which is beginning retained earnings+net income-dividends=ending retained earnings or beginning retained earnings-net loss-dividends=ending retained earnings.
    Today, accounting is called "the language of business" because it is the vehicle for reporting financial information about a business entity to many different groups of people. Accounting that concentrates on reporting to people inside the business entity is called management accounting and is used to provide information to employees, managers, owner-managers and auditors. Management accounting is concerned primarily with providing a basis for making management or operating decisions. Accounting that provides information to people outside the business entity is called financial accounting and provides information to present and potential shareholders, creditors such as banks or vendors, financial analysts, economists, and government agencies. Because these users have different needs, the presentation of financial accounts is very structured and subject to many more rules than management accounting. The body of rules that governs financial accounting is called Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP.

    Featured physician executive: William M. Detmer, MD, MSc

    This week's featured physician executive is Dr. Bill M. Detmer.

    William M. Detmer, MD, MSc is Unbound Medicine’s President and CEO. Prior to founding Unbound Medicine, he was Vice President of Clinical Information Products for Ovid Technologies, an information provider to more than 10,000 institutions worldwide. Considered an Internet pioneer for the healthcare industry, Dr. Detmer created the first Web-based search interface to the world’s medical literature in 1994 and has since led the development of many profitable and widely-used healthcare applications. A regular industry speaker and published author, he is currently an adjunct assistant professor of health evaluation sciences at the University of Virginia and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Detmer is a board-certified internist trained at the University of California-San Francisco and holds a master’s degree in medical information sciences from Stanford University.

    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Economics and Finance: From Theory to Practice to Policy

    If you're in the Boston area, you won't want to miss this symposium as MIT celebrates 150 years:

    Economics and Finance: From Theory to Practice to Policy

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 - Friday, January 28, 2011
    Location: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue

    This symposium will celebrate the role of MIT's faculty and students in advancing the fields of economics and finance, in putting the latest developments into practice, and in contributing to the design of public policy.

    A series of six panels, which will include Nobel laureates, policy makers, and academic and industry experts, will address three broad questions:

    * What are the key recent scientific developments and the major unresolved issues of economics and finance?
    * What are the central challenges in economic policy?
    * How can one assess the contributions of, and limitations of, recent advances in financial economics?

    Faculty leads

    * Andrew W. Lo, Harris & Harris Group Professor, Sloan School of Management
    * James M. Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics
    * Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics

    Expand your health IT experience by participating in a HIMSS committee

    People often ask, "How do I break into the health information technology industry? How do I get started?" If you don't have any formal experience working in health IT, perhaps you can gain some experience and make some valuable connections by participating in a HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems) committee.

    I'll be attending HIMSS next month and I look forward to networking with other physicians who have a strong interest (or career) in health IT. If you're going to be there, then make sure to let me know so that we can find a time to meet.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Attending Economic Club Luncheon Tomorrow

    Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

    Tomorrow, I will be attending the Economic Club of Indiana's monthly luncheon, with a free invite for alumni of the IU Kelley School of Business, the primary sponsor of the event. The keynote speaker is Jamie Merisotas, the President of Lumina Foundation for Education. This is an organization I'm not real familiar with, but they deal with improving access to higher education. A short bio can be found here. Being it states they are in control over $1 billion in assets, he probably has some in-depth experience in this field.

    It will be interesting to hear his thoughts on the cost of higher education. I hope he touches on graduate education, as well. I know the ever-increasing costs of medical school, in an environment of ever-increasing uncertainty on reimbursement, are going to be a serious issue to applicants from now on. And I'm sure the same can be said for business school, whether in its own right or within the context of the dual-degree.

    Hope to have some good insights to report back with tomorrow.

    Leadership Development

    The following are experts from Dale Carnegie Training:

    As economies are beginning to emerge from the global recession, it is more important than ever to ensure employees are engaged. To ensure your organization can take advantage of the recovery, you will need to pay extra special attention to leading your teams and putting yourself and your team in the best position to succeed.

    Leaders respect and value the differences in others. In times of uncertainty, you accept that your available human resources are your only sustainable competitive advantage. When the people you lead don't perform at acceptable levels, you must sometimes exert your influence. Sometimes you don't have authority to make them perform better. In those situations, you must often accept whatever they give you or try to find ways to influence or inspire them to improve their performance. There are five primary reasons people underperform. Understanding the reasons behind nonperformance is the first step to using your abilities to influence others effectively and without resorting to manipulation.

    Leading Strong Teams
    "If only I had a stronger team!" Most leaders have thought this at one time or another. Yet successful leaders seem to develop strong teams for their projects wherever they go.

    Six Social Media Trends for 2011

    If you're not leveraging social media in 2011, you're missing some significant opportunities to connect with other physicians who can help you in your non-clinical career development. Social media isn't simply about social networking.

    Last month, Harvard Business Review had a blog post titled, "Six Social Media Trends for 2011." The author writes about some of the newer social media trends that may permeate the New Year. After all, now that most people are carrying smartphones or slate tablets with built-in GPS location, what's next?

    Make sure to read the HBR article and get connected on some social networks. Start with LinkedIn and get involved in some groups so that you can participate in some discussions that are relevant to your areas of experience.

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    Wharton Executive Education Health Care Programs

    Wharton offers 3 unique executive education programs through it "Industry Associations: Health Care Programs"

    * Wharton/DePuy The Surgeon Executive: Strategic Management for the High-Performing Practice
    * Wharton/Windhover Program for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Executives
    * Wharton Nursing Leaders Program

    Here's more information about each program:

    Wharton/DePuy The Surgeon Executive: Strategic Management for the High-Performing Practice:
    This three-day workshop is designed for orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, IR/INR or sports medicine physicians in private practice who want a better understanding of current issues in managing a surgical practice. This program will help you to focus on developing business management skills related to such issues as:
    * Strategy Under Uncertainty
    * Value Creation: Relationship Between Finance and Strategy
    * Foundations in Finance
    * Marketing Strategy: Segmentation and Positioning
    * Capital Budgeting: Leasing vs. Buying
    * Developing a Marketing Plan
    Wharton/Windhover Program for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Executives:
    The Wharton/Windhover Program gives current and future industry leaders insight into the changes and challenges of each key area of the business. Taught by CEOs, top researchers and drug developers, senior marketing executives, policy and pricing experts, industry deal-makers, and Wharton faculty, the course will give you broad perspectives and practical tools. Faculty discuss the management implications of the new techniques of drug discovery, marketing and pricing in the current environment, financial evaluation and deals, and mergers and alliances.

    Business School Blog: Accounting Foundation 510

    My next course is titled, "Account Foundation 510." Here's a brief course description:
    This course deals with financial accounting and reporting, and the understanding of the four basic financial statements: balance sheets, income statements, retained earnings statements, and cash flow statements. It analyzes the role of the manager in the development and use of the preparation of financial statements. The use of key ratios in the analysis of a firm’s financial statement is also discussed.
    I admit that I didn't learn much about accounting or finance when I was in college. I wish I could go back to MIT and take some Sloan Management courses. As I've been working in the business world, I've had some exposure to accounting principles, but I'm learning quite a bit by going through this course.  Following this course, I'll be going through several additional accounting and finance courses.

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    J.P. Morgan 29th Annual Healthcare Conference 2011

    You don't have to be in California to view the presentations from the J.P. Morgan 29th Annual Healthcare Conference 2011.

    The J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is the premier conference of its kind bringing together established industry leaders, emerging fast growth companies, innovative technology creators and globally-minded service providers. This year we expect nearly 400 companies, both public and private, to deliver presentations to more than 3,500 investors at the conference. The format of this conference will consist of multiple half-hour public company presentation tracks.

    Listen to live webcasts during the conference, January 10-13, 2011. Recorded webcasts will generally be available for at least three months, except where noted otherwise.

    To listen to the webcasts, click here.

    Some Insights on being an MD/MBA Graduate Part 1: Considering enrolling in your school's MD/MBA program?

    Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

    As this is my first post on the site, I just want to extend a quick note of appreciation to Dr. Kim for giving me the opportunity to become a contributor. Being a fresh MD/MBA graduate (2010) and now that Dr. Kim is blogging about his experiences in business school after being removed from medical school for some time, I wanted to start off with a little series of some my thoughts of what doing an MD/MBA is and what it isn't.

    I'm going to gear this post to first and second year medical students that are possibly considering applying or entering their schools combined program. Future posts will cover those in already in a program and those in residency.

    Once you start the MD/MBA, the first thing most clinicians will ask you (especially the very academic ones) is, "Why are you getting your MBA?" Eventually this will get old, it should be the first question you ask yourself before committing to it and likely racking up another year of school debt. If you see yourself as a neurosurgeon or cardiothoracic surgeon who will be working 110 hour weeks until you are 60, attending some business seminars/meetings or conferences may be all you need to get a basic level of business knowledge. If you see yourself wanting to take an active role in the management and/or non-clinical aspects of healthcare (not necessarily working a non-clinical job), then the MBA will give you a much more comprehensive understanding of business knowledge and is something you should strongly consider.

    A few major things you will likely learn/gain from doing the combined degree:

    * Leadership
    * A much greater sense of teamwork and collaboration
    * A thorough understanding of business language and terminology
    * A deep understanding of the fundamentals of all the major aspects of business
    * A desire to be more pro-active and guide your own path

    What you won't necessarily learn/gain:

    * How to be a world-class investment banker immediately upon graduation
    * Becoming a CPA-level accountant on the side
    * It likely has little impact plus/minus on what kind of candidate you are for residency

    People to People Physician Executives Delegation to Brazil

    The People to People Physician Executives Delegation to Brazil in April 2011, led by Harry L. Leider, MD, MBA, FACPE, promises to be one of our most exciting and engaging experiences to date.

    You could benefit from nearly 50 years of People to People exchanges as you:

    * Build lasting partnerships with your peers overseas through formal meetings, discussion sessions, and site visits
    * Deepen your understanding of your profession and enhance your value to your organization by networking internationally while earning continuing education credits
    * Enjoy immersive cultural experiences and take in iconic sights
    * Make a global impact—not only advancing your field, but also gaining international perspectives

    The American College of Physician Executive's mission is to educate and support physician leaders throughout the world. While historically our primary focus has been in the United States, we have experience growing participation and interest from physician executives throughout the world.

    Sunday, January 9, 2011

    Why MD/MBA? A Current Student Perspective

    Author: Brittany Chan

    Many people have asked me why I chose to do the MD/MBA program. Honestly, I applied to the program somewhat on a whim. I didn’t have aspirations of being a hospital CMO or starting up my own biotech company; I simply wanted to learn more about the business aspect of medicine. In the past century, healthcare has transformed into a major complex industry, but medical school fails to teach us thoroughly about this component. Fortunately, schools have responded to this problem, and there are now more than fifty MD/MBA programs in the United States.

    How will an MD/MBA program benefit you? If you are considering a dual-degree, this may be a difficult question for you to answer. From a student perspective, here are four great reasons:

    Learn skills that will make you a better physician.
    Business emphasizes leadership and teamwork; almost all of my class projects have been in groups. The skills I have gained and sharpened from these experiences will no doubt carry over into the way I practice medicine. Working with administration, physicians, nurses and other health professionals to care for a patient is teamwork at its finest.

    Be more marketable for residencies.
    Taking on a second degree while in medical school shows initiative and looks extremely impressive on a CV. Many MD/MBA programs may also give you the opportunity to earn extra certifications; at Texas Tech, students obtain their Six Sigma Green Belt or Certified Quality Improvement Associate certifications from the American Society of Quality. We also became certified EHR consultants with Practice Fusion. Residency directors consider MD/MBA one of the most useful pairings of degrees. If nothing else, it will definitely make you stand out against an otherwise equally qualified candidate.

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    Taking on Twitter: Strategic Tweeting for Small Business

    If you're interested in learning how to use Twitter for your small business, make sure to read this book!

    Taking on Twitter: Strategic Tweeting for Small Business

    Dr. Robert Jarvik: a medical entrepreneur who skipped residency

    This week's featured physician is Dr. Jarvik. We've all heard of the Jarvik Heart. Did you know that Dr. Jarvik did not do a residency? 

    Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. (born May 11, 1946) is an American scientist, researcher and entrepreneur known for his role in developing the Jarvik-7 artificial heart.

    He graduated with an M.D. from the University of Utah in 1976 and he never did an internship or residency. Instead, he pursued a non-clinical career as a medical scientist, inventor, researcher, and entrepreneur.

    From 1978 to 1987, Dr. Jarvik ran the Salt Lake City company Symbion, Inc., a company formed to produce the Jarvik-7. In 1987, he moved to New York and founded Jarvik Research, Inc. where he began work on the Jarvik 2000 Left-Ventricular Assist System.

    Today, Dr. Jarvik is President and CEO of Jarvik Heart, Inc. He holds numerous patents for medical device technology, and degrees from Syracuse University, New York University, and the University of Utah College of Medicine.

    Eighth Annual MD/MBA Conference - Boston MA 2010 (Videos)

    As the new year begins, I'd like to highlight one of the best meetings I attended in 2010. It was the  Eighth Annual Conference of the Association of MD/MBA Programs (AMMP) in Boston. I enjoyed listening to the speakers and meeting all the MD/MBA students who attended.

    If you missed the Eighth Annual MD/MBA Conference, you can view the videos from the conference by clicking here and then clicking on the link that says "Eighth Annual AMMP Conference - Boston MA 2010" on the upper left portion of the screen. (You'll need Microsoft Silverlight to play the videos).

    In 2011, the AMMP conference will be in Lubbock, TX. Save the date for the 2011 MD/MBA Conference

    April 8-10th, 2011
    Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, TX

    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    BHM physician advisors

    BHM physician advisors are a network of board-certified physicians with diverse specialties and over 40 years of combined experience. Whether a complex or standard case, our network of physician advisors can meet your needs. The services provided go beyond initial review, and encompass the complete review process from beginning to end. Our physician advisors will bring their expertise to your organization by employing an evidence based approach in analyzing all peer to peer clinical review cases. We will take this experience and use it to help the members of your organization shape ongoing treatment goals.

    Services include

    • Initial review
    • Both standard and expedited reviews
    • Concurrent reviews
    • Appeal process
    • Both standard and expedited appeals
    • Medical record review
    • Clinical treatment shaping and consultation
    • UM Medical Necessity Review
    • Physician Advisor Consultation

    George Washington University Healthcare MBA (online)

    Here's some information about the George Washington University Healthcare MBA program:

    The George Washington University Online Healthcare MBA, taught by world-renowned faculty, will teach you the fundamentals of business and management so you can take on more responsibilities and expand or diversify your business knowledge.
    Online Healthcare MBA Program Highlights:

    * Enroll in 23 seven-week core classes in areas such as business law, strategy, finance, operations, and marketing management.
    * Select 12 elective classes in areas such as management of acute care hospitals, physician practice management, and managing skilled nursing facilities.
    * Develop your ability to evaluate, assess, judge, and take action in any business situation regardless of the career you choose.
    * Join a community of professionals and gain access to diverse perspectives for a richer learning experience.
    * Learn from distinguished faculty who are engaged in a wide variety of research activities at GW's four research centers; subjects range from international business to entrepreneurship and small business management.
    * Be associated with one of the best business schools and programs in the country; GW is AACSB-accredited and ranked among the top 50 MBAs in the United States in 2009 by the Financial Times.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    The Physician Reentry Into The Workforce Project

    Physician reentry into clinical practice can be defined as returning to professional activity/clinical practice for which one has been trained, certified or licensed after an extended period. This is an issue that cuts across genders and specialties. However, anecdotal evidence indicates that reentry into the workforce will affect women more often than men. Although there is paucity of data on this complex topic, many agree that it is an issue that is gaining prominence.

    The Reentry Project is a collaborative endeavor of organizations and individuals both within and external to pediatrics that aims to examine the diverse issues encompassed under the rubric of "reentry." The Reentry Project aims to develop resources and strategies to assist organizations as well as individual physicians who are seeking physician reentry information.

    The August 12, 2010 online edition of Physicians News Digest includes the article, Physician Re-Entry: One Way to Address the Physician Shortage by Nielufar Varjavand, MD.

    AMWA Regional Chapters

    The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), founded in 1940, is a nonprofit organization offering educational programs, networking opportunities, and publications to enhance the expertise of biomedical communications professionals. There are 20 regional chapters covering the US and Canada:

    Region and Chapter Names
    New England
    North Central
    Empire State-Metro New York
    Delaware Valley
    Pacific Southwest
    Northern California
    Rocky Mountain
    Ohio Valley
    Greater Chicago

    If you'd like to learn more about the medical communications industry, AMWA is an excellent resource. Your local chapters may offer regional meetings, networking events, educational opportunities, and more.  Learn about freelancing opportunities and about different ways to break into a medical writing career.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC)

    Regulatory Affairs Certification, known as the RAC, is the only certification specifically for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector. The RAC credential is a professional distinction that denotes commitment to excellence, pursuit of knowledge and career advancement. RAC-credentialed professionals are among the current and rising leaders in the regulatory profession. They work in all parts of the world and in many settings, including industry, government and academic organizations. To date, more than 5,000 individuals have earned the RAC.

    Four different certifications are available:

    * RAC (US): knowledge of US regulations
    * RAC (EU): knowledge of European Union regulations
    * RAC (CAN): knowledge of Canadian regulations
    * RAC (General Scope): knowledge and critical thinking skills related to the general scope of practice of regulatory professionals throughout the product lifecycle, with reference to global standards from ICH, GHTF, WHO and ISO.

    Sign up to be a physician consultant for Guidepoint Global

    There are a variety of contract physician consulting opportunities through Guidepoint Global.

    Join an exclusive network of industry professionals and academics who consult to business decision-makers and leading investors around the world. Advisors determine their own hourly consulting rates based on their qualifications, experience and influence in their field.

    Here's how it works:

    5 Simple Steps: Becoming an Advisor is simple - you provide the expertise and we take care of the rest.


    We invite practitioners and thought leaders from all fields to apply to become Advisors. It's easy: just fill out the online application, attach a short CV or biography and agree to the Terms and Conditions that govern our services. You determine your own compensation based on your professional qualifications and experience.

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    10 Most Popular Articles on for 2010

    2010 was a fantastic year for Compared to 2009, we saw a traffic increase of over 220%! This was possible because you showed your support by sharing this resource with others. Thank you.

    Here are the 10 most popular articles for 2010:
    1. Non-Clinical Medical Opportunities for Physicians and Other Clinicians 
    2. How to Get Started
    3. Alternative Physician Careers
    4. Jobs for Physicians with No Residency Experience
    5. Finding the Right Non-Clinical Opportunity
    6. Best alternative careers for physicians
    7. How to explore alternative physicians careers
    8. Entry-level non-clinical jobs for physicians  
    9. Search for Non-Clinical Jobs
    10. Career Coaching for Physicians
    We saw that 44,179 pages were viewed a total of 357,388 times.

    Total Pageviews: 357,388 (Compared to 2009, this represents a 220% increase)
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    Thanks for showing your support for by visiting frequently and by sharing this resource with others.

    Business School Blog on

    Now that I'm a business school student, I've decided to add a new section called the "Business School Blog" here on For the next few years, these blog posts will be specific to my personal business school experiences as I pursue an executive MBA. I'll also be happy to publish guest articles from other physicians and medical students who are in business school. After I graduate, I may continue the "Business School Blog" as I look back and think about various issues that may be relevant for those who are considering business school.

    Here's my personal education timeline:
    • A long time ago in a galaxy called Boston ... I graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering.
    • 4 years later, I graduated from medical school.
    • In 2008, I received an MPH, but I knew I wasn't done with school yet.
    • In 2010, I enrolled in business school.
    I've been thinking about business school for many years. I tossed and turned about different business school options. I explored online MBA options. I looked at part-time options. I visited executive MBA programs. I considered a host of business school possibilities. I attended numerous open houses. I spoke with many MBA program directors. After thinking about my current situation and my personal goals and objectives, I decided to start business school this year at Saint Joseph's University.

    Sunday, January 2, 2011

    Six tips to find a non-clinical career in the New Year

    Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

    As the New Year begins, you may be making resolutions that this is the year you will finally do something. Instead of vowing to lose weight or spend less, this is the year you are going to finally make the leap into learning more about a non-clinical career.

    So you’ve made the decision – suddenly you look around and realize it’s time to do something – but what? And how?

    Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
    1. Read the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
    2. Search this website and others like it. Find profiles of people you are interested in or jobs you find interesting. Consider reaching out to those people and/or job opportunities.
    3. Make a personal database of everyone you know and start thinking about reaching out to old friends, alumni connections, fraternity brothers, your sister’s friend, or even your brother’s college roommate who you met once or twice. You never know who these people have other connections with and/or where they might now be working. This will help you with your networking efforts.
    4. Craft out a personal development plan and stretch the timeline to 3-5 years out. Having a plan and strategy will empower you.
    5. Set up a LinkedIn account and fill in your profile. Join some groups and follow discussions.
    6. Reach out and ask for help from friends, family and a physician mentor or executive coach

    Saturday, January 1, 2011

    Good bye 2010 and hello 2011. Happy New Year!

    I would like to warmly wish everyone a Happy New Year! I feel like 2010 flew by and I'm sure that 2011 will move quickly as well.
    As debates continue regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a number of physicians will choose to pursue alternative careers outside of clinical medicine. The New Year could be a great year for physicians transitioning out of clinical medicine as the economy recovers and allows companies to create new jobs.

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