Friday, April 29, 2011

Improve Your Business E-mail and Medical Writing – Part Four

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

This is the last entry in my four-part series about medical writing. In my first three blog entries, I discussed business e-mails and other medical writing such as blogging and book writing. I want to provide a couple more tips to strengthen your medical writing but also provide you with a special offer.

Verbalize a desired action.
People often understand their audience but at the point where they have to identify their overall objective, they think, “I want them to read it.” This goal falls short of the purpose of business writing – to influence behavior. Verbalizing what you want from the reader encourages specific action. If you are unclear about your desired outcome, your reader will be unclear, too–and less likely to act. On the flip side, by having a clear idea of what the goal of your communication is, you are more likely to convince your reader to act. It may not result in the desired outcome, but at least it won’t be for lack of understanding. Remember, time is of the essence in business writing so make the writing short and to the point. You only have a moment to let the audience know that what you have to say is valuable and needs quick action.

Close the sale.
Ask for the sale at the end of your business communication. Request from the reader the action you expect and when you expect it.

Featured physician executive: David A. Fryburg, M.D.

This week's featured physician executive is David A. Fryburg, M.D. This press release about Dr. Fryburg appeared a few weeks ago:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – April 4, 2011 – Selventa™ announced today that David A. Fryburg, M.D. has been appointed Chief Medical Officer effective immediately. Dr. Fryburg brings over 20 years of clinical and pharmaceutical research experience to the Selventa team. As part of the leadership team, Dr. Fryburg’s new responsibilities include contributing to Selventa’s scientific strategy, particularly through his expertise in translational medicine and biomarker development. These contributions are a critical component of Selventa’s goal to optimize pharmaceutical portfolio development through early patient stratification.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bridge to BCG workshop

Here's a message about the Bridge to BCG workshops this summer:

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their businesses. Our customized approach ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. We seek to be agents of change—for our clients, our people, and society broadly.

At BCG, you will do more than just analysis. And we require more than just good grades. Our aspiration is to change clients, industries, business, even society. Your success in this depends more on your talents than on the focus of your degree. People with a background in many subjects—business, medicine, natural sciences, philosophy, finance, engineering, history—thrive at BCG.

Improve Your Business E-mail and Medical Writing – Part Three

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

In my last blog, I discussed the importance of effective business writing. Specifically, I mentioned e-mail because these days, e-mail is often the first or only way the majority of doctors network or work towards a non-clinical opportunity. It’s also one of the easiest ways to begin a conversation with someone about a possible opportunity.

But e-mail isn’t the only business writing out there. I often get questions about the medical writing industry. My past two blog entries this month have dealt specifically with business e-mail and that advice also applies to other medical writing such as blog entries, magazine column or article writing and books. The additional advice below will also help you in any medical writing.

2011 BIO International Convention

The BIO International Convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry and attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends affecting the industry.

The event features keynotes and sessions from key policymakers, scientists, CEOs, and celebrities. Past speakers include President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Michael J. Fox, Sir Elton John, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and General Colin Powell, among many others. The Convention also features the BIO Business Forum (One-on-One Partnering), hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technological innovations, and the world's largest biotechnology exhibition - the BIO Exhibition.

American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2011

Discover the future of healthcare at ATA 2011

The world's largest conference and tradeshow focusing exclusively on telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth and remote medical technologies.

ATA 2011: May 1-3 in Tampa, FL

The 16th International Meeting and Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA 2011) is your portal to telemedicine and the future of healthcare. Come to Tampa, May 1-3, to learn how telehealth technologies are revolutionizing medicine. Register Now!

Telemedicine is widely recognized as a cost-effective solution for the delivery of high quality medical services. Healthcare professionals, industry experts, private insurers, and even the Obama Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have embraced telemedicine. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in this booming field.

Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Search for health IT jobs

There are a growing number of jobs in the health information technology industry. Things are booming because of electronic health records (EHRs) and "meaningful use" criteria outlined in the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

If you're looking for health IT jobs, here are a few searches that can help you get started (I'm using a URL shortener):

You'll see that all of these links take you to the NonClinicalJobs Job Board.

Improve Your Business E-mail and Medical Writing – Part Two

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

Have you ever gotten an e-mail that contained multiple misspellings and grammatical errors? What was your impression of the person who wrote that e-mail? How about an e-mail with a bunch of acronyms like LOL or OMG? Unless you’re e-mailing a friend, those are inappropriate for business e-mails.

Even if you know basic e-mail etiquette, you still may be intimidated by writing business e-mail. I know. I used to have a hard time with it. I wasn’t sure if I should make the e-mail long or short. I didn’t know the best way to space the sentences and paragraphs to make it easy for the reader to rapidly read and respond to the information. I’d ask someone a question and then wonder why I didn’t get the answer in a return e-mail.

Another question I get all the time is about the subject line of business e-mail. How do you catch the recipient’s eye with an intriguing subject line so he or she will actually open your e-mail instead of going to the next one on the list of one hundred unread e-mails in his or her Inbox?

4th Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

4th Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress
October 25-28, 2011
Chicago, IL

This year’s theme is “Year of the Patient in Emerging Markets” and it will focus on some of the upcoming largest growth areas of Medical Tourism in Russia, CIS Countries, China and the Middle East and GCC region. The conference will have a heavy focus on attracting buyers of healthcare and a specific track on these emerging regions.

Track 1 Emerging Patient Markets in Russia, CIS, China, Middle East and GCC Regions
Track 2 US, Canadian and Caribbean
Track 3 Expatriate Healthcare and Global Health Insurance/Global Benefits
Track 4 Inbound Medical Tourism to the US and US Domestic Medical Tourism
Track 5 International Wellness
Track 6 Healthcare and Hospital Development

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Job post: Physician to perform consultative exams

Physician to perform consultative exams
Tri State Occupational Medicine - Multiple, NC

I am looking for a physician to join a group performing Consultative Exams for Social Security Disability in North Carolina. My group provides all administrative needs including scheduling, transcription, assisting, and billing. Pay for the day's work is guaranteed regardless of turnout and is paid promptly regardless of time of collection. Of course there is no call and no weekend work. Most full time physicians see patients 3 or 4 days a week. Physicians working for us have various background and training including IM, FP, pain mgt., surgery, orthopedics, occupational medicine, neurosurgery, cardiology, and general practice.

Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit

Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit
Mission-Critical Concerns for CIOs, CMIOs, and other Healthcare IT Leaders
May 11 – 13, 2011
Fairmont Hotel | San Francisco

The Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit is a three-day summit that explores what industry pioneers are doing to meet the requirements for meaningful use under the HITECH Act. Attendees will discuss how to satisfy obligations under healthcare reform and how to move towards new levels of patient data privacy and security requirements under enhanced HIPAA regulations

Join industry-leading CIOs, CMIOs, executive recruiters, and federal policy leaders for the first-ever Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit.
Among the topics to be addressed:
  • Building clinical IT infrastructure needed to succeed for stages 1, 2 and 3 of meaningful use
  • The core implementation hurdles faced by IT leaders
  • Mastering issues surrounding the quality data reporting requirements under meaningful use
  • "Hidden" meaningful-use requirements in the quality reporting requirements area
  • How patient-care organizations can build the clinical informaticist teams required for success under meaningful use, healthcare reform and HIPAA
  • Finding clinical informaticists in an operating environment experiencing an extreme shortage
  • How health information exchange pioneers are shaping the HIE environment
  • The misunderstood and least-understood underlying requirements for patient-data security and privacy success
  • How pioneering patient-care organizations are forging ahead with preparing for accountable-care organizations and bundled payment participation under healthcare reform

Improve Your Business E-mail and Medical Writing – Part One

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

Effective writing is important because you want to get a positive or results-oriented outcome. Your writing is often the first or only way to connect with and positively influence someone. Writing often allows you to connect with your audience because the reader has time to fully digest and interpret what you want to get across. While conversation is arguably the best way to reach out and get that job or opportunity, writing can often serve as an important first step in actually getting to the conversation or discussion point.

Your challenge is getting your audience to correctly interpret your writing.

I get questions about writing e-mails all the time. These days, depending on your industry, e-mails are often the first or only method of business communication. E-mail is quick and everyone can read and write e-mails after business hours if necessary.

This month, I will write a series of blog entries with easy, practical suggestions on how to improve your e-mail communication.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Highlights from the 2011 ACPE Annual Meeting

The 2011 ACPE (American College of Physician Executives) Annual Meeting had a simple directive for its participants: Think big.

Highlights from the meeting, April 8-12, included:

* An inspiring introductory keynote address by Joseph Grenny, author of Change Anything. Grenny gave tips on how to effectively change bad behaviors.
* A poster session featuring presentations by members. Topics included "Opening an Ambulatory Surgery Center," "Telehealth Implementation" and "Using Lean Management to Improve Access to Care."
* The Induction Ceremony for new Certified Physician Executives and Fellows, during which honorary Fellow Tom Royer gave an inspiring and moving speech.
* An address to the Vanguard group by Col. Jennifer Menetrez, MD, director of the Center for the Intrepid, a rehabilitation facitlity that provides care to U.S. servicemen and women.
* The Difference Makers presentation, featuring speakers on subjects such as information technology, integrated care and quality and patient safety.

Now ACPE is changing its focus to the 2011 Summer Institute, held July 15-19 in Boston. The institute will feature eight CME courses, including an exciting new offering, Entrepreneurial Thinking. The popular Integrated Health Systems: Key Concepts is also available.

I'm in Austin TX meeting with the AANP

Today, I'm in Austin TX visiting with AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners). I've personally been working with AANP for a number of years and we have developed numerous certified continuing education activities for nurse practitioners. You can view some of those certified CE activities on our CME website

AANP formed in 1985 to provide NPs with a unified way to network and advocate for NP issues and was the first national organization created for nurse practitioners of all specialties. As the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties, AANP represents the interests of the more than 135,000 NPs currently practicing in the U. S. and continually advocates at local, state, and federal levels for the recognition of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, and personalized healthcare.

Summer Workshops in Biopharmaceutical Production

Mtech Summer Workshops in Biopharmaceutical Production

Are you interested in advancing your career in biopharmaceutical processing? Learn how to produce and purify biopharmaceutical products at the University of Maryland from June 6-10, 2011.

Offered through the university's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) Biotechnology Research and Education Program, this hands-on, one-week training features two distinct sessions, a Fermentation and Microbiology Workshop from June 6-7, and a Downstream Processing & Protein Purification Workshop from June 8-10.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Board Members

New American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Board Members, Officers Introduced at Annual Meeting

The votes have been tallied, and the new members of the ACPE Board of Directors were introduced at the ACPE 2011 Annual Meeting. They are:

* John Keats, MD, CPE, FACOG, FACPE, president of a multispecialty group affiliated with Catholic Healthcare West in Camarillo, California.
* Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA, CPE, FACPE, Senior Research Physician at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Delaware.
* Sheri Phillips, MD, MPH, CPE, FACP, Program Medical Director for Advocate Health Care in the Chicago area.

Board members serve a three-year term.

In addition, the Board named its new officers. Clair Callan, MD, MBA, CPE, FACPE, will serve as this year's president. Lawrence M. Riddles, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS, FACPE, is vice president and Mark Werner, MD, CPE, FACPE, was named secretary/treasurer.

For more information on ACPE Board members, click here.

Friday, April 22, 2011

8th Annual Forum on Dissemination of Scientific Information

8th Annual Forum on Dissemination of Scientific Information
Optimize Compliant Medical Communication through Strategic Internal and Field-Based Initiatives
May 17 - 18, 2011
Philadelphia , PA

The scientific exchange that takes place between industry professionals and healthcare providers is crucial in ensuring that they have the scientific and clinical data necessary to learn about and use a drug in a safe and effective manner. Whether the stakeholders learn through an exchange with sales, MSLs, KOLs or read a publication, bio/pharmaceutical and medical device companies must ensure they leverage all available channels and techniques.

Top Trends:
  • Surge of specialty products in the marketplace have required field-based personnel to have deeper involvement in their therapeutic areas
  • Sales force numbers are declining, lowering the number of opportunities to get essential scientific product information to key HCPs
  • Need to better work with and collaborate with new stakeholders in managed care organizations
  • Increased government focus in regard to what information is getting disseminated and how it is reaching its audience

Featured physician executive: Andrew Blair, M.D.

This week, our featured physician executive is Andrew Blair, M.D. Here is a recent press release about his new position as Vice President of Medical Affairs of Affymax:

Affymax Names Andrew Blair, M.D., as Vice President of Medical Affairs

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Affymax, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFFY) today announced that Andrew T. Blair, M.D., a nephrologist with over a decade of experience leading development strategy, regulatory and medical affairs for early- to late-stage renal disease programs, has joined the company as vice president of Medical Affairs.

“Andrew joins Affymax at a pivotal point in our company’s journey and his expertise will be invaluable to building a world-class Medical Affairs organization and supporting the successful launch of peginesatide,” said John Orwin, chief executive officer of Affymax. “He brings a formidable background in oversight of development, regulatory management, and commercialization of drugs specific to renal disease.”

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The value of networking online with other physicians

Many physicians intentionally choose to avoid online social networking websites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Physicians want to maintain their privacy and they don’t want patients “finding” them on these public sites.

If you’re thinking about a career transition or if you’re looking for non-clinical jobs that may provide supplemental income, it is very important to expand your social network by engaging others on social networking websites. There are ways you can do this while you still maintain your privacy.

Physicians are finding job opportunities by networking with other physicians online. Online social networking is also a valuable tool for those who want to spend some time conducting informational interviews. You may find interesting people who may be willing to provide you with information about how he/she reached that point in his/her career. You may find physicians working in industry who would be willing to speak with you about day-to-day responsibilities, tasks, challenges, and opportunities. You may even find physicians who are willing to introduce you to hiring managers and other executives in their own organizations.

4th Annual World Medical & Global Healthcare Congress

The World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress is sponsored by the Medical Tourism Association. In addition, the conference is the MTA’s yearly International Congress, where the annual membership meeting is held. The Medical Tourism Association has worked hard to bring together the best expert speakers and the most informative and cutting edge sessions and topics.

This year’s theme is “Year of the Patient in Emerging Markets” and it will focus on some of the upcoming largest growth areas of Medical Tourism in Russia, CIS Countries, China and the Middle East and GCC region. The conference will have a heavy focus on attracting buyers of healthcare and a specific track on these emerging regions.
Track 1 Emerging Patient Markets in Russia, CIS, China, Middle East and GCC Regions
Track 2 US, Canadian and Caribbean
Track 3 Expatriate Healthcare and Global Health Insurance/Global Benefits
Track 4 Inbound Medical Tourism to the US and US Domestic Medical Tourism
Track 5 International Wellness
Track 6 Healthcare and Hospital Development

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Harvard Public Health and Technology Annual Conference

The next five years will bear witness to major changes in our nation's healthcare system. These changes will be expensive, expansive, painful to implement and yet, entirely necessary. A key component of the overhaul will be through the implementation of health information technology, most notably the Electronic Health Record and Personal Health Record.

In an effort to further understand where the nation is in Health IT and to lay out a vision for the future that is grounded in the challenges ahead, the HSPH Public Health and Technology Student Forum is hosting a one-day conference, titled "Enabling the Adoption of HIT to Transform Patient Care". Please join us for this special event, to be held on April 25, 2011 at the historic Harvard Club of Boston. The morning keynote will be given by Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health IT, who will speak about the vision for modernizing health care delivery. In the afternoon, Dr. David W. Bates, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will offer solutions for using health IT to change the way organizations approach patient safety.

MS in Healthcare Quality and Safety Management

The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety Management (MS-HQSM) is a specialized degree program offered by the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) in cooperation with the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). The MS-HQSM degree program is designed specifically for physician executives and addresses the national need for executive leadership in healthcare quality and patient safety.

The aim of the MS-HQSM program is to prepare physicians to be effective managers and leaders in safety and equip them with tools, methods, knowledge, and strategies for improving healthcare quality and patient safety.

The MS-HQSM prepares physician leaders to:

* Identify, interpret and implement policies, care guidelines, and regulations relevant to HQS
* Apply quantitative and qualitative analytic skills to design, conduct and evaluate HQS measurement, improvement, and research activities
* Produce research evidence to support policy development and change
* Evaluate strategies for selection and integration of information systems and technology to support decision-making and work flow within and across healthcare settings
* Apply management and leadership skills to develop policy approaches related to measurement and improvement of HQS

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Leadership and management skills in dual degree MD/MBA medical students

I recently had the opportunity to speak to medical students at the 9th Annual MD/MBA Conference hosted at Texas Tech University. One of the conversations focused around the value of the MBA for medical students who are preparing for residency applications. Is the MBA an asset or is it a hindrance when it comes to residency applications? Do residency program directors view the MBA as a positive characteristic? Are they indifferent?

Robert Wallace, MD, MBA, from the University of Southern California is currently conducting some research to answer these questions, so stay tuned. You can also read a current MD/MBA student's perspective on this issue here.

BioSpace Career Fair at BayBio2011 San Francisco

BioSpace Career Fair at BayBio2011

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
1pm to 6pm

Attend the BioSpace Career Fair at BayBio2011!
The BioSpace Career Fair is in conjunction with BayBio’s annual conference with support of Biotechnology Human Resources Network (BHRN). Job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, medical device and diagnostics companies in the Bay area. Additionally, BHRN will be offering resume building tips on site.

Salaries for health IT positions based on the 2010 HIMSS compensation survey

There are a growing number of physicians and nurses pursuing careers in health information technology. What types of salaries can clinicians expect if they make the move into health IT? The answer largely depends on whether you're working for a hospital, a non-profit organization, an EHR vendor, a computer hardware company, a consulting firm, a startup company, etc.

Right now, there are a growing number of startup companies looking to leverage health IT resources in the health care industry. Much of that movement is occurring in the mobile health or mHealth industry.

So, what are some salary figures in health IT? We can look to the 2010 HIMSS Compensation Survey Results and we'll see the following salary figures:
  • Application Systems Analyst - $72,544 average
  • Clinical/Nurse Informatics Director – $103,504 average
  • Clinical/Medical Informatics Director – $176,588 average
  • IS/IT Manager – $96,909 average
  • Clinical Systems Analyst –Nurse – $84,007 average
  • Project Manager – $93,877 average
  • Director of Information Systems – $116,569 average
  • Chief Security Officer – $122,975 average
  • Chief Technology Officer – $142,311 average
  • Implementation Manager – $94,157 average
The average salary in this sample of 2,218 healthcare IT professionals is $114,176. The median salary (that which falls in the middle of distribution) is $98,000. Let's now look at some of the specifics:

Average Salary by Region:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Non-clinical careers in medical writing

Author: Mehul Sheth, DO FAAP

We have been discussing non-clinical careers and how to evaluate some of the different areas that Dr. Kim mentions in his primer to non-clinical career options. Having discussed administration and finance, we begin discussion of one of the major options for physicians-medical writing. By it’s nature there are hundreds of books that highlight clinicians that have written elegant books. Perhaps that’s because medicine, at it’s finest, is a mystery novel with twists and turns that no one can predict and whose outcome is not guaranteed. This is also why House MD is such a popular show to a wide audience. Each patient is a story and the genres range from comedy to drama to horror with every story is based in fact.

This is perhaps the most difficult topic to find books that would help determine your interest in the field. I have read many a fine book written by physicians (Dr. Gawande’s comes to mind quickly). And although there are good books written by docs, I haven’t found one that goes through the process of creating that tome. Having tried once, and quite poorly at that, to write a chapter, it is quite difficult and can quickly have you pulling your hair out trying to craft out the correct phrase. Here are some books that I thought show the gamut of writing quality.

On one side we have Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman. All you need to know about the book is in that title. The book is poorly written, meanders and in the end really doesn’t tell us anything more than what we already knew: pharma companies have a profit motive. It takes the potential of a great story and minimizes it to some cheap laughs and poorly told stories. What I found most interesting was the film adaptation, Love & Other Drugs, was incredibly better than the book. The movie captured more of the potential story than the book it was based on-rare.

BioBay Annual Conference 2011

BayBio Annual Conference 2011 | Powering Global Innovation

Start Date: Apr 20, 2011. 07:30 AM
End Date: Apr 21, 2011. 05:00 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Address: 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA, 94010

With Northern California regarded as a global innovation engine, the BayBio2011 Annual Conference will explore themes and topics that focus on fostering global collaborations in research, development and commercialization.

The BayBio2011 Annual Conference is expanding into a two-day event and will attract more than 1,000 life science professionals from around the globe.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Definition of a serial entrepreneur

Here's a definition of a serial entrepreneur from After you read it, let me know if it sounds like anyone you know:
An entrepreneur who continuously comes up with new ideas and starts new businesses. As opposed to a typical entrepreneur, who will often come up with an idea, start the company, and then see it through and play an important role in the day to day functioning of the new company, a serial entrepreneur will often come up with the idea and get things started, but then give responsibility to someone else and move on to a new idea and a new venture. This can be a good thing if the individual has lots of unique ideas and is the best one suited to get each one started, but can be a bad thing if the individual stops putting time into a company that needs his or her help, in order to try to move forward with a new idea that may or may not succeed.
Sounds like me.

USC Professor Teaching ACPE Leadership Course

The difficulty many physicians have with leadership stems from a common misunderstanding, according to David Logan, PhD, USC faculty member and best-selling author. "The problem is most people have leadership problems they try to address using management solutions, which never, ever works," said Logan. There are a lot of differences between management and leadership. Both are important but they address different problems. Management is what you need when you have a cost overrun or an unclear process. But when you must inspire employees, get everyone working toward a common goal or deal with disruptive behavior, management just won't cut it. "Leadership can create change," Logan said. "Management doesn’t create change – management creates predictability and order. That’s not going to get us where we want to go."

Logan brought his extensive expertise on the subject of leadership to the popular Physician in Management seminar, ACPE's foundational course. He made his debut at the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, April 11.

“Leadership can create change... Management doesn’t create change”

Pharmaceutical Executive Digital Edition April 2011

Pharmaceutical Executive is a publication for executives who work in the pharmaceutical industry. I read it all the time and you can access the April 2011 digital edition here. On the cover, you'll see Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall who is the Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer who was named Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association (HBA) 2011 Woman Of The Year.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Energy deregulation leading to passive income

Earlier, I wrote about business opportunities related to energy deregulation in this post and a number of you reached out with questions specific to these energy companies. If you choose to dive into one of these business opportunities, make sure you research the energy companies. Some of them will go out of business in a few years. I personally recommend Ignite/Stream Energy and I have a number of reasons why. If you'd like to join a supportive team as a  business associate, make sure to contact me. It's critical that you join the right team that will actively help you recruit business associates and customers.

Friday, April 15, 2011

How physicians can earn supplemental income: energy deregulation

Some of you live in states that have been affected by energy deregulation. In my state (Pennsylvania), energy deregulation hit us fairly recently and a number of energy companies have been using multi-level marketing (MLM) strategies to acquire new customers.

Unlike traditional multi-level marketing (MLM), these opportunities related to energy deregulation seem to be quite effective. This is especially true if you're a physician and you see a high volume of patients each day.

In our area, Ignite/Stream Energy and Ambit Energy seem to have the most activity. I know several primary care physicians who are generating a significant amount of supplemental income through these business opportunities. If you're living in a state that has recently been impacted by energy deregulation and you'd like to learn more about some of these business opportunities, contact me because I can help you develop a successful business strategy.

2011 Annual CACHE Conference

The 2011 CACHE/ACEMC Annual Conference will be held in partnership with the National Continuing Competence Conference (NCCC)
at the Fairmont Banff SpringsHotel, Banff, Alberta, Canada, April 14-15.

Conference theme: Evolving Competence For Health Professions

For almost a decade, the annual meeting of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (held in various cities in the US) included a “Canada Day” that was developed by and for Canadian CHE professionals. Canadians appreciated the opportunity to learn and grow from other CHE professionals working in a similar environment. The day became so popular that the regular members of the Canadian contingent began to talk about moving “Canada Day” to Canadian soil. Around the same time that this idea was being born, Canadians became acutely aware of the fact that the presenters at the main ACME sessions were predominantly Canadian.

Featured Physician Executive: Robert Spiegel, M.D.

This week, we are featuring Robert Spiegel, M.D.

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (PTC) recently announced the appointment of Robert J. Spiegel M.D., FACP as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Spiegel served previously as Chief Medical Officer of Schering-Plough. PTC also recently announced the promotion of Jay Barth, M.D. to Vice President of Clinical Development.

Here are a few snippets from a recent press release:

Dr. Spiegel will report to Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., President and CEO of PTC Therapeutics. "It is an exciting opportunity to be joining PTC at this time in the company's evolution," stated Dr. Spiegel. "PTC has a broad development pipeline in genetic disorders, oncology, infectious diseases and multiple innovative preclinical programs that will be entering the clinic in the coming years. Near term, ataluren offers PTC a unique opportunity with the potential to improve the lives of patients with serious, life-threatening rare disorders such as Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Upcoming BioSpace Career Fairs

BioSpace Life Science Career Fairs are the biotech industry’s premier career events. Featuring well-respected employers from around the nation, our job fairs attract top candidates in the biotech, pharmaceutical, life science and medical device industries.

• BioSpace Career Fair at BayBio2011, Burlingame, CA April 20, 2011
• Genetown Career Fair, Boston, MA May 17, 2011
• DeviceSpace Career Fair, Irvine, CA June 6, 2011
• Pharm Country Career Fair, Whippany, NJ June 9, 2011
• BIO Career Fair, Washington DC, June 27, 2011
• Biotech Beach Career Fair, San Diego, CA September 22, 2011

Discussing the value of the MBA for physicians at the Annual MD/MBA Conference

Over the weekend, I had a great time at the 9th Annual MD/MBA Conference at Texas Tech. I enjoyed all the conversations that I had with medical students and I enjoyed the presentations.

On Saturday, Mark Boswell, MD, MBA, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, spoke about the evolving business of medicine. He reminded MD/MBA students that they will face challenges in the field of medicine but they will also have opportunities to use their MBA skills as they get involved in things like: operational assessment of charges and collections, practice benchmarking, quality measures, contracts and negotiating, and financial statements.

Networking tips: Following up with your contacts

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

In my last blog, I discussed approaching your contacts and building the relationship through questions aimed at learning more about your contact and his or her work. Once you learn more about what drives the person you are networking with and get a sense of his or her role at the company or in the industry, here are some questions to pose that will help you better understand the global view of the company/industry. Having answers to these questions will help you in future interactions with people in the same industry or with talking to others in a different industry as you will be able to compare and contrast between the two industries or companies.

1. What is the company online presence? Take a look at recent press releases and/or interviews on websites and in blogs. This can give you insight how the company plans to meet their goals, what challenges they are facing, what problems need to be solved, or roadblocks overcome. It can also help you be very prepared when talking with someone associated with the company and give you someone to “know” within the company.

2. Who are the decision makers? Why are they decision makers? Knowing who you want to target can be extremely valuable information.

3. How is the company responding to outside forces? How is the company planning to respond to health reform? What about the company response to the current economy?

4. What’s coming up on the horizon? What issues are being tackled by the company? What new products, new territories or online strategies are in the works?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Job post: Associate Medical Director -- Physician Reviewer

Here's another job post that may be of interest:

Associate Medical Director -- Physician Reviewer

Job Responsibilities:
  • On site resource for the staff for medical review;
  • Duties may include but not limited to: adjudication of appeals, clinical panel medical review, research, development, and training for the medical review staff.
  • Functions as liaison to the medical consultant panel.
  • Researches controversial medical procedures or technology.
  • Clarifies coding and medical necessity issues.
  • Maintains familiarity with Medicare regulations as required by position.
  • Provides recommendations to facilitate operational efficiencies.

Networking tips: Approaching your contacts

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

Are you comfortable asking people in your address book or social network about jobs and opportunities?

How do you appropriately contact these people about jobs within their companies?

Consider this: You might not want to do that.

Utilizing your contacts just to find out about jobs within their companies is a waste of their time and a waste of your time. Your contacts are relationships that must be cultivated and respected. By continuing to build a relationship with the people you know professionally, you may find out how to work at their company but you may also open up other opportunities you didn’t think about. This could lead to a job being created for you or a job at a different (maybe better!) company.

Consider thinking about these questions before approaching your contact.

1. What’s important to your contact? What drives your contact? What are his/her personal goals? What/who do you know that could help your contact? What does your contact do outside of work?

2. What’s your contact’s role at the company/How do they like their job/What challenges are your contact’s department facing today? Get your contact talking about himself. People love talking about themselves more than any other topic – this is a great way to open them up to talking about what’s more important to you.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Residency Directors and Their Opinions of MD/MBA Applicants

Author: Brittany Chan

This weekend, Texas Tech hosted the 9th annual MD/MBA Conference. It was a great success and I’d like to thank everyone who came out to Lubbock.

One major topic discussed at the conference was the impact of the MD/MBA dual degree on one’s residency application. Back in January, I posted an article on the utility of the dual degree in the field. Based on anecdotes I had heard from other students, I mentioned marketability to residency programs as one of the advantages to the MD/MBA. However, I really had no empirical evidence for what residency directors truly think of the dual degree.

Dr. Robert Wallace, a clinical associate professor in ob/gyn at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, presented an eye-opening research study in which he surveyed residency directors on their opinions of MD/MBA applicants. Though he and his research team are still working, the preliminary data he shared shows that overall, 85% of the residency directors surveyed were aware that MD/MBA dual degree programs exist, and 65% of the residency directors viewed the MD/MBA as a positive aspect of a student’s application. According to his study, MD/MBA students were often perceived to have positive traits such as stronger communication skills, interpersonal skills, management skills, problem solving ability, and leadership potential. On the negative side, MD/MBA students were sometimes judged to have less clinical focus or seem "distracted". No significant differences were noted among specialties.

Medical Affairs Executive Forum

Medical Affairs Executive Forum
April 14-15
Basking Ridge, NJ

High-Level Strategies for Managing and Executing Practice Issues and Challenges

Featured Presentations Addressing:
  • Medical Affairs in Today’s Environment
  • Demonstrating Medical Affairs Value
  • REMS Programs
  • Aligning Medical Affairs and Marketing
  • The Current and Future Role of Registries
  • Effectively Communicating Safety Risk Information
  • Future Role of MSD/MSLs
  • Publication Planning Update for Medical Affairs
  • Medical Device Issues and Challenges

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceutical adding 500 jobs in NJ

Pharmaceutical giant Bayer HealthCare announced Monday that it will consolidate its entire East Coast business in New Jersey, keeping 1,700 jobs in the state and adding up to 500 more.

Best-known for its Bayer aspirin, Bayer HealthCare said it employed a total of about 2,500 people at those four locations.

According to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages collected by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in New Jersey's pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing sector peaked at 42,256 in 2007. It dropped to 37,957 in 2008 and 33,993 in 2009.

McKinsey & Company's Insight Healthcare Program

McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm with nearly 9,000 consultants in 90 offices across 50 countries, is hosting two exciting summer programs for students working towards advanced professional degrees: Insight Healthcare and Insight Engineering & Science. These programs will give non-MBA advanced degree students an insider's look into management consulting. Each of the comprehensive seminars will cover a range of topics important to those who are exploring alternative career possibilities. Program agendas include an overview of management consulting, an introduction to the type of work we do, a management consulting case study, and an opportunity to network with colleagues and participate in social activities.

Insight Healthcare
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 23 – 26, 2011

Qualified Applicants for Insight Healthcare should be:
  • Completing an MD, a medical internship, residency or fellowship in 2012 or 2013
  • Completing a PhD or post-doc in healthcare related disciplines including biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry or immunology in 2012
  • Currently residing in the United States or Canada
  • Available to attend the entire event starting at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, June 23rd and ending at 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26th
No business experience required. All expenses will be paid by McKinsey & Company.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Discussing health IT at the 9th Annual MD/MBA Conference

Here at the 9th Annual MD/MBA Conference, we had some great presentations about health information technology and the business of medicine. Harry Greenspun, MD, EVP and Chief Medical Officer of Dell Perot Systems kicked things off yesterday morning with a foundational presentation on the evolving health IT landscape.

Andrew Zarick, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Navigant Consulting healthcare practice, spoke about his work as a consultant. He often performs medical reviews of patient records and he reminded us that EHRs can be associated with certain pitfalls if physicians don't use these digital wisely. Electronic health records have improved legibility of patient records, but they also make it easy for physicians to get lazy or sloppy and to "copy and paste" too much health information.

It was great to see my Twitter buddy Dr. Saldana (@lsaldanamd). Luis Saldana, MD, MBA, Associate CMIO at Texas Health Resources, emphasized the importance of change management, physician engagement, clinical collaboration, and improved patient outcomes. He also spent some time discussing the value of clinical decisions support (CDS) as a valuable resource within EHRs.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I'm now at Texas Tech for the 9th Annual MD/MBA Conference

I'm now in Lubbock, Texas for the 9th Annual MD/MBA Conference. I'll be blogging about the conference and sharing my insights as I listen to the speakers and network with students, residents, and other physicians.
This year, some of the featured speakers include:
  • Harry Greenspun, MD, CMO/Dell-Perot
  • Clyde Wesp, MD, MAOM, CMO St. Joseph Health System
  • Luis Saldana, MD, Associate CMIO Texas Health System
  • Charles Kennedy, MD, Vice President of Information Technology and Clinical Research WellPoint
  • Randy HInkle, MD, President and CEO Grace Clinic
  • Tedd Michell, MD, President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Earl Greenia, PhD, MHA, CEO Gold Coast Health Plan
  • Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • and me: Joseph Kim, MD, MPH, Founder of

Friday, April 8, 2011

Featured Physician Executive: Dr. James B. Jones

This week's featured physician executive is James B. Jones, M.D., Pharm.D., as Chief Medical Officer of Cara Therapeutics, Inc.

Here are a few snippets from a recent press release:

SHELTON, Conn., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cara Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the appointment of James B. Jones, M.D., Pharm.D., to the position of Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Jones will oversee the ongoing clinical development of Cara's lead drug candidate, CR845, a novel, peripherally-restricted kappa opioid agonist, which is currently in Phase 2 development for treatment of post-operative pain.

Dr. Jones most recently was the Chief Medical Officer at Strativa Pharmaceuticals, a division of Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, he was the VP of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals where he was instrumental in the approval and subsequent launch of Zipsor (diclofenac potassium). Prior to Xanodyne, Dr. Jones was VP of Clinical Development at Alpharma Pharmaceuticals where he was actively involved in the development of EMBEDA (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride). Other analgesics/CNS compounds that Dr. Jones has worked on include Lusedra (fospropofol disodium) while at Guilford Pharmaceuticals as well as valdecoxib and parecoxib while at Pharmacia. Dr. Jones received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Purdue University.

FDA/DIA Statistics Workshop 2011

FDA/DIA Statistics Forum 2011

Date(s) And Time(s):  Apr 11 2011 8:00AM - Apr 13 2011 3:35PM

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Interest Area(s):
Statistics,Clinical Research,Professional Education, Training & Development,Clinical Safety/Pharmacovigilance,Medical Communications,Regulatory Affairs,Research & Development

An Open Forum to Discuss Important Statistical Issues Associated with the Development and Review of Therapeutic Drugs and Biologics.

Don’t miss your annual opportunity to learn about and discuss the current and emerging statistical methodologies and quantitative approaches used to develop evidence of the efficacy and safety of new drug and biologic therapeutic products.

McKinsey & Co webinar on Accountable Care Organizations

McKinsey & Company is hosting a series of web-based presentations for medical students, interns, residents and fellows. The presentations provide an opportunity to learn more about our firm and the work we do. These events have been created specifically for healthcare professionals and feature discussions of topical issues in healthcare. They also allow you to hear from and ask questions of McKinsey consultants with backgrounds in healthcare. The next presentation topics are:

Making Unicorns Real - Accountable Care Organizations and the Post-Reform Healthcare Environment

Ongoing economic trends combined with the impact of healthcare reform make the insurer-provider intersection one of the most exciting areas of change in the United States today. Due to the formidable challenges facing the development and execution of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), they are often referred to as unicorns. Is the age of accountable care truly upon us? What is required of insurers and providers to realize a transformation in United States to bring better quality care to more people at lower cost?

Date: Tuesday, April 12th
Time; 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET

To RSVP for the WebEx presentation, or to register to receive more information on career opportunities with McKinsey & Company, please click on the following link:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Medical Korea 2011 - Global Healthcare & Medical Tourism Conference

Medical Korea 2011 - 2nd Global Healthcare & Medical Tourism Conference

April 12(Tue) - 14(Thu), 2011
Coex Convention Center, Seoul, Korea
  • Hosted by Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • Official Language English
  • Organized by Korea Health Industry Development Institute(KHIDI)
  • Special Sponsor Korea Tourism Organizer(KTO)
Learn more about the conference here.

Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care. It also refers pejoratively to the practice of healthcare providers traveling internationally to deliver healthcare

McKinsey & Co webinar on Clinical Quality Improvement

McKinsey & Company is hosting a series of web-based presentations for medical students, interns, residents and fellows. The presentations provide an opportunity to learn more about our firm and the work we do. These events have been created specifically for healthcare professionals and feature discussions of topical issues in healthcare. They also allow you to hear from and ask questions of McKinsey consultants with backgrounds in healthcare. The next presentation topics are:

Clinical Quality Improvement

This session will review case examples of McKinsey's support of Clinical Transformation efforts in large US provider systems. Specifically, we will highlight examples of quality improvement programs and clinical lean operations efforts in the hospital setting. In addition, we will review ways to effectively engage physicians and frontline staff to participate in and lead these efforts to ensure long-term sustainability.

Date: Monday, April 11th
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET

To RSVP for the WebEx presentation, or to register to receive more information on career opportunities with McKinsey & Company, please click on the following link:

Tufts Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication

At the Tufts Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication, July 17-22, 2011, you will learn the skills and techniques to develop and execute a web and social media strategy for your organization. The Summer Institute mixes lectures by distinguished guest speakers and Tufts School of Medicine faculty with hands-on work in teams to help you learn how to use web and social media technologies to further your organization's goals and meet the needs of healthcare consumers.

At the Tufts Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication you will learn to:
  • Use the web and social media to communicate with and connect to patients.
  • Develop a coherent and justifiable web strategy for health communication.
  • Select, use, manage, and evaluate the effectiveness of web technologies to create an online presence.
  • Accelerate your online presence through the use of social media.
  • Employ research-based methodologies such as persona development and formative evaluation.
  • Use best practices from leading health organizations.
Web Strategies for Health Communication is offered through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine and meets in the Sackler Building on the Tufts Boston campus.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Transitioning to a Role as a Clinical Health Informatics Specialist: One Physician's Experience

There's an upcoming complimentary HIMSS webinar this Friday titled, "Transitioning to a Role as a Clinical Health Informatics Specialist: One Physician’s Experience"

Friday, April 8th 
12:00 – 1:00 PM Central

Moving from one role to another in healthcare setting can be both exciting and daunting, especially moving from a direct patient care to clinical informatics.  Learn how Pawan Goyal, MD, MHA, MS, PMP, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CBA, successfully transitioned his role from a physician to a clinical informatics specialist and benefit from the lessons he learned along the way.

Learning Objectives:

·         Discuss the opportunities associated with moving into a clinical informatics role
·         Identify ways to lessen the impact of transitioning to a new role
·         Explain the many valuable lessons learned from a career in clinical informatics.

Stay tuned as I write about the upcoming Annual MD/MBA Conference

This weekend, I'll be Lubbock TX attending the Annual MD/MBA Conference. I'll be there Saturday and Sunday and I'm speaking on Sunday morning. I really look forward to meeting students and residents who have a strong interest in health IT and business. This is really an exciting time to be a medical student. There are so many changes happening in the world of health IT ranging from the implementation and utilization of electronic health records and computerized physician order entry systems to mobile health gadgets and home monitoring telehealth technologies.

Last year, when I was in Boston for the Annual MD/MBA Conference, I had the pleasure of meeting some of you - our readers. I hope that will happen again this year. Speaking of Boston and the 8th Association of MD/MBA Programs (AMMP) Annual Conference, you can view videos from those presentations by following the instructions here.

A Conversation on Leadership

Here is a great video about leadership from MIT World:

Ursula Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern and later assumed roles in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president, corporate strategic services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role of leading Xerox's global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, expanding her leadership to also include the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts. At that time, she was also elected a member of the company's Board of Directors. Burns was named chief executive officer in July 2009 and assumed the role of chairman of the company on May 20, 2010.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

DISC assessment

When you're managing people, it's important to know what type of people you've got on your team. Are they persistent and thoughtful? Are they leaders or followers? Are they reactive or proactive?

Over the weekend, when I was in my business school class on organizational development, the topic of a DISC assessment came up. We're not talking about the spine or herniated disks. Here's a brief description of the DISC assessment from Wikipedia:

DISC is a group of psychological inventories developed by John Geier, and others, and based on the 1928 work of psychologist William Moulton Marston and the original behavioralist Walter V. Clarke and others.

The assessments classify four aspects of behavior by testing a person's preferences in word associations (compare with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). DISC is an acronym for:
  1. Dominance – relating to control, power and assertiveness
  2. Influence – relating to social situations and communication
  3. Steadiness (submission in Marston's time) – relating to patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness
  4. Conscientiousness (or caution, compliance in Marston's time) – relating to structure and organization
These four dimensions can be grouped in a grid with "D" and "I" sharing the top row and representing extroverted aspects of the personality, and "C" and "S" below representing introverted aspects. "D" and "C" then share the left column and represent task-focused aspects, and "I" and "S" share the right column and represent social aspects. In this matrix, the vertical dimension represents a factor of "Assertive" or "Passive", while the horizontal dimension represents "Open" vs. "Guarded".

Online Master of Science in Biomedical Writing

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia offers a master of science (MS) in biomedical writing degree and also graduate certificates in regulatory and marketing writing.

Now more than ever, professionals with expertise in both science and writing are in demand. Pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies, healthcare organizations, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and professional journals all seek qualifies medical writers. The biomedical writing programs at Mayes College can help you take advantage of these opportunities.

If you already have clinical or pharmaceutical experience and wish to change career directions, or certificate programs allow you to focus on the essential skills required for regulatory or marketing writing.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Job Post: Health Information Technology Analyst

Looking for a job as a Health Information Technology Analyst? How about a "Meaningful Use Analyst?" Could you imagine describing that job to folks who don't know anything about the HITECH Act or Meaningful Use?

Here's a job description from a job post from an Health Information Management Analyst job at Allscripts:

Job Purpose and Scope:
Under direction of the HIM lead analyst and management of the HIM Operations Manager, performs various complex duties utilizing knowledge of HIM procedures and systems to maintain regulatory compliance for an accurate and complete legal medical record.

Career transitions and paradigm shifts

I spent the weekend "in class" attending business school. I was taking a course on organizational development and we had some great discussions around traditional vs. transformational paradigms in the workplace. Our discussions also made me reflect on my own paradigm shift that occurred when I shifted out of clinical medicine and entered the non-clinical world of business. I use the term "business" very broadly because the non-clinical setting may involve work related to research, medical affairs, health technology, etc. Given that the health care industry is a business, it's important to find the right opportunities that you'll find enjoyable.

If you're thinking about a career transition, you're facing a significant paradigm shift. Are you ready for that? Do you know what kind of world you're about to enter?  Before you "jump" out of a career in clinical medicine, make sure you're learning as much as you can about all the different non-clinical options that may be available to you.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Non-clinical jobs in cardiovascular medicine #ACC11

I'm currently in New Orleans attending the ACC.11 & i2 Summit 2011 and my registation bag contained a "CardioCareer & CME Guide." Is fee for service dead? What is the future of private practice cardiology? Is it time to transition into industry?

The CardioCareer Guide has a job listing near the front where a major pharmaceutical company is advertising for a "medical affairs director" in the cardiovascular therapeutic area. The requirement states:
This position will oversee the strategic and tactical implementation of the commercial Medial Research team in the Cardiovascular area. Qualified candidates must have an MD; advanced training in internal medicine/cardiology is highly desired. 
There's no doubt that we will continue to see job openings in the cardiovascular drug industry. After all, heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in this country and there is tremendous morbidity associated with a host of cardiovascular conditions.

It's important to remember that you don't need to be a cardiologist to work in the cardiovascular area. You'll have a competitive advantage if you area a cardiologist, but many of these positions are not exclusively for cardiologists. After all, we have to recognize that certain industry positions won't compensate at the same level that a cardiologist may make, so they may fill these positions with non-cardiologists.

I'm now in New Orleans attending the ACC.11 & i2 Summit 2011

I'm now in New Orleans! Interested to see what's happening in the field of cardiology? Make sure to follow my updates on Medicine and as I blog about ACC and the i2 Summit this year.

Friday, April 1, 2011

US News Best Graduate Business Schools for an MBA

US News recently released their "Best Graduate Business Schools" list and here are the top 10 schools if you want to get an MBA:

1 Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Full-time Students Employed at Graduation: 76%
Average Starting Salary and Bonus: $131,949
SCORE: 100

2 Harvard University
Boston, MA
Full-time Students Employed at Graduation: 79%
Average Starting Salary and Bonus: $131,759

3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
Full-time Students Employed at Graduation: 76%
Average Starting Salary and Bonus: $125,905

3 University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Full-time Students Employed at Graduation: 73%
Average Starting Salary and Bonus: $132,579

Featured Physician Executive: Elisabeth Hagen, M.D.

This week's featured physician executive is Elisabeth Hagen, M.D.

Sworn in as Under Secretary for Food Safety in August 2010, Hagen oversees the policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the USDA’s public health regulatory agency that ensures the nation’s supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged. Since joining federal government in 2006, Hagen has served in a number of leadership roles and has advanced a science-based, public health agenda at USDA. Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary, she served as the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer, advising FSIS and other USDA mission areas on a range of human health issues, such as food safety, nutrition and zoonotic diseases.

Hagen holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Joseph’s, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in infectious diseases.
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