Tuesday, May 31, 2011

UMUC Biotechnology Symposium at USM Shady Grove: Careers in Biotechnology

I currently serve as a mentor in the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Mentor Program. The UMUC is holding its annual Biotechnology Symposium next month and there's a session titled, "Careers in Biotechnology."

June 2, 2011, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

UMUC at Shady Grove
Building 2, Germantown Room
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville Maryland 20850


The Biotechnology Studies Program in the Graduate School of Management and Technology and the School of Undergraduate Studies at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will hold its annual spring symposium on Trends and Careers in Biotechnology. The featured panel discussions will focus on changing trends in biotechnology research, as well as career opportunities for biotechnology program graduates. Anyone who works in biotechnology, is interested in the field, or plans to switch to a career in biotechnology is invited to attend.

Weingarten's Theory of Readiness ℠ - When? How? Best Way To? ©

Author: Rebecca Kiki Weingarten M.Sc.Ed, MFA

One of the things I love about the work I do is exploring and developing new theories in order to assist people to understand, articulate and achieve their goals. An interesting phenomenon that I've been studying and developing as a theory for learning and change is something I call "The Readiness Theory".

In its simplest form people "get ready" and become acclimated to changes in their lives in different ways.

* Some people dive right in and get used to the experience while they're muddling through it.
* Some people need to have all the elements in place before they can make a change or move.
* Some people make a change and then take a few steps back before they jump right in again.
* Some people make a change before they're ready to live it and then act that out in different ways.

Readiness will show up in many ways and will also impact the length of the coaching relationship and the amount of coaching sessions required.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Entrepreneurial Thinking (from ACPE)

Entrepreneurial Thinking
ACPE Summer Institute
July 15-17, 2011
Westin Copley Place * Boston

Health care is ripe for innovation. Successful physician leaders will seize this moment by tapping into their entrepreneurial sides. Thomas O’Malia, MBA, professor of clinical entrepreneurship at USC’s Marshall School of Business, will offer practical tips that will change the way you think. Then he’ll demonstrate how to turn ideas into reality.

You’ll learn to:
* Identify the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and effectual thinking.
* Define an idea and develop a concept.
* Determine a concept’s feasibility.
* Create and implement a business plan.
18 CME Degree & CPE prerequisite elective
$1,070 members/$1,320 non-members
Register today: www.acpe.org/summer or 800-562-8088

Friday, May 27, 2011

DeviceSpace BioSpace Career Fair

DeviceSpace BioSpace Career Fair
Hyatt Regency Irvine
Monday, June 6, 2011
1pm to 6pm

Job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics companies in the Southern California region.

Exhibiting companies are recruiting for positions in areas such as: clinical, engineering, manufacturing, quality control, chemistry, cardiovascular, orthopedics, regulatory affairs, research and more.

Featured Physician Executive: Richard Pazdur, M.D.

This week, our featured physician executive is Richard Pazdur, M.D.

Richard Pazdur, M.D. has a distinguished career in clinical and academic oncology in addition to his experience as a regulatory expert at FDA. A native of Indiana, he obtained his M.D. from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, where he also trained in internal medicine. He was a fellow in oncology at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center at the University of Chicago. Dr. Pazdur has served as a practicing oncologist, researcher, and teacher at Wayne State University, where he was director of the medical oncology fellowship program, and for many years at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, where he was a tenured Professor of Medicine and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. He joined FDA in 1999 as the Director of the Division of Oncology Drug Products and was named Director of the Office of Oncology Drug Products in April 2005. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers in the field of oncology, has written chapters for over 30 oncology textbooks, and is the editor of two standard reference oncology texts.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jobs you may be interested in

Here are some jobs you may be interested in:

Find more non-clinical physician jobs on the NonClinicalJobs Job Board.

Pharm Country Career Fair

Pharm Country Career Fair
Thursday, June 9, 2011
11am to 4pm
Hanover Marriott
Whippany, NJ

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

This Career Fair is intended for professionals with experience in the bioscience industry. All candidates must have at least a four-year college degree AND two years of industry related work experience to attend. (PhD and Postdoc candidates are welcome to attend. Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.)

Learn more here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Practice of Administrative Medicine

Don't miss this article in the May 16, 2011 Annals of Internal Medicine: "The Practice of Administrative Medicine." Here are the first 100 words:

When I became a medical school dean, some people thought I had crossed over to the dark side. But far from serving on the dark side, I quickly came to understand that such positions actually are another opportunity to express the values that drive us as physicians. I have chosen to call such endeavors the “practice of administrative medicine.” I'll tell you why.

As I began my new job of dean years ago, the editor of the alumni magazine asked a question that drove to the heart of my identity as a physician: “Dr. Eastwood, do you miss seeing patients?” She knew that I had moved recently from another medical school but, because of my new responsibilities, had not resumed the care of patients. I replied, “No, not yet. But being a dean is reminiscent of taking care of patients.”

I pointed out that when someone, such as a department chair, makes an appointment to see me, that person usually has a problem that he or she expects me to address. This requires some contextual knowledge even before the person shows up—knowledge about his or her department, the school, or other people involved. Then I must take a careful history even as I remain attentive to body language, demeanor, and small talk. Finally, I must tell the person what I am thinking, sometimes render a diagnosis, and develop a plan. This seemed to me very much like the practice of clinical medicine.

iHT2 Health IT Summit in Denver

iHT2 Health IT Summit in Denver – July 26-27, 2011
– Sheraton Denver Downtown

"ARRA, with the move toward EHRs and computerized provider order entry is giving us an unprecedented opportunity to get more and better technology out there and drive quality care."
-Jennifer Lyle, CEO, Software Testing Solutions

Click Here to Download Conference Brochure

“Adoption in the Rear-View Mirror: Strategies to Achieve Meaningful Use (MU)”

Join over 200 CIO’s, VP’s, and Directors of IT from hospitals, health systems, and physician practices and:

∙ Identify why information technology alone is not the silver bullet to realize care improvements or achieve Meaningful Use
∙ Recognize how to leverage CPOE to go beyond error reduction and improve a care process
∙ Learn how to develop a comprehensive plan that will help move your organization toward the realization of the government's Meaningful Use requirements

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Join our growing community on Facebook: NonClinicalJobs.com

If you're using Facebook, make sure to join our growing community. We currently have over 1,100 "likes" on our Facebook page and we may be adding some new features this summer. If you're like many other people, you probably spend some time on Facebook during the week (mainly in the evenings).

Make sure you don't miss any of our exciting updates and be sure to "like" us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NonClinicalJobs

Your "like" continues to support this website. Please tell others about NonClinicalJobs.com and let's expand our growing community together!

Networking Event Focusing on the Life Science Convergent Technologies Landscape

Networking Event Focusing on the Life Science Convergent Technologies Landscape

June 1st, 2011
Location: Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP, 155 Seaport Blvd Boston MA 02210
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This networking event, organized by Propel Careers and Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP, and hosted at Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP, is designed to discuss trends and advances in how life sciences companies develop convergent technologies – i.e. utilizing information technology to transform how medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, and overall medical information is gathered, developed, and used. This event will discuss exciting uses of this technology and will showcase the need for various skill sets/backgrounds to take these companies to the next level.

This event is designed to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds to be exposed to the many exciting initiatives that the convergent technology companies are spearheading.

Monday, May 23, 2011

10 Trends Shaping Careers in Pharma

Don't miss the The MM&M Virtual Summit.
Tues, May 24, 2011

You'll find a session titled, "10 Trends Shaping Your Career" that will start at 1:30 pm Eastern Time.
Joe Shields, Director, Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer, will explore the forces acting on pharma, the resulting challenges and opportunities facing this industry in transition, how it affects you, and where you can inject a little innovation along the way.
You can register for this free virtual conference here.

7th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

The 7th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition, June 14 -15 in Washington, DC, brings together thought leaders, executives, clinicians and policymakers either employed by or contracted with the federal or state government to affect an improved health system within the United States through the effective use of IT and management systems. Save when you register for the early-bird rates offered for the Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition through May 14. Government employees will pay only $50 for the full conference.

The conference features three tracks: Overcoming Barriers to Achieving Interoperable Systems, InterAgency Initiatives Leading the Way Ahead for Health IT and Industry Solutions. Session topics include the role of privacy and security in interoperability, lessons learned about Medicaid providers’ adoption of certified EHR technology, and solutions for overcoming barriers to health IT adoption in underserved communities. Earlier this week, HIMSS confirmed Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, national coordinator for health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as the closing keynote speaker.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Where to go to School for Medical Billing and Coding

Author: Patricia Walling

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care industry makes up several of the top ten sectors of the American economy that are growing. This is consistent with findings of both past government studies and those conducted by private economists. No one who reads the want ads needs official confirmation of something that is easily observable -- the health care field needs workers and it needs them as soon as possible.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Biotech Firm to Add 160 Jobs in Missouri

From Associated Press (May 18, 2011)

BERKELEY, Mo. -- A manufacturer of biologic pharmaceuticals will locate a production facility in the St. Louis County town of Berkeley, retaining 160 workers from a plant it purchased and eventually adding another 160.

Gov. Jay Nixon was in Berkeley Wednesday for the announcement by Gallus Biopharmaceuticals. The company bought the Centocor Biologics facility and plans to hire about 160 Centocor workers. Gallus also plans to create 160 new jobs over the next five years.

I'm taking Managerial Accounting this weekend

This weekend, I'm taking a Managerial Accounting course for my MBA program. Here's what this course is about:
This course provides an overview of managerial accounting and its uses in the pharmaceutical industry. Topics covered include cost concepts and terminology, systems design (including job-order costing), just-in-time and activity-based costing. Other topics include cost behavior, cost-volume-profit relationships, and profit planning.
We're using the textbook: Managerial Accounting / Edition 9
by Ronald Hilton

Title Overview: The emphasis of Managerial Accounting, 9th edition is on teaching students to use accounting information to best manage an organization. In a practice Hilton pioneered in the first edition, each chapter is written around a realistic business or focus company that guides the reader through the topics of that chapter. Known for balanced examples of Service, Retail, Nonprofit and Manufacturing companies, Hilton offers a clear, engaging writing style that has been praised by instructors and students alike. As in previous editions, there is significant coverage of contemporary topics such as activity-based costing, target costing, the value chain, customer profitability analysis, and throughput costing while also including traditional topics such as job-order costing, budgeting and performance evaluation.

Previously, I took a course called Accounting Foundations and it covered financial accounting and reporting. We learned about the four basic financial statements: balance sheets, income statements, retained earnings statements, and cash flow statements. We also analyzed the role of the manager in the development and use of the preparation of financial statements. I learned about the use of key ratios in the analysis of a firm’s financial statement.

Featured Physician Executive: David G. Preskill, MD

This week, our featured physician executive is David G. Preskill, MD. He is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of ReachMD.

As both practitioner and entrepreneur, Dr. Preskill understands the challenges that the current environment presents to medical professionals as well as the tools and opportunities available for addressing them. Cognizant of the rapidly expanding body of medical research, and the time constraints of healthcare, Dr. Preskill envisioned ReachMD as a platform for helping busy practitioners keep pace with medical discoveries and dialogue without compromising on practice ideals or family demands. ReachMD is his second start-up venture. In 1999, he was the creative force and founder of Inner Vision Imaging, LLC, a medical device company that attempted to develop in-vivo imaging solutions to provide surgeons and pathologists cellular level detail of tissues and organs without the necessity to perform biopsies or organ removals. A board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Preskill has been in private practice in the Chicago suburbs for 12 years. Dr. Preskill graduated from Northwestern Medical School and the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pharmaceutical Executive Digital Edition: May 2011

View the May 2011 issue of Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine here.

In this edition, you'll see the "12th Annual Pharma Exec 50"

You'll also find articles about cloud computing, increasing price of formulary access, and emerging markets like Malaysia. Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine is a great resource for physicians and other executives working in the pharmaceutical industry.

Association of Medical Media (AMM)

The Association of Medical Media (AMM) is holding its educational meeting today:

Thursday, May 19, 2011
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Ney Center, NYC

Physician Use of the Internet & Trends in Online Professional Advertising
RJ Lewis, e-Healthcare Solutions
HCPs are active on websites that they find credible and trustworthy. They are also active users of email and mobile devices. Pharma Marketers can leverage the access opportunity, interactivity, and trackability of digital media as strong components of their integrated marketing efforts. A combination of new plus tried-and-true best practices can often maximize results through the digital channel.

UMUC Biotechnology Symposium at USM Shady Grove: Careers in Biotechnology

I currently serve as a mentor in the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Mentor Program. The UMUC is holding its annual Biotechnology Symposium next month and there's a session titled, "Careers in Biotechnology."

June 2, 2011, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
UMUC at Shady Grove
Building 2, Germantown Room
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville Maryland 20850
The Biotechnology Studies Program in the Graduate School of Management and Technology and the School of Undergraduate Studies at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will hold its annual spring symposium on Trends and Careers in Biotechnology. The featured panel discussions will focus on changing trends in biotechnology research, as well as career opportunities for biotechnology program graduates. Anyone who works in biotechnology, is interested in the field, or plans to switch to a career in biotechnology is invited to attend.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Health Systems Institute Client Development Executive

Health Systems Institute Client Development Executive

Overview: The McKinsey Health Systems Institute (HSI) is a start-up business within McKinsey & Company providing scale analytic solutions to health systems on a global basis. US client development is focused on generating leads, following up on existing leads and closing subscription sales with US payors. The US analytic solutions define the implications of US health reform and generate proprietary insights on consumer purchasing behavior to inform individual market strategy.

In this position you will generate client leads and follow up on generated client leads toward the goal of increasing our penetration into the US payor market.

Detailed Description: There are 2 categories of leads.

• Existing clients/priority clientele of McKinsey. In these situations, you would work with the existing client service team to follow-up on leads. Importantly, you would work with the client to understand their needs and increase penetration of analytic solutions. You would not have point responsibility for daily client service or content delivery. Key skills are the ability to coordinate internally with McKinsey partners and HSI leadership on the client approach.
• Non-priority clients/clientele of McKinsey. There are 150–200 such clients that are potential customers of our analytic solutions. In these situations, you would follow-up with leads that would be obtained through distribution partnerships (e.g., AHIP, NGA). A key skill is using your network of relationships and ability to get initial client meetings and convert them to sales at regional payors. Over time, we will expect you to generate opportunities on your own using your existing network and future entrepreneurship.

Mobile Health Job Bank

The Mobile Health Job Bank is an exhibit at the Mobile Health Expo in New York City. Postings of available positions and candidates in the Mobile Health industry will be available for both job seekers and employers. It's a place to come meet, interview and learn about what is happening in the Mobile Health Industry.

Mobile Health Expo
June 21-23, 2011
New York City, NY

Mobile Health Expo provides an excellent opportunity for business development, partnership, product launches and networking in the mobile health industry. At Mobile Health Expo, you will meet industryleaders to help you plan or augment your mobile health strategy.

Mobile Health Expo topics include:
  • CIOs: How are you going to handle the onslaught of personal device use in healthcare?
  • CEOs: Don't get left out of the new revenue stream. Hospitals, physicians, family practices – all are impacted by mobile health.
  • Doctors, nurses and providers: Learn how mobile health can help you do more with less – less time, less resources, less staff.
  • Technology providers: What are the key business requirements for the medical, pharmaceutical and insurance providers?
Learn more about Mobile Health Expo here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Healthcare Informatics Consultant

Interested in working as a Healthcare Informatics Consultant (or Clinical Informatics Consultant)? You'll find a variety of consulting opportunities on the NonClinicalJobs Job Board. This could be a good way to get started. Eventually, you may find yourself pursuing a Medical Director of Informatics or a Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) position.

Right now, organizations are hiring a variety of clinicians (physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health care professionals) to focus on building up their health IT capabilities. If you have a strong interest in health informatics, make sure to browse the consulting jobs found on the NonClinicalJobs Job Board.

Futures in Life Science Program - Clinical Development and Medical Affairs

Futures in Life Science Program - Clinical Development and Medical Affairs

May 17th, 2011
Cambridge, MA

Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd have joined together to organize a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who will detail their roles and will provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions.

Attendance for this program is open to current graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and medical residents who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry. Space is limited to 100 individuals.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Teach for Kaplan Medical

Kaplan Medical is searching for qualified, energetic faculty members to join their group of expert instructors.

They are looking for physicians who can teach: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, OB/GYN, Anatomy, Pathology, or Physiology.

If you have a passion for teaching and enjoy helping others reach their goals, teaching USMLE review may be right for you.

Here are 5 great reasons to teach for Kaplan Medical:

• Make a difference helping students excel on licensing exams
• Earn excellent pay
• Enjoy fl exible, part-time hours
• Work with well-respected peers in a stimulating environment
• Travel

BIO Career Fair in Washington D.C

2011 BIO Career Fair - this year’s premier biotech career fair!  The BIO Career Fair will be held on Monday, June 27, in conjunction with the 2011 BIO International Conventions (June 27-30) in Washington D.C.
BIO Career Fair
Grand Hyatt Washington
Monday, June 27th 2pm – 7pm
The BIO Career Fair is intended for professionals in the bioscience industry. Job seekers can spend the afternoon with regional, national, and international HR Representatives and hiring managers from top biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies who are looking to hire talent in various fields and levels.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Deciding Between an Online or Traditional MBA?

Author: Katheryn Rivas

If you are in the process of deciding whether or not an MBA degree is right for you, you'll probably have noticed during your time spent researching that there are a whole lot more options than you probably thought existed. Wading through all these different options can sometimes cause quite the headache. Before trying to decipher which school(s) you are interested in attending exactly, it may be better to divide the choice among three options: online-only MBA, traditional MBA, or a partial online MBA. Here are a few things to consider.

1. Traditional MBAs and online MBAs can have very similar tuition rates, so be careful.
While many online MBA programs will sing the praises of paying substantially less for a fully-accredited program, this isn't necessarily always the case. Of course, tuition varies from school to school, and the one thing that you'll surely save on with an online degree is the cost of transportation, possible relocation, etc.

2. The online MBA is more conducive to working and studying at the same time, but completing it successfully requires more discipline. Online MBAs work well for someone with a very specific work ethic. The great thing about pursuing an online MBA is that it enables you to more easily work full-time and raise family. Still, all potential online MBA candidates should know that there is less direction and hand-holding using an online platform, so you have to be an independent student who doesn't mind putting in lots of extra work and staying on top of all your assignments.

Friday, May 13, 2011

ACRP 2011 Global Conference Virtual Session

For the first time ever watch sessions from the ACRP (Association of Clinical Research Professionals) Global Conference & Exhibition live or on-demand without the need for travel.

Earn 6 Contact Hours (Accreditation Information) while virtually attending 6 Conference Sessions from highly-rated speakers, all at your convenience.

Live video sessions will begin promptly as scheduled. Archived on-demand versions will be available within 24 hours of the original broadcast.

$299 Member Price | $599 Regular Price
A link to access live and on-demand sessions, handouts and evaluations will be included in your confirmation email after purchase. Archived sessions will be available through August 8. Only the purchaser is eligible to receive contact hours, and evaluations for contact hours must be completed by August 8.

The following sessions are included in the ACRP 2011 Global Conference Virtual Session Package:
  • Implementing FDA/OHRP Training Standards: Are You Compliant?
  • So You Think You Know GCP...
  • FDA/OHRP Update
  • Fast Track to Success for New Clinical Research Coordinators
  • US Healthcare Reform's Continuing Impact On Our Industry
  • Increasing Predictable Site Enrollment Success

Featured Physician Executive: Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM

This week's featured physician executive is Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM.

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM serves as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Farzad joined ONC in July 2009.

Previously, he served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Assistant Commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he facilitated the adoption of prevention-oriented health information technology by over 1,500 providers in underserved communities. Dr. Mostashari also led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded project focused on quality measurement at the point of care. Prior to this he established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the NYC Department of Health, charged with providing epidemiologic and statistical expertise and data for decision making to the health department.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I'm in Philadelphia attending the PACME conference #PACME11

I'm in Philadelphia attending the Pharmaceutical Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (PACME) conference.

PACME Spring Summit
May 12-13, 2011 | Sofitel® Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA

The main purpose of the Pharmaceutical Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (PACME) Member Section is to provide a forum for Alliance members interested in advancing innovation in CME/CPD through collaboration and partnerships with providers of CME/CPD; allow for exchange and sharing of best practices (appropriately allowed within the law) between industry representatives actively engaged in the CME/CPD enterprise; provide mentorship and networking opportunities; offer educational programming that features thought leaders, researchers and innovators in CME/CPD.

5 ways to effectively position yourself for a non-clinical career transition

Physicians who choose to leave clinical medicine will all face this question: “Why did you choose to leave clinical medicine?” What’s your story? How would you answer this question?

There are some physicians who leave clinical medicine because they don’t have a choice. Others may feel that the grass is simply greener on the non-clinical side of medicine. Regardless of your reasons for leaving clinical medicine, it’s important to have a polished, refined, clear, honest answer to this question.

Free career advice: PRWeek Virtual Career Fair

Mark your calendars for the PRWeek Virtual Career Fair on June 14th – attendance is FREE!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
11:00 am – 8:00 pm ET

The PRWeek Virtual Career Fair is an innovative virtual environment that offers free career advice in the form of three unique live webcast sessions.
  • Moving Ahead- Why relocation could be the best next step for your career progression.
  • A Diverse Industry- Lessons that can be learned from some of the top diverse PR pros in the industry.
  • Continuing To Learn- The value of continuing your education while working full-time.
Featured speakers
  • Karen Bloom, CEO, Bloom, Gross & Associates
  • Louise Harris, president, international & senior counsel, global strategy, Ruder Finn
  • May Petry, VP of corporate comms, Yahoo!
  • Simon Sproule, corporate VP of global marcomms, Nissan
  • Diane Thieke, marketing director, Dow Jones
  • Rachel Wallins, director of global HR, Ketchum

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lessons in change management

Recently, I took a business school course on organizational development and we reviewed a variety of concepts around change management. When you’re responsible for leading an organization, there are a number of ways to achieve change within your group. Some may rely on traditional methods while others may use contemporary, creative strategies that include some “out of the box” thinking.

The concept of change management is defined in Wikipedia as:
Change management is a structured approach to shifting/transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state. It is an organizational process aimed at empowering employees to accept and embrace changes in their current business environment. In project management, change management refers to a project management process where changes to a project are formally introduced and approved.
Do you have experience with change management? Physicians in the hospital setting often act as team leaders, but are they effective in empowering members of their team? Most physicians tend to command authority by dictating orders and expecting their subordinates to obey and follow. This type of approach may lead to good followers, but it won’t lead to more empowered employees who are open to embracing change. This is one reason why many physicians are effective managers but they’re not necessarily strong leaders. They have the ability to manage their teams and accomplish tasks, but there’s a key difference between being a manager vs. a leader.

Expand your social network by connecting with Dr. Harry Greenspun on LinkedIn

Dr. Harry Greenspun, formerly Chief Medical Officer at Dell, is now Senior Advisor, Healthcare Transformation and Technology at Deloitte.  He is also the author of Reengineering Health Care: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery. Harry maintains a very active Facebook profile, but make sure you don't miss him on LinkedIn.

Connect with Harry Greenspun on LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/harrygreenspun

He's a physician executive who is very connected, so you'll want to be in his network. In 2010, Modern Healthcare magazine named him one of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.”

Using LinkedIn to Boost Your Career Exploration

Author: Heather Fork, MD, CPCC

Is your LinkedIn profile helping in your non-clinical career search? If not, you may be getting stuck at an all too common place-actually speaking with people who can offer valuable advice. This can happen from just not having the experience of successfully contacting someone, or from the reluctance to ask a favor of a complete stranger. Once you experience the power and ease of using LinkedIn for networking, you’ll be sold.

Recently I contacted 4 people through LinkedIn. Two were recruiters, one was a medical writer, and the other was a Medical Science Liaison. Each responded back to my inquiries, with one hardy soul calling me back from the ICU! We had great conversations and I felt like I had made some new friends. I did my best to find ways to be helpful in return.

If you’d like to take more advantage of the power of LinkedIn, here are some steps for getting started:

1. Create your LinkedIn Profile. Build up contacts by inviting those you know and joining relevant groups. If you are connected to someone with 500 contacts, you have potential access to all of these people.

2. Search your area of interest by INDUSTRIES, JOBS, COMPANIES or GROUPS. By clicking on Advanced in the search box, you will be able to target your search.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Standard & Poor's Health Care 2011 Conference: Trends and Rating Considerations

Standard & Poor's Health Care 2011 Conference: Trends and Rating Considerations

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Standard & Poor's
55 Water Street
Conference Center
37th Floor
New York, NY
Registration is complimentary

Time: 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Presentations include:
  • Economic Perspective on U.S. Health Care
  • Health Insurance Sector Review
  • Not-for-Profit Health Care Sector Review
  • Corporate Health Care Sector Review

How to break out of academic medicine to enter industry

Let’s face it: academic physicians often face burnout and many of them get called from recruiters about non-clinical opportunities in pharmaceutical research, biotechnology drug development, etc. How does an academic physician break out of the world of academic medicine? Is it as simple as applying for a pharmaceutical job online? Do you simply trust what you hear from an executive recruiter?

The entire process of breaking out of academic medicine and transitioning into industry can be quite complex if you’re trying to negotiate the optimal package that makes the most sense for you to leave academia. How strong are your corporate leadership skills? What is your value proposition? How do you negotiate your salary? Who else is applying for the position? Are you truly a competitive job candidate given the fact that many other seasoned physician executives may have many more years of industry experience?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Upcoming teleconference on physician careers in the managed care industry

Updated on May 17, 2011:

Dr. Steven Peskin and I are preparing to host a two-part teleconference on physician careers in the managed care industry. If you're interested in working as a medical director for a health plan, make sure you don't miss these presentations so that you can learn how to find a job in the health insurance industry.

We're planning on holding this two-part teleconference this fall.  (Previously, we had outlined some dates in June but we had some changes in our schedules)

Each teleconference will be recorded and will be made available for purchase. More details coming soon, so please stay tuned...

Job Post: Healthcare Analyst - Biotherapeutics

Healthcare Analyst - Biotherapeutics
ACM - New York, NY 10017

New York based global long-short healthcare fund seeks candidate with an advanced life sciences or medical degree. The candidate will work directly with the portfolio manager as an integral member of the investment team. Our firm covers biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, and healthcare services and facilities. One of our firm's Managing Directors was formerly a senior official with the U.S. FDA and CMS, among other great colleagues.

Responsibilities include:

• Financial modeling
• Conducting market research in repsect of therapeutic categories of interest
• Conducting clinical and regulatory due diligence
• Assuming a key role in portfolio monitoring

Qualified candidates will possess:

• Excel-based modeling capabilities
• Knowledge of financial statements
• Strong communication and writing skills

Health IT careers for physicians

Author: Mehul Sheth, DO FAAP

Dr. Kim’s fourth category is near and dear to me-technology and informatics. I not only work in this field, but continuously find new and interesting trends and topics that keep my interest peaked. My focus on other areas waxes and wanes, but by it’s nature, there’s always something new in technology!

Informatics has been on the front burner in the news also-automation of health records and physician workflows is seen as a way to cut down on unnecessary medical error and duplication of tests and procedures along with a whole host of other benefits. This has kept it a hot topic in politics, finance and medicine-a deadly combo that means that there’s also a lot of misinformation out there. In the end, electronic health records and other technology can go a long way to greatly improving healthcare, but humans will always be needed, so fear not!

Friday, May 6, 2011

15th Annual Medical Writing Conference in Princeton (AMWA-DVC)

American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) has regional chapters and the Delaware Valley Chapter (DVC) has an annual conference coming up in Princeton, NJ.

Register now for the 15th Annual AMWA-DVC Princeton Conference!

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel & Conference Center
800 Scudders Mill Road
Plainsboro, NJ

An intensive 1-day program of knowledge and networking! Choose from 4 credit workshops plus 2 all-new How-to Sessions.

Featured physician executive: Dr. Pawan Goyal

This week, we're featuring Pawan Goyal, MD, MHA, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS. He is Chief Medical Officer of Federal Healthcare EDS (an HP Company).

Pawan Goyal is the director of healthcare informatics for EDS’ U.S. Veterans Affairs portfolio and is responsible for establishing the strategic direction in areas of health informatics and enterprise business transformation for an account of over 500 professionals supporting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA is globally recognized as a leader in both healthcare and in the adoption and use of electronic health records, and is the largest healthcare provider in the United States, serving 24.5 million veterans.

With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare delivery and management for large federal, state and local government contexts, Goyal has spent the last six years as senior business/functional analyst for the VA. An otolaryngologist by training, Goyal had 14 years of surgical practice in India prior to moving to the United States in 1998. As a recognized leader and subject matter expert on process re-engineering for healthcare and electronic health records interoperability, Goyal often serves as an author, panelist and public speaker in areas such as patient medical records and effective EHR institutionalization and utilization.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Register for the Stanford Summit and Medicine 2.0 at Stanford

Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)
Stanford University
September 16, 2011 – September 18, 2011

The Stanford Summit @ Medicine 2.0 is a special forum that is designed to complement - yet be distinct from - the two-day academically-focused Medicine 2.0 conference that will take place at Stanford Sept 17-18, 2011.

The Medicine 2.0 Fall Conference 2011 will be hosted in Silicon Valley, home to many of the world's preeminent technology companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Intel, and others. The conference will be hosted by the Stanford University School of Medicine, and will be held at the school's brand new $90 million Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge. Stanford University is located in Northern California, approximately 35 miles south of San Francisco.

Learn more about this upcoming conference here.

2011 Medscape physician compensation report

Are you curious about physician salary results? 

Medscape's 2011 Physician Compensation Report provides physicians insights on current trends regarding pay and hours worked. This comprehensive report represents responses from over 15,000 US physicians and offers details on who is earning how much by specialty, geographic location, practice type, sex and more.
  • How much do physicians earn?
  • Which practice settings earn the most?
  • How much time is spent with patients?
  • Survey fielded to 455,000 US physicians
  • Total respondents*: 15,794 US physicians across 22 specialty areas
  • Fieldwork conducted by Medscape from February 2-March 30, 2011
  • Data collected via third-party online survey collection site

Blending clinical medicine with entrepreneurship

I know several physicians who have full-time clinical careers but they also carve out time to explore entrepreneurial ventures. There are certain medical specialties that allow you to have more flexibility with your schedule so that you can blend patient care with entrepreneurial spirit. Those specialties include: emergency medicine, anesthesia, hospital medicine, and urgent care medicine. You can go into family medicine or internal medicine and find yourself with a flexible schedule if you choose to work in shifts (urgent care, hospitalist, etc.).

Having a blended career that includes elements of direct patient care plus entrepreneurship allows you to have a stable source of income (clinical practice) but also lets you express your creativity and innovation as you start a company or develop a business model.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Simplify Health IT Job Search with HIMSS Career Services Center

04 May 2011
Simplify Health IT Job Search with HIMSS Career Services Center

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information technicians and medical records professionals held 172,500 jobs in 2008 with 39 percent in hospitals; by 2018, a 20 percent growth is expected resulting in 207,600 jobs.

Knowing where and how to find available jobs is a challenge any job seeker faces, including graduates of the Office of the National Coordinator’s HIT Workforce Development programs. The HIMSS Career Services Center is supporting this initiative with the enhancement of HIMSS JobMine® and the addition of a section dedicated to the ONC HIT Workforce Development Program, where program graduates can post resumes and find health IT positions posted by potential employers.

2011 AMWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference

2011 Annual Mid-Atlantic AMWA Chapter Conference

Date: Friday, 20 May 2011
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn

7301 Waverly Street
Bethesda, MD 20814-3330
(301) 654-8111

  • Bart Harvey will present CP/EW #3008, “Making Effective Slides,” and ADV #729, “Understanding Sample Size and Study Power”;
  • Charmaine Cummings will present ES 2006, “Essential Ethics for Medical Communicators”; and
  • Tom Gegeny will present ES/EW/FL #2012, “The Internet: How and Where to Find the Information You Seek.”

Recent ACPE collaboration with HIMSS

There's no question that information technology issues are playing an increasingly larger role in the jobs of all physician leaders. In light of this, ACPE teamed up for the first time this year with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, which recently held its annual convention and exhibition in Orlando, Florida. All ACPE members were offered complimentary registration for the convention so they could participate in HIMSS' first-ever physician executive forum. About 100 ACPE members took advantage of the offer, including ACPE Board Member Michael Bakerman, MD, FACC, MMM, CPE, FACPE, Chief Medical Information Officer at UMass Memorial Health Care.

Bakerman said there's value in visiting the more than 900 vendors that exhibit at HIMSS.

“You get a sense where the technology is moving to," he said. "They’re showing you new models, new demos. You see the possible applications of the technology.”

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Health care reform changes will drive more physicians to leave clinical medicine

It’s hard to find many physicians who are excited about the upcoming health care reform changes. Most physicians are complaining and some are preparing for early retirement. There are a growing number of physicians who are actively preparing for a non-clinical career transition so they can escape patient care and go into administration or business. If we could graph physician enrollment into MBA programs, we’d probably see a noticeable increase that started in 2009 or 2010. Many physicians are pursuing an MBA so they can get prepared for the non-clinical world of business.

Recently, I’ve also been speaking with a growing number of physicians who are looking for opportunities to get involved in non-clinical opportunities while they continue to practice medicine. These physicians are blending their clinical career with a parallel non-clinical career. I know some physicians who are working in business during the day and moonlighting in the ER on the weekends. Others are working part-time in the hospital and consulting on their non-clinical days.

Organizations like the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers are seeing significant growth in membership.

If you’re considering a possible career transition in the near future, I encourage you to receive our updates from NonClinicalJobs.com so that you can learn about the different types of job opportunities that are possible. Jumping out of clinical medicine isn’t an easy transition for most physicians. You probably won’t make the transition overnight, so get informed so that you’re prepared when that transition day arrives.

10 technology travel tips for the business traveler

Over the past few months, I’ve been traveling more than usual. I’ve been on the train and the plane. I’ve worked from the airport. I’ve used my smartphone as my WiFi hotspot to access the Internet. I’ve taken different computers on my trips: sometimes I carry my heavier convertible laptop tablet PC. Sometimes I just go with my Apple iPad and an external keyboard and I leave my laptop at work.

Today, I’m using an old tablet PC called the Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC. From a distance, it may look like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, this is a really old machine that runs Windows 7. The main reason why I’m using this is because: 1) I need something really light (1.5 pounds); 2) I need USB ports (this one has two), and 3) I need to run Microsoft Windows. If I didn’t need the USB ports, then I’d have my iPad and I’d access my Windows PC using remote desktop connection (via LogMeIn Ignition) so that I can run all my Windows-based applications. This Q1 Ultra has exceptional battery life, so I get to compute all day without looking for a power outlet.

Monday, May 2, 2011

ACRP 2011 Global Conference & Exhibition: Innovation & Global Health

Today is Day #2 of the ACRP (Association of Clinical Research Professionals) 2011 Global Conference & Exhibition in Seattle. This year’s program includes more than 125 sessions covering 13 topic areas – all delivered by leading speakers.

You can catch one of the sessions later today as a streaming video:

Innovation & Global Health
Monday, May 2
10:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT

There are great disparities in healthcare throughout the world. Nearly 8 million children die each year from conditions that could be prevented or treated easily. To address these problems, there needs to be political will to address them, commitment of financial resources and, most importantly, innovation. Hear Tachi Yamada, MD, President, Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, address Innovation and Global Health.

CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program

CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program

To provide training and experience in applying computer and information science and technology to real public health problems.

PHIFP is a 2-year paid fellowship in public health informatics. The competency-based and hands-on training allows you to apply information and computer science and technology to solve real-world problems.

You will have the opportunity to
  • learn about informatics and public health
  • work with teams involved in research and development of public health information systems
  • lead an informatics project
  • design, develop, implement, evaluate, and manage public health information systems
What are the prerequisites?

We look for motivated persons with diverse interests. We select applicants who have
  • A strong interest in applying information and computer science and technology to the practice of public health
  • A strong desire to pursue a career in public health informatics
You should have a master's or higher degree in an appropriate discipline, including, but not limited to
  • Public health, medicine, health care, health-services research
  • Computer science, information science, or information systems
  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health informatics, or related discipline
You must have documented training or experience in certain fields (such as informatics, information systems, computer science, public health, or a related healthcare profession).

Learn about non-clinical careers here on NonClinicalJobs.com

Are you interested in learning more about different types of non-clinical careers? It’s a paradigm shift to move away from direct patient care and to enter the business world. Making a paradigm shift isn’t easy or comfortable.

Here on NonClinicalJobs.com, you can explore a variety of non-clinical careers by doing the following:
  1. Reading different job descriptions associated with specific jobs
  2. Connect with other physicians who are working in those industries
  3. Participating in conference calls where we will discuss the specifics associated with different industry positions
  4. Reading stories about physicians who are working in different non-clinical industry sectors
  5. Learning about networking events, conferences, and other types of meetings where you can explore non-clinical careers
  6. Asking questions related to specific industry positions
  7. Meeting executive recruiters and others who may know of potential job leads
  8. Receiving individualized career coaching services from mentors and career coaches who specialize in helping physicians transition out of clinical medicine
I encourage you to visit NonClinicalJobs.com frequently and to subscribe to updates via email. You can meet other physicians by joining the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers. Membership is free and you can interact with others on the closed, private forums or by participating in open discussions on public social networking sites like LinkedIn.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Physicians on Sermo discussing the value of an MBA

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

For those of you on Sermo, I suggest you head here (login to Sermo required) and check out the comments and questions on physicians obtaining an MBA.

If you're unfamiliar with Sermo, it's a physician-only (US medical license required to join) "social network." They have a great deal of interesting medical related topics on there and it provides a nice physician-only forum for doctors to discuss (and complain) about topics related to physicians...both medical and non-medical.

UYRW (Update Your References Week)

What is UYRW you might ask? UYRW stands for Update Your References Week and May holds a unique opportunity for professionals, especially those immersed in a job search. May 1st through the 7th is International Update Your References Week, a great chance to re-engage with former colleagues to help support each others current or future job hunts.

As professionals move from one job to the next, we sometimes loose track of them and thereby the chance to exchange colleague-based references, which are often heavily weighted by hiring managers in their evaluations when skill sets of candidates are equivalent.

International Update Your References Week
May 1-7
More information here.
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