Thursday, June 30, 2011

Entrepreneurship Executive Education at Harvard Business School

Interested in entrepreneurial executive education? If you live in the Boston area, perhaps you should consider taking these courses at Harvard Business School:

Building New Businesses in Established Organizations
July 17–21, 2011 (HBS Campus)
Learn how large organizations can drive growth by developing a business portfolio with mature product/service lines and internal start-ups. This program helps you develop new organizations while managing day-to-day business. You'll explore the entrepreneurial mindset, processes, corporate resources, and leadership skills needed to drive innovation and ensure the success of new initiatives.

Launching New Ventures
February 19–24, 2012 (HBS Campus)
Develop the diverse skills required to transform a new business opportunity into a successful company in today's business environment. Focusing on the challenges facing entrepreneurs in small-to-midsize companies, this program helps you make sound investment and management decisions, build a strong team, exploit disruptive opportunities, define new business initiatives, and sell your concept to investors, partners, and other parties.

Overcome The Fear of Public Speaking And Enhance Your Career: Part II

Author: Heather Fork, MD, CPCC

In Part I of this post, I discussed how honing your speaking skills can benefit your career. A year ago I joined my first Toastmasters club and this has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I visited four different clubs in my area before choosing Capital City Toastmasters. Each club has its own character, and it is important to find the right one for you. When you attend the first time, you are a guest and you will not be required to participate, except to say a few words about your impression of the meeting.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor's Journey In and Out of Medicine

Here's an interesting book that you may want to read this summer: The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor's Journey In and Out of Medicine

If the medical profession you'd devoted your life to was completely taken over by liability concerns and insurance regulations, would you stay a physician?

Overcome The Fear of Public Speaking And Enhance Your Career: Part I

Author: Heather Fork, MD, CPCC

The fear of public speaking is listed right up there with the fear of death. And even if we are accustomed to speaking in front of others, this highly valuable skill can always be improved upon. The famous billionaire investor, Warren Buffet, embarrassed himself early on in his career when he became too nervous to offer a toast during a prestigious Washington dinner. Yet this self-made man refused to let failure define him. He went on to become a confident and sought after speaker - not to mention rich and famous.

Almost every job description lists good communication skills as a requirement and this may also include public speaking. Honing these abilities is a worthwhile investment of time and can give you a competitive edge in your career transition. Since it takes practice to be comfortable speaking in front of large groups, it is ideal if you can get ample experience before an important event. Even if your work does not involve doing presentations, you will gain confidence and find abilities you were unaware of through practicing these skills with others.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

San Diego BioProcess Forum

The San Diego BioProcess Forum is dedicated to providing local biotechnology professionals an opportunity to network and discuss topics focused on bioprocess technologies and trends. Members meet during social events featuring informative industry related presentations.

San Diego BioProcess Forum Meeting
Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Membership and Event admission are FREE

Learn more here:

Feasibility Analysis

Author: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA

In the last few articles, we have discussed how to bring a biomedical product to market. The first step is idea generation where the entrepreneur matches a market opportunity with a solution that provides value to the customer. The basic question at this early stage is whether your technology can be made into a product that meets a significant market need and whether the intellectual property can be protected. Remember, value is the difference between tangible and intangible benefits,less tangible and intangible costs in the mind of the customer.

Step two is to look at the opportunity and more closely and in more detail, assess the idea, from a product performance, market, and competition perspective. Following this step, the inventor makes a decision about proceeding with the idea or abandoning it. If the opportunity looks promising, then the third step is to do a more in-depth feasibility analysis of how to create a business around the new invention, discovery, design, or process. There are several key elements to the feasibility or innovation plan. The feasibility plan is designed to “flesh out” and explain how you will turn your new product or service idea into a profit-making business. Key issues include the features and benefits of your new idea, the competitive landscape, how and where you intend to manufacture or produce your product, regulatory and reimbursement hurdles, and how you intend to meet them. In addition, you will need to state how much it will cost to make your product, how you intend to price, promote, distribute, and sell your product, and what it will cost to do so while the first two steps, idea generation and opportunity assessment, can usually be done using secondary research sources, primarily from the Internet, a more detailed feasibility plan frequently requires data from primary sources such as potential user feedback, focus groups, and ethnographic analyses of how customers actually do things or use products to meet their needs. The objective at this stage is to validate your product and marketing assumptions. There are several ways to do this, but the main goal is get customer or user feedback early and often in this stage of new product development. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes and look at your product, tracing their steps, not yours.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Non-Medical Jobs and Careers for Physicians

When I think about the phrase "non-clinical jobs," I often think about jobs that involve some element of medical science. Physicians who work as medical writers or health care consultants may not be treating patients, but they are effectively applying their scientific expertise in their work. Physicians who work in medical management or other types of administrative positions need to have a clinical background in order to work effectively. Physicians who work in the biopharma industry may not be treating individual patients, but they are still involved in scientific drug discovery or pharmaceutical marketing.

What about those jobs that are completely non-medical?

I know some physicians who have a real estate business. Others have ventured into the world of finance and they are now wealth management consultants. One former nephrologist is running a website for Apple computer fans. Another physician is selling products on eBay. Some are becoming technology writers or bloggers, but they're not writing about medical technology. Others are starting companies focused on helping moms be better moms. There are a growing number of physician entrepreneurs who are venturing into many non-medical industries.

Global Healthcare Investment Conference

The Global Healthcare Investment Conference is a part of one of the leading conferences in the world that brings together up to 1,500 attendees from over 87 countries. The Healthcare Industry globally is experiencing significant growth and investment. With healthcare spending in the trillions in the US and in other countries, the investment in the healthcare sector is expected to have great return for investors.

Oct 26-28, 2011
Chicago, IL

The theme of this year’s conference is "Emerging Healthcare Investment Opportunities". The conference will have a strong focus on some of the emerging markets and trends and provide case studies of emerging investment opportunities in the healthcare sector.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Receive $10 by joining QuantiaMD

I would also like to invite you to join QuantiaMD. For a limited time, you will receive $10 for joining and confirming your clinician status on QuantiaMD.

I would encourage you to join the "Leading Physicians" group where QuantiaMD has worked with the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) to develop content and white papers. You'll find this group by clicking on "Practice Management," then going to "Leading Physicians."

QuantiaMD is an online physician-to-physician learning collaborative where 1 in 6 U.S. physicians engage, share, and learn from experts and each other, free of charge. Q-Points is a system of rewards available to all QuantiaMD members. Q-Points can be redeemed for electronic™ Gift Cards.

QuantiaMD is donating $50 to the Disaster Relief Fund for every clinician practicing in Japan who joins and validates before August 31, 2011.

Featured Physician Executive: Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD

This week, our featured physician executive is Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD.

Dr. Ted Shortliffe is the President and CEO, AMIA.

Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, and ACMI Fellow, was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Informatics Association in July 2009, after many years of service to AMIA as an active member and after two decades of working as a key architect in AMIA’s development and growth. A lifetime AMIA member since 1990, Dr. Shortliffe served on AMIA’s initial Board of Directors, chaired the Public Policy Committee, served as President of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) Scientific Activities, and chaired the MedInfo Organizing Committee for the 11th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (2004).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Join the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE)

The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) has relaunched its website and I would encourage you to join. Membership is free.

The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) ( is a 501(c) 6, incorporated in Washington, DC, founded in September, 2008 under the umbrella of ENT Resources, Inc. (ENTRI), a for-profit subsidiary of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) by several AAO-HNS members, including Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA. Currently there are over 700 members included in our LinkedIn site.

Florida Medical School Launches 'Business of Medicine Boot Camp' for Students

This update is provided by the ACPE (American College of Physician Executives)

Courtney Bovee knew from an early age she couldn’t be a successful doctor without an understanding of business.

Unlike most of her fellow medical students at the University of South Florida, she opted for a business major as an undergraduate. Once at USF College of Medicine, she joined ACPE and lobbied the school to add more business courses.

“To be a great doctor, you need to understand how your practice operates, how your patients pay their bills, how do they afford their medications,” said Bovee, who recently graduated from USF College of Medicine. “Medical school is great for teaching what tests to order and which drugs to prescribe, but there’s been a huge gap in our medical education up to this point.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ACPE Washington/Baltimore Physician Executives Network

Inviting all physician leaders in the Washington/Baltimore area to gather for the next meeting of the ACPE Washington/Baltimore Physician Executives Network Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 6:30-8 pm.

Mark Fraiman, MD, MBA, CPE, Program Director at St. Joseph Medical Center will speak on “Emerging Issues in Medicare”. The meeting will take place at:
Maryland Physicians Care Office in Linthicum right off the Nursery Road exit off BWI parkway

Please bring $5 to contribute toward pizza and beverages and special thanks to Dr. Fraiman for speaking and Dr. Nina Everett for providing the meeting space. We invite you to bring along other interested physicians (ACPE membership is not required). Email if you would like to attend.

The American College of Physician Executives exists for the purpose of developing physician leadership. The ACPE Washington/Baltimore Chapter is a regional network of physician executives dedicated to professional growth, collaboration and the improvement of the practice of medicine

Drug Development Boot Camp at Harvard University

Drug Development Skills are Difficult to Acquire

NOVEMBER 9-10, 2011

The pharmaceutical industry has its fair share of Ph.D.s, and MDs, and yet qualifications do not translate into understanding of the drug development process. In fact, Nobel Laureate scientists find the drug development process bewildering.

As drug development costs increase, the process of drug development is becoming more and more complex. Those involved with the process of developing new therapeutics (drugs, devices, combination products and diagnostics) must understand the process and be able to navigate it with great skill. These skills are difficult to acquire.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BioCareers Webinar: Highlighting Transferable Skills from Academia to Industry

BioCareers Webinar: Highlighting Transferable Skills from Academia to Industry, hosted by Lauren Celano on June 22nd at 1pm EST.

On June 22nd from 1-2pm EST, Lauren Celano will host a webinar through BioCareers to discuss the importance of highlighting transferable skills for individuals who have strong technical backgrounds looking to move into industry or within industry from scientific to business focused roles. Lauren will provide guidance on how to recognize transferable skills, how to highlight them and which of these skills are valuable within different roles within the life sciences sector.

Telework can give you more control over your schedule, more time for family and community, and freedom from the interruptions of a noisy office. But will it work for you? This course gives you a brief, practical introduction to telework. It offers tools for deciding whether telework is a good fit for you and for the specific job you hold. It teaches you strategies for teleworking efficiently, staying "plugged in" to the office, and managing your interactions with co-workers and customers.

You can learn about telework by visiting

Monday, June 20, 2011

Job Post: Clinical Consultant

Clinical Consultant
Lowell, MA 01851

• Board Certification in an Internal Medicine and/or Family Medicine-required
• At least 3 years of direct patient care experience
• A valid state medical license
• Research experience/peer-reviewed publications a plus
• Familiarity with different evidence hierarchies
• Excellent verbal and written skills
• Commercial healthcare IT experience- desirable
• Understanding of standard terminologies- desirable

Time Management ©

Change takes time. Everything takes time. People don't move at superhuman or technological speed. Making a new plan for yourself, incorporating new elements into your life, contemplating change and making it a reality takes time. How will you fit all that into your already busy day/week/schedule? Here are some simple and quick ways to get started. 

Considering a "pharmaceutical MBA?"

If you search for "pharmaceutical MBA" in Google, you'll find that the first page of search results lists the following MBA programs that focus on the pharmaceutical industry:
  • Executive Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA from Saint Joseph's University
  • MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Drexel University
  • MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Rutgers Business School
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia offers an MBA in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business. The University of Colorado offers an Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Management. Aspen University offers an MBA in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management.

Friday, June 17, 2011

How To Stand-Out in a Very Competitive Job Market

The subtle differences in every step of the job search process determine who ultimately lands the job and who does not. This is especially true in a bad economy, when unemployment is high and the job market is so competitive.

Learn how to properly articulate your value to prospective employers. Master key strategies to help you in the job search. Discover tools to gain access to your target market. Get advice and feedback on the latest resume techniques and formats recommended for senior managers and executives. Delve into the critical pre-interview planning process.

Featured Physician Executive: Carol Steltankamp, MD, MBA

This week's featured physician executive is Dr. Carol Steltankamp.

Carol Steltankamp, MD, MBA, is Chief Medical Information Officer, UK HealthCare: Co-Chair, Kentucky eHealth Network

Dr. Steltenkamp is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky with experience in private practice and traditional academic medicine. Dr. Steltenkamp received a B.S. from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and an M.D. from the University of Cincinnati. After completing her MBA at the University of Kentucky, she became particularly interested in Healthcare Information Technology and Financing and their impact on her ability to provide the highest quality of care for her patients in a cost-effective manner. Dr. Steltenkamp is the Chief Medical Information Officer for UK HealthCare and is the Co-Chair of the Kentucky eHealth Network. She is an active clinician, educator, and funded researcher. She is a recognized leader in the implementation and use of the electronic medical record to improve health outcomes.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Complimentary Webinar: Multi-national Retrospective Chart Review Studies

Complimentary Webinar: Multi-national Retrospective Chart Review Studies
June 28, 2011 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Multi-national, retrospective chart review studies offer a means to gather real-world clinical and health economic data not typically available from medical claims or other databases. These studies can result in tailored, comprehensive, repositories of patient level data that can be used to characterize real-world patients, evaluate clinical and safety outcomes, document patterns of usual care, and estimate treatment costs. Data can be used to support burden of illness evaluations and other pricing and reimbursement related research initiatives.

Get ready for DIA 2011

DIA 2011 Features the Most Diverse Exhibit Hall and Comprehensive Program Anywhere
47th Annual Meeting
June 19-23, 2011
Chicago, IL


DIA 2011 is the largest multidisciplinary event for professionals involved in the discovery, development,
and life cycle management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and related
health care products. This year’s event will help you develop a holistic and integrated program for
your entire team while increasing their access to training and expanded professional opportunities.

Track 1>> Clinical Operations
Track 2>> Development Planning
Track 3>> Outsourcing Strategies and Innovative Partnering Models
Track 4>> Nonclinical and Early Clinical Translational Development
Track 5>> Product Advertising and Communications
Track 6>> Medical Writing and Communications
Track 7>> IT Methods and Technologies
Track 8>> Research Data and Content Management
Track 9>> Regulatory Affairs and Science, Quality and GXP Compliance
Track 10>> Public Policy/Health Care Compliance
Track 11>> Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance
Track 12>> Statistics
Track 13>> Health Economics and Outcomes (HEO)/Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)/Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
Track 14>> Medical Devices
Track 15>> Professional Development
Track 16>> Global Agency Track
Track 17>> SIAC Showcase
Track 18>> Late-breaking Topics

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Physician Careers in the Biopharma Industry"

I'll be speaking at BioConference Live 2011. My session is titled, "Physician careers in the biopharma industry" and it will occur on WED June 15, 2011 from 2 to 3 pm EDT.

Abstract: As the health care industry undergoes significant changes over the next several years, we can anticipate that more physicians will be eager to leave clinical medicine and pursue careers in the biopharma industry. As a result, it becomes critical for biopharma professionals to recruit the best talent and to prepare new physicians for an industry career in pharmaceutical medicine.

This presentation will reveal physician attitudes and career trends that reflect the transition process as physicians consider careers in the biopharma industry. We will also examine results from recent physician surveys and polls to explore myths and misconceptions that are highly prevalent as physicians prepare for a career transition. Finally, we will explore effective strategies that will help physicians will make a smooth and successful transition into the pharmaceutical industry.

The Mobile Health Job Bank @ the Mobile Health Expo in NYC

Next week, I'll be speaking at Mobile Health Expo NYC 2011 about the use of mobile technology in the continuing medical education (CME) industry. My session is titled, "Mobile Technology in the Continuing Medical Education of Physicians"

Tuesday June 21, 2011
3:30 - 4:15 pm
New York City
Javits Center

Don't miss your chance to attend and to visit the Mobile Health Job Bank.

The Mobile Health Job Bank will be on the show floor. 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.

More information about the Mobile Health Expo can be found here.

Women Leading Healthcare Conference

Women Leading Healthcare Conference
July 12, 2011
W Atlanta - Midtown
188 14th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30361

The healthcare system is changing dramatically and there is a need for new approaches to a dynamic environment. Attend the first-ever Women Leading Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 and you’ll have the opportunity to network with your peers, interact and learn from a powerful group of women leaders in healthcare. You will be empowered with new ideas and best practices to improve not only the success of your organization, but also your personal development as an executive.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Job Post: Outreach Specialist

Outreach Specialist
Cooley's Anemia Foundation - Syracuse-Buffalo, NY 13210
Outreach Specialist Wanted for Upstate New York

The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF), as part of a cooperative agreement with the CDC, is initiating a focused outreach campaign in upstate New York to identify and meet with doctors whose patient list includes individuals with thalassemia, a serious and sometimes life threatening genetic blood disorder. The goals of this project are to (1) add to CAF’s medical providers list doctors who care for individuals with thalassemia but who are currently unknown to the Foundation, and (2) add to CAF’s Patient Registry thalassemia patients currently unknown to the Foundation so that they may receive educational information and support which can positively impact their outcomes.

Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition

Today’s older adults are more active than their predecessors and they have very different interests and motivations. Consequently, baby boomers and older adults are demanding products and services from an economy that is not prepared to meet their needs. This presents a tremendous window of opportunity for unprecedented profits and growth, even in a challenging economic climate. With the right business plan, direction and commitment to succeed, entrepreneurs are poised to help increase the quality of life for many while creating a successful business in the process.

Since 2004, Santa Clara University and Mary Furlong & Associates have co-produced the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition, and each year has been more successful than the one before. The event brings together entrepreneurs, leaders in the field of aging and the venture community to create a unique forum to explore, share and design products and services that will dominate the baby boomer market in coming years. In addition, this program is designed to teach entrepreneurs how to think through a business.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Where to find government jobs

Are you looking for a government job? Perhaps you want to work for the FDA or the CDC. Make sure to visit:

You can find jobs like:
  • Medical Officer
  • Medical Director
  • Safety Officer
  • Public Health Analyst 
  • And many others

Saturday, June 11, 2011

ACPE webinar on advancing your career

Advancing Your Career: Degree & Certification

Are you curious about what steps to take next toward a possible part or full time career as a physician leader or manager? Then join ACPE for this informative session presented by Barbara Linney, ACPE's Director of Career Development.

Barbara has more than 15 years of experience working with physicians from across the country. She'll offer clear and proven tips on how to navigate your way down the path from managing one patient or practice at a time to managing and leading groups, departments, organizations and systems.

Wednesday, June 15 at 4 pm Eastern
Click here to register

Friday, June 10, 2011

Register for the 2011 Fall Managed Care Forum

2011 Fall Managed Care Forum
November 10-11, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada

The 2011 Fall Managed Care Forum is being held November 10-11, 2011 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The Fall Forum brings together members and other healthcare executives from the American Association of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (AAIHDS), the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) and the National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP).

NAMCP was founded in 1991 to serve the educational interests and needs of physicians working in any form of managed healthcare. NAMCP is run by physicians for physicians. Since physicians affect 85% of the expense side in healthcare, NAMCP believes they should take a proactive role in developing the best delivery system for patients in managed healthcare, thereby increasing quality, reducing costs and improving practice performance and clinical outcomes. Members of NAMCP are medical directors and practicing physicians from purchasers (employers), health plans and provider systems. NAMCP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.

Featured Physician Executive: Murray A. Reicher, M.D.

This week's featured physician executive is Murray A. Reicher, M.D.

Dr. Reicher is a Board certified diagnostic radiologist with subspecialty CAQ (Certified Added Qualifications) in Neuroradiology. He received an undergraduate degree at UCLA where he was awarded a National Science Foundation Research Grant and Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Summa Cum Laude, then received his medical degree at UCSD. During his subsequent radiology residency and fellowship at UCLA, he received numerous prestigious research awards, published several scientific articles and co-authored the first textbook on MRI of the knee. He published the first scientific papers regarding high resolution MR imaging of the joints, and also participated in the invention of one the most commonly used techniques for magnetic resonance imaging of the spine.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Blogging jobs

There are a variety of blogging jobs that are available out there for people who have strong writing skills. If you're looking for an opportunity to gain some experience, you may want to start with some of the blogging jobs listed here.

Do you really think you can make money blogging? Make sure to read this.

Catch me at Mobile Health Expo NYC

I'll be speaking at Mobile Health Expo NYC 2011 about the use of mobile technology in the continuing medical education (CME) industry.

Tuesday June 21, 2011
3:30 - 4:15 pm
New York City
Javits Center

My session is titled, "Mobile Technology in the Continuing Medical Education of Physicians"

Abstract: A physician's continuing professional development is critical to keeping up with advances in medicine and with changes in the delivery of care. As mobile technology becomes an integral part of the clinical workflow process, physicians are becoming more comfortable using mobile devices to learn and to develop professionally. There are currently a wide variety of mobile platforms that offer continuing medical education activities for physicians. We will examine some of the ways that physicians are currently using mobile technology in formal, continuing medical education settings. We will also see how physicians are responding to medical education activities that are developed to educate physicians about the various ways they can use mobile technology to improve patient care. As physicians apply mobile technology in the clinical setting and learn how they can leverage these resources for professional education and development, we will witness a transformation in the way physicians learn and apply evidence-based information at the point of patient care.

More details about Mobile Health Expo NYC 2011 here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Interview with Biotech Companies at BIO Career Fair

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.

Making a Change ©

Lots of issues and questions come up when people think about making a change in their lives. Professional changes can include change in different areas of your life as well. Your financial situation can change in the short term. You may begin to question your professional identity "if I'm not a _____ than what am I? Lifestyle, leisure and geographical  situations may change. In the short term you might feel disconnected from yourself and a bit confused but in the interest of your long-term change you persevere. 

The good news is that change is possible. Moving from one job description/position to another doesn't mean "giving up" and it doesn't mean "failure" or a host of other words with negative connotations. It means change. It means moving forward to a new and better future. It means redefining yourself and your place in your career, profession and world. It means beginning with the person you are today, not the person you were when you entered college and were first deciding on a career choice. It's starting with the person you've become and taking it from there. It starts now. It starts with some questions you need to answer and then taking it from there. 

Coaching Questions for today/this week:

* What is working? (besides you...) 
* What isn't working? (besides everything else...)
* What do you see as obstacles to making changes? 
* How badly do you want to make a change? 
* What are you willing to do in order to make the change?

The Bioscience Network Summer Social

The Bioscience Network Summer Social
Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM (ET)
Tech Square Courtyard
Main Street
Between 300 & 500 Tech Square
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please join us for the first annual TBN Summer Social on Thursday, June 16*, 2011 where bioscience professionals will get together for a fun evening of eating, drinking and networking.

Located in the outdoor Tech Square Courtyard this event will be a great opportunity for people in the industry to get to know each other in a social setting.

Beer, wine and light refreshments will be provided.

$5.00 person preregistered
$10.00 at the door (cash and checks only)

The Bioscience Network (TBN) is a non-profit organization formed to provide individuals in the bioscience industry with opportunities for networking and career development. TBN is the premier resource for professionals in the bioscience industry focused solely for the biosciences professional.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2011 HBA Leadership Conference (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association)

Make sure to mark your calendar for the 2011 2011 HBA Leadership Conference (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association)

The 2011 HBA Leadership Conference, with the theme Crossroads in a Connected World: Navigate, Network, Transform will be held November 9-11, 2011 at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center near Washington DC.

Since 1999 the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s Leadership Conference has brought together women and men at all stages of their careers to improve or learn vital skills, share leadership insights, and further develop and refine leadership capabilities through expert panel discussions, small group workshops, coaching, mentoring and other interactive formats.

More information here.

Doctors who quit to stay at home (and work from home)

The other day, I was speaking with a physician who wanted to quit a career in medicine to stay at home (and to continue working, but from home this time). This person wanted to know what type of work was available for doctors who want to work from home. Here are a few options to consider for physicians who want to work from home:

  • Medical writing/communications
  • Chart review
  • Medicolegal review
  • Consulting 
  • Journalism
  • Scientific review
  • Blogging
  • Sales/business development
  • Market research
  • Financial analyst 
The list could go on, but the bottom line is that there are a number of jobs where people can work from home. However, it's not easy to break into a job where you're working from home unless you choose to work as a freelancer or independent contractor. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Attend the #HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo

Transformational Approaches to Healthcare
HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo
June 8-9, 2011

The June 2011 HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo will focus on the many methods and models that are used in different care settings, including hospitals, clinical practices, Health Information Exchanges, as well as others, to transform healthcare.

Track 1: 5010/ICD-10 This track will focus on aspects of the many challenges and opportunities facing the Health IT industry with the pending 5010/ICD-10 switch. Attend to interact with speakers providing practical solutions to ensure a successful and cost-effective conversion.

Track 2: Meaningful Use Phase 1 and Beyond: Real World Case Studies This track will focus on the tactics organizations and eligible providers are executing to comply with the Phase 1 Meaningful Use requirements as well as preparation for Phase 2. Attend to learn from real-world experiences in finding the most strategic path to receiving incentive funding and planning for future challenges.

Managed Healthcare Executive

Here's the June 2011 digital issue of Managed Healthcare Executive magazine. Managed Healthcare Executive provides senior-level decision makers the trends, analysis, strategies, and applications they need to innovate value in a rapidly changing health care landscape.

Friday, June 3, 2011

2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in NYC

This hosted event brings together C-level, physician, practice management and IT decision-makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices. For two full days, executives interact with a national audience of peers, national leaders and solution providers featuring the latest solutions for practice management, mobility, telemedicine, outsourcing, IT infrastructure, next-generation electronic medical records, disease management, and more.

2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in New York City
Sept 20-21, 2011
New York City

Now in its seventh successful year, the Health IT Summit is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the healthcare provider markets.

Best of all, the Health IT Summit is not a trade show or traditional conference but an intimate, upscale experience in a world-class venue. The unique agenda features a preview of the latest healthcare technologies, industry panels with healthcare luminaries, product demonstrations from leading vendors, and high-level content from researchers reporting on the healthcare industry. Attendees also have the ability to schedule one-on-one meetings with vendors and other delegates of their choice, and attend high-level networking events and receptions.

The 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in New York City will benefit you by:
  • Meet valuable new contacts from all over the country in a convivial and professional atmosphere.
  • During social and networking events you will have the opportunity to build new relationships and reinforce existing ties with the healthcare industry.
  • A conference curriculum that offers a broad choice of educational opportunities for professional development, both for yourself and the organization you work for.
  • Hearing from inspirational panelists and keynote speakers from the healthcare sector.
  • Share ideas, aspirations, problems and solutions with peers and colleagues.
  • Develop a more intimate understanding about the industry and compare your situation with others.
  • Learn about current trends and innovative ideas.
  • Understand best practices and applications through case study presentations.
  • Solve and debate issues while consulting with industry experts.
  • The top-notch setting and activities in New York City, NY.
  • A conference experience that will allow you to recharge your batteries, and also see a valuable return on your investment

Featured Physician Executive: Wendy Frieling, MD, MMM

This week, our featured physician executive is Dr. Wendy Frieling, Chief Medical Informatics Director of Anthelio (formerly PHNS). Anthelio provides comprehensive information technology and business process services to hospitals, healthcare providers and other businesses across the United States.

Wendy Frieling, MD, MMM
Chief Medical Informatics Director

Wendy Frieling, MD, MMM, is an expert in translating clinical processes and the policies that govern healthcare into tangible business results. She has twenty years of experience practicing medicine in the outpatient and inpatient settings and continues to see patients one day a week. Dr. Frieling has served in the community hospital setting as Vice President for Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Information Officer, Vice President for Information Technology. She has served as Medical Director for Child Advocacy Centers and Technology startup companies and has extensive experience working with technology teams to translate clinical workflows into electronic records. She has spearheaded efforts to create clinical documentation improvement programs and has worked with medical staffs to help them understand how their everyday clinical work is captured as quality data for reporting purposes and as financial data for reimbursement purposes.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

AMA names new executive vice president/CEO

The AMA today named James L. Madara, MD (left), as its new executive vice president and CEO. Dr. Madara will assume leadership of the nation’s oldest and largest physician group July 1.

Dr. Madara, 60, is an accomplished academic medical center physician, medical scientist and administrator who served as Timmie Professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine before assuming the Thompson Distinguished Service Professorship and deanship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Madara was the longest-serving Pritzker dean in the last 35 years.

Jobs that pay over $100k at TheLadders

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

Find $100K+ Jobs at also provides nice career advice articles and other career services.

ACPE Health IT Leadership Certificate Program

Managing, leading, and implementing health care IT can be very challenging. With the right knowledge and skills—provided by ACPE's new certificate program—you can more easily and effectively lead health care IT changes.

ACPE's NEW Health IT Leadership Certificate Program will give you the information you need to

  • Be conversant on IT issues and fundamentals
  • Develop the skills to manage the people Implementing IT
  • Successfully strategize, plan, and implement health IT changes

All certificate courses are online InterAct Express — and provide Category 1 CME credits.

The 40-hour certificate curriculum below concludes with a Capstone program and project at ACPE's Fall Institutes — the next one is November 6-10, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Get A Degree in Quality: ACPE Offering New Advanced Degree with Thomas Jefferson University

The American College of Physician Executives and Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health in Philadelphia are teaming up to offer an important new advanced degree aimed at physicians who want to improve the quality of health care. For the Master's of Science in Health Care Quality and Safety Management (MS-HQSM), students will take 125 hours of ACPE prerequisite courses — the same courses required with our other university partners offering master's degrees in medical management and an MBA. Students will then complete their studies through Thomas Jefferson's nine online courses.

On Friday, June 3, David B. Nash, MD, MBA, FACPE, dean of Jefferson's School of Population Health and a longtime ACPE instructor, is hosting an Online “Open House” Webinar (noon –– 1 p.m. eastern) to discuss the new degree. The webinar will provide information on everything from curriculum and capstone requirements to admissions and application information. Information about the webinar and how to register for it can be found below.

JSPH Online Open House - HQS, HQSM, HP
Friday, June 3, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'll be speaking about biopharma careers at BioConference Live 2011

I'll be speaking at BioConference Live 2011. My session is titled, "Physician careers in the biopharma industry" and it will occur on Wed June 15, 2011 from 2 to 3 pm EDT.

Abstract: As the health care industry undergoes significant changes over the next several years, we can anticipate that more physicians will be eager to leave clinical medicine and pursue careers in the biopharma industry. As a result, it becomes critical for biopharma professionals to recruit the best talent and to prepare new physicians for an industry career in pharmaceutical medicine.

This presentation will reveal physician attitudes and career trends that reflect the transition process as physicians consider careers in the biopharma industry. We will also examine results from recent physician surveys and polls to explore myths and misconceptions that are highly prevalent as physicians prepare for a career transition. Finally, we will explore effective strategies that will help physicians will make a smooth and successful transition into the pharmaceutical industry.

University of Maryland Workshops in Biopharmaceutical Production

University of Maryland Workshops in Biopharmaceutical Production: June 6-10, 2011

Interested in advancing your career? Learn how to produce and purify biopharmaceutical products at the University of Maryland's Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility this June. Taught by world-class faculty and practitioners, this one-week training features two sessions, both of which include in-laboratory and classroom instruction:

The Fermentation and Microbiology Workshop covers various fermentation systems and the techniques, methodologies, principles and applications of aerobic bacterial and fungal fermentation, including recent advances and up-to-date applications.

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