Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ACPE is looking for a chief resident to join their board

The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Board of Directors recently approved the addition of an Ex-Officio Chief Resident position to the board. Do you know of any Chief Residents that might be interested in a national leadership opportunity like this?

For more information, review this Call for Nominations (PDF). Please pass it along to anyone who might know of the perfect candidate. It’s a quick turnaround (due September 15).

Speaking of ACPE - I hope to see you at the Fall Institute in Scottsdale Nov 6-10, 2011. I'll be speaking there about my entrepreneurial ventures and non-clinical career opportunities.

American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) is the nation's largest health care organization for physician executives — doctors who hold leadership and management positions.

I'll be speaking at the 2011 Connected Health Symposium - Boston October 20-21

I hope to see you in Boston for the 2011 Connected Health Symposium - Boston October 20-21

I'll be speaking on a panel titled, "Expert panel #5: Facebooking Health: Scouting Out the Latest Trends in Online Patient Communities and Social Media"

Moderator: Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
- John Brownstein, PhD, Research Faculty, Children's Hospital Boston; Director, Computational Epidemiology Group, Informatics Program, Children's Hospital Boston
- Chris Cartter, General Manager, MeYou Health
- Tara Cousineau, PhD, Founder and CEO, BodiMojo
- Joseph Kim, MD, President of Medical Communications Media

I'm really looking forward to this conference. If you'll be attending, please make sure to say hello.

Learn more about the 2011 Connected Health Symposium here.

Founded in 1995 by Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, the Center for Connected Health develops new strategies to move health care from the hospital and doctor's office into the day-to-day lives of patients. Leveraging information technology -- cell phones, computers, networked devices and simple remote monitoring tools -- the Center helps providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.

DIA/FDA Tailored Therapeutics: Practical Issues and Methodologies for Selecting the Right Patients,

DIA/FDA Tailored Therapeutics: Practical Issues and Methodologies for Selecting the Right Patients

Oct 25 2011 8:00AM - Oct 26 2011 4:00PM
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Interest Area(s):
Clinical Safety/Pharmacovigilance,Clinical Research,Comparative Effectiveness/Health Technology Assess,Pharmacology,Nonclinical,Medical Communications,Quality Assurance/Quality Control,Regulatory Affairs,Statistics,Clinical Data Management/ eClinical

This multi-disciplinary conference provides an opportunity to increase awareness,communicate shared experiences, and clarify terminology regarding tailored therapeutics across the stages of drug development, including:

• Topics of response guided therapy
• Biomarkers
• Diagnostic tests
• Clinical trial operational and regulatory issues
• Personalized medicine

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Biotechnology Entrepreneurship From Science to Solutions

Here's a really nice book titled, "Biotechnology Entrepreneurship From Science to Solutions" by Michael L Salgaller, PhD.

Biotechnology Entrepreneurship: From Science to Solutions fills a critical gap in the biotechnology industry. For all the resources on how to start companies and on how to manage established companies in other sectors, there is a dearth of material on unique and critical issues in starting biotechnology companies, as well as managing the transition from start-up to established company. It is to this gap that Biotechnology Entrepreneurship is directed. By combining the voices of a diverse set of industry insiders with extensive experience in biotechnology, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship prepares nascent founders, managers, investors, and other biotechnology company stakeholders to position themselves and their companies for commercial success.

Topics covered include:
  • Why Start a Biotechnology Company?
  • Company Formation and Organization
  • Building Your Team
  • Intellectual Property Protection Strategy
  • Financing Your Company
  • Partnering With Industry
  • Licensing and Technology Transfer
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Roadmap to Reimbursement and Access
  • Working Toward a Successful Exit
Get the book from Amazon: Biotechnology Entrepreneurship From Science to Solutions -- Start-up, Company Formation and Organization, Team, Intellectual Property, Financing, ... Regulatory Affairs, Reimbursement, Exit

Monday, August 29, 2011

HERO (Health Enterprise/Entrepreneur Revolution Officer)

August, 2011 - The world will soon be able to claim as many mobile subscriptions as it has, people . With that in mind, the Borderless Healthcare Group Inc. is in search of a HERO (Health Enterprise/Entrepreneur Revolution Officer) with the most innovative idea for a mobile healthcare application that will redefine global healthcare.

The winner will undergo a USD $25,000 incubation program managed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts ranging from renowned medical doctors, medical-legal professionals, investment bankers and telecommunication leaders. He/She will also be flown to Singapore on October 11, 2011 to attend the award ceremony at the inaugural Borderless Healthcare Forum - a week-long event featuring key global opinion leaders from the healthcare TMT (Technology, Media, Telecommunication) and investment space.

Find a local business networking "meetup" in your area is a great place where you can find clubs, gatherings, or organizations that may help you as you explore the business world. In major metropolitan areas, you'll find meetups like "business leaders meetup," or entrepreneurial clubs where you can meet people starting new companies and looking for investors or consultants to help them get started. I recently began looking for some business meetups in my area and here's what I found:

  • The Philadelphia Business Meetup
  • The Philadelphia Business Networking Group
  • Philly Tech Meetup
  • Entrepreneurs Roundtable Philadelphia
  • The Philadelphia Blogger Meetup Group
  • EXTREME Business Growth for Philadelphia Entrepreneurs

I joined these Meetup groups. I doubt that I'll attend every meeting, but if I'm able to attend 10% of them, I'm sure that I'll benefit from the networking. If you're looking to find business executives who wish to expand their social network, see what you find by visiting

Friday, August 26, 2011

Overcoming the barrier of being overqualified as a physician

It's rather ironic, but being overqualified will disqualify you for many non-clinical jobs out there. So, how do you overcome this barrier? You can't hide the fact that you're a physician. You can't undersell yourself. You can't lie. So, what do you do? If you're looking for a non-clinical job, are you finding it difficult to get an interview? You might be overqualified. Hiring managers and HR professionals won't call you if you're overqualified for a job. No one wants to hire someone who is clearly overqualified for a position. Doing so may disrupt morale, threaten supervisors, and cause other types of disruption within the workplace. People may think there's something "wrong with you" if you're clearly overqualified for certain types of jobs. Organizations are looking for suitable employees who will be "team players" and committed to their work. People who are overqualified often cause friction and problems within the workplace.

There are several ways to overcome this common barrier associated with being overqualified. It's not easy to convince a hiring manager that you're going to be committed to a job if you're clearly overqualified.

Make sure you have a compelling cover letter that clearly outlines why you're considering a certain type of job. I've seen people who have a PhD apply for an "internship" job because they wanted an opportunity to break into a certain type of industry. If you've only worked in the clinical setting or in academia, you may not have any industry working experience. You won't find "entry level" positions for someone with your qualifications, so how can you convince a potential employer that you're worth consideration?

Featured Physician Executive: Martin S. Kohn, MD, MS, FACEP, CPE

This week, our featured physician executive is Martin S. Kohn, MD, MS, FACEP, CPE. He is IBM's Chief Medical Scientist. We both share the fact that we have undergraduate degrees from MIT. He was course 6 (electrical engineering/computer science) and I was course 2 (mechanical engineering).

Dr. Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist, IBM Research
Martin Kohn, MD, is Chief Medical Scientist, IBM Research where he is leading efforts to apply IBM’s Watson super computer and its underlying Deep Question Answering technology to advanced analytics in the healthcare industry.

His work focuses on combining IBM’s Deep QA, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Biotechnology master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University offers biotechnology master's degrees tailored to the needs of working adults, whether you choose to take classes onsite in the evening or on Saturday, or pursue your degree fully online.

Starting the Spring 2012, you can apply for our newly created Master's in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship degree designed to meet the growing need in the industry of combining the best of science and enterprise.

Professional coaching as a non-clinical career for physicians

Author: Heather Fork, MD, CPCC

Want To Become A Certified Coach? How To Test The Waters First Without A Major Commitment

More physicians are becoming interested in using coaching skills to complement their clinical work. And a small but growing number are transitioning to full-time coaching. Wellness coaching is a popular choice for physicians, but there are many niches open to doctors. Some of the more common coaching specialties are:

• Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine
• Work/Life Balance
• Leadership
• Business
• Career

If you think coaching might be a good fit for you, there are ways to explore this direction without committing significant time and money.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Resources for setting up a freelancing business as a physician consultant

Interested in setting up a freelancing business? Some people find it very easy and natural to transition into freelancing because they have a wide network of business connections that are potential "clients." If you're new to the world of freelancing as an independent contractor, here are some places where you can find resources to help you get started:

Become a freelance contractor and find work opportunities on this website.
Another website where you may find some freelance opportunities.

G+ (Gerson Lehrman Group)

Have you heard of the Gerson Lehrman Group? If you have, then how about G+? Don't get this confused with Google+. Here's how the GLG describes G+"

G+ is a community where the world's most active and influential professionals, academics and entrepreneurs connect. G+ provides a place for people to engage with like-minded individuals in ways they haven't considered, start new conversations, ask the important questions and propose ideas online and at in-person meetings.

We believe that people who make a practice of learning from other people make better business decisions, develop their ideas further and ultimately succeed.

Here you will find ways to question, converse and meet with your peers around topics that are important to your business. Engage with it, sharing your ideas and your questions. Take what you're curious about offline and attend Meetings that will challenge what you think while providing a jumping off point for real and valuable exploration and outcomes.

G+ is where people, ideas and new opportunities meet.

G+ is a platform provided by Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. ("GLG")

Explore G+ here:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Job Post: Director Medical Affairs (Genzyme)

Director Medical Affairs 27468
Genzyme - Cambridge, MA

US Medical Director, Medical Affairs Alemtuzumab MS

In a matrix environment, the Medical Director for US Medical Affairs will perform a key role in the clinical and commercial development of Alemtuzumab in MS, through strategic alignment and execution of activities related to investigator and expert outreach, investigator sponsored trials, company sponsored non-registration trials, publication planning, CME, grants, sponsorships.

Read more about this job here.

View other non-clinical jobs on the NonClinicalJobs Job Board.

Biotech Beach Career Fair (San Diego)

Looking for a new job? Networking with industry peers in an ever-changing work environment? Attend the Biotech Beach Career Fair!

Biotech Beach Career Fair
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
Thursday, September 22, 2011
1pm to 6pm

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

Join me at the ACPE Fall Institute for the "Implementers Panel" discussion

It's that time of year again. Time to mark your calendar for ACPE's 2011 Fall Institute, Nov. 6-10 in Scottsdale, Arizona. ACPE will be hosting an Implementers Panel at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. The speakers are entrepreneurs who are breaking new ground in the field of medicine. They include:
  • S. Hart Williford, the CEO of Ingenious Med, a leader in the field of electronic medical record software.
  • Joe Kim, founder of and a digital entrepreneur and technologist.
  • Don McDaniel, president of Sage Growth Partners, who is also a health economist, speaker and writer.
  • Eric Schultz, CEO of QuantiaMD, an online physican-to-physician learning collaborative.
Also, ACPE will be hosting one of its most popular events this year: the release of the 2011 Physician Executive Compensation Survey. Find out what you're worth or discover how much money your peers are making with this comprehensive book, released by Cejka Search recruiting firm.

Monday, August 22, 2011

CDER Forum for International Drug Regulatory Authorities

CDER Forum for International Drug Regulatory Authorities
October 17-21, 2011
College Park, Maryland

Over the years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has been privileged to host many of our international colleagues interested in learning about our drug review process. The CDER forum was established for the exchange of drug regulatory information between the U.S. FDA CDER and its counterpart agencies in other countries. The training is not open to the pharmaceutical industry or non-regulatory authorities. The training is not intended for U.S. government employees.

Clinical Leadership Education Sessions - 2011 Series from McKesson

McKesson is providing these complimentary clinical leadership educational webinars:

Designed to spotlight the key challenges and priorities of clinical leaders, these webinars focus on improving quality, safety and organizational performance to better prepare organizations for emerging care models. The series includes case studies, industry perspectives and best practices demonstrating innovation and transformational leadership. You do not have to attend all of the sessions to benefit from the series.

Session topics include:

  • Saving Lives – Using IT to Support the “Surviving Sepsis” Campaign (August 25)
  • Achieving Clinical Transformation: Results from the HIMSS 2011 Clinical Transformation Survey (September 29)
  • Ousting the Insulin Sliding Scale Using Evidence, CPOE and Six Sigma (October 20)
  • Accountable Care: Industry Perspectives and Strategies for Success (November 10)

Friday, August 19, 2011

5 tips for physicians interested in using LinkedIn professionally to find a new job

Last month, there was an article in amednews titled, "10 tips to using LinkedIn." The author did a nice job writing 10 practical tips for physicians who may be relatively new to the world of social media and professional social networking online. Her suggestions are very practical for any physician who is thinking about the possibility that he/she may be looking for a new job somewhere in the future.

I use LinkedIn all the time and I invite people to connect with me all the time. You can get to my LinkedIn profile here. Don't forget to join the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers Group.

Featured Physician Executive: Krishna R. Polu, M.D.

This week, our featured physician executive is Krishna R. Polu, M.D.

Earlier this month, Affymax, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFFY) announced the promotion of Krishna Polu, M.D. to vice president, Clinical Development. Dr. Polu, a nephrologist, joined Affymax in 2009 as executive director, Clinical Development.

Prior to joining Affymax, Dr. Polu was executive director, Global Development at Amgen where he was responsible for clinical programs in nephrology, diabetes and heart failure. Specifically, he led the global clinical development programs for both EPOGEN and Aranesp while at Amgen. Before joining Amgen, he was a clinical and research fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Renal Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and a M.D. from University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

10th Annual BIO Investor Forum

10th Annual BIO Investor Forum
October 25-26, 2011
San Francisco, CA

The 10th Annual BIO Investor Forum is an international investor conference focused on private and emerging public biotech companies. Because our mission is to support industry-wide success, we present a broad and unbiased view of investment opportunities.
  • Participate in one-on-one investor meetings
  • Hear presentations from public and venture-stage companies
  • Sit in on expert-led workshops on the latest market and investment opportunities with emphasis on drug and technology development
  • Network with industry executives and investors focused exclusively on life sciences
Learn more here.

Regulatory Affairs Part II: The NDA Phase (training course)

Don't miss this training course titled, "Regulatory Affairs Part II: The NDA Phase"

Date(s) And Time(s):
Oct 17 2011 8:30AM - Oct 19 2011 3:45PM

Drug Information Association, Inc.
800 Enterprise Rd Ste 200,
Horsham, PA 19044-3509

Interest Area(s):
Regulatory Affairs,Clinical Research,Professional Education, Training & Development

Basics of NDA Submission and Post-marketing Regulatory Requirements

Gain insight into the regulatory background of the NDA, preparing an NDA, and postapproval activities. The course focuses on drug and well characterized biological products and not the regulatory process for devices, generic products, or traditional biologics.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Welcome Back Initiative

Are you a foreign-trained physician? Are you having difficulty finding clinical employment in the United States?

The Welcome Back Initiative provides immigrant health professionals assistance in obtaining the necessary credentials and licenses to practice their profession in the U.S., marketing their skills appropriately and effectively, obtaining further education and experience to facilitate their finding of meaningful employment in the health sector, and if necessary, exploring alternative health-related careers.

Career Change Q & A - Questions clients often ask

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

Here are some questions clients often ask - any of them sound familiar?

"When is the right time to make a transition?"
"Am I too old/young to be feeling this way?"
"Am I too old/young to be making a career transition?" "HOW can I make the transition? It feels too difficult."
"I'm in the midst of making changes but having trouble dealing with my feelings about it, I'm not sure, I can't take the reactions of the people around me, I don't want to hurt anyone else by my actions."
"Maybe I AM a cliche but am I supposed to sacrifice myself and the rest of my life in order to keep on living the way I have and hating my career, life situations?"
"I'm in a career that I hate and would like to make a change but I need to keep working while I do it, it's getting harder and harder to get up in the morning..."
"Why do I feel guilty putting myself first and making a change that will make my life better?"
"What do you mean by 'tolerating negative feelings'"?
"What causes burnout or the desire for a change? Are there things that are 'normal' and those that are just silly and unrealistic?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Careers in health information management (HIM) and health informatics

If you're interested in finding a career in health information management (HIM) or health informatics, make sure to visit

The Health Information Careers website is brought to you by AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). You'll find valuable articles under each of these sections:
  • Health Information 101
  • Certification
  • Resources for Educators
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA's more than 61,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information required to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

Master's in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship from Johns Hopkins University

Interested in the Johns Hopkins University Masters in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Program? Attend an Online Information Session on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 7:00 - 8:30pm EDT.

Event: Masters in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Online Information Session
Date: 10/12/2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 PM

This new master's program is intended for biotechnology professionals who seek a career beyond the laboratory either within an existing biotechnology group or organization or for those who seek to start a new biotechnology enterprise. The curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of interdisciplinary professionals to address the enterprise and regulatory challenges organizations face in the biotechnology industry.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Job Post: Assistant Medical Director, Managed Care Team

Signature Healthcare - Massachusetts

Board certified/Board qualified in IM/Geriatric medicine physician. Must possess a current MA medical license, MA CSR and Federal DEA. 5 or more years of clinical experience working in a managed care environment required. Must be comfortable with supervising/leading/working with two managed care NPs.

More information about this position can be found here.

Futures in Life Sciences Program - Bio-Informatics, Systems Biology, and Modeling

If you're in the Boston area, you won't want to miss this event:

Futures in Life Sciences Program - Bio-Informatics, Systems Biology, and Modeling

Date: September 20th 2011
Location: MassBio Offices, One Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

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.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I hope to see you at ACPE's (American College of Physician Executives) Fall Institute

Register by August 15 For ACPE's (American College of Physician Executives) Fall Institute
Save $25-$75!

2011 Fall Institute, November 6-10, 2011
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

It's a retreat designed to enrich your mind, body-and career. Expand your knowledge and improve your career with first-rate CME courses taught by award-winning faculty. Choose from 11 different courses.

Working on your advanced degree or CPE certification? The Fall Institute is packed with prerequisite and elective courses. Get the results of the 2011 Physician Compensation Survey and chat with executive recruiters about job prospects.

Don't delay! Early registration deadline is August 15. Click here for more information or call 800-562-8088.

Regulatory Affairs: Part 1: The IND Phase (training course)

If you're interested in pursuing a career in regulatory affairs, don't miss this DIA training course titled, Regulatory Affairs: Part 1: The IND Phase

Dates: Sep 21 2011 8:30AM - Sep 23 2011 12:15PM

Drug Information Association, Inc.
800 Enterprise Rd Ste 200,
Horsham, PA 19044-3509

Interest Area(s): Clinical Research,Professional Education, Training & Development,Regulatory Affairs

All You Need to know about IND Submissions in Only 3 Days

Learn how to apply regulatory concepts to ensure compliant IND submissions to FDA. The course focuses on drug and well characterized biological products and not the regulatory process for devices, generic products, or traditional biologics.

Featured Physician Executive: Jeffrey A. Spaeder, M.D.

This week, our featured physician executive is Jeffrey A. Spaeder, M.D.

Recently, Quintiles announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Spaeder, M.D., as its Chief Medical and Scientific Officer. He succeeds Dr. Oren Cohen who now leads Quintiles’ Phase I clinical research business.

In this role, Dr. Spaeder will serve as Quintiles' lead medical expert, representing the company's position on a wide variety of governance, ethical and scientific issues. As Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Dr. Spaeder will provide leadership in the ethical conduct of studies. He will chair Quintiles’ Drug Safety Committee and serve as vice-chair of Quintiles’ Council on Research Ethics. Additionally, Spaeder will provide guidance on strategic scientific initiatives.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Interested in bioscience and venture capital? You may want to get familiar with OnBioVC.

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, OnBioVC provides timely coverage and comprehensive analysis of global bioscience venture capital investment activity.

At OnBioVC a free and easy to search database is provided where information queries may be indexed by therapeutic, diagnostic and medical device company, technology, indication, financing round, close date and geographic region. In addition to the web-based resource, regularly published OnBioVC Trend Analysis studies provide cumulative analytical color by month and quarter. All data aggregated at OnBioVC is also available for delivery to your inbox via a free email or RSS subscription.

My article in the July/August issue of the Physician Executive Journal on Health IT Careers

Don't miss my article in the July/August issue of the Physician Executive Journal on Health IT Careers. The article is simply titled, "Technology Jobs for Physician Leaders."

Kim J. Technology Jobs for Physician Leaders. Physician Exec. 2011 Jul-Aug;39(4):88-91.

As a physician working in today's turbulent health care market, it's critical for you to stay informed about the latest news and trends in medical management. A vital tool to help you is the PEJ.

Published for more than 20 years by the American College of Physican Executives, The PEJ is the premier source of information and insight about the business of medicine. The PEJ is published bimonthly and is filled with peer-reviewed articles on a wide variety of topical medical management subjects to help you get connected to leaders and experts working in the field.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

30-Second MBA

The 30-Second MBA is an ongoing video “curriculum” of really good advice from the trenches, directly from people who are making business happen. These short videos are practical, inspiring, and thought-provoking. Whether you have an MBA or you wish you had an MBA, you'll enjoy these videos if you're interested in the world of business.

Fast Company is the world's leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations and create the future of business.

View the 30-Second MBA videos here:

CDC Public Health Informatics Conference

CDC Public Health Informatics Conference
Atlanta Georgia
August 21, 2011 - August 24, 2011

he annual conference for the public health informatics community will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, August 21–August 24, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta.

The theme this year is Engaging, Empowering, Evolving…Together, and we hope you'll join us as the best of the public health and health informatics communities meet in one place to invest in the future of public health informatics and every discipline it may touch. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will co-sponsor this event.

Entrepreneurship: Operations vs. innovation

Author: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA

I often hear people say that doctors are lousy businesspeople and that if they only were better entrepreneurs or had business training in medical school they would be able to run their practices more profitably and do a better job of "the business side of medicine." I take issue on both accounts.

First, I don't believe doctors are bad businesspeople, whatever "bad business" means. Are critics referring to how practitioners run a practice, how they run their nonclinical businesses or how they invest? In any of those instances, I don't see any evidence that doctors are any better or worse than the general business-person. Everyone makes bad investment and business decisions. Just ask those who gave money to Bernie Madoff. I think most physicians, given the shifting ground of healthcare rules and regulations, do an admirable job of keeping the wheels on and growing their practices. I hear from physician entrepreneurs every day who are creating innovative products and services, adding jobs and value to the marketplace.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Job Post: SouthEast Medical Science Liaison (Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL or Orlando, FL)

Job Title: Medical Science Liaison
City: Atlanta
State: GA
Zip: 30303

Apply here (Qualified Candidates can live in either Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL or Orlando, FL)

inVentiv health offers best-in-class Clinical, Consulting and Commercial services to global companies seeking to accelerate performance. With 13,000 employees in 40 countries, we rapidly transform promising ideas into commercial reality. inVentiv has committed itself to hiring and retaining the very best talent in the healthcare industry, those who have a single common characteristic: the desire and aptitude to succeed. We are focused on hiring the best, those who possess unparalleled knowledge and experience as well as a passion for delivering exceptional ideas and service to our clients. In turn, inVentiv provides an opportunity-rich environment where employees can grow as professionals in one of many disciplines and pursue long-term career goals throughout our worldwide network of locations.

inVentiv Therapeutics Institute (iTI) and inVentiv Recruitment Services, divisions of inVentiv health, offer unparalleled Direct Placement and Project based Medical Science Liaison and Clinical Nurse Educator opportunities with our numerous clients for highly qualified and accomplished candidates. Our Team has successfully partnered with over 200 Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device companies to recruit top Clinical Nurse Educators, Medical Science and Sales talent. In just the past 5 years, iTI and inVentiv Recruitment Services have placed over 9,000 field-based Clinical, Healthcare, Sales and Management professionals with.

Clinical Informatics emerging as an ABMS-approved medical specialty

Right now, you can get a master's degree in informatics. You can complete a fellowship in informatics. However, there is no established "Clinical Informatics" medical speciality recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). That's about to change.

According to a story on InformationWeek Health Care:

A committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) on July 27 recommended that clinical informatics be defined as a subspecialty of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Pathology, the two specialty boards that cosponsored the proposal. The ABMS board of directors and the ABMS assembly are expected to approve the recommendation in late September.

...board-certified physicians... will be eligible to sit for the board exam in clinical informatics... physicians currently working in the clinical informatics field will not have to go through a training program to sit for the board exam... there will be a pathway to board certification that doesn't require training in a certified program if candidates have significant experience in the field...

Register Today for ACPE's Fall Institute and Save!

I hope to see you there! Register by August 15 and Save $25–$75!

2011 American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Fall Institute
November 6-10, 2011
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

It’s a retreat designed to enrich your mind, body—and career. Expand your knowledge and improve your career with first-rate CME courses taught by award-winning faculty. Choose from 11 different courses, including the Physician in Management Seminar, Three Faces of Quality and Managing Physician Performance.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Health care employment grew by 31,000 in July

Before you jump out of your clinical career, consider what's happening in the job market today. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Health care employment grew by 31,000 in July. Ambulatory health care services  and hospitals each added 14,000 jobs over the month. Over the past 12 months, health care employment has grown by 299,000.

While unemployment remains relatively unchanged at 9.1 percent, health care professionals are finding jobs. By leaving clinical medicine, will you be sacrificing job security?

Socially Successful: Simplifying Social Media for Your Business

You can register for these free SCORE webinars on social media:

Socially Successful: Simplifying Social Media for Your Business
Featuring best-selling author, Lon Safko

So, you have a Facebook page and you’ve sent out some Tweets. Is that all there is to social media marketing?

Social media marketing is a lot more than a Facebook page and a few Tweets. It’s about understanding all of the available tools, knowing which ones to use and how to use them. It’s about understanding “The Fundamental Shift In Power”, “Link Love”, “Google Juice” and SEO advantages to blogging. It’s about QR Barcodes and Mobile marketing, segmenting and day parting to achieve a 35% email conversion rate. It’s about in-game advertising, virtual worlds, and video marketing. It’s more than you ever thought!

Job Post: National Provider Business Medical Leader - Healthcare

National Provider Business Medical Leader - Healthcare
Thomson Reuters - Chicago, IL 60601

The preferred locations for these positions will be Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, Greenwood Village, CO, and Philadelphia, PA.

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer of Thomson Reuters Healthcare & Science, the National Provider Business Medical Leader will provide strategic advice and guidance for the business division's clinically related products and services. This critical leadership role maintains a strong indirect reporting relationship with an assigned business unit executives and serves as the business medical expert to media, government, academia, industry and professional organizations. The National Provider Business Medical Leader will act as a credible physician interface to key customers for sales, customer relations, and product positioning and will provides clinical insight into business, product, and marketing program planning; based on understanding of health care delivery, business strategies and core competencies. The preferred locations for these positions will be Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, Greenwood Village, CO, and Philadelphia, PA. While we do not require relocation to the aforementioned areas, a percentage of the travel requirement will include travelling and staying in these locations. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Road to Business School

Find the right MBA program for you with seminars, meet-and-greets, and admissions advice. The Kaplan Road to Business school may be coming to your area.
  • Engage with schools one-on-one in an open networking session—over 30 top schools in each city
  • Hear key application advice from a panel of admissions officers
  • Get an edge on your application in breakout sessions
London Thursday, Aug 4 6:00PM-9:30PM
Atlanta Saturday, Aug 6 1:00PM-4:30PM
Dallas Sunday, Aug 7 1:00PM-4:30PM
Chicago Tuesday, Aug 9 6:00PM-9:30PM
Seattle Thursday, Aug 11 6:00PM-9:30PM
San Francisco Saturday, Aug 13 1:00PM-4:30PM
Los Angeles Sunday, Aug 14 1:00PM-4:30PM
Boston Tuesday, Aug 16 6:00PM-9:30PM
DC Thursday, Aug 18 6:00PM-9:30PM
NYC Saturday, Aug 20 1:00PM-4:30PM
Philadelphia Tuesday, Aug 23 6:00PM-9:30PM

Learn more here.

Introduction to the ACPE Health IT Leadership Certificate Program

Did you miss the "Introduction to the ACPE (American College of Physician Executives) Health IT Leadership Certificate Program" webinar? If you're interested in listening to the archived webinar, here are the files you'll need:

Audio file (MP3 format)
Presentation slides (PPT)

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

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pharmaceutical industry leading job cuts: "Job Cuts Surge 60% to 16-Month High"

Do you think the recession is ending, or are we seeing a second dip? According to a recent report released by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., the pharmaceutical industry is leading all the other industries in job cuts:

The pharmaceutical led all other industries with 13,493 job cuts in July, most of which (13,000 to be exact) resulted from a multi-year reduction in force announced by New York-based Merck & Co.

The 66,414 job cuts last month were up 60 percent from the previous month, when employers announced plans to shed 41,432 workers. The July figure was 59 percent higher than the 41,676 layoffs recorded in July 2010. It was the largest monthly total since March 2010, when 67,611 job cuts were announced by the nation’s employers.

You can read their report here (PDF)

HIMSS Volunteer Opportunities - Ambulatory and Public Health

Ambulatory Community Health IT Task Force Seeks Volunteers
This task force provides a forum for providers, vendors, consultants and other industry leaders to meet, network and engage in outreach efforts. Providers explore topics of common interest, learn from best practices and provide a collective voice advocating for information technologies for the underserved and populations at risk. This group consists of Community Health Centers (CHCs), Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), free clinics behavioral health and those providing services to the homeless. This Task Force will meet on the first Friday of the month at 1 p.m. ET and will be chaired by Lynn Sherman, CFO, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

The Digital Office Task Force…Needs a Canadian Perspective
The Digital Office is a complimentary monthly e-newsletter for HIMSS members, physicians, and the media, providing timely, comprehensive coverage and analysis of how EHRs are used in independent physician practices. The e-newsletter’s task force is seeking new volunteers, including Canada. The task force will be chaired by Randy Pinnow, Healthcare Consultant, Kolb+Co, SC, and will meet on the first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. ET. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

So You Think You Need A New Job...

Author: Lisa Chu, M.D.

"One cannot alter a condition with the same mind set that created it in the first place." - Albert Einstein

I'm guessing you showed up on this website because things have reached a certain point in your life. The system of clinical medicine just isn't doing it for you anymore. Or maybe it's even more vague than that - just a feeling that you aren't living your right life.

I'm guessing that you've reached the end of your rope, and you feel like you have to find a way out of your current situation. Something MUST change. Now.

I love meeting people when they are at this kind of crossroads in their lives. I've found that only when the messages of pain - physical, emotional, or mental - get intense enough do some of us stop to really listen.

Normal, everyday suffering - the kind we willingly put up with just to get through our days - does not jolt us awake. Each of us has a different threshold for tolerating this kind of suffering. We may not even know that we are suffering.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Association of Medical Media September Educational

The Association of Medical Media Presents: September Educational Meeting

Thursday, September 22, 2011
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The Ney Center
285 Madison Ave (Between 40th and 41st St)
New York, NY 10176

  • The Future of AMM
  • Media Planner Round Table

Career advice: finding your place in a biocluster

Author: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA

Bioclusters, formal and informal networks of parties with a common bioscience commercialization interest, usually in a defined geographic area, consist of four sectors: industries (mostly medical-device and biotech/pharmaceuticals); service providers; academic, private and government research and development labs; and public-sector regulatory and economic-development agencies.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MSL and Regional Medical Director Jobs

Biocompatibles Inc. is a BTG International group company. They have the following positions currently available:

5W System(sm) for Contemplating Change

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

Lots of what I need to know about coaching I learned by teaching 1st grade. Clients don't have to raise their hands to ask a question or take the pass when they go to the restroom but so much of the work leads back to the beginnings of learning something new and substituting new skills and mindsets for old ones. Reading comprehension was a real toughie, especially for children who were new immigrants to the US but using the 5Ws worked in most cases.

Here are the 5Ws for contemplating career change.

The 5Ws sm? Simple. Who, What, Where, When and Why.

* Who are you today and who would you like to be a year from now?
* Why do you want to make the change? Emphasis on YOU*.
* What changes in behavior and shifts in attitude will you need in order to make the changes and achieve your goal?
* Where can you get support to help you make the change? People, books, websites, journals etc.
* When is the best time of day/week/year for you to make the change? To evaluate the change? To take action toward achieving the change?

Monday, August 1, 2011

A webinar on physician suicide (scope of problem and evaluating data)

Too often, depressed physicians who struggle with employment or other problems end up committing suicide. We need to do a better job identifying these physicians and providing them with resources and help. Physicians who lose their ability to practice medicine (due to medical licensure revocation or other issues) can be very vulnerable to depression and suicidal ideation. Many are not even thinking about non-clinical career opportunities because they are not aware of the possibilities.

There is an upcoming webinar from the AMA focusing on the topic of Physician Suicide: What is the Scope of the Problem and What Does the Data Show?

This event will examine the following:
  • What has the data shown as to the extent of the problem?
  • Are suicides committed by physicians and physicians-in-training comparable to those in other professions?
  • What are the current gaps in research on physician suicide?
  • What are some best practices and model programs for suicide prevention that can be replicated by others?
Date: Wed, Sep 7, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM CDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Sonja Boone MD

71st Annual Conference of the American Medical Writers Association

Get ready for the 71st Annual Conference of the American Medical Writers Association

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Oct 20-22, 2011

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), founded in 1940, is the leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information. The association offers a highly regarded continuing education program, including distance learning and a certificate program; an annual conference featuring prominent speakers, discussion sessions, and workshops; networking opportunities through the annual conference and chapter activities; job services, including Jobs Online and a Freelance Directory; a Web site with comprehensive information, member discount opportunities, and listserves; and the AMWA Journal, an indexed, peer-reviewed publication.

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