Thursday, December 29, 2011

Holidays - a great time for networking

This week, I am taking a personal break. I encourage you to spend time to expand your professional network this holiday season. You may discover that one of your relatives is connected to someone who is highly influential. Or, you may reconnect with a colleague from the past.

As for me, I'm spending my time with family and recharging my batteries so that I can start 2012 with a good start!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Physicians are experiencing burn out

According to this article on American Medical News, "Eighty-seven percent of 2,069 physicians surveyed said they feel moderately or severely stressed or burned out daily."

Physicians are seeking a less hectic schedule, a better work-life balance and greater compensation. Fourteen percent have left their jobs because of stress.

Respondents cited the top causes of stress as the struggling economy (51.6%), health system reform (46.4%) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policies (41.2%).

The research study was conducted by Physician Wellness Services and Cejka Search.

I know so many physicians who are burning out. They're running out of steam. They're drowning in stress and anxiety. They're looking for alternative employment opportunities. They're switching jobs.

Are you experiencing more stress than before? Are you considering a career change? Maybe you'll be reducing your clinical responsibilities and working part-time. If that's the choice you make, you can find plenty of other opportunities to fill the rest of your time.

Before you consider leaving clinical medicine for a non-clinical career, speak with several people about this important decision. Find other physicians who have made this type of transition. You may be risking long-term job security if you leave the bedside. You may also find yourself really missing the privilege of helping individual patients on a regular basis. It's very difficult (and in some cases, nearly impossible) to go back to clinical medicine once you've left it for several years.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Doximity Launches ExpertFinder to Match Clinical Need with Clinical Experts

This came out earlier this week:

Doximity Launches ExpertFinder to Match Clinical Need with Clinical Experts

Physician network signs major partners guaranteeing minimum honoraria of $250/hour for members who opt-in to research interviews

San Mateo, Calif. (December 19, 2011)—Doximity, the largest professional network for physicians, announced today it has partnered with several expert network firms to power their medical expert searches. These firms are the largest in the industry and collectively paid over $100 million in honoraria to physicians last year. Using Doximity’s new ExpertFinder service, they can instantly search detailed CVs of over 30,000 physician experts.

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) Job Board

The NeHC job board is a group for organizations, non-profits, government agencies, private practices, etc. to post openings for a variety of positions across the health IT industry. The group is free to join and does not require registration. However, all members are expected to adhere to the guidelines of the group or risk removal.

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that enables secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to advance health and improve health care. NeHC was established through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to build on the accomplishments of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) until 2008, and is led by some of the nation’s most respected thought leaders in healthcare and health IT.

Visit the NeHC job board here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yale Healthcare Conference 2012

If you want to attend, make sure to save the date!

Yale Healthcare Conference 2012
April 13, 2012
Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

More details coming soon... (so mark your calendars)

It's great to see an academic health care conference focusing on the "Innovation in Healthcare" and looking at transformative solutions. That's exactly what CMS is doing with their Health Care Innovation Challenge and I look forward to seeing some innovative solutions emerge so that we can "fix" the health care crisis in this country.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants

Interested in working as a healthcare business consultant?

The NSCHBC is a national organization dedicated to serving the needs of consultants who provide ethical, confidential and professional advice to the healthcare industry.

The National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants was founded by the membership of the Institute of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, the National Association of Healthcare Consultants and the Society of Medical Dental Management Consultants on July 1, 2006.

You may be wondering, "what does it mean to be a certified healthcare business consultant?"

Here's what they have to say:

A certification designation demonstrates to potential clients, vendors, and others that the holder has met certain standards of experience and knowledge.

Unlike other certifications, such as CPA (Certified Public Accountant), a CHBC (Certified Healthcare Business Consultant) has demonstrated an understanding of the total healthcare business environment — both practice and financial management.

You can learn more about the organization here:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Free webinar: Careers in Health Information Technology (health IT)

Don't miss this free upcoming webinar titled, "Careers in Health Information Technology" from the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC).

When: Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 1pm ET

This semester, NeHC will convene a new program focused on careers in the world of health information technology. Understanding that breaking into the industry may be daunting, NeHC will convene speakers with specific insights into the types of skills and experiences needed to be successful in the HIT workforce, and will provide examples of various career opportunities in HIT. This class was developed in response to a specific need expressed by attendees of NeHC University’s HIT Orientation program.

  • Norma Morganti, Executive Director - Midwest Community College Health Information Technology (HIT) Consortium
  • Tammy McNeil, RHIA, CPHIT, CPEHR, HIT Clinical Advisor - Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC)
  • Todd Searls, Director of REC Operations - Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC)
  • Angie Agage, EHR Coordinator - Dialysis Center
  • Charles Friedman, Ph.D, Director, Health Informatics Program - Schools of Information and Public Health, University of Michigan
For more information, visit:

Friday, December 16, 2011

9th Annual Healthcare Conference at Harvard Business School

9th Annual Healthcare Conference at Harvard Business School
Saturday, February 4th, 2012 (Register before 12/31)

Come network and discuss The Future of Healthcare: Innovative Business Models with senior business and thought leaders at the 2012 Healthcare Conference at Harvard Business School (agenda). Keynote speakers include Bill Crounse (Senior Director of Worldwide Health at Microsoft), Lawrence Culp (President and CEO of Danaher), and Karen Ignagni (President and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans).

Panel topics include biotech/pharma, device/diagnostics, entrepreneurship/venture capital, global health, health IT, and payer/provider. You can interact with company representatives at networking sessions and a career fair, including sponsors Athena Health, Cardinal Partners, Danaher, Deloitte, Genentech, Health Advances, Lilly, Medtronic, and Tenet.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pharmaceutical Executive December Issue

Follow trends in the biopharma industry by reading Pharmaceutical Executive magazine. The December Issue can be viewed here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ZOMM Adds Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Stephen Gawey, M.D. Enhances ZOMM’s Position in 2012 as the Company Makes a Strong Push Into the Personal Safety Category

Tulsa, OK, December 14, 2011 --( ZOMM, LLC (, a global technology company and developer of the world’s first Wireless Leash for cell phones, announces Dr. Stephen Gawey, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer. As ZOMM further expands its reach to the emergency response and personal security markets in 2012, Dr. Gawey will serve as ZOMM’s ultimate authority on medical issues. A key link between ZOMM and the healthcare community, Dr. Gawey will be responsible for ensuring compliant policies and directives, while also providing insight into the most important personal health issues facing consumers around the globe.

HIMSS12 Physician Executive Forum

As a physician leader in a care delivery setting, clinical- and business-driven IT developments around meaningful use, accountable care, and ICD-10 require your strategic attention. You want solutions that support what you and your medical team do best — delivering outstanding patient care. HIMSS’ Physician Executive Forum, hosted at HIMSS12, delivers what you need.

The HIMSS12 Physician Executive Forum – exclusively designed for physician execs by physician execs – provides a private gathering for practicing medical executives to talk strategically about IT. At HIMSS12, we concentrate on what physician executives need to understand surrounding IT and meaningful use, ICD-10 conversion, accountable care, embracing mobile health, and electronically connecting with consumers, just to name a few.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The 3rd Annual Burrill Digital Health Meeting

The 3rd Annual Burrill Digital Health Meeting

February 07, 2012 - February 08, 2012
The San Francisco Airport Marriott
Burlingame, CA

In the not too distant future, nearly all of healthcare will be digitized. Technology is being developed that will connect patients and physicians in real-time. In turn, doctors will be able to practice medicine from virtually anywhere at anytime, with instant access to the information and systems they need.

The digital health world is rapidly evolving with the convergence of wireless technology and the proliferation of mobile devices, giving rise to new practices and products. With continual, real-time information on patient health, the healthcare system will be moving from focusing on simply treating sickness to maintaining wellness. Featuring world-class presenters, The 3rd Annual Burrill Digital Health Meeting will showcase the underlying issues, emerging business oppor­tunities and cutting-edge innovations.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Heading to San Diego for the 2011 ASH Conference

I'll be in San Diego this weekend for the 2011 American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference. You can follow my updates on and on Twitter @DrJosephKim

This is my last trip for the year! It's certainly been a busy fall and it's gone by quickly. At this point, I only have 2 trips this spring, so it will be nice to be more "grounded."

Physician Career Transitions Into Pharmaceutical Medicine

I hope you'll join me as I present a webinar with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) about "Physician Career Transitions Into Pharmaceutical Medicine: Are You Ready for the Transition?"

Date: Feb. 8, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern Time

This presentation will explore success stories and failures of practicing physicians who have made career transitions into pharmaceutical medicine. We will also examine results from several physician surveys, exploring myths and misconceptions that are highly prevalent as medical doctors prepare for a career transition. Finally, we will also explore effective strategies that will assist physicians in making smooth and successful transitions into the pharmaceutical industry.

Utilizing a combination of several case studies, survey results, interactive feedback, and a didactic format, this presentation will illustrate physician attitudes and career trends that reflect the transition process as medical doctors consider careers in pharmaceutical medicine and/or clinical research. Participation is encouraged, as attendee feedback will reveal how pharmaceutical professionals view the transitional process, taking into consideration where a physician is in his or her career as they contemplate the paths their careers could take.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Smartphones and Improving Neurologic Care on ReachMD

You won't want to miss this excellent ReachMD program titled, "Smartphones and Improving Neurologic Care." You don't have to be a neurologist to appreciate the pearls that are shared by Dr. Busis. I was driving this morning when I heard the program. Here's a brief summary:

Is there an app for helping your patients improve their health? In fact, there are many. Dr. Neil Busis, chief of the division of neurology, department of medicine, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside and Practice and Technology editor of, talks with host Dr. Anthony Alessi about the latest mobile technologies used to monitor patient experiences with chronic neurological issues, such as migraines and epileptic seizures. They also discuss how even standard smartphone functions can be used to improve the health and medical care of patients, and why text messaging is changing healthcare around the world.

You can hear the program on ReachMD online here.

This program is part of the NeuroFrontiers series on ReachMD.

NeuroFrontiers is produced in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology and explores new research, diagnosis and treatment in all areas of neurological disease. This series also addresses the most relevant clinical topics, trends, news and advances pertaining to all areas of the practice of Neurology.

Consulting through the Guidepoint Global Advisor Network

You might be interested in earning extra income consulting as an expert Advisor for Guidepoint Global. They are a NYC-based primary research firm that connects their clients with industry professionals for brief phone consultations and surveys with clients who need to learn more about a variety of topics and industry trends.

The process is simple. You join the network, provide some information on your areas of expertise and employment history, and set your own hourly consulting rate. Guidepoint will then contact you when they have topics that fit your background. Consultations typically consist of short telephone calls (30-45 minutes), and you can accept or decline a consultation request for any reason. Once the consultation is over, you submit an invoice through their website and receive a check within 10 business days.

There is no cost to you or minimum time commitment. Advisors are not asked any questions about their current employers, and any confidentiality or other agreements you have are respected and honored.

To apply to be an Advisor, go to this link Guidepoint Advisor Sign-Up.

14th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference

14th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 13-14, 2012
New York City

The BIO CEO & Investor Conference is the largest investor conference focused on publicly traded biotech companies. Because our mission is to support industry-wide success, we present a broad and unbiased view of investment opportunities.

Our therapeutic workshops feature the latest information on pipeline innovation, and no other investor conference offers as many sessions involving MDs, CSOs, and industry analysts.

BIO One-on-One Partnering also provides an opportunity to arrange meetings between investors; companies; and industry BD, licensing and therapeutic franchise heads.

Learn more here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ACPE Board Names Two Ex-Officio Members

From the American College of Physician Executives:

In an effort to expand its focus, the American College of Physician Executives has added two new ex-officio members to its board of directors: one to represent the interests of residents and the other to spearhead innovation.

The board selected Veronica Sikka, MD, PhD, MHA, MPH, a chief resident at Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, as the resident ex-officio board member. Howard Haft, MD, MMM, FACPE, was selected to represent innovation on the board.

Each ex-officio member will serve a one-year term. Sikka and Haft began their terms at the ACPE 2011 Fall Institute.

The impetus for creating the new positions grew from reports presented by the 2010 Task Forces on innovation and medical education.

Job Post: Associate National Medical Director

Job Post: Associate National Medical Director
Amerigroup Corporation - Norfolk, Virginia Area

Job Description

Provide clinical leadership and expertise to the development and implementation of national programs designed to assure members receive appropriate and timely access to health care services in a cost effective manner. Under the direction of the National Medical Director, provide clinical support to the Reimbursement Policy Management Department, Clinical Operations Department, Pharmacy Department and other Amerigroup departments as assigned. Work collaboratively with HCMS and other Amerigroup departments to achieve overall organizational goals and objectives.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The impact of physician stress is underestimated

On Healthcare Finance News, you'll find a short article titled, "Impact of physician stress is underestimated." The article is based on a report from Physician Wellness Services (PWS) and Cejka Search.

PWS’ and Cejka’s survey results are based on 2,069 completed surveys. Among the findings:
  • 87 percent of respondents said they are moderately-to-severely stressed/burned out on an average day.
  • 63 percent said they were more stressed or burned out than they were three years ago; 34.3 percent said they were much more stressed than they were three years ago.
The pace of delivering health care is only getting faster. There are increasing demands to deliver higher value while physician reimbursement declines in many cases. It's no wonder that burnout is becoming ubiquitous and that a growing number of physicians are looking for ways to escape from clinical medicine.

On LinkedIn, you'll find some physicians discussing the issue of burnout and physician help. Go to the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) group on LinkedIn and you'll find a discussion titled, "How to get docs the help they need?"

Some physicians have poor coping mechanisms and they turn to substance abuse, alcohol, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. As a result, physician help programs in each state are kept busy managing and monitoring physicians who have exhibited addictive behaviors.

A recent article in Archives of Surgery titled, "Substance Abuse Among Surgeons: The Perils of Losing Your Credentials" reminds all of us that "Alcohol and drug abuse are a significant issue among physicians in general and surgeons in particular."

Working From Home Part II – Telemedicine

Author: Heather Fork, MD, CPCC

Imagine you are in your kitchen, enjoying your morning cup of coffee, catching up on the news. In a few minutes you will walk down the hall to your study and start helping your first patient of the day – on the computer!

Last week, in Working From Home Part I, I discussed doing Chart Reviews. In today’s post, I will address the growing opportunities for physicians doing Telemedicine.

With all of the advances in digital information and communication, telemedicine is an up and coming area for healthcare growth.

More and more companies are springing up that offer telehealth services for minor, primary care health issues.

A physician working for such a company is provided electronically with the medical records and chief complaint for the patient. The “patient visit” will take place either via email or over the telephone. Sometimes only advice and information is given, other times a prescription may be recommended. If the doctor feels it is indicated, the patient will be referred to seek medical care in person.

Monday, December 5, 2011 to Cease Operations

Over a year ago, I wrote something about VisualCV and mentioned how you could use this service to create your online CV. Well, the sad news is that website will be ceasing operations, effective December 30, 2011. They've announced that they'll be deleting all user data once the website operations cease.

You can use LinkedIn to create your online CV and market yourself. LinkedIn is very popular with business executives and many people use it as a form of online resume. Some people may describe LinkedIn as a "professional Facebook," but it's more than that.

If you're a physician and you're looking for a way to promote your online presence, I'd recommend that you use Doximity and here's why.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Working From Home Part I – Chart Review

Author: Heather Fork, MD, CPCC

I’m hearing from more physicians who want to work part-time from home. The reasons vary: more time with the kids, a less stressful environment, greater job flexibility and some extra income.

With advances in communication technology and the availability of digitalized information, the opportunities to work from home are increasing in many professions, including healthcare.
While the electronic medical record may be challenging for a variety of reasons, it is providing more options for physicians to work in the comfort of their own home. Two areas that are a natural fit for this type of work are doing Chart Reviews and Telemedicine.

Today, I will be discussing Chart Reviews, and in Part II, I will cover Telemedicine. Chart Reviews, also called Independent Reviews, provide a third-party evaluation on a matter relating to patient care.

Doximity quickly becoming the professional LinkedIn for physicians

A few days ago, TechCrunch reported that "With 30K U.S. Doctors Now On Board, Doximity Is Fast Becoming The LinkedIn For Physicians."

Doximity gives physicians a private network through which to connect and collaborate on patient treatment or identify experts for patient referrals.

I'd have to agree. Doximity is led by Jeff Tangney, co-founder and former President & COO of Epocrates.

When I first heard about Doximity, I said to myself, "why another social network for physicians? I don't get it." Then, I got to meet some folks at Doximity and started learning more about the concept and vision. I also got invited to join the Doximity Medical Advisory Board and I witnessed the evolution of the platform and saw new features pop up like iRounds, DocNews, and DocText. I began to really understand and appreciate the value that Doximity offers.

If you care about your online reputation and you're looking for an effective way to market yourself online, then take a look at Doximity. It's free to join, but you'll need to use your real name (no aliases or screen names please). Plus, you'll want to have a professional photo. Sounds like LinkedIn, doesn't it? If you're a physician, you may not be familiar with LinkedIn. So, think about a professional Facebook where you are interacting with other physicians purely for professional purposes. You're providing clinical insights, sharing ideas, referring patients, and discussing relevant clinical and non-clinical topics. Since you're using your real name, you're accountable to what you say, so you're probably going to avoid nonsensical rants and raves, strong political debates, or highly-controversial and sensitive discussions around religion/sex/etc.

Today, when there are so many physician rating sites like HealthGrades, RateMDs, Vitals, and others, physicians care about online reputations and rankings. They like to be listed in "Top Doctors" or "Best Doctor" lists. Patients also like seeing their doctors on these lists and in airplane magazines.

Doximity helps you promote yourself online.

Take a look at Rafael Lugo, MD. He's a surgeon in Texas and you'll see that he has a "Patient's Choice 2010" badge next to his name here:

Here's another example: Howard Luks, MD. He's an orthopedic surgeon in NY and he has several badges: Top Doctor, Most Compassionate Doctor, and Patient's Choice 2010.

So, whether you're in an academic center or in private practice, consider how you can leverage the Internet to build your online reputation. If you've been awarded some type of "Top Doctor" recognition or reward, share that information online using a professional platform like Doximity. Plus, if you're still building your practice, Doximity can help you get more patients and more referrals.

On Doximity, you can also have public or private discussions with other physicians. You can have an open dialogue through iRounds (similar to a Facebook wall at this point), or you can send a private HIPAA-compliant messaging system called DocText (a free secure SMS service if you're using a mobile device).

Finally, remember that Doximity is still in beta, so there are a number of features that haven't been released yet. Plus, you can expect to see ongoing changes, updates, revisions, enhancements, etc.

Full Disclosure: I serve on the Doximity Medical Advisory Board. The opinions shared above are my own. I was not paid to write this article. I am not paid to refer physicians to join Doximity. I have no relevant financial relationships with LinkedIn or physician rating websites.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cancer surgeons' distress and well-being

There are two recent articles in the Ann Surg Oncol titled, "Cancer surgeons' distress and well-being." Some interesting findings regarding career-related stress, coping mechanisms, and work-life balance.

Cancer surgeons' distress and well-being, I: the tension between a culture of productivity and the need for self-care.

Among the 72 surgeons who responded (response rate of 73%), we found that 42% of surgeons reported burnout and 27% psychiatric levels of distress, while 30% used alcohol and 13% used sleep medications as a possible means to cope. Only one third of surgeons reported high quality of life across physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual domains.

Cancer surgeons' distress and well-being, II: modifiable factors and the potential for organizational interventions.

Among the 72 surgeons who responded (response rate of 73%), surgeons identified high stress from medical lawsuits, pressure to succeed in research, financial worries, negative attitudes to gender, and ability to cope with patients' suffering and death. Workplace features requiring greatest change were the reimbursement system, administrative support, and schedule. Work-life balance and relationship issues with spouse or partner caused high stress. Strongest correlations with distress were a desire to change communication with patients and the tension between the time devoted to work versus time available to be with family. Surgeons' preferences for interventions favored a fitness program, nutrition consultation, and increased socialization with colleagues, with less interest in interventions conventionally used to address psychological distress.

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