Upcoming BioSpace Career Fairs in March

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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

Here are some upcoming career fairs in March:

BioSpace Career Fair at CALBIO2012
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
1pm to 6pm

Pharm Country Career Fair
Bridgewater Marriott
Thursday, March 22, 2012
11am to 4pm

Photo from the Physicians' IT Symposium at #HIMSS12

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last week, I was in Las Vegas attending the 2012 HIMSS Conference. Monday was the Physicians' IT Symposium and the room was filled with physician executives such as CMOs, CMIOs, medical directors, and others. Here's a photo of some of us during the lunch break:


Recognize any of them? They're all using social media, so you'll find them on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. From L to R:
  • Dr. Luis Saldana @lsaldanamd
  • Dr. Steve Davidson @sjdmd
  • me @DrJosephKim
  • Dr. Dirk Stanley @dirkstanley
  • Dr. Wen Dombrowski @HealthcareWen
The HIMSS conference was a lot of fun and we had a great time sharing ideas, talking about health care, and eating. 

HIMSS12 coverage is sponsored by HP. HP’s extensive portfolio of products, solutions, services and relationships can help your healthcare organization achieve quality business practices and provide quality patient care.

Integrated Health Systems: Key Concepts

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Integrated Health Systems: Key Concepts

ACPE Annual Meeting & Spring Institute
Westin St. Francis * San Francisco
April 27-May 1, 2012

The future of health care integration is anything but clear.

One day, ACOs are out. The next day, they're in. But for all of the ambiguity, one thing is certain: physicians and hospitals are coming together. In fact, health system executives report they expect to employ between 50 and 100 percent of all physicians by 2015.

No matter what your model, this new togetherness is bound to create culture clashes on both sides. ACPE's Integrated Health Systems:Key Concepts is specifically designed to help physician leaders through this difficult transition, regardless of where their organizations are in the integration process.

Research and Development Career Paths

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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.

Research and Development Career Paths
April 17th 2012
More information here: http://fils42012.eventbrite.com/

Day 1 of the HIMSS conference #HIMSS12

Monday, February 20, 2012

I always enjoy attending the HIMSS conference every year. In particular,  I find a wealth of innovation, creativity, and practical application when I speak with other attendees and exhibitors.  This is why I spend so much time in the exhibit hall.  Health IT is changing rapidly and we are seeing a number of organizations jumping into the sea of HIT. We are also seeing innovative start-up companies that are seeking to offer a new solution or build a "better mousetrap."

To connect with other physicians working in the health IT space,  make sure you use Twitter and other social media tools.  This is how I have been able to connect with so many other interesting individuals in the health IT industry. Today,  I am sitting in a room full of physicians who are here attending the Physicians' IT Symposium. I also plan to go downstairs to spend time in the Health IT Venture Fair & Strategic Partner Forum.

This week,  I will be providing coverage from the HIMSS conference on my other sites:

http://www.medicineandtechnology.com/
http://www.medicalsmartphones.com/
http://www.mobilehealthcomputing.com/

You  can also follow tweets by this hash tag #HIMSS12

HIMSS12 coverage is sponsored by HP. HP’s extensive portfolio of products, solutions, services and relationships can help your healthcare organization achieve quality business practices and provide quality patient care.

On Forbes: "A Defense of Professional Medical Writers"

Friday, February 17, 2012

You don't usually find articles about medical writers on Forbes. However, this one caught my attention because it was titled, "A Defense of Professional Medical Writers" and it ended up being a guest post written by Karen Woolley on behalf of the Global Alliance of Publication Professionals. Now the big question: Why?

Why did Karen write this post and publish it on Forbes? She was responding to a blog post written by Dr. Tom Yates on industry sponsored editorial assistance. You'll have to read all the articles to get the full picture.

Another Medscape article mentions NonClinicalJobs.com

Thursday, February 16, 2012


A few weeks ago, you may have seen this Medscape article titled, "Tired of Being a Doctor? Choices for Opting Out of Medicine: Leaving the Profession Altogether." I was interviewed by the author of that article and she mentions NonClinicalJobs.com in the opening lines of the story. Thank you Shelly.

If you haven't read the article, I'd recommend it. Shelly does a very nice job outlining some options if you choose to leave the world of clinical medicine.

A new GMAT exam

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Thinking about applying to business school? Depending on the program, you may need to take the GMAT (and you thought you were going to be done with the MCAT!)

Q: A new GMAT exam? What changes are coming in June 2012?

A: Beginning in June 2012 the GMAT exam will include an integrated reasoning section designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate information. The test will remain 3 hours, 30 minutes (four hours with breaks). The Analytical Writing Assessment will be streamlined from two 30-minute essays to one Analysis of an Argument essay. Immediately after the essay question, the Integrated Reasoning section will start.

Read more about the new GMAT here.

44% of pharma employees are worried about losing their jobs

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This is a direct quote from a recent Medical Media & Marketing story titled, "Pharma fears additional job fallout."

Though the broader economy is showing signs of picking up, a survey of drug company execs suggests that the era of pink slips continues to bedevil the pharma industry. PharmaIQ's "The Big Pharma Recession Report” found that 44% of pharma employees are worried about losing their jobs.


The study highlights additional support for the less-is-more strategy: 60% of employees who were working in downsized departments said the same amount of work was being done by fewer people.

So, what does all this mean and what will the biopharmaceutical industry look like in 5 or 10 years when so many essential medications are available as generics? What will happen when bioequivalents enter the market?

Feb 15 Scholarship Deadline: Master of Health Informatics degree from the University of Michigan

Monday, February 13, 2012

Individuals who complete and submit a complete application for admission by the preferred admission deadline of February 15 will be automatically considered for Charter Scholarships.

If you're thinking about a graduate degree in health informatics, consider the  Master of Health Informatics from the University of Michigan.

To mark its inaugural year, the Health Informatics program at the University of Michigan is offering Charter Scholarships to exceptionally qualified students. They are planning to award ten such scholarships, each providing 50% tuition support.

Students completing the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) will be well prepared to enter—and become leaders in—the health informatics field. Through their elective course selections, students may shape their preparation more specifically to certain subfields, such as clinical, consumer or public health application areas. Because there is likely to be integration and convergence among these subfields in the coming years, however, all students will be required to acquire knowledge relevant to each of these subfields. Defining features of the program include its strengths in leadership and consumer health informatics applications and system-related human and organizational issues.

To learn more and to apply, click here.

Boston Consulting Group 2012 Bridge to BCG workshops

If you have a strong interest in consulting, here is something to consider this summer if you're a medical student or resident:

The Boston Consulting Group announces our 2012 Bridge to BCG workshop designed for Advanced Degree Candidates. If you want to discover more about a consulting career Bridge to BCG will provide a view into what consulting and BCG is like. During these 3 day workshops you will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about consulting and get to know BCG
  • Participate in a realistic case experience
  • Learn from BCG's thought leaders

These workshops are specifically for advanced degree candidates (PhDs, MDs, post-docs, and JDs) expecting to finish in 2013 and hoping to begin a consulting career. If you are currently a practicing MD or in residency, or a post-doc, the 2013. graduation date requirement does not apply.

Bridge to BCG is a global program and open for full time candidates for our North America, Asia Pacific and European offices.

5 reasons to maintain a part-time clinical practice after you get a non-clinical job

Friday, February 10, 2012

These days, many physicians are eager to leave clinical practice for a variety of reasons. Some may find a great non-clinical job that pays well and doesn't demand too much of their time and they will jump on the opportunity to leave clinical medicine. There are a few critical questions to work through before you make a complete exit from clinical medicine:

  • Should you maintain a part-time clinical practice if you leave the bedside?
  • Should you maintain an active medical license, even if you don't intend to practice medicine?

Here are 3 reasons why you should maintain a part-time clinical practice, even after you land a non-clinical job:

  1. Job insecurity. Let's face it: these days, job security simply doesn't exist in the corporate or business world. You may have a great job today, but your position may get eliminated or your company may go out of business.
  2. Boredom. If you left clinical medicine because you were getting bored, you're at risk of getting bored in the non-clinical world as well. It may help you avoid boredom if you maintain a part-time clinical practice.
  3. Barriers to re-entry back to clinical medicine. Someday, if you choose to re-enter clinical medicine, you're likely going to face a number of obstacles and hurdles to return to the bedside. If you maintain a part-time clinical practice, then re-entry becomes much easier.
  4. To help during disasters. Natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes often call for medical assistance. You may want to volunteer your clinical skills during these situations.
  5. To prepare for retirement. Do you have a plan for retirement? You may find it quite fulfilling to work or volunteer in a clinical capacity once you've reached retirement mode. Plus, you may find a nice way to earn some extra income. Part-time clinical jobs will be easier to find compared to non-clinical jobs if you're an older adult (dare I say "geriatric?")
So, there you have it. I can think of several more reasons to maintain a part-time clinical practice, but I'll wait until another day.

Medical School Faculty Salaries 2010-2011

Thursday, February 9, 2012

How much does the average medical school faculty make? The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released a publication titled, "Report on Medical School Faculty Salaries 2010-2011." This report is $409.00. I didn't purchase the report, so here's a summary from Modern Physician:

The average physician working as a clinical faculty member at a U.S. medical school made a total of $262,400 in the 2010-11 academic year—an increase of 2.9% over the previous year, according to a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Almost 59,000 U.S. physicians serve as clinical faculty members, according to the AAMC's Report on Medical School Faculty Salaries, 2010-11.

In comparison, the 1,145 physicians working as basic science faculty saw their compensation rise 2.7% to $150,600. The 12,928 nonphysicians who have a doctorate and work as clinical faculty saw their average compensation grow 2.2% to $123,400.

Job Posting: Product Leader – Acquisition and Retention, McKinsey Healthcare Revenue Solutions

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Job Posting: Product Leader – Acquisition and Retention

McKinsey Healthcare Revenue Solutions:

McKinsey & Company is developing advanced analytic solutions across a number of domains to augment our traditional consulting model. In healthcare we are building a new standalone Informatics business to provide US health insurance companies with advanced analytics solutions that help them optimize their revenue and profit given the changes brought on by reform. This business operates as an internal startup led by a dedicated McKinsey partner and a former senior health insurance executive. We are assembling a dedicated team of advanced analytic experts, operational managers and client leaders with experience across health insurance, risk management and consumer marketing. We are looking for select leaders who see the opportunity that US health reform presents and are excited to help us build a new business. Our hub locations are New York, Chicago and Gurgaon (for Analytics).

Where health meets information technology

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The following was originally published on the HIMSS Career Resources page:

 Master of Health Informatics from the University of Michigan.

At the University of Michigan: addressing emerging needs and opportunities where health meets information technology

Individuals trained in health IT and informatics will be at the forefront of an inevitable and exciting transformation, powered by information. This transformation will bring about changes in the way organizations deliver and manage health care. The transformation will also change the way consumers of health care, which means all members of society, manage their own health. These two kinds of changes create challenges for the professional workforce and consequent needs for new types of educational programs. We have established such a program at the University of Michigan.

Needs for organizational leaders: Health organizations of all types increasingly recognize that information is a strategic resource and that management of information is their key to future success. As a result, there is an enormous need for a new generation of professionals, trained in both health and information technology, who will become the leaders and managers within information-empowered organizations that revolutionize the ways information is used to promote better health. These professionals will play key roles, at varying levels of seniority, as chief and subordinate information and knowledge officers, technical officers, and strategy officers. Other new roles will surely appear.

Job Posting: Client Service Executive, McKinsey Healthcare Revenue Solutions

Monday, February 6, 2012

Job Posting: Client Service Executive

McKinsey Healthcare Revenue Solutions:

McKinsey & Company is developing advanced analytic solutions across a number of domains to augment our traditional consulting model. In healthcare we are building a new standalone Informatics business to provide US health insurance companies with advanced analytics solutions that help them optimize their revenue and profit given the changes brought on by reform. This business operates as an internal startup led by a dedicated McKinsey partner and a former senior health insurance executive. We are assembling a dedicated team of advanced analytic experts, operational managers and client leaders with experience across health insurance, risk management and consumer marketing. We are looking for select leaders who see the opportunity that US health reform presents and are excited to help us build a new business. Our hub locations are New York, Chicago and Gurgaon (for Analytics).

Don't Miss the 2012 ACPE Annual Meeting & Spring Institute

Register Today and Receive Early Bird Discounts!  Discounts end Feb. 15.

Get the best in physician leadership education at this unique gathering. You'll be re-energized by first-rate CME courses taught by award-winning faculty, provocative keynote speakers and thought leaders, and a peer showcase of innovative approaches to everyday issues. This is one of your best opportunities to interact with experienced physician executives from around the world.

2012 ACPE Annual Meeting & Spring Institute, April 27-May 1, 2012, San Francisco, CA

More details here.

The Economist's Which MBA? Online Fair

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Economist, the authoritative source for business and financial insight and publisher of the full-time MBA ranking Which MBA? launches the Which MBA? Online Fair on February 6th and 7th 2012.

If you are a potential MBA candidate, this free online event is your chance to connect with some of the best graduate business schools around the world.

Today’s executives need inspiration, a diverse professional network and a global perspective to stay competitive in a changing economy. The Economist’s MBA Fair features the world’s most innovative business schools, bringing you a unique forum to:
  • Talk online with admissions officers from MBA programs around the world
  • Broaden your perspective and learn how an MBA can help you take your career to the next level
  • Gain insight into the MBA experience by chatting with alumni and watching webinars and videos
  • Log in from anywhere and attend at your convenience
Learn more about this event here.

Healthcare Executive Career Management in a Web 2.0 Era

Friday, February 3, 2012

Here's an upcoming webinar that may be of interest:

Healthcare Executive Career Management in a Web 2.0 Era

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Central Time)

American College of Healthcare Executives Panel Discussion on, "Healthcare Executive Career Management in a Web 2.0 Era." Healthcare Executive Panelist from Central Illinois ACHE Education Committee and B.E. Smith.

A chance to save 50% on a Master of Health Informatics degree from the University of Michigan

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

This is an incredible opportunity to get a scholarship for a Master of Health Informatics from the University of Michigan.

To mark its inaugural year, the Health Informatics program at the University of Michigan is offering Charter Scholarships to exceptionally qualified students. They are planning to award ten such scholarships, each providing 50% tuition support. Individuals who complete and submit a complete application for admission by the preferred admission deadline of February 15 will be automatically considered for Charter Scholarships.

Health Informatics at Michigan is a nationally-recognized and unique program empasizing Consumer Health Informatics and Population Health Informatics.

Here's some additional information about the Master of Health Informatics (MHI)

  • 52 credits
  • Internship experience
  • Open to applicants from any academic or professional background
  • Residential / on-campus program

Students completing the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) will be well prepared to enter—and become leaders in—the health informatics field. Through their elective course selections, students may shape their preparation more specifically to certain subfields, such as clinical, consumer or public health application areas. Because there is likely to be integration and convergence among these subfields in the coming years, however, all students will be required to acquire knowledge relevant to each of these subfields. Defining features of the program include its strengths in leadership and consumer health informatics applications and system-related human and organizational issues.

To learn more and to apply, click here.

2012 Oklahoma State University International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health

1st International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health
Monday – Tuesday, March 5-6, 2012
Reed Conference Center and Sheraton Hotel, Midwest City, Oklahoma

This two-day conference will have a number of speakers in the healthcare entrepreneurship realm as well as corporate executives and experts in the field of healthcare discussing their ideas for innovation in multiple sectors of the industry. Dr. Arlen Meyers, President and CEO of SoPE will also be presenting on day 1 of the conference.

Topics for other sessions include the areas of Innovative Clinical Practices, Predictive Modeling for Healthcare, Healthcare Entrepreneurship - Education and Pedagogy, and many others.

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