Friday, March 30, 2012

Young Professionals in Healthcare (YPH) in NJ/PA

If you live in the greater Princeton area, you may want to attend:

Young Professionals in Healthcare (YPH) was founded in 2010 with the mission of bringing together young professionals in a variety of healthcare-related fields. We provide networking, educational, and career opportunities, including happy hours, guest lectures, career and grad school panels, and industry lunches.

Members come from many industries: biotech/pharma, diagnostics, medicine, research, consulting, public health, advertising, and healthcare law.

What's Next for Biopharma - A Discussion with Denise Papiernik

Denise Papiernik, Executive Director and Strategic Product Leader at Bristol Myers-Squibb, will discuss the pharmaceutical industry's response to a wave of recent challenges, including the emergence of biologics, regulatory uncertainty, cost pressures, and loss of exclusivity of key products. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Happy Are Physicians?

How Happy Are Physicians? According to the 2012 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, physicians tend to be fairly happy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Job Posting: Assistant Director of Operations

Assistant Director of Operations
Global Rescue
Boston, MA 02109

Global Rescue is a crisis response company that provides best-in-class medical, security, advisory and evacuation services to individuals, corporations, government agencies, travelers and expeditions worldwide. Through an exclusive partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Global Rescue members benefit from the advisory services of some of the world’s finest physicians. Global Rescue utilizes its worldwide network of personnel and assets to evacuate and extract its members from emergency arising from injuries, illnesses, natural disasters or security situations while traveling. For more information,

• Provide leadership and guidance for multiple operations centers staffed with teams of paramedics, nurses and security personnel
• Manage and lead crisis response operations and other operational initiatives for clients and strategic partners
• Take ownership of, develop strategy for and implement policy surrounding evacuation and repatriation
• Deploy as required to support GR missions/operations
• Qualify hospitals and other operational regional/local resources and strategic partners
• Work directly with other internal functional areas to support clients and partners; collect, analyze and present data and operational briefs to clients and partners
• Represent the company on sales calls and client visits
• Domestic and international travel

Encore Careers Bridging the Retirement Income Gap

If you're interesting in a new career (or career transition) to bridge a retirement income gap, consider an encore career. There is an upcoming event by the New America Foundation for retirees who want to go back to work.

What if millions of Baby Boomers elected not to retire, and instead chose to change jobs, start small businesses, or find other ways to serve their communities?

Encore careers that combine continued income and social purpose already are a real choice for millions of Americans.

How big is the market for encore careers? Could they boost retirement income security? Given the state of the economy and the circumstances of the average worker approaching retirement age, does the idea even make sense?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M) Virtual Summit 2012

Here's some information about the Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M) Virtual Summit 2012 tomorrow:

The MM&M Virtual Summit is an online event where some of the finest leaders and thinkers in healthcare marketing will discuss and share strategies, observations and insights on key issues facing the industry. It's also a forum to foster live, interactive dialogue between delegates, speakers and sponsors.

Delegates will be marketing executives from pharmaceutical, biotech, device and diagnostics companies, plus advertising and marketing agency executives, vendors, industry consultants and other prominent figures in healthcare marketing. Last year's inaugural MM&M Virtual Summit drew almost 1,000 registrants, with 500 of those attending live on the day. This year's attendance is expected to surpass that.

Some of the finest leaders and thinkers in pharmaceutical marketing shared their strategies, observations and insights on the key issues facing this transitioning industry, including brand management, innovation, the patient journey, digital evolution and reaching physicians.

When: March 27, 2012
Where: Your computer

Best of all, you didn't have to leave your office - and it's completely free to register and attend.

Learn more here.

Yale School of Management and the Leadership in Healthcare MBA

Interested in a Yale School of Management and the Leadership in Healthcare MBA? Attend an information session in your area next month.

Here are the dates/times:
Hilton Americas-Houston
Houston, Texas
Sunday, April 15, 2012 1:00 PM

The Hartford Club
Hartford, CT
Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:00 PM

Mill Valley Kitchen
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:00 PM

The Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute
Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:00 PM

The Union League of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:00 PM
On-Campus Information Sessions

On-campus information sessions are held at the Yale School of Management, 52 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, Connecticut. The 2012 on-campus information session schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:30 AM

Get more information here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

International Bioentrepreneurship Education Conference

The first International Bioentrepreneurship Education Conference will be an opportunity to connect and begin to discuss best practices in bio-entrepreneurship education. Attendees will share global education programs currently being offered, and will identify any gaps in education today. The program will focus on academic, credit-bearing degrees and certificates.

There is no cost to attend this event in June!

The conference is sponsored by:
  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education
  • The University of Colorado
  • The Journal of Commercial Biotechnology
The conference will be held at the Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, Maryland campus, which is located in the heart of the Maryland Biotechnology Industry, just outside of Washington, DC, and near the National Institutes of Health and the FDA.

The conference will begin Friday evening, June 15 at 5pm and will end Saturday evening, June 16.

Learn more and register here. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Invest in a Master’s Degree in Health Informatics

If you are considering a career in health information technology, I would urge you to invest in a master’s degree in health informatics and to get board certified in clinical informatics.

In 2011, AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) announced that clinical informatics is now a subspecialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). You can become board certified by passing an examination administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and available to physicians who have primary specialty certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties.

How are physicians preparing for a career in health IT? Many of them are pursuing master’s degrees in health informatics to demonstrate a level of competence in the rapidly evolving field of health information technology.

The University of Michigan now offers an innovative joint Master of Health Informatics degree offered through the School of Information and School of Public Health. Michigan is ideally positioned to educate future leaders for this rapidly developing field. The strength and international reputations of these two professional schools are combined to offer the interdisciplinary study of consumer health informatics informed by clinical informatics and population health informatics.

Individuals from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds will enroll in this program. Graduates will be prepared to serve as leaders at the forefront of a dynamic field.

The final application deadline is May 1.

For more information about the University of Michigan Master of Health Informatics degree, visit

Harvard Business Review webinar: Building Enduring Businesses

Join best-selling author Chris Zook, an expert on profitable growth, to learn how to build simple, repeatable business models

Wednesday, Arpil 11, 2012
12:00 noon – 1:00 PM U.S./Canadian Eastern

About This Free, Interactive Webinar:

All companies want profitable growth. The challenge is how to achieve it, which few do.

Often companies seek to "reinvent" themselves by launching multiple new initiatives and growth strategies. But this usually adds complexity, which hurts growth, kills profits, and weakens the core business.

Research by Bain & Company's Chris Zook—captured in his new book Repeatability: Building Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change—concludes that profitable growth comes from simple "great repeatable models" (GRMs). Companies with GRMs have learned to replicate their success and adapt, over and over, often for decades, in difficult industries and tumultuous circumstances.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Give and get advice at the MBA forum

Preparing for an MBA? Have questions about your current programme? Explore the Which MBA? forum

Network with fellow candidates, students and Economist editors from around the world in the new MBA discussion forum. Share tips and business school news, and ask any question related to an MBA. Participation is free.

Here are some discussions to get you started:

Is a top-tier Western or a lower-tier Asian school best for a career in Asia?

Which programme is best for social impact?

Monday, March 19, 2012

2012 Residency Match: Scramble replaced with SOAP

Last Friday was Match Day.

The 2012 Main Residency Match was the largest in NRMP history. More than 38,000 applicants vied for 26,772 PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions. In addition, the NRMP debuted the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), a new system designed to automate, streamline and equalize the process for unmatched applicants seeking unfilled positions.

SOAP replaced the traditional "scramble" used in the past to help programs fill unfilled positions. Here's some more information:

For individuals who were not matched to a residency position, the NRMP debuted the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance ProgramSM (SOAPSM), a new process developed in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and in consultation with student affairs deans, residency program directors, resident physicians, and medical students. Designed to help streamline, equalize, and automate the process for students who are not matched initially, SOAP replaces the “Scramble,” the unofficial name for the period of time during Match Week when unmatched applicants contact programs with unfilled positions. Under SOAP, the NRMP makes available the locations of unfilled positions so that unmatched students can submit applications for these positions through the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®). After receiving applications through ERAS, residency program directors create a list of candidates in order of preference and the NRMP offers positions in that order in a series of up to eight rounds. Applicants are able to receive multiple offers in a single round; if an offer is accepted, it is binding.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Taking an MBA course this weekend: Drug and Device Regulations

This weekend, I'm sitting in an MBA course focused on drug and device regulations. You won't find a course like this is many other MBA programs, but I'm enrolled in a program that focuses on the pharmaceutical and health care industry. It's great to be surrounded by other colleagues who understand the issues that impact a rapidly evolving industry. Here's a brief description of the course:

With the plethora of new communications vehicles, including direct-to-consumer advertising and the Internet, the goal of achieving marketing objectives and remaining in adherence with FDA regulations/ guidelines has become increasingly difficult. This course will provide a working knowledge of the federal regulation of prescription drug promotion and associated marketing practices and will provide insight into drug promotion issues currently of interest to FDA and the pharmaceutical industry. The course will also consider the impact of products liability and anti-kickback concerns on developing marketing programs for prescription drugs.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Physician Executive Journal Highlights Physician-to-Physician Communication

PerfectServe helps reduce sentinel events caused by clinical communication gaps

Knoxville, Tenn. (March 15, 2012) — In a recent article by Diane Shannon, M.D., published in the January/February 2012 issue of the Physician Executive Journal (PEJ), the importance of direct communication between physicians is highlighted as an essential ingredient for effective care coordination.

The article, entitled “Effective Physician-to-Physician Communication: An Essential Ingredient for Care Coordination,” quotes Lon McPherson, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs and chief quality officer at Munroe Regional Medical Center as saying that “lack of direct communication between physicians leads to delays in patients receiving the assessment and treatment they need.”

Also included in the article are thoughts from Dr. Timothy B. Bullard, chief medical officer at Orlando Health. Dr. Bullard stated root cause analyses at his organization demonstrated that it is common to “uncover a gap in communication about a critical piece of information” which ultimately led to the adverse event in the first place.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PathCentral Appoints Shelly Gunn, M.D., PhD. as Associate Medical Director, Clinical Genomics

Irvine, Calif. (March 14, 2012) – PathCentral, Inc. (, the first and only company focused exclusively on the success of the community pathologist, today announced the appointment of genomic pathologist and researcher Shelly Gunn, M.D., Ph.D. to the post of Associate Medical Director, Clinical Genomics.

Dr. Gunn is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the clinical application of array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) technology, specifically in the areas of breast cancer and hematologic malignancies. She is the founder and medical director for Oncopath Laboratory at the START Center for Cancer Care in San Antonio, Texas where she also previously served as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She has authored a number of abstracts and articles on the clinical application of aCGH and has been a featured guest speaker at scientific meetings and symposia across the U.S.

Virtual Career Network (VCN) Healthcare

Retirees are looking to transition into a volunteer role or an encore career in health care.

The Virtual Career Network can help you explore 80 different health care careers: what kind of training is required, where to get the training and where the jobs are. You can even take online classes (some free, some not) and search for health care jobs by zip code.

The American Association of Community Colleges built and operates the site, with funding from the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor and with help from nine other partner organizations.

The site’s goal: to serve as a resource for people to transition into high-paying, high-growth health care careers.

The demand for such a service is great: A recent New York Times article highlights labor needs in the health system, and describes both paid and unpaid work being done by people in the second half of adulthood.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HIMSS Virtual Career Fair

Save the Date! May 16, 2012

The HIMSS Virtual Career Fair is a state-of-the-art, web- based event for connecting qualified clinical and non-clinical health IT job seekers with recruiters nationwide.

Save the Date for the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair...and find your ideal health IT job!

By matching skilled candidates with employers, HIMSS is helping ensure organizations find people—just like you—to advance patient care. By simply going online, job seekers can post a profiles and resumes, browse available positions and even chat, text or email prospective employers.

Recruiters and employers will be searching nationwide to fill positions from the executive level to mid-career and entry level in many sectors across the health IT industry.

Take the next step in your career! By attending the Virtual Career Fair you will:

  • Browse and apply for healthcare IT jobs on the Job Board that can be sorted by employer, job title, location and salary.
  • Create your online profile and post multiple resumes.
  • Connect with employer representatives via text, video chat and e-mail to answer your questions about the company and its open positions. Employers have instant access to your resume so you can engage in immediate dialogue.
  • Attend accredited professional development education sessions via dynamic, live webinars
  • Network with fellow job seekers and prospective employers in the Lounge.
  • Collect professional development materials from HIMSS Career Services in the Resource Center.

Save the date and polish up your resume for May 16th—when the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair come right to you!

Learn more here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pharm Country Career Fair in NJ

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.

This month, don't miss the Pharm Country Career Fair in NJ

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

More details here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Catapult: a business formation competition

Calling all life science entrepreneurs:

Catapult is a business formation competition where aspiring leadership teams have the opportunity to found a company from the ground up. The challenge? Taking key technologies and proposing the most effective ways to successfully bring them to market. The entire process is guided by a panel of industry experts.

Catapult yourself today. All it takes is the right experience, some ingenuity and initiative.

Interesting financial infographics

We seem to be seeing a lot of different infographics these days. An infographic is a "graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly." This one is about money and taxes. Most physicians don't take accounting or finance courses during their education, but you need a strong background in these fundamental areas if you wish to work in the world of business.

Via: Point of sale software

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Vote to Select the 2012 ACPE Board of Directors

Six candidates are running for three open slots on the ACPE Board of Directors. Board members serve a three-year term. If selected as an officer, they serve up to five years. All ACPE members are encouraged to participate in the on-line election. You must be logged in to the website to vote.

The candidates include:

  • Hoda Asmar, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, FACHE, FACPE
  • Mark Browne, MD, MMM, CPE, FAAP, FACPE
  • Owen Heisler, MD, MBA, FACS, FRCSC, CPE, FACPE
  • Alan Marco, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE
  • Jack W. Smith, MD, MMM, CPE, FAAFP, FACHE, FACPE
  • Albert Tzeel, MD, MHSA, CPE, FACPE

Each candidate prepared a short, five-minute video. To watch the presentations and cast a ballot, click here. You may vote for three of the six candidates. Ballots must be cast online by 4 pm March 16, 2012.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ways to improve your digital literacy

In today's high-tech world, business executives are expected to have a certain level of "digital literacy" that continues to evolve every year. It's assumed that you already know how to operate a computer and a smartphone. However, how well do you understand the evolving world of social media and new digital communication technologies? Do you tweet? Do you know how to Tweet? If you don't, how do you intend to learn? There are formal and informal ways to learn how to use social media in an effective and meaningful way. If you're interested in learning more about the use of Twitter in a professional capacity, read this NY Times story titled, "If Twitter Is a Work Necessity." Thanks to Dr. Wen Dombrowski (@HealthcareWen) for bringing that story to my attention.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Half way through my MBA

This month, I'm roughly half way through my MBA. It's hard to believe how quickly it's been going and I've been learning a lot through this self-paced executive-style program. Recently, I took a course in business statistics and the course took a very different approach to the world of statistics compared to the biostatistics course I took during my MPH program. The application of statistics in the business world can solve complex problems through data-driven decision-making. I also recently took a course on supply chain management and got to appreciate the complexity of the supply chain in the pharmaceutical industry.

This month, I'll be taking a course on the competitive analysis of business. I'm also taking a course around drug/device regulations. I find it very rewarding to take courses with colleagues who work in the pharmaceutical or health care industries. Our discussions are interesting, relevant, and meaningful to our day-to-day work. Plus, we get to apply our education directly at the workplace.
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