Friday, October 30, 2009

Misconceptions about non-clinical careers on Sermo

If you're a U.S. physician, you've probably heard of Sermo, an online physician community. Recently, there have been many discussion about health care reform and practice management. I'm a bit surprised because there are not too many recent discussions about non-clinical career options for physicians. There are some misconceptions regarding the various resources that are currently available for physicians who wish to pursue non-clinical careers.
  • For instance, one physician seems to think that SEAK, a national conference, is only for physicians interested in legal medicine. Not true.
  • Another physician voiced that SEAK was not helpful. Others chimed in to say that SEAK is beneficial for some and not for others.
  • Some seem to think that an MBA or JD is the way to go (I'm not saying this is a misconception, but some seem to think that an MBA is required). An MBA can add value, but it's not necessary.
You'll also find some good advice on Sermo:
  • Join the ACPE (American College of Physician Executives).
  • Expand your social network and look for opportunities through the people you know.
  • Use the Internet to look for job opportunities.
  • Visit this site:
If you're a U.S. physician, have you joined Sermo yet?

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