You can complete professional certificate programs on sites like Coursera
on topics such as:
Agile Project Management
Lean Six Sigma
Product Design and Health
Leadership and Management in Education
Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
In some cases, you may also earn credit towards a university degree program. Both Coursera and edX offer degree programs (eg, MBA, MS) from universities such as:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
and many others
Q: I'm interested in applying for a medical director job in pharma and biotech companies. Are these jobs only for physicians, or do non-physicians hold medical director positions?
A: It depends on the type of medical director position. In many pharma and biotech companies, certain medical director positions may be held by a range of health professionals including physicians (MD, DO), pharmacists (PharmD), researchers (PhD), advanced practice nurses, and others. Other "medical director" positions may be only for physicians who have subspecialty training and an active medical license.
The following are snippets from several different job postings for "medical director" positions in pharma and biotech companies:
This position requires a minimum of a masters level advanced scientific/medical degree (e.g. MD, PhD, PharmD, MPH or other masters level degree), with experience in Neurology
Physician (M.D. or equivalent) ideally with board certification in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Surgery. Subspecialty training/certification is a plus. Active or eligibility for a US Medical license is required.
MD strongly preferred (PhD or Pharm D level degree or equivalent can also be considered); Board certification or board eligible; Advanced training in the respective therapeutic area strongly preferred
MD, DO, or advanced relevant medical degree preferable with clinical, research and/or industry experience in cellular therapy and Hematology/Oncology.
Advanced degree required (PharmD, MD, PhD) with sleep and psychiatry training or experience preferred.
The Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS)
is an organization that is advancing the Medical Affairs profession.
The mission of MAPS is to "elevate the role of Medical Affairs to be a partner with its Commercial and R&D colleagues, and lead the industry in scientific dialogue and the education of stakeholders on the safe and appropriate use of products and to accelerate access to medicine for the benefit of patients."
The MAPS Global 2020 conference is March 8-11 in Miami, FLhttps://www.medicalaffairs.org/maps2020global/
Harvard Medical School offers a program called the Master in Clinical Service Operations
The Master in Clinical Service Operations (MCSO) program provides physicians, clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals and administrators with the operations management training they need to lead teams, optimize efficiency and improve the patient experience.
Given the rapid change across all sectors of health care, the importance of formal training in operational aspects of health care has never been more critical. Health care organizations require high-performing, collaborative teams that can work together seamlessly to deliver value-based care, ensure patient satisfaction and achieve better outcomes.
The program provides learners with clinical operations skill sets and knowledge that are essential to lead health care organizations in the United States and internationally.
Program objectives include:
- Improve overall clinical operations, manage operational workflows, optimize supply chains and facilitate hospital and system-wide innovation to provide value-care and an outstanding patient-centered experience.
- Build collaborative teams of multi-disciplinary stakeholders, including physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and administrators who are well equipped to work with a hospital’s corporate functions.
- Evaluate productivity and financial measures, manage operational, organizational and capital budgets, assess physician and staff compensation and understand regulatory compliance and audits.
Apply today for the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Program
and pursue a one-of-a-kind opportunity to address important issues in health policy by conducting studies using restricted data from National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data systems and programs.
Statistical information plays an important role in informing actions and policies to improve the health of individuals and communities. With this guiding principal, the National Center for Health Statistics and AcademyHealth developed the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Program
The program is designed to encourage the use of NCHS data systems and programs by the health services research community in response to current health policy questions, and provide a basis for future health policy.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020