Education, Degrees, Start-Ups and IPOs?

FOR TOP MANAGERS AND BODs

By Dr. Jeffery Funk

Did you know that far more MBAs and bachelor-degree holders were among top managers and board of directors among startups filing for IPOs between 1990 and 2018 than were other degree holders?

About 55% of them had an MBA for their highest degree vs. 20% for bachelors, 7% for PhD, 3% for MD, 12% for MS, and 3% for JD. The high percentage of MBAs and bachelor-degree holders reflects the move away from #science-based #technologies such as semiconductors, and electronic, communications, and medical equipment that once dominated Silicon Valley (hence the name), and towards Internet commerce, content, and services over last 25 years.

In fact, most PhDs among top managers and board of directors at IPO time studied life sciences and were employed in #biotech #startups, a sector that continues to thrive. Creating successful science-based startups in other sectors continues to be a big challenge, one that may be partially overcome by #AI in near future.

As for which #universities train these people, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and MIT had the most graduates in many categories, representing almost 20% of PhDs for instance.

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The Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health

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[Dean, Jefferson College of Population Health]

Dear Colleagues:

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health. The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving population health.

Hearst Health Prize

The Hearst Health Prize, in partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), was created to help identify and promote promising new ideas in the field that will help to improve health outcomes. Our goal is to discover, support and showcase the work of an individual, group, or institution that has successfully implemented a population health program or intervention that has made a measurable difference. image The competition is open to individuals, groups, organizations or institutions, except those employed JCPH, Hearst Corporation, or their respective affiliates.

For more details, click here. Finalists will be invited to present their project at a special poster session at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia on March 7, 2016. The winner of the prize will be announced during the opening session of the Population Health Colloquium on March 8, 2016.

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Click here to apply or learn more about the Hearst Health Prize. The deadline to apply is October 23, 2015. If you have questions, please email HearstHealthPrize@jefferson.edu. We hope that you share this amazing opportunity with your colleagues!

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How to Reach Your Career Goals Faster

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We all have the ability to reach our career goals in everyday life.

For many people, this involves obtaining a big paycheck. While for others like FAs and allied healthcare professionals, doing what you love is important. Regardless, most of us might like a little extra aid in order to progress down our career paths.

So, if you wish to reach your goals, below are three things that that can be done in order to augment your career path.

1. Further Your Education

In order to look more inviting to prospective employers you should do things to improve your CV. One strategy is simply by continuing college. An MBA, by way of example, can make it likelier that you’ll be able to uncover a higher paying job.

Moreover, this is easier if you have use of a http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com MBA admissions consultant that will steer you from the right direction and still provide the guidance you need.

2. Promote Your Self on Networking Sites

If you wish to advance inside your career, you must create as many opportunities as you can. There are many work-at-home opportunities available online, in case you are prepared to spend some more time developing them. You’ll find popular networking sites such as LinkedIn and CareerBuilder to promote your resume.

Although they offer no guarantees, they certainly improve your chances.

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3. Study the Success of Others

When you have chosen the career path you want to capture, you could take advice from others who have already managed to rise in their particular field. You’ll find books, classes and even mentoring programs where you stand to study the secrets of the pros.

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First Annual iMBA, Inc Educational Cruise

Meet, Greet, Lunch and Learn from the Experts

By Ann Miller; RN, MHA

[Executive-Director]

CruiseSome time ago, a CPA, CFP® and fellow Certified Medical Planner™ suggested that we hold annual meetings, or education seminars, for all our colleagues. As a nascent organization at the time, this was considered a “pipe dream.” But, it may now become a reality depending on your response. All interested stakeholders are invited. 

 

The Cruise

Currently, we are soliciting interest in a – Princess – Caribbean cruise [Southern] for 2010. This would afford us the opportunity to meet  you on both a formal or informal basis. Educational and other activities would then be scheduled,  as-needed or requested. Departure from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. All info subject to change without notice, at this time.

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For example, activities could be arranged for CMP™ program credits in health economics and medical management; or simply on an ad-hoc [audit] informational basis. We will also attempt to individualize and accommodate personal situations and professional needs. 

Seeking Interest and Input

And so, your thoughts, ideas and comments on this Medical Executive-Post cruise idea and opportunity are appreciated. Please email me your ideas; or contact us for more information with details. Serious inquiries only:

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Our Recent Experience with CFP® Mark Utility

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

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The Premise

In the summer [2008], we sent a random email blast to the first 200 Certified Financial Planners® on our list-serve. These were folks who had previously contacted us, and/or purchased our textbooks, handbooks, tools and/or dictionaries that assist accountants, financial advisors, attorneys, medical management consultants and all those working to assist physicians and medical professionals on business and economics matters.

The “Straw-Poll” Query

Our email blast asked the simple question:

“Did you ever voluntarily resign your license to use the CFP® mark?”

First Round Results

We received four positive responses [2%]. We then followed up to learn that 2 of the 4 were CPAs, one was a CFA and another was an MBA. Now, what do these results signify – probably nothing – or maybe an emerging trend?

Repeat

So, last summer [2009], after the continuing Wall Street collapse, and the Somnath Basu PhD article on “CFP Trust” in Financial Advisor magazine and this blog, we sent out a follow-up email to the exact same 200 Certified Financial Planners® as before; but carved-out and replaced the 4 CFPs who had resigned the mark, with 4 others.

Link: I Jealously “Shake my Fist” at Somnath Basu PhD

This time we asked the question:

“Have you recently considered allowing your CFP mark to lapse; or resigning it?”

Second Round Results

This time we received exactly eight positive replies [4%] or double the number from the first round. One CFP® said:

“I am rethinking my entire business and marketing philosophy. This includes separation from any taint left over from recent industry scandals – and yes – even including my CFP® mark”

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Assessment

This little experiment was not statistically significant by any means. And, again it probably is indicative of nothing. Yet, these types of questions must be boldly asked today; even if they were not even timidly asked yesterday.

Nevertheless, cited plausible reasons for the increased negative CFP® mark response may be:

 

  • CFP BoS lacks modernity and membership alliance. 
  • SEC mismanagement.
  • NASD/FINRA impotence.
  • Wall Street greed.
  • Lack of true fiduciary accountability.
  • Client anger and public distrust.
  • Advisor frustration at lost income.
  • College for Financial Planning and American College credibility.  
  • ME-P operations in the medical niche advisory space.
  • CFP® mark and related industry certification taint.
  • Alternative degrees and available designations.
  • Rise of RIAs and the fiduciary CMPmark for healthcare specificity.
  • Resigning [doing] and considering [thinking] are not equivalent;
  • etc, etc. 

It is interesting to note that no CFP® resigned their mark who did not hold either another graduate degree [MBA, MSFS, MA, MS, PhD], or more rigorous industry [CFA and CPA] certification.

Assessment 

So, is CFP mark allegiance just a union-like mentality of “united we stand – divided we fall”, by those with little to no gravitation pull of their own – or something else; ie., industry group think? You decide; and do tell us what you think.

Note: I am the founder of the CMP online education and certification program for financial advisors and consultants interested in the health economics, finance and medical practice management space, and a former [resigned] certified financial planner www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org 

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Perhaps you have a great idea for a short article to promote the integration of personal financial planning and medical practice management, including expert posts, humorous stories or interesting news; but don’t want to maintain a blog? We have more than 50 topic channels to consider.

 

Contact me at MarcinkoAdvisors@msn.com and be a guest blogger! 

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How to Become a ME-P Thought-Leader

Answering a Growing Chorus of Inquiries

By Professor Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA, CMP™

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The Medical Executive-Post is the complimentary companion blog to the premium peer-reviewed quarterly subscription journal: Healthcare Organizations [Financial Management Strategies]. While the perspective of our blog is private medical practitioners, the focus of our e-journal on CD-ROM is large medical groups, healthcare organizations, hospitals, healthcare-systems, ASCs, emerging healthcare institutions and medical business entities  TABLE OF CONTENTS

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The ME-P is for Doctors

 

Currently, the ME-P is being developed as a common venue for medical professionals to share their insights on how to best manage a private medical practice. A well-established practice will have a solid financial and executive-management foundation, and will have protocols, procedures and contingency plans in place before they are ever needed in an emergency. And so, we seek new-wave and next-generation input from physicians, osteopaths, podiatrists, dentist, nurses, PAs, CRNAs and optometrists who have experience starting and running medical practices in the Health 2.0 modern era. The goal is better patient care as doctors avoid costly or tragic management mistakes.

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The ME-P is for Financial Advisors and Management Consultants

Physician advisors like attorneys, accountants, practice managers, medical billing experts, insurance agents, commercial realtors, healthcare IT experts and others are invited to display their expertise, too. You may not become rich here, but you may become famous, or at least develop an excellent client base from the doctors and practitioners reading your articles, posts and comments! Financial advisors, CMAs, CFAs, MBAs, PhDs, CFP® and Certified Medical Planners [CMP™] are also invited to strut “cognitive-stuff”, as free-labor publishing entrepreneurs! Then, we aim to unite both sectors for success.  

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Steps to Becoming a Thought-Leader

1. Send us an email with your bio and contact info.

2. Tell us why you want to write for the ME-P.

3. Send in an original writing sample.

We may follow-up and discuss your credentials and the topics you’re interested in writing about.

Assessment  

Speaking engagements, travel to exotic locales, and print or e-book chapter contributions may all be in your future because of your career launching contributions to the ME-P. Everyone has something to share and teach, and we look forward to learning from everyone joining us here. And, please feel free to contact us for deeper involvement in all www.MedicalBusinessAdvisors.com, www.HealthDictionarySeries.com or www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com activities. Take your career to the next level with the ME-P.

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Understanding Medical Right-to-Die Terminology

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CPHQ, CMP™

By Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA, CPQH, CMP™

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Nothing fans the fire of public awareness more than the language associated with a news report; like Death with Dignity [DwD].

Death with Dignity

Unfortunately, several monikers have become associated with the Death with Dignity [DwD] Act. The public and the media refer to it as ‘physician assisted suicide.’ This in turn has often been confused with euthanasia and the potential for abuse either by physicians, or by family members. Oregon law, for example, allows death-with-dignity, but expressly prohibits euthanasia – wherein a physician or another person intentionally administers medication to end another’s life.

Terms

The actual terms of the Act allow terminally ill Oregon residents to obtain from their physicians, prescription drugs, for use in self administered – lethal doses.  The act states that for those already terminally ill, ending one’s own life in accordance with the law does not constitute suicide

Assessment

The term “physician assisted suicide” is used rather than “Death with Dignity” because [Rx] and prescription drugs are not available without the express prescription of a patient’s physician. Yet, we ask if this is just legal parsing, or a real definitional distinction?

Conclusion

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Larry Howes, MBA, AIF®, CFP® is a founder and principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer, Inc., a firm that provides financial planning and portfolio management to individuals and businesses. He received his MBA from Regis University and Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Metropolitan State College in Denver and was admitted to the Registry of Financial Planning Practitioners in 1986. He received his CFP® designation in 1987. Larry was awarded an AIF®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, in 2004 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Certified Medical Planner™ (Hon).

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We’re collecting information on financial advisors, financial planners, accountants, attorneys and/or related folks in the Health 2.0 space who have a particular affinity or expertise advising doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and related others. And, we have been for some time, now.

New Channel Development for Medically Focused Financial Advisors and Management Consultants*

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By Ann Miller; RN, MHA

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A New Approach

Unfortunately, this usually means that some really interesting and smart folks, who purchase our books, dictionaries, print-journal, blog or email us; may get lost in the confusion. The result is that too many great medically focused consultants that we’d love to hear about are getting lost in the shuffle. And so, we’re trying something else instead.

Tell us about your Practice

Tell us about your financial advisory practice, and you may end up being mentioned in dispatches, or featured on a separate channel that we are developing. Selection and inclusion criteria include but are not limited to the following credentials:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate degree
  • Industry acknowledged certification or designation
  • Clean CRD record
  • Clean criminal record
  • Insurance agents need not apply
  • Stock brokers need not apply
  • Fiduciaries are encouraged
  • RIAs and independent advisors are encouraged
  • Published authors or educators are encouraged
  • Mission statement on physician niche focus required.

Assessment

So, if you want our readers to pay attention to your financial advisory practice or firm, this will get it into a systematic review process starring our crack staff.  Otherwise you may face the peril of lost notoriety to other non-specific niches; or referral sources.

Publisher’s Note: The inclusion or rejection decision is final; but not set in stone and our terms and conditions may change without notice; the beta project may also be cancelled at any time. We reserve the right to reject anyone, at any time, for any reason or no reason at all. This is a beta project-in-development. The advisors listed are not affiliated or endorsed by iMBA Inc., in any way. This is an advertisement opportunity only.

*NOTE: There is a $120 annual fee for this listing service. It is waived for subscribers of our two volume companion print journal, upon request. www.HealthcareFinancials.com

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Conclusion

And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. What do you think about this idea to develop a new promotional channel for truly physician focused financial advisors?

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On Emergency Funds for Physicians

dr-david-marcinko3Cash Reserves Now More Important Than Ever!

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

[Publisher-in-Chief]

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This is a basic question in financial planning circles that has generated much activity in the medical community, of late. Previously considered so mundane – as to be dismissed by some haughty physicians – it has acquired increased urgency with the current financial meltdown.

What Security Level Desired?

Yet, the answer to this question is dependent upon the security level desired by the medical provider and his/her family. Traditionally, financial planners suggested most people with solid employment, and transferrable skills, have at least three months of living expenses (not including taxes) in a reserve fund that is easily accessible (i.e., liquid). The amount needed for a one-month reserve is equal to the amount of expenses for the month, rather than the amount of monthly income. This is because during no-income months – there is no income tax.

The Usual Checklist

We suggest the following questions as helpful in determining the amount of reserve needed by medical professionals:

1. How many incomes do you have in your household?

2. How secure is your current practice, or medical job?

3. Do you have other unrelated sources of income; medically or non-medically related?

4. How long would it take you to find another position in your specialty, if suddenly unemployed? [Hint: Assume one month per ten grand of income; at $150-k annually, this means searching for 15 months].

5. How much money do you spend, and save, each month?

6. Would you be willing [able] to lower your monthly [fixed or variable] expenses, if you were unemployed?

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But, many other factors come into play when determining how much money a particular physician and his/her family should have on hand. Does the family have one income or two? How stable is this income source? Does the doctor work for himself [managing partner], or is she employed [minority partner, associate, etc]? What kind of firm, company or hospital employs him; private, HMO, MCO, Federal or State entity? Does the family use all of the income each month? What about, life, health, disability or LTC insurance as fringe benefits? Does the family anticipate the possibility of large liability exposures and expenses occurring in the future (i.e., medical school or practice start-up debt, private tuition for the kids, medical expenses, liability suits etc.)? Are you willing to relocate for a new job?

Family Situation Appraisal

If the doctor is in a dual-income family – with stable incomes – and/or lives on a single income – the need for a liquid reserve is minimal; but still much more than for the average layman. On the other hand, if the doctor is a single individual, with an unstable income and she spends everything each month, the need for a liquid cash reserve is higher.

In the previous example, and in the stable past, the doctor may have opted for a six-to-nine month reserve if the need for security was high; and a three-to-six month reserve if the need for security was low. For the last five to seven years however, we have suggested to our medical clients that they expand this reserve cash corpus to 12-24 months; and as a blanket rule of thumb for all medical professionals. Of course, I was roundly criticized for it; until now.

Today, we are suggesting 3-5 years; with considerably less criticism. Cash is power, choice, swagger, potency, freedom and represents options. Acquire it!

Stashing the Cash

Once the amount of reserve is determined, the doctor should consider the appropriate investment vehicles for the reserve fund. At minimum, the reserve should be invested in a money market mutual fund with NAV @ 1.00 USD. Larger income earners may opt for tax-exempt money market mutual funds, as needed.  For larger reserves, an ultra-short term, no-low bond fund, might be appropriate for amounts over three months – in periods of deflation; not so during inflationary periods.

Assessment

Today, we recommend doctors keep 3-5 years of cash-on-hand. Yes, I am aware of the “paradox-of-thrift” conundrum. But, do you want to help the domestic GDP, or your family; you decide? Personally, my own concern is not the macro-economic milieu.

Full disclosure: I am a former insurance agent, registered investment advisor; board certified surgeon and Certified Financial Planner™

Conclusion

And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. How stressed out are you, right now? You are sleepless if previously considered cash, as trash.

But, if sitting on a little pile; you should be sleeping like a baby.    

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Upcoming Health Economics Interview with Dr. David Marcinko

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By Ann Miller; RN, MHA

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It is no wonder then, why local market MNA editor Jennifer Boulden recently contacted us to arrange an interview with Dr. David Edward Marcinko, our Publisher-in-Chief, who is also a former insurance agent, registered investment advisor, health economist and Certified Financial Planner™

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Interview Topics

The wide open topic in this environment of medically specific lethargy and macro economic insecurity – personal and business planning for physicians. Of course, since this is a broad field, we will use the rating and ranking system of this blog to help Jennifer and her staff, winnow down categories to top-of-mind concerns of our ME-P subscribers and her MNA readers.

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But, we also ask you to send in any particular issues that you may have in order to make the interview helpful and exciting for all concerned.

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While at a conference in Baltimore, DC, VA and the Eastern Shore of Maryland; and nestled among the rustic rowhouses and quaint scenic homes; a rural doctor recently asked us this traditional question but with a new spin.

Q: Does software, the internet and cloud computing, ETFs and index funds, etc., obviate the need for financial advisors? His email query was similar, but even more pointed.

Value Added – or No

In other words, he wrote, “for many informed investors, firms like Vanguard, Fidelity, Schwab, TD Waterhouse – and other mutual fund companies and discounters – and even independents like www.FinancialFinesse.com  offer the same or similar services of Financial Advisors, benefits managers, Financial Consultants, stock-brokers, Certified Financial Planners®, Financial Analysts and Wealth Managers for free. Some do, or don’t, have account minimums. Some charge, while others do not. Far too many appear self-biased. Far too many have the same mind-set.” 

Assessment

So, why pay brokerage commissions – or a percentage-of-assets – on a corpus they didn’t earn in the first place? Please tell me why this medical practitioner should “hire” a financial advisor, especially now that the market is so bad and the entire industry seems to have gotten it so wrong?

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