RPS/MSS/YPS Newsletter January 2012
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1.  2012 ACPM Annual Conference Career Development Track
2.  MSS, RPS, and YPS Business Meetings
3.  ACPM's Clinical Risk Management Fellowship
4.  Resident Physician Section Call for Governing Council Nominations

1.  2012 ACPM Annual Conference Career Development Track:
         Prepared for Residents by Residents

ACPM's annual conference, Preventive Medicine 2012, will take place February 22-25th in Orlando, Florida. Each year several conference sessions are designed specifically for students, residents and young physicians as part of a Career Development Track. This year’s Career Development Track planning committee is chaired by ACPM Resident Physician Section (RPS) member, Dr. Raul Alexander Mirza.

In looking at previous years’ career development sessions and considering what they wanted to develop for the 2012 conference, the planning committee members agreed that they wanted this year’s sessions to be interactive and set up in a way that would encourage participants to meet and be able to talk to a variety of leaders in Preventive Medicine. Through discussions about how achieve this goal, the committee members developed the idea of having career track sessions that would be set up as "round robin” exercises, in which Preventive Medicine leaders would be stationed at tables with small groups of students, residents and young physicians rotating from table to table on a set schedule. As one committee member described, it will be "almost like professional speed-dating.”

In order to accommodate a variety of interests and professions, two parallel sessions were created- one for private sector careers and one for public sector careers. The private sector career session will take place on Thursday, February 23rd from 10:20-11:50am. This session was organized and will be moderated by Teresa Skojac, preventive medicine resident at Emory School of Medicine. Twelve preventive medicine leaders in private sector careers will be participating in the session. The names of these individuals are listed below. The public sector career track will take place on Saturday, February 25th from 2:50-4:20pm, and was organized and will be moderated by Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, preventive medicine resident at Johns Hopkins. An additional seven preventive medicine leaders holding public sector careers will be participating in this session (also listed below).

The Career Development Track has traditionally hosted an evening event- the "MSS/RPS/YPS Guest Lecture.” This year’s Guest Lecture was organized and moderated by Raul Mirza, preventive medicine resident at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and will take place on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:30PM-9PM. Dr. Mirza has invited two phenomenal lecturers to speak at this session with the overarching theme of ""Blueprint for a healthier America." Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH will be presenting the National Prevention Strategy, a new national strategy called for under the Affordable Care Act and designed by the the National Prevention Council to improve the overall health of all Americans at every stage in their lives. The second speaker, John Principe, MD is the co-founder of WellBeingMD™, the most comprehensive internal medicine and wellness provider in the Chicago region. Dr. Principe will be discussing the program’s six-week course, A RoadMap To Wellness™, dedicated to fostering wellness and transforming lives.

Leaders participating in Private Sector Careers Session:

  • James Tacci, MD, JD, MBA, FACPM, Global Corporate Medical Director, Xerox Corporation
  • Douglas B. Kamerow, MD, MPH, Chief Scientist, Health Services and Social Policy Research, RTI International, Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Georgetown University
  • Nishith K. Jobanputra, DO, MPH, MTM&H, Global Safety Leader, Millennium Pharmaceuticals
  • Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM, ACPM President, and Residency Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
  • Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM, Managing Director, Jerome Capital, LLC
  • Philip Hagen, MD, Medical Director of Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth, Vice Chair, Division of Preventive and Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Robert Orford, MD, CM, MS, MPH, FACOEM, Consultant and Former Chair, Division of Preventive Medicine, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Michael Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM, Principal, P3 Health & Past-President, American College of Preventive Medicine
  • Saeed Ur Rahman, MD, MPH, Associate Deputy Executive Director, Department of Family Medicine, National Guard Health Affair
  • John R. Principe, MD, WellBeingMD, LTD
  • Andy Perez, MD, MBA, Director, Science and Medical Integrity, Healthways, Inc
  • Jennifer Rooke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, Medical Director, Atlanta Lifestyle Medical Center

Leaders participating in Public Sector Careers Session:

  • Steve Hodgins, MD, MSc, DrPH- Global Leadership Team Leader, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)/USAID
  • Neal Kohatsu, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief, Medical Policy Section, California Department of Healthcare Services
  • Paul Jung, MD, MPH, MA, MBA, Chief of Staff, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Chair, US Public Health Service Physicians Professional Advisory Committee
  • Amy M. Milikan, MD, MPH- Preventive Medicine Officer, U.S. Army Public Health Command
  • Saeed Rahman, MD, MPH, Associate Deputy Executive Director, Department of Family Medicine, National Guard Health Affair
  • Peter Rumm, MD, MPH, Deputy Director, Food and Drug Administration
  • Joannie Shen, MD, MPH, PhD, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2.  MSS, RPS, and YPS Business Meetings

The following business meetings will take place during the Preventive Medicine 2012 conference in Orlando, FL:

Medical Student Section: The MSS business meeting will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. in the Council Room on the Lobby Level.

Resident Physician Section: The RPS business meeting will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. in the Captain Room on the Lobby Level.

Young Physician Section: The YPS business meeting will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 11:50 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. in the Council Room on the Lobby Level.

These meetings are open to all members and guests. Come and learn about membership section updates, and opportunities to become more involved with ACPM!

PLEASE NOTE: Elections for the Governing Council of the Young Physicians Section will be held during the PM 2012 business meeting, and elections for the Medical Student Section are held in April after the PM 2012 conference.

3.  ACPM's Clinical Risk Management Fellowship
          by Kyong M. Park, MD, MPH

ACPM, in conjunction with Merck & Co., Inc., one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, has developed a Clinical Risk Management (CRM) Fellowship (click for more information about CRM). The Fellowship is directed by a Board Certified Preventive Medicine physician with extensive Pharmacovigilance experience. The Fellowship will expose preventive medicine physicians to an area of medical practice in need of their unique abilities and skills. Furthermore, it will allow preventive medicine physicians to gain practical, real-world experience within Pharmacovigilance. While the Fellowship does not require a background in Pharmacovigilance, it does require strong general preventive medicine skills and abilities. The Fellow will be incorporated into a large Clinical Risk Management team that monitors nearly 500 drugs and medical devices marketed throughout the world. The CRM Fellow works at a senior level within the team, with support from epidemiologists, regulatory experts, advanced healthcare professionals, data analysts, and clinical scientists and investigators. The curriculum spans a two-year period with increasing responsibility and autonomy, culminating in full responsibility for several actively marketed drugs and devices. The first year curriculum is designed for professional training and development. During the second year, the Fellow will serve as a full level clinical risk management physician, with primary product management responsibilities.

The Fellowship is located in the suburban Philadelphia area of North Wales, Pennsylvania. This site is located within two to three hours of the New York City and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas. The location is easily accessible by public transportation from the city of Philadelphia, but access to a personal automobile is preferred. The cost of living is comparable to most metropolitan areas with a moderate cost of living. The competitive compensation is well above most Fellowship levels and comparable to a full time physician salary. Although health insurance and other benefits are not provided, affordable options are available. While Fellows can subsequently be considered for open positions within Merck, the skills obtained throughout the Fellowship are fully transferable to other pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Fellowship applicants should be active ACPM members in good standing. Applicants will ideally be in their final year of a Preventive Medicine residency or have graduated from an ACGME-accredited Preventive Medicine residency program. Applicants must possess or be able to obtain an unrestricted US medical license, and must be free of any conflicts of interest with Merck & Co., Inc. and the ACPM. The successful candidate will have excellent epidemiological skills, clinical knowledge and experience, an interest in Pharmacovigilance, along with excellent writing skill and presentation skills.

The Fellowship will be hosting informational sessions and interviews at the 2012 ACPM Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. We invite you to inquire about the Fellowship at that time or by contacting the current Fellows or the Fellowship Director, whose contact information can be obtained from Paul Bonta of ACPM at

What is Clinical Risk Management?

Pharmaceuticals and medical devices are being used for an ever increasing number of indications and are being deployed quite frequently into various emerging global markets. This continuing expansion makes the pharmaceutical industry a growth industry, even in today's sluggish economy. While pharmaceutical companies develop the next blockbuster therapeutics, they must also continue to develop and monitor the safety profiles of their full armamentarium of products. As medical headlines have shown, the drug development cycle does not end with market approval. In many respects, the real work on drug safety begins after this approval is achieved and with the general use of the product by the world's population. While much of the attention for drug safety is placed on health authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in reality, much of the responsibility for drug safety lies with the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, this responsibility primarily falls on physicians and other healthcare professionals specializing in Clinical Risk Management or Pharmacovigilance.

Clinical Risk Management (CRM) is very different from Clinical Trial Monitoring. While clinical trials tend to be well designed and tightly controlled, CRM functions around information obtained from various and variable sources, such as consumer self reports, case reports in periodicals, and healthcare provider reporting. Therefore, CRM requires a different set of skills and experiences than traditional clinical research. While many CRM specialists arrive from a background in clinical trials, they must obtain a new set of skills to succeed in a CRM role. Specifically, these skills are ones that Preventive Medicine (PM) physicians already possess (i.e. expertise in medicine, epidemiology, statistics, etc.), and the work of CRM is akin to work done in traditional PM practices of public health and occupational medicine. However, there is a shortage of well trained and experienced physicians to perform the work of CRM. With the ever growing number of drugs and increasing drug exposures in a lifetime, the need for competent CRM physicians grows daily while the supply remains limited. Fortunately, there is a plethora of opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry to work in drug safety, especially for someone with the right set of skills and experience.

4.  Resident Physician Section call for nomination and elections for 2012-2013

The time is approaching quickly for the election of the Resident Physician Section’s next governing council. We are now accepting applications for upcoming elections. The RPS Governing Council is a great way to get involved in the field of Preventive Medicine and with ACPM. To apply for a GC position, please submit a current CV as well as a brief statement of interest (no more than one page in length).

The application deadline is Thursday March 1st at 5:00 pm ET. Voting will open soon after that date, and will remain open for one week. Candidates will be notified of results shortly thereafter. The new Governing Council will participate in a transition conference call in April when they will officially take office.

A timeline of the election process, as well as a description of the available positions with their roles and responsibilities, are available at .

To apply, or should you have any questions, please email the RPS at

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