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Posts Tagged ‘more women in healthcare leadership’

2016 & 2017 Podcasts on Pharmacy Career Development – An Update

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

This is about to be a long post, but I wanted to put, in one place, all the 2016 & 2017 Pharmacy Podcast Shows for the fab 13, AND for your listening pleasure! And I moved it up, since it was starting to get buried in the blog.

If you’re a pharmacist or leader in healthcare, IT, pharmacy practice and/or elsewhere, the following episodes will be of benefit to you.  And to all the guests during the year on the podcast, a SINCERE THANKS for helping us reach over 63,000 listeners and for sharing the pharmacy healthcare love!

The First and Annual Women’s Leadership in Pharmacy Panel at #RBC2017 from Cardinal Health

NABP and the .pharmacy Initiative: Deterring Rogue Online #FakePharmacies

Part 3 of our Conversation with Former DEA – Joseph T. Rannazzisi

Breaking Into the Pharmaceutical Industry: PharmDs – A Chat on the BCMAS Certification

DEA Part 2: Our Chat with Joseph T. Rannazzisi, cont.

A Chat with Co-Founder of GoodRx, Doug Hirsch

Career Development: Working for DEA

For the Class of 2017: Congratulations!

Manbassadors: Sponsors for Women in Healthcare

57 Cool Jobs for Pharmacists

SXSW 2017 – A Recap

InfoSAGE: Healthcare Informatics Leader Dr. Charles Safran

5 Steps to Manage Through a Career Crisis

HIMSS 17 Post Show

HIMSS 17 Pre Show

A Valentine for Women, Gender Parity and Leadership in Healthcare:

The Future of Work in Pharmacy & Healthcare Part I – With Special Guest, Jacob Morgan:

The Future of Pharmacy Work – Part II

Certifications for Pharmacists – Another Way to Enhance Your Pharmacy Career:

What is a Medical Science Liaison?:

7 Steps to a Super 2017:

“Men”toring Women – Why it is critical for Men to Mentor Women

Merry Midyear – 4 part miniseries coming to the podcast with Dr. Lauren Steinbach hi-jacking the mic:

5 Roads into Loving your retail pharmacy career – 5 part series:

The American Society for Pharmacy Law – an Intro with Aaron Moore:

5 Part series on the 5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy:

Pharmacy as a Third Space – Tisane Pharmacy (NYC):

Disruptive Women in HIT – Mandi Bishop:

How to get more Leadership in Pharmacy – Alan Spies:

BU Well: A Student-Driven Multimedia Publication – Anne Leighty:

Unusual Career Paths in Pharmacy – Shaun Young of Ardina:

Feeling the Burn…Out – How to manage burnout in pharmacy:

Writing to Enhance Your Pharmacy Career – Dr. Elaine Voci

Maximizing Medical and Pharmacy Meetings – Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Insights:

2016 & 2017 Pharmacy Podcast Shows on YOUR Career Development!

Friday, November 4th, 2016

This is about to be a long post, but I wanted to put, in one place, all the 2016 & 2017 Pharmacy Podcast Shows for the fab 13, AND for your listening pleasure!

If you’re a pharmacist or leader in healthcare, IT, pharmacy practice and/or elsewhere, the following episodes will be of benefit to you.  And to all the guests during the year on the podcast, a SINCERE THANKS for helping us reach 60,000 listeners and for sharing the pharmacy healthcare love!

For the Class of 2017: Congratulations!

Manbassadors: Sponsors for Women in Healthcare

57 Cool Jobs for Pharmacists

SXSW 2017 – A Recap

InfoSAGE: Healthcare Informatics Leader Dr. Charles Safran

5 Steps to Manage Through a Career Crisis

HIMSS 17 Post Show

HIMSS 17 Pre Show

A Valentine for Women, Gender Parity and Leadership in Healthcare:

The Future of Work in Pharmacy & Healthcare Part I – With Special Guest, Jacob Morgan:

The Future of Pharmacy Work – Part II

Certifications for Pharmacists – Another Way to Enhance Your Pharmacy Career:

What is a Medical Science Liaison?:

7 Steps to a Super 2017:

“Men”toring Women – Why it is critical for Men to Mentor Women

Merry Midyear – 4 part miniseries coming to the podcast with Dr. Lauren Steinbach hi-jacking the mic:

5 Roads into Loving your retail pharmacy career – 5 part series:

The American Society for Pharmacy Law – an Intro with Aaron Moore:

5 Part series on the 5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy:

Pharmacy as a Third Space – Tisane Pharmacy (NYC):

Disruptive Women in HIT – Mandi Bishop:

How to get more Leadership in Pharmacy – Alan Spies:

BU Well: A Student-Driven Multimedia Publication – Anne Leighty:

Unusual Career Paths in Pharmacy – Shaun Young of Ardina:

Feeling the Burn…Out – How to manage burnout in pharmacy:

Writing to Enhance Your Pharmacy Career – Dr. Elaine Voci

Maximizing Medical and Pharmacy Meetings – Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Insights:

Who’s at the Helm in Healthcare?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

First, this post is going to be long. Sorry.

Second, I don’t typically write about pharmacy and healthcare stuff a lot here.  Furthermore, I don’t like bashing my first profession of pharmacy.  However, I got into a written battle over at LinkedIn this week on a post where I asked in a group, “Where are all the women leaders in pharmacy?”  I kept getting told (by men) that there were plenty of women in healthcare leadership, and many of them were managed by women.

One item pharmacy as a profession in particular LOVES to tout (particularly being in STEM) is that it has a lot of women within the profession.  We average 60% women graduating pretty much across the board in pharmacy schools every year vs. 40% men.  And, it’s been that way ever since 1985, according to an article published in AJPE.  Considering the STEM crisis with women right now, you’d think at first glance these stats were awesome, and that pharmacy was way ahead of other STEM professions when it comes to gender equity, particularly in leadership roles.

Yay! Right?

Not so fast.

When you go up to the C suite to look at the leaders of pharmacy or healthcare, however, it is striking.  So, I conducted a super unscientific search of healthcare and pharmacy heads utilizing…Google.  (And for the record, some sites did a far better job of revealing their heads than others…it was next to impossible to find some of these!)

Who is at the helm of healthcare? An Unscientific Study of Gender and Leadership in the C-Suite of Healthcare Companies from Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD

Literally, after looking at the demographics, if aliens landed on the planet and only talked to the heads of pharmacy and healthcare organizations, they’d swear that women were rare anomalies on the planet.  (Hint: we’re 53% of the population.)  And, this is so bad, that I kept going across types of organizations involved in pharmacy to try and find some good news!  Sadly, I don’t have much.

Ready to see how striking this is? (I’m about to color stereotype with pink and blue for a moment, forgive me, but you have to see how striking this really is.) Here are the top 15 community practice pharmacy chains in 2014, and who is heading them, followed by the percentage in the category of women:

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Not good.  OK, what about Specialty Pharmacy in 2014?

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Let’s try again.  How about 2014 Top Pharmacy Wholesalers?

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Next up, the 2015 Top 10 largest For Profit Health Systems in the US?

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Still seeing a LOT o’ blue.  Next up, let’s try Largest health systems, but NOT for profit:

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Blue. Blue. Blue.  (Granted, I don’t have Chief of Pharmacy listed in either of these, but finding the CEO was hard enough!  ASHP is working on this problem, which is good.)

OK, let’s shift gears and try top 10 largest Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs):

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Jeez!  What about the top 15 Pharmaceutical Companies in 2014?

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Is anyone else seeing a pattern here, and why the aliens would be totally confused if they spoke with the heads of healthcare coming in from a different planet?  I sure do!  What about Contract Clinical Research Organizations (CROs)?

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We’ve got to turn this ship around!  How about large, national pharmacy associations?

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What about Deans at schools of pharmacy in 2013?

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And State Pharmacy Associations heads?

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Let’s bring in the consultants here for a minute – largest healthcare consulting firms?

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The pink lettering above didn’t show up very well, but Bain has a Chairwoman of their board, which I normally didn’t include, but I figured at this point, we’d take all the women we could get.  (And, I will reserve my comments about women from Mitt’s binders here, I’m proud that he’s got a Chairwoman!)

And then, let’s get tecky – what about the big electronic medical record (EMR) software companies?

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And, my unscientific study would be remiss without a “Misc.” category in healthcare:

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OK, the best we can do in categories, ladies, is 38% of women at heads of state pharmacy associations.  Great! (Yay, ladies!), But unfortunately it is still nowhere near the ratio of 60/40 for women graduating from pharmacy schools. Ladies and gents, I’m not going off the deep end here, yet.  We’ve still got a LONG way to go to achieve anything toward 50/50, let alone 60/40 like graduation ratios have been and currently are in schools of pharmacy.

Friends, I really don’t care what profession you’re in, but considering women in this country make most of the purchasing decisions in the household, and that women usually end up managing a family’s healthcare, these numbers just aren’t adding up. We all should care about healthcare.  If you’re a parent, this is going to be pretty hard to explain to your daughters, if not downright embarrassing.  This is an epic problem.  And until we get it fixed, I fear that healthcare will continue to be the hot mess that it is…  Let’s fix this by:

  • Acknowledging that this is a problem.  Even being aware of it is the best way to start!  Here are my slides on this topic, download and use them to spread the word!
  • Hiring more women at the helm of these organizations!  
  • Let’s help women start their OWN healthcare companies by supporting and FUNDING them.
  • Please watch this video, and/or
  • take some unconscious bias training. Even being aware that there’s a problem here is a great first step.

Until we fix this huge problem, the aliens will remain confused…and so will I.