Career development in healthcare and business

Planning for Progression

Career Development Stages


Healthcare industry provides a richly diverse workforce of professionals with challenging and fulfilling careers. Opportunities exist for progression in earning capacity. Career vision towards a career advancement path with research, support and co-ordination are the foundations of achieving success. Ranking professional skills and credentials enables planning for domination of reaching for career goals and influencing others.

According to a report commissioned by General Medical Council, giving of presentations provides a strong indicator towards continuous professional development (College of Emergency Medicine, 2010).

Recent research indicates active participation in presentations during seminars, workshops, written journal articles and the development of healthcare legislation are opportunities for career enhancement (Haroun, 2016).

Holz (1991), identified that when making an executive presentation it is important for information professionals to understand effective presentations are a decisive step toward career success (as cited in Martin & Pemberton, 2003, p. 61).

“Podium presentations and international presenters were found to have a higher chance of being published than poster presentations and local presenters, respectively...podium presentations being twice as likely to be published compared to poster presentations,”

(Daruwalla, Huq, Wong, Nee & Murphy, 2015, “Discussions” para. 2).


Experts formally meet to present and discuss a topic, attend educational sessions, participate in discussions and interact towards quality goals for healthcare.

Multidisciplinary meetings are more effective when they are effectively prepared. Facilitation should enable group reasoning and decision-making by structuring discussions around the patient’s needs, available comprehensive information and specialty considerations from core member (Sharma et al., 2016).

Allen et al. (2009) studied a cardiothoracic surgery research program and revealed overall 80% either presented at a national meeting or co-authored a journal article and then applied in the field of surgery.

Medical Meeting

Forum for panel experts and attendee interactions with discussions, poll surveys and poster presentations.

Sharing of research findings is achieved through publication of manuscripts in scientific journals and by presentation of the findings at scientific meetings (Campbell, 2004).

Tweeting during scientific meetings enables attendees or virtual participants to interact in topic discussions. Professional networks expand and opportunities are enabled through personal connections (Radmanesh & Kotsenas, 2016).

Career Interview

Opportunity is given during an interview for a candidate to show interest in a certain specialty of work towards future employment prospect.

Evaluations are made on candidate responses to simulated patient scenarios, clinical skills testing, academic achievements, experience, presentations skills and panel interviewing.

While success in research can be measured by the number of grants and quality publications, career advancement is measured by demonstrations of teaching skills to engage students in meaningful learning (Smith, Wenderoth & Tyler, 2013).


Educational work sessions presented to small groups of people meet together over a short period of time concentrating on a defined area of concern give opportunities for communicative development.

According to Al-Umran and Adkoli (2009), a Medical Education Unit raised awareness towards a workshop in communication to improve interaction, informative, counselling and conflict management skills. Results indicated workshop presentations require small group activities, role-play and relevant video-demonstrations for student satisfaction.

Medical writing workshops with short interactive hands-on writing activities improve the knowledge and skills of the participants. Opportunities exist in academic clinical and scientific writing; regulatory, educational and medico-marketing (M. Jawaid, Masood, Alam & S. A. Jawaid, 2011).


Educational events of with one or more professional experts or peers presenting a formal discussion to a group on a specified topic related to academic outcomes.

Peer instructed seminars have improved student perceptions of deeper learning and been associated with higher exam scores (Bouwmeester, de Kleijn & van Rijen, 2016).

Takata et al. (2013) analysed content from an interactive medical student web-based seminar and found the students were more active in contributions, interested in patient management, motivated and team focused. The experience was enjoyable and effective in developing evaluation and decision-making skills.


Academic meeting with a series of engaging presentations given to an audience. Experts have discussions about a single subject by informing, problem solving or training. A prestigious event with less delegates than a conference.

A study by Balesh et al. (2016) found symposiums as and effective marketing means for encouraging medical students about interventional radiology as a choice in clinical specialty and career option.

McDowell, Krukenberg and Polka (2014) made a call to action nationally and internationally on the need to inspire the generation of data relating to postdoctoral researchers in research symposium involvement and encourage career aspirations.


Formal meeting on a specific topic organised with a theme and sub-themes. Opportunities are given for experts to present research-based papers that are open to critical consultation and discussion with attendees.

Giving an oral presentation at a conference can be advantageous providing opportunity for peer-review and feedback needed when preparing a manuscript for submission in a peer-reviewed journal (Ranse & Hayes, 2012).


Gathering of members and industry consultants from organisations to confer about a topic with facilitating the identification, discussion and problem solving in an assembly of delegates.

Shaw (2005) identified annual conventions are places where associations can acknowledge the best publications in different fields of medical science. Career opportunities exist for scientist communicating results to the scientific community with journal publication.

Fellowship schemes, funding opportunities, research grant, faculty promotions, scientific leadership or other scientific prizes are only offered with good publications (Pain, 2007).

Presentation of clear, accurate, researched information and data requires strong analytical and conceptual skills. Research and leadership essentially required for career development.

Trade Show

Marketing of products for trade or for sale. Individual booths at a trade show consist of uniquely different products required.

Scientific journal articles are included in devise labelling at trade shows to promote global medical products. They give supplementary information and explain the devise. Written, printed and graphic information is considered within the scope of labelling as opposed to promotional advertising. Scientific or medical journal articles, scientific or medical reference texts and clinical practice guidelines are all incorporated in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regulatory Principles (O'Flaherty, Bellan, Lu, Rowley & Litt, 2016).


Specific business sector exposes and market a product by gathering attendees to voice their opinions.

The Ochsner Clinic Foundation initiated a Consolidated Academic and Research Exposition (CARE) program to increase the interest in research-related activity of internal medicine residents.

The Expo increased scholarly activity by 110% in the following year to leading national medical conferences. This included research papers, abstracts, poster and case reports (Ray, Henry, Davis, Alam, Amedee & Pinsky, 2012).


Annual gathering of large groups of representative leaders in the healthcare field, generally to discuss a particular subject with a series of invited presenters. It may extend for several days and have respective sessions.

In every Congress since 1990, proposals for more assertive federal advancement directives (U.S) have

actioned commitment of resources supporting culturally inclusive public policy making research to support health care decisions making (Sabatino, 2010).

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board has initiated an Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016-2021 in accordance with the Australian Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 (Australian Government Department of Health, 2017). This includes consultation with national representative; consumers, researchers, healthcare providers and managers.

Research is supported to aid focus on areas for investment opportunities relevant to the health system and all health issues (Frazer, 2016).


A peak online or event gathering of international generalists and executives from the research, academic, healthcare, government, advocacy and community sectors.

Experts and specialists discuss needs and directions through research, health care, policy community action and occupational health to develop agreed-upon health-related goals.

If you are invited to attend a summit, it is because your opinion is valued and your position is respected. You will be able to meet and network with other influential leaders in the industry (SpinGo, 2015).


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