Taking a new job..

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Hey Pharm fam.

 

I have some news that I've been a little hesitant about telling you guys because of some of the sentiments thrown around here. You guys know I"m a PA, I also have a Masters degree in Public Health. (MPH)

 

I can tell you NEVER used the MPH stuff in practice but the program where I went to grad. School offered it almost as a dual degree and it made since for my "Dream Job" which I JUST GOT!!!

 

I won't disclose the firm, but I'm going to be a Public Policy Advocate for a major player in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. In a way I have the President to thank for this, if not for his healthcare reform I wouldn't have been offered this amazing position. So, I'll be moving close to my family in northern Virginia and working from an office on K street in Washington. (Sorry but I'm just soooo excited about this). We talk a lot about change and how do we persuade our government officials and get them to listen to us patients.

 

Now I feel as though I really have a chance to affect these issues with this job. So for the skeptics, YES I have to register as a lobbyist but that’s the way we, as patients, get heard. Let me ask for ya'll opinion, do you guys want me to update you guys about what issue I'm working on or will that be boring for ya? I hate to take up space with useless info.

 

So, August 1st is my first day in DC. I'm required to 60 days notice per my contract but I'm going to work a little longer than that so as to not leave my current co-workers in a bind. I'll be flying up there looking for a house because living with Mom and Dad up there will get old QUICKLY when your in your 20s. haha.

 

Any thoughts?

 

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That's great!

I'm glad you got your dream job.  Isn't that what everyone wants, and you get to work and live near your family?Laughing

I for one would like to hear whatever issue you're working on.

Good luck, and congratulations!

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CLOSED ON THE NEW HOUSE IN ARLINGTON,VA !!!

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This image is from the

This image is from the realtors and I couldn't figure out how to format it.  For those people who live in D.C....I don't know how you do it without making a cool mil. a year.  Real estate is crazy expensive the closer you get to power.  I guess that says a lot  about Washington and the "real world".  So out of touch.

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Must be nice to be making enough money to afford that house in Arlington. My son in law is a software engineer and works in the DC area. He had to buy outside of Fredericksburg, VA, as he couldn't afford the houses closer in.

Congratulations on the new job.

cgm

 

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Thanks CGM You aren't joking!

Thanks CGM
You aren't joking! The prices for a nice house around the Beltway are NUTS! I had to be prequalified and was priced out of the market for places like Georgetown and some other parts of D.C.
WIthout sounding like I'm bragging I NEVER would have been able to afford this house with my current (soon to be old) job.
It's actually a little sad that my salary plus bonus are twice what they are as a practicing. It is also telling about the state of politics and medicine/healthcare today.

I am very VERY lucky to have some very sweet and generous grandparents that bascially bought my first house for me which I sold and thus allowed me to "move up" in the market with this house. That and my parents paying for college/grad school are the only way it happened. Don't believe I"m some uber wealthy kid...not yet anyway. Thats the goal with the new job though, not gonna lie.

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congrats and good luck!!! 

congrats and good luck!!!  Just my opinion but I would be very interested in hearing topics of what you are working on...  You always provide honest but helpful responses here.   Some nice real estate also..

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Thanks.  I actually flew up

Thanks.  I actually flew up last week and had a little prelim meeting about my first real task.  We'll be focusing on having governmental agencies, primarily the FDA to expedite 'orphan' drugs.  These medications are drugs that have been shown to be safe in clinical triels, that whole crazy process that takes forever.  At the end of the process the drug that is approved is the first/only drug in a new class.  A very simple and non-life saving example would be like Viagra befroe Cialis and Levitra.  Not the best example in the world because the FDA tends to only allow drugs that are for catistrophic diagnosis such as certain cancers,  auto-immune diseases, etc. 

The other issue is with Medical Devices.  As most of you know the SCOTUS (supreme court) will be deciding on the Affordable Healthcare Act very soon. This law includes a HUGE tax on new medical devices that are going from Research/Development to the market.  I mean, it's going to be a massive burden to even large med. device companies and pretty much knock out the small med. device Co.'s from the marketplace.  So we could shoot ourselves in the foot when it comes to innovation.  We wil be working to have that tax removed from the law (if the law is passed)

I'lll certainly keep you all updated but let me know if it gets too boring. I over simplified the stuffing out of these becaue 1. I haven't started yet and prob. don't know half of the arguments for/against  and  2. I don't want to bore anyone till their eyes bleed.  :-)

 

 

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Cartier,

When I went to school in the DC area, many years ago, I had to get a place in Germantown, MD, which is way outside of the beltway, as that was how far I had to go, to get a place a poor student could afford.  At the time, Germantown had a population of around 3K.  We got an apartment in a brand new complex and were happy that we could afford that in such a nice, peaceful little community.  By the time I left the area five years later, Germantown had grown to almost a population of 30K.  The whole area outside of the DC beltway has undergone such a huge population growth, as very few can afford anything inside the beltway.  (It was amusing that on the little Germantown newpaper, at the top, where the label is placed, they had cows in a pasture on one side and a row of townhomes on the other, to show what was happening to the community.)

It was wild.  My daughter went to five different schools, in five years, and we never moved!!  As they were building elementary schools that fast.  When a new school was built and the school district lines redrawn, my daughter was always in the new school's district.  She and a small group of kids got to break in four brand new schools.  It was nice that she always had that small group of kids from the apartment complex and townhomes around it.  But, you can see how fast the area was growing.  And, it has not stopped.

Though I don't really miss the commute, I do miss the access to all of the museums/parks in the DC area.  That was one thing a poor student could afford.  We would ride the Red Line down to the Smithsonian and spend the day at the museums (which are free).  And, the Discovery Channel store was not far away, great for "kids" of all ages.

Again, congrats on the new job. Have fun. 

cgm

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YAY Cartier!!!!

Hiya Guy,

     Don't ever apologise for your fantastic situation. We here on pharmer have been discussing a way to get our thoughts heard and now, all of a sudden, you, a top member in all of our hearts and minds, are headed for K Street and taking on "Orphan Drugs" right off the bat. I know by your posts that you will continue to check in here for the CP opinion. It's like our dream come true as well as yours. Cool house, w/out a doubt but a way cooler job that just might give the CP community a player in DC. I know that you will have to do what you have to do but, you are also a real decent human. Don't ever lose that part of you and don't forget . . . whenever a senior partner is walking by you can always flip out your iPad and click to pharmer. It'll impress the hel out of him . . . Q

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Great for you....

But... I am going to hold you to it! YOU are going to be in a position to do many good deeds. YOU know what works and doesn't work. The PEOPLE for whom YOU now work for need YOU to be righteous. The PEOPLE are either "FED up" (pun intended) or it is a very short putt. YOU know how it is to be on both sides of the issue, a true Yin/Yang  The empathy YOU have shown prior now must be duplicated and multiplied but don't fret because the more YOU use the more YOU will get. Now GO and DO great things... Benny  P.S. Ifn you need a 'sounding board' I'd certainly try to give you my FREE opinion... BUT YOU must see how YOU've been put in this very important position.. For you my dear friend I'd suggest the 4th, 22nd and 54th verse of the Tao Te Ching.. namaste