Academic Detailing: Help Wanted

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  • 08/06/2012

Just who are these “academic detailers” anyway?  And what are their qualifications?

(For more on this topic see this article from the May 2012 edition of Drug Information Journal.)

Well, here’s an actual job description as created by Total Therapeutics Management, the company AHRQ is paying $11,680,060 to recruit, train, and field what we should more appropriately call “government detailers.”

Patient Centered Outcomes Consultant

Our Part-Time Patient Centered Outcomes Consultant positions provide a distinctive opportunity for pharmacists looking for the perfect balance between professional challenge and work/life without practicing in a traditional healthcare workplace. This part-time position provides flexibility and is perfect for self-motivated individuals who thrive in a fast paced environment with an emphasis on personal accountability. Your success will be determined by the number and quality of the details you achieve, not only the amount of time you log.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

* Schedule and conduct 250 details annually to targeted healthcare providers

* Develop relationships to facilitate ongoing success of academic detailing program

* Document meeting & communication feedback in relationship management software

* Complete accurate and timely administrative reports and required documentation requests.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Pharmacy, degree with current, active license.

* Five years clinical experience.

* Therapeutic competency.

* Personal computer skills including advanced knowledge of word processing, database management, and reporting is required.

* Excellent scientific presentation and public speaking skills.

* Ability to plan, prioritize and execute multiple responsibilities.

* Ability to travel 60%-70% day travel; some overnight possible

* Clean and valid driver's license.

* Dedicated home office with internet and phone connectivity.

250 details annually?  Sounds more like academic retailing. Are former pharmaceutical company representatives welcome to apply?


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