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Medical Education is a critical activity in the medical device sector - physicians need to be trained in the safe and effective use of devices, particularly in the surgical field. In the current environment, medical device education groups are faced with the challenge of holding down costs while adding new programs and expanding into emerging markets.
To optimize their education groups, medical device organizations need to ensure their education group's structure, staffing and program development are well aligned to maximize resources while meeting needs. Best Practices, LLC conducted this study to inform medical education leaders on current approaches to the structure, staffing and program development of medical education groups.
This study also provides benchmarks around medical education groups' geographic focus, utilization of staff, and outsourcing of program creation and deployment. Medical education leaders in the device sector can use this study to compare their structure, staffing and program development approaches with those of leading organizations.
This study presents data in two segments: Medical Device and Pharmaceutical.
- Executive Summary
- Participant Overview Information
- Organizational Fit & Geographic Focus
- Staffing Benchmarks & Program Trends
SAMPLE KEY METRICS
- Medical education group corporate and professional fit
- Type of structure that best describes the organizational approach of medical education function and organization
- Levels of management between medical education head and the company’s CEO
- Title of the highest level leader of medical education organization
- Title of a person medical education head directly reports to
- Type of geographic responsibility that best describes leadership scope
- Different geographic regions medical education organization support
- Type of approach to program content in deployment of education programs
- Number of FTE’s working in your global professional medical education organization
- Relative percent allocation of total medical education FTEs working to support each region
- Average span of control in medical education organization
- Mix of medical education employees
- Total number of education programs performed during past year
- Factors affecting company support of medical education
- Products supported by professional medical education groups
- Percentage of programs created and delivered via vendors
- Trend in next two years regarding the target number of physicians enrolled / participating in medical education programs
SAMPLE KEY FINDING
- In terms of geographic focus, Medical Education is uniquely positioned to help fuel organizations’ growth in emerging areas like China and India. Despite the growing revenue stream produced by emerging areas, device and pharma companies are devoting to Asia-emerging areas few of their total MedEd FTEs (device 7.5% vs. pharma 1.9%), few of their total MedEd programs (device 5.8% vs. pharma 1.4%) and relatively little of their total MedEd budget (device 6.4% vs. pharma 1.9%).
The research employed a data gathering approach that reaps quantitative & qualitative data from representatives at 35 medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Fourteen medical device education leaders from 10 medical device organizations participated in this project; 25 biopharma companies also participated.