Episodes
Have you heard about physician advisor opportunities but wondered what’s REALLY involved in the daily work? Is there conflict with insurance companies? Push back from physician colleagues? Today’s returning guest, family medicine physician Dr. Timothy Owolabi, is here to discuss these issues and more about the role of physician advisor. He will share what brought him back to this career path after changing gears to an analytics role, why he enjoys this work, and his day-to-day life as a...
Published 11/23/22
Most physicians are familiar with the more well-known side gigs - utilization review, expert witness, and (of course) those extra clinical shifts. But another lesser-known side hustle that can be both rewarding and lucrative is public speaking. My guest today, Dr. Jordan Grumet, is an internal medicine and hospice physician, writer, podcast host, and passionate public speaker. He’s here to discuss how he began public speaking, key steps to getting started, and how to refine your public...
Published 11/16/22
Physicians often leave clinical medicine not because they don’t want to see patients anymore, but because they are burned out from the charting, long hours, and lack of flexibility that come with the role. But what if I told you that a clinical option exists that allows you to keep caring for patients without these common headaches? This is what today’s guest, Dr. Heather Awad, a family medicine physician who transitioned to wound care, is here to discuss, along with why she loves this role...
Published 11/09/22
Physicians pursue side gigs for a variety of reasons, such as earning extra money, adding variety to their practice, or testing the waters in a new field. Today’s returning guest, Dr. Helen Rhodes, is here to discuss a little known side gig that covers all three of these bases- being a medical director at a plasma center. Dr. Rhodes will share how she found this hidden gem of a role, what the responsibilities are, why she finds it so rewarding, and how you can pursue this position if it...
Published 11/02/22
Have you considered applying to roles in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device industries, but are struggling to figure out which positions fit your skill set? This is a common source of confusion for physicians transitioning to these industries, which is why our returning guest today, Dr. Laura McKain, is here to demystify this lingo for us. Dr. McKain worked in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 15 years before transitioning to consulting and she’s here to discuss what...
Published 10/26/22
Seeking validation is a normal human behavior - whether we realize we are doing it or not. This can be especially true for physicians, who are often natural people pleasers. However, if you are considering a career or life change, it’s important not to let the need for validation from others hold you back from doing what’s best for you. In today’s solo episode (my 100th podcast!), I'm discussing all things validation, including the different types of validation and how to process your own...
Published 10/19/22
Have you ever wanted to pursue a passion but felt like something was holding you back? This is common among physicians and my guest today, Dr. Debra Blaine, is here to discuss how to conquer common obstacles we perceive to be standing in the way of pursuing our passion. Dr. Blaine is a family medicine physician and fiction novelist who will share the benefits of following a passion, how to make time for this, why indulging in a passion can be difficult for physicians, and what to do if you...
Published 10/12/22
While many physicians are looking to make the leap to a nonclinical career, others want to continue practicing, but do it on their own terms. A popular option for those in the latter group is direct primary care, or DPC. Today, I’m excited to have not one, but two, direct primary care and lifestyle medicine physicians as my guests, Drs. Monica and Prisiliano Salas. They’ll discuss what DPC is, the financial aspects of this practice model, how they incorporated lifestyle medicine into their...
Published 10/05/22
Have you ever had an “aha moment” where you suddenly realize there is a significant problem you’ve been avoiding by burying your head in the sand? This is a common behavior, and there are many reasons we may lean on this coping mechanism. But once you’ve admitted there is a problem, what’s the next step? That’s what today’s guest, Dr. Tom Black, is here to discuss. Dr. Black is a Naval veteran and former ER physician, and he’s going to share with us how to take an empowered stance and make...
Published 09/28/22
Resigning from your current job is often the very last step in a job or career change. And while this task sounds simple, physicians often have questions about how best to approach it. Do you need to let your boss know where you are going? Should you provide information about why you’re leaving? In today’s solo episode I’ll be answering these important questions and reviewing best practices for a smooth and professional resignation.  You can find the show notes for this episode and more...
Published 09/21/22
If you’re ready for a career move but don’t want to make the leap to another industry or leave your current workplace, your answer may be right in front of you. Trying out a managerial or administrative role in your current institution is a great way to explore different nonclinical areas without changing jobs. On today’s episode, I’m talking with returning guest, Dr. John Jurica, about the types of nonclinical pursuits available in most healthcare systems, how these opportunities can be used...
Published 09/14/22
As a physician, it’s common to feel weighed down by systemic issues that leave you feeling stuck in your job, career, or role. However, sometimes the first step to making a change is changing the way you think. In today’s episode, I’m talking with Dr. Nneka Una, founder of EntreMD, and we’ll discuss how to shift your mindset from victimhood to empowerment so you can make positive changes and move forward in your career. Dr. Una will share her story and offer tips on how to hone your...
Published 09/07/22
Once you’ve decided to make the leap to a nonclinical career, you may think your transition is on it’s way. However, breaking this news to your patients, colleagues, and family can be an unexpected obstacle in the career change process. In today’s solo episode, I’m tackling the many nuances of this sticky issue, from ways to approach this discussion to handling the myriad reactions you may receive. I’ll also share three helpful principles to get you through all of these difficult...
Published 08/31/22
One of the biggest questions early-career physicians can grapple with when considering a nonclinical career is whether or not to finish residency. This is a big decision with many factors to consider, and the right answer is not the same for everyone. My guest today, Dr. Chelsea Turgeon, made the difficult decision to leave her OB/GYN residency after realizing clinical medicine was not the best career path for her. She’s here to discuss how she made this tough choice, what she’s doing now...
Published 08/24/22
When embarking on a career change, most physicians naturally start by looking outward: What role fits me best? Where should I apply? However, if you don’t take the time to look inward and develop a good relationship with yourself, these outward steps may not yield the results you are hoping for. Today’s guest, Dr. Cindy Tsai, is an internal medicine physician, coach, and author, who will discuss the importance of your relationship with yourself and strategies for coping and reframing your...
Published 08/17/22
While some physicians are ready to fully transition out of clinical practice, others are looking for the best of both worlds: maintaining some clinical work and also pursuing nonclinical interests. Finding this balance through a portfolio career can keep your work interesting and prevent burnout by adding variety to your everyday routine. Today’s guest, Dr. Jingyi Liu, knew early on this was the path for her and is already maintaining a portfolio career as a PGY-2 resident. She’ll discuss how...
Published 08/10/22
Despite all the hard work and planning, unexpected events can still derail a physician’s career in ways that are beyond our control. This is exactly what happened to today’s guest, who I’m calling Dr. Usman to protect his identity. When things fell apart in his anesthesia residency, Dr. Usman never gave up on his dreams and demonstrated exceptional grit and determination in forging his own path ahead in spite of multiple barriers in his way. He’ll share his story with us and offer advice for...
Published 08/03/22
Lots of physicians take on “extracurricular” work in their jobs, often motivated by their desire to solve a problem that is frustrating them. In unexpected and intriguing ways, this desire to solve a problem may end up leading these physicians into a new career direction. My guest today, Dr. Jennifer Bepple, is here to share how she did this with her passion for using technology to solve a problem she was experiencing in her urology practice. Dr. Bepple will discuss what sparked her interest...
Published 07/27/22
Have you ever thought about not just transitioning to a nonclinical career, but actually pursuing a field totally outside of healthcare? That’s what today’s guest, Dr. Kricia Palmer, did to follow her dream of becoming an interior designer - and she couldn’t be happier. Like many folks transitioning to a nonclinical career, Dr. Palmer grappled with her decision and she’ll share with us how she decided to take this leap of faith along with tips for others who want to pursue a creative career...
Published 07/20/22
When speaking with physicians considering a transition to a nonclinical career, one of the most common concerns I hear is, “All I have is clinical experience, how can this translate to a nonclinical career?” The answer - in more ways than you can imagine! My guest today, Dr. Caitlin Delaney, is the Director of Business Development and Medical Advisor for flipMD, a company that connects physicians with businesses seeking their expertise. She’ll share her own journey to a nonclinical career and...
Published 07/13/22
If you’re early in your career and feeling like clinical medicine isn’t the right path for you, you’re not alone. Many physicians struggle with the decision about whether or not to leave residency. It can be hard to know if these feelings are temporary or not and whether “sticking it out” will be beneficial for your future career. Today I’m talking with Dr. Sam Kessel, who realized during his intern year that clinical medicine was not the right path for him. He’ll discuss how he made the...
Published 07/06/22
What if I told you there was a nonclinical career that allowed you to spend your time helping patients understand their medical conditions and get appropriate care? Does this sound too good to be true? Today’s guest, Dr. Caitlin Fawcett, is here to tell you it’s not. Dr. Fawcett is a patient advocate and she’ll discuss what’s involved in her role, how a family medical diagnosis led her down this career path, different ways you can work as a patient advocate, and what her day-to-day work is...
Published 06/29/22
Decided on your nonclinical career path? Check. Tuned up your resume? Check. Applied to jobs? Check. Prepared for your nonclinical interview?? If not, it’s time to add this item to your checklist and start preparing well in advance. Transitioning to a nonclinical role means adapting to a different interview style. My guest today is Dr. Karyn Woelflein, a PM&R physician who transitioned to a nonclinical role and learned this lesson the hard way. She’s here to share what she learned from a...
Published 06/22/22
In planning a transition to a nonclinical career, have you considered the role your personality plays in choosing the job that fits you best? Understanding your personality type can help you recognize which jobs are a good match for you. Enter the Enneagram! In this second episode of a two-part series, physician and coach Dr. Karen Barnard joins me again for a detailed look at this handy tool. We’ll discuss personality types 5-9, their gifts and liabilities, and how to use the Enneagram for...
Published 06/15/22