Showing posts with label career coaching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label career coaching. Show all posts

The role of mentoring, sponsorship, and coaching in career development

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'd encourage you to read this article from the October 2012 issue of PharmaVOICE titled, "Taking Charge of Your Career: Next Steps." (this free PDF is only available from 10/22 - 10/29)

The experts discuss the role of mentoring, sponsorship, and coaching in career development. You'll hear stories and examples from people working at Novo Nordisk, University of the Sciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Randstad Pharma, Impact Group, The Pyramid Resource Group Inc., and The Leadership Edge.

Evisors: find a career coach

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What happens when you get two Harvard MBA graduates starting a company designed to provide expert advice? You get Evisors. 

Consult with leading experts to help you and your business succeed.

If you're already an expert, you can become an advisor on Evisor as well to generate some supplemental income.

Evisors is looking for professionals at all levels, from analysts to senior executives, with domain expertise in:

  • Careers - Job Search, Resumes, and Interviews
  • Admissions - Prep School, College, and Grad School
  • Business - All Industries and Functions
Learn more here:

Upcoming Harvard Coaching Conference

Monday, September 26, 2011

Author: Heather Fork, MD, CPCC

If you are interested in Wellness or Leadership Coaching, consider attending the upcoming conference presented by the Institute of Coaching at Harvard:

Fourth Annual Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference
Date: October 21-21, 2011
Location: Boston Massachusetts
This is a great opportunity to find out more about the field of coaching and network with coaches experienced in wellness and lifestyle medicine coaching.

The following is from the Institute of Coaching’s website:
“This year we will have four tracks:
  1. Leadership
  2. Positive Psychology
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Advanced Coaching Practice

The Art of Transforming a CV into a Resume

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Author: Jocelyn Clarke, SPHR

Bottom line: To transition to a non-clinical job, a physician must build a resume that artfully describes a complex career trajectory using the language of business.

As a practicing physician, you likely had a CV in your back pocket. It cleanly laid your education, residency and experience, confidently listing your research/publications/presentations, licensure, and memberships. Through their CV, a physician constructs a representative identity based on medical practice and knowledge, but as you transition into a non-clinical field you must create a document that conveys business value.

Most physician CVs are simple (yet lengthy) documents that outline the facts of your career, with little embellishment and personal marketing. Using this type of CV to apply for jobs in non-clinical fields requires hiring executives to extrapolate how exactly you might fit into their organization and what value you would bring to their organization. A well-tailored resume, on the other hand, will address these issues head-on and get to the heart of your value proposition.

Health care reform changes will drive more physicians to leave clinical medicine

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It’s hard to find many physicians who are excited about the upcoming health care reform changes. Most physicians are complaining and some are preparing for early retirement. There are a growing number of physicians who are actively preparing for a non-clinical career transition so they can escape patient care and go into administration or business. If we could graph physician enrollment into MBA programs, we’d probably see a noticeable increase that started in 2009 or 2010. Many physicians are pursuing an MBA so they can get prepared for the non-clinical world of business.

Recently, I’ve also been speaking with a growing number of physicians who are looking for opportunities to get involved in non-clinical opportunities while they continue to practice medicine. These physicians are blending their clinical career with a parallel non-clinical career. I know some physicians who are working in business during the day and moonlighting in the ER on the weekends. Others are working part-time in the hospital and consulting on their non-clinical days.

Organizations like the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers are seeing significant growth in membership.

If you’re considering a possible career transition in the near future, I encourage you to receive our updates from so that you can learn about the different types of job opportunities that are possible. Jumping out of clinical medicine isn’t an easy transition for most physicians. You probably won’t make the transition overnight, so get informed so that you’re prepared when that transition day arrives.

Learn about non-clinical careers here on

Monday, May 2, 2011

Are you interested in learning more about different types of non-clinical careers? It’s a paradigm shift to move away from direct patient care and to enter the business world. Making a paradigm shift isn’t easy or comfortable.

Here on, you can explore a variety of non-clinical careers by doing the following:
  1. Reading different job descriptions associated with specific jobs
  2. Connect with other physicians who are working in those industries
  3. Participating in conference calls where we will discuss the specifics associated with different industry positions
  4. Reading stories about physicians who are working in different non-clinical industry sectors
  5. Learning about networking events, conferences, and other types of meetings where you can explore non-clinical careers
  6. Asking questions related to specific industry positions
  7. Meeting executive recruiters and others who may know of potential job leads
  8. Receiving individualized career coaching services from mentors and career coaches who specialize in helping physicians transition out of clinical medicine
I encourage you to visit frequently and to subscribe to updates via email. You can meet other physicians by joining the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers. Membership is free and you can interact with others on the closed, private forums or by participating in open discussions on public social networking sites like LinkedIn.

How to Encourage Your Team Members to Stand Up and Lead

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I get monthly leadership tips from Dale Carnegie Training. Here's a monthly leadership tip from Dale Carnegie Training called, "The Coach's Corner."

How to Encourage Your Team Members to Stand Up and Lead

To win in today's market, team members have to step up and be ready to take a leadership role. It is not easy to develop leadership skills in others. It's very important to also understand that some people do not share your goals and aspirations. Keep an open mind and learn to use different techniques to inspire different team members to stand up and lead.

1. Challenge — Issue a challenge. (In today's market environment, you probably have many challenges to issue!) Some people need a specific challenge to motivate them. By laying down a challenge, you also create a very clear and measurable goal for a staff member to achieve.

2. Appeal to noble motives — Many employees think that their work does not make a difference. By appealing to a team's noble motives, you can increase morale while also setting higher standards for your staff members.

3. Be sympathetic — Never tell someone that they are wrong. Even when you disagree, listen and be empathetic to another person's ideas and desires.

Next conference call: Feb 27, 2011 (Sun) on Pharma Jobs

Monday, January 17, 2011

Correction/Update (date and topic changed)

Our next "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" conference call is scheduled for Sunday, Feb 27 at 9 pm EST. This conference call will be a focused discussion around physician careers in the pharmaceutical industry.

Presenters include:
We will address questions like:

1. How do you "break in" and get started in the pharmaceutical industry?
2. What types of opportunities are out there for experienced physicians, recent medical school graduates, etc.?
3. Specific "next-step" suggestions and tips.

The cost to participate is $50.

Final reminder: Join me on Jan 5 (Wed) to discuss non-clinical job opportunities

Friday, December 31, 2010

This is a final reminder that you can still join me for a group conference call on Wednesday Jan 5. This call will be limited to 5 participants and we currently have room for 2 more people to join us. You can find more details here.

"Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching" is a group career coaching conference call service for physicians, medical students, and others who are interested in pursuing non-clinical job opportunities.

There's room for 2 more: Group Career Coaching and "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs"

Sunday, December 19, 2010

There's room for 2 more people to sign up and register for our Jan 5 conference call Join Me on Jan 5 for Group Career Coaching and "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs"

This conference call is limited to 5 participants. 

If this call fills up, I may schedule an additional call in January so stay tuned. 

Join Me on Jan 5 for Group Career Coaching and "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs"

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Here's an opportunity to join me on the phone so that we can discuss non-clinical career opportunities.

"Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching" is a group career coaching conference call service for physicians, medical students, and others who are interested in pursuing non-clinical job opportunities. I am providing this as a cost-effective option for those who are exploring non-clinical careers. I am still offering an individualized career coaching service (more information here).

Our next group career coaching conference call titled "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" is scheduled for Wed, Jan 5th at 9 pm Eastern time. Before the call, you'll have the opportunity to tell me about your situation so that I have a better understanding of your background. All email communications will be held highly confidential.

During the conference call, we will talk about the following:*
  • Career opportunities for recent medical school graduates who have no or partial residency experience.
  • Unique career barriers and opportunities for foreign medical graduates.
  • Part-time and full-time employment opportunities for experienced physicians who have 3+ years of clinical experience (but no industry experience).
*The agenda is subject to change based on who registers for the call.

This conference call will be limited to 5 participants. If the call fills up, I will schedule an additional call in January. The call will be an interactive discussion and you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask specific questions. If you'd like to participate but the scheduled day/time for the call does not fit your schedule, please contact me.

Career coaching for medical students interested in non-clinical options

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Starting in 2011, I'm offering a career coaching option for medical students through the "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching" service that I'm launching in 2011. The fee to participate is $50 per call and each call is limited to 5 participants. Currently, I have one call scheduled per month in Jan, Feb, and March. You can view the group call schedule here. I may be adding additional call dates based on the volume of responses.

You also have the option to participate in individualized career coaching.

Join me for a group career coaching call on Dec 5 (Sun)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our next "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" is scheduled for Sun, Dec 5th at 9 pm Eastern time. We still have 5 openings for the call (which will be limited to 15 participants).

On that call, we will discuss some of the key non-clinical opportunities that appear to be opening up in 2011. We will also talk about strategies for "breaking in" when you lack industry experience. I will reserve plenty of time at the end to answer your questions.

I will offer group career coaching services in 2011 (Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This year, I spent quite a bit of time providing individualized career coaching services. Given that some people can't afford career coaching on an individual basis, I'm offering a new service in 2011: It's called Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching. This will be a highly cost-effective way to get some career coaching in the setting of a small group.

I'm taking the "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs" conference call and I'm making that the platform for the Group Career Coaching conference calls. It's now being called: Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching.

I will publish a calendar and schedule a few conference call dates each month (depending on the demand). Those who are interested can register and sign up for these group coaching sessions. Starting in 2011, each Group Career Coaching session will be limited to 5 participants and will last approximately 60 minutes. The fee to participate in each call will be $50. I will have an agenda tied to each call, but I will also reserve time for discussion so that we can talk about individual issues, review assignments, and set goals for the future.

The monthly call schedule for "Let's Talk NonClinicalJobs: Group Career Coaching" is available here.

Physician burnout: what's the solution?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

There have been a number of articles over the years evaluating physician burnout. Due to changes in reimbursement over the past few decades, physicians are often seeing more patients each day. They're spending less time with each patient and they're burning out because of the increased workload, the paperwork, and the stress associated with the practice of clinical medicine. So, what's the solution?

We know that some physicians are leaving clinical practice to pursue other careers. Others are looking for less strenuous work models such as cash or concierge practices. Is this the right solution? Are these physicians finding better work/life balance after making these types of transitions?

I think the solution needs to start in the medical schools. Students need to be educated about the importance of work/life balance and they also need to learn how to creatively develop practice models that will allow them to reach an appropriate balance. Our health care system also needs to be changed so that physicians are being adequately reimbursed for their services.

For those who do choose to leave clinical medicine, they need to know how to find the right opportunities. If you're a surgeon and you want to pursue a non-clinical career, do you know what you could do with your education and training? What if you're a radiologist or a pathologist? If you're considering a career transition, you may want to work with a career coach who can guide you through that process. Click here to learn about the career coaching services we offer on

When the job description says "experience required"

Monday, July 26, 2010

Many job descriptions indicate that a certain level of experience is required. Even if you have a resume that's rewritten by a professional, your biggest obstacle may be the fact that you've never worked in the industry. So, how do you "break in" if you don't have any experience within that specific industry?

There are obviously entry points because everyone has to start somewhere.

I've helped a number of physicians successfully navigate beyond the "experience required" obstacles when they've been considering a career transition. In general, I apply the following principles:

1. Find jobs in industries where they are more likely to consider an "entry-level" candidate. You may have 20 years of clinical experience, but if you've never worked in industry, then you might need to start at ground zero. Once you "break in," then you may find that it's easier to switch to a different industry to end up where you really want to be.

2. Leverage your professional social network to get your "foot into the door." Sometimes, you simply need to impress them through an interview. It may be impossible to get an interview if the HR person dismisses your resume because you lack experience.

3. Demonstrate your working knowledge of the industry and the job description in your cover letter. Some HR professionals will tell you not to waste time with a cover letter. However, this is where you may be able to demonstrate that you really understand what the job entails and that you wouldn't be starting "from scratch."

4. Gain experience by working as an independent consultant or freelancer. You can do this part-time while you're still working clinically. By working as a consultant, you'll develop relationships and you'll gain some valuable experience that may allow you to qualify for certain jobs.

5. Gain experience by volunteering. This may not seem appealing, but it could be the right type of time investment that will help you launch your career. If you gain experience by volunteering, leverage the relationships that you build because those individuals may help you get your foot into the door. You'll also want them to serve as professional references for you.

At the end of the day, you may find that the most effective way to transition into the non-clinical world is through the guidance of a professional career coach or counselor.

Negotiating physician non-clinical job salaries (e.g., "Medical Director")

Monday, May 31, 2010

Before you can negotiate salary, you need some reference points. What's the average salary for that position? What is the salary range? What is your salary potential if you pursue that career path?

What makes this especially difficult is that the same title (e.g., "Medical Director") may have a salary range of $120-150k in one industry and a range of $250-280k in a different industry. So, if you check online salary calculators (like the ones found on,, etc.) you won't find an accurate salary figure for a position like "Medical Director" because that position can mean 100 different things in 100 different industries.

Did you know that many non-physicians hold the title "Medical Director"? Some are nurses, others are pharmacists, some have a PhD, and others don't have any clinical background. These individuals are director-level executives for the department of medical affairs.

So how do you get some salary data for a particular industry? You need to speak with recruiters and other human resource professionals who can get you grounded so that you have a realistic expectation for salary. I (and other career coaches) work with physicians all the time to discuss salary because I work closely with recruiters to help physicians get the best salary for every position.

Career Counseling Articles from the American College of Physicians

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has a section on their website called, "Career Counseling." It's designed primarily for residents, but I've found the articles to be helpful for students and practicing physicians. There are some of the topics that are covered:

* Training, Certification and Licensing
* Practice and Career Options
* Searching for the Right Career Opportunity
* Marketing Yourself
* The Contract, Compensation and Malpractice Insurance
* Personal Finances
* Setting Up the Practice

I think there's room for an article on non-clinical career options for those who don't feel that clinical medicine is the right option.  Such individuals may be looking for information about alternative physician careers. I don't think they'll find much on the ACP website about that. In fact, I don't think any medical student or resident will find much information about non-clinical career options on any medical specialty society website. They probably won't find anything on the AMA website either (unless they happen to stumble on this article).

If you know any medical students, residents, or physicians who are seriously considering a career outside of traditional clinical medicine, please refer them to so that they can gain some insights about alternative career options that might be appropriate for them. 

MIT Career Reengineering Program

The MIT Professional Education - Career Reengineering Program facilitates a complex task: retooling for contemporary science and technology careers. The 12-month, part-time program is designed as a series of educational experiences that will connect students with emerging technological fields and leverage their strengths into a strategic career plan.

Student Plan of Action:

  • Assess your professional strengths and create a plan to build knowledge, skills, and networks.
  • Select an MIT course that will offer you current knowledge in your field or establish expertise in a new field.
  • Make full use of a world-renowned learning community through educational and networking opportunities in seminars, conferences, and lectures.
  • Put new knowledge to work through an internship or research opportunity aligned with your career goals.
  • Construct a strategic job search plan that is tailored to your interests, abilities, and job market opportunities.
  • Develop a team of peers and mentors within the Career Reengineering Program and MIT to support your career aspirations.
  • Focus on personal development as a long-term, career-enhancement strategy.

An online chat with a career counselor for MIT alumni

Thursday, May 20, 2010

As a member of the MIT Alumni Association, I'm also an active career member of the ICAN or the Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN). The ICAN consists of over 3,000 advisors. The Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN) connects MIT alumni with each other and with students to facilitate career strategies, gather quality advice, and open up important networking connections

On May 13, 2010, the MIT Alumni Association held an online chat with a professional career counselor. Over 100 questions were answered and I think you'll find some of this content very relevant. Questions and answers revolved around the following themes:
  • Transitioning back into the work force after a period of absence
  • Going back to school
  • Transition from academia to industry
  • Losing a job at Pfizer
  • Outplacement services
  • Effective networking strategies
  • Value of career counseling
  • Salary negotiations
  • Retired folks looking for part-time consulting opportunities
  • Making a career transition
  • Leadership and innovation
  • How age affects your job search
  • Being geographically restricted during a job search
  • Job opportunities in management consulting
  • Working for a start-up company
  • Informational interviews (also known as networking)
  • How to get a promotion
  • Finding a mentor
  • International job opportunities
  • How to leverage LinkedIn
You can access the transcript of the online chat here (PDF). Update: New Link Here (PDF).

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