Sunday, January 2, 2011

Six tips to find a non-clinical career in the New Year

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

As the New Year begins, you may be making resolutions that this is the year you will finally do something. Instead of vowing to lose weight or spend less, this is the year you are going to finally make the leap into learning more about a non-clinical career.

So you’ve made the decision – suddenly you look around and realize it’s time to do something – but what? And how?

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
1. Read the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
2. Search this website and others like it. Find profiles of people you are interested in or jobs you find interesting. Consider reaching out to those people and/or job opportunities.
3. Make a personal database of everyone you know and start thinking about reaching out to old friends, alumni connections, fraternity brothers, your sister’s friend, or even your brother’s college roommate who you met once or twice. You never know who these people have other connections with and/or where they might now be working. This will help you with your networking efforts.
4. Craft out a personal development plan and stretch the timeline to 3-5 years out. Having a plan and strategy will empower you.
5. Set up a LinkedIn account and fill in your profile. Join some groups and follow discussions.
6. Reach out and ask for help from friends, family and a physician mentor or executive coach
About the author:

Dr. Mudge-Riley is a senior consultant for brokerage firms, health systems and large employers in wellness and health promotion and President of Physicians Helping Physicians in Richmond, Virginia.  She has spent the past seven years advising and coaching other doctors in their career by counseling physicians on business skills, assisting with compliance and risk management issues and mentoring in personal wellness and balance.  She has worked with hundreds of doctors and in various health systems located throughout the United States.

Dr. Mudge-Riley received her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School and her Masters Degree in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She completed a medical internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System (VCUHS) and a business residency under the CEO of the same hospital system.   She has been directly responsible for planning, implementation, communication, and evaluation of programs involving healthcare wellness, safety, and quality. Dr. Mudge-Riley has conducted seminars on topics related to change management, motivation, wellness and health education.  She has also been published in a variety of journals including Physicians Practice Magazine, The D.O., and Physician Executive.  For more information or to schedule a time to speak with Dr. Mudge-Riley, please contact:, 804-334-7983

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