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You know you're not alone. Many doctors are frustrated by bureaucracy, stagnation, and burnout. If you're stuck on a career treadmill and your hard work isn't getting you the results you deserve, you need The Career Rx! This podcast is about modern business, branding, social media, and digital platforms to help physicians advance their careers. Grow your practice, build a successful physician side gig, achieve academic promotion, become a physician entrepreneur, and even transition to a nonclinical career. From the author of The Social Prescription (social media for doctors) and the creator of The Rx Series (business, public speaking, professional branding, and digital marketing for doctors), this podcast will help you do more of the work you love (and less of what you don't) by teaching you both timeless and modern career strategies that you don't learn in medical school. Finally, enjoy career success on your own terms with The Career Prescription podcast for doctors and other healthcare leaders.

The Career Rx Podcast for Doctors Marjorie Stiegler MD

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You know you're not alone. Many doctors are frustrated by bureaucracy, stagnation, and burnout. If you're stuck on a career treadmill and your hard work isn't getting you the results you deserve, you need The Career Rx! This podcast is about modern business, branding, social media, and digital platforms to help physicians advance their careers. Grow your practice, build a successful physician side gig, achieve academic promotion, become a physician entrepreneur, and even transition to a nonclinical career. From the author of The Social Prescription (social media for doctors) and the creator of The Rx Series (business, public speaking, professional branding, and digital marketing for doctors), this podcast will help you do more of the work you love (and less of what you don't) by teaching you both timeless and modern career strategies that you don't learn in medical school. Finally, enjoy career success on your own terms with The Career Prescription podcast for doctors and other healthcare leaders.

    #77 - Tips for Speaking with Executive Presence

    #77 - Tips for Speaking with Executive Presence

    Should you speak up in meetings? How do you speak confidently in meetings, or get over your fear of talking in meetings? Many aspiring leaders hesitate to speak up in work meetings, afraid of not having the right thing to say. And yet, your professional visibility and perceived leadership potential depends on this. 
    If you know your thought leadership could use a boost, this episode is for you.
    In this episode of The Career Rx we’ll discuss:
    Presenting the right information at the right timeHow to deliver uncomfortable information smoothlyWhat to do when you don’t have the answerToday’s episode covers seven tips for speaking up with executive presence that you'll be able to apply to your professional circumstances, no matter your career. This is inspired by a group session at one of my regular Women Physicians in Pharma networking chats, and I’ve curated the best advice right here to share with you. 
    By the end of this episode, you’ll know how to speak up in a way that enhances your leadership, have the confidence to speak up so that you’re both recognized and respected, and be ready for the mindset shift that you don’t actually need all the answers.
    In this Episode: 
    [1:10] Why are you in the room in the first place? Anchor on this...
    [4:50] Tell people what they need to know (not everything YOU know)
    [5:23] What to say when you actually don’t know the answer
    [7:45] Smart ways to deliver a dissenting or unpopular opinion
    [10:55] Nix the apology! Often used as a transitional phrase, but leaders never do this
    [14:15] Connecting the conversation to the bigger picture may be the best tactic
    Links and Resources: 
    Want to join the Women Physicians in Industry Networking Group? Start here.  

    • 16 min
    #76 - Three Huge Job Search Mistakes Physicians Make (But You Don't Have To!)

    #76 - Three Huge Job Search Mistakes Physicians Make (But You Don't Have To!)

    Are you sabotaging your chances at a promotion or job search? Maybe you’re limiting or disqualifying yourself without realizing it. I always recommend reaching out directly to the folks who are in a position to advance your career, but proceed mindfully to avoid these very common mistakes! 
    In this episode of The Career Rx we’ll discuss:
    How to talk about expectations of that new role Discussing salary, compensation, perks, and negotiablesHow you might be restricting yourself too much in your searchToday we're going to be talking about three huge job application mistakes that physicians (or anyone) sometimes make even with the best intentions. These are loaded topics - when and how you should inquire about the daily expectations and duties of a role, discussing salary and benefits, and how narrowing your search requirements might be leading to missed opportunities.   
    By the end of this episode, you’ll know how to better prepare yourself to avoid these three red flag situations you might be making before or during an interview. 
    In this Episode: 
    [1:00] Most of these mistakes are made even with the best intentions
    [3:00] Accidentally broadcasting what you don’t know - a quick way to get eliminated!
    [6:15] Worried salary expectations won’t match, and don’t want to waste your time (or theirs)?
    [10:20] Location, location, location - don’t ‘overfilter’ your search
    [14:35] Knowing the right times for the right questions
    Links and Resources: 
    Episode 73 - Facts and Myths About Physician Recruiters

    • 15 min
    #75 - From Surgeon to Healthcare Architecture Consultant (Really!) with Dr. Heena Santry

    #75 - From Surgeon to Healthcare Architecture Consultant (Really!) with Dr. Heena Santry

    Feeling like you’re not making the difference you were meant to make? If you’re looking for some inspiration to make those hard career decisions - this episode is for you. 


    In this episode of The Career Rx we’ll discuss:


    Values and motivations in a medical career, and how academics isn’t always the most impactful way to make a differenceExactly how Dr. Santry made this dramatic pivot – step by step by stepLessons from her job search that you can apply to your own career path, including professional branding, how to craft an industry resume, networking, and the key moments that created this success story Today, I have special guest Dr. Heena Santry, who had an amazingly successful career as an academic acute care surgeon, and is now a healthcare consultant for an architecture and design firm (wait – WHAT?). 


    She has a really interesting story that will inspire you with a broader view of professional possibilities. She’s a living example of creating her own path to personal balance, deep professional fulfillment, and major impact as a physician in healthcare. 


    Because she’s so awesome, we talk for about an hour, so be ready to immerse yourself! 


    In this Episode: 


    [3:47] How Dr. Santry’s career started – ambitious, intense, and a very ‘traditional’ surgeon path
    [5:13] Key motivators and values that inspired her medical career, and how that fit (or didn’t!) with her academic successes
    [7:19] What she’s doing now as Director of Healthcare Consulting at a global architecture and design firm 
    [9:02] What it means to be influencing healthcare delivery on a macro scale 
    [10:59] How we met (I was hired to be the coach of the Association of Women Surgeons’ Signature Speaker Series program, and then…) 
    [14:28] Do industry recruiters or bosses care about your CV? Yes, and no.
    [16:58] This specific kind of networking was a critical first step
    [21:43] Converting her CV to a resume, key transferable skills, and my LinkedIn PopUp
    [27:22] Job descriptions and applications, and the role of internal bias 
    [30:30] There’s a ‘mic drop’ moment right here. (Hint: it’s how professional branding and an opportunity to make that pitch came together for a career changing result)
    [36:28] Career possibilities are all around you, if you change the way you look 
    [41:17] “But are you still a doctor? Aren’t you walking away from your patients, and all that training?”
    [47:07] How Dr. Santry’s day-to-day life has changed – big things and little things 


    Links and Resources: 


    The Speaking Rx learn the business of professional public speaking to establish yourself as a thought leader you are, and get paid for your speaking expertise


    LinkedIn PopUp – I offer these periodically, so be sure you’re on my email list. That’s really the only way to be sure you get access to the next one. They’re free!


    Industry Insider - learn exactly how to land a rewarding nonclinical career without a new degree, connections on the inside, prior experience, or a pay cut

    • 50 min
    #74 - 8 Elements of an Effective Networking Strategy

    #74 - 8 Elements of an Effective Networking Strategy

    Do you want to know how to grow your network fast, especially if you want to take your career in a new direction, or to new heights? Think you have to get lucky to network, or be a natural extrovert? 
    Many people are under the impression that networking is only for chatty extroverts who love small talk and easily manage to meet tons of people. But that’s simply not true. If you’ve had trouble building your network or leveraging your network for professional growth and actual results, this episode is for you.
    In this episode of The Career Rx we’ll discuss:
    Myth-busting the top 8 networking misconceptions Exactly where and how to find the most useful potential connectionsHow to grow the right network with a deliberate strategy instead of luck
    Today I'm answering a question about networking. So my listener Jared writes and says, “I want to explore some different careers. But I don't have a network or any existing connections. And there haven't been any in person networking events recently, because of COVID. How can I get started?” So let's talk today about how to get started building a deliberate networking strategy.


    By the end of this episode, you’ll have a step by step plan that doesn’t require you to be good at small talk or be particularly extroverted. You’ll have a clear understanding of what makes for a successful and optimized strategy and how simple some of these non-negotiable steps make for effective networking connections. 
    In this Episode: 
    [1:12] Industry Insider - learn exactly how to land a rewarding nonclinical career without a new degree, connections on the inside, prior experience, or a pay cut
    [3:30] Getting clear objectives - what you want to learn and what you want to eventually land
    [7:00] How to create a connections list and map - and what to do with it
    [8:50] Don’t underestimate the power of LinkedIn to do heavy work for you
    [11:20] How to understand the industry, leaders, and culture 
    [14:15] The balanced network - with the right level of influence on and interest in your career
    [17:50] Plan, plan, plan for results.


    Links and Resources: 
    TransforMD - a life changing retreat for women physicians who want more from their careers and their lives - it’s time, right now!
    Industry Insider - learn exactly how to land a rewarding nonclinical career without a new degree, connections on the inside, prior experience, or a pay cut
    The Branding Rx 18 hours of CME, mastering digital strategies for advancing your career, building your business, and growing your professional brand

    • 19 min
    #73 - Facts and Myths About Physician Recruiters

    #73 - Facts and Myths About Physician Recruiters

    Ever wondered what recruiters actually do, and whether they can help you? 
    Curious how recruiters help nonclinical physician job seekers, or if recruiters only help companies? 
    If you’re not sure about responding to reaching out to recruiters, especially if you’re looking for a leadership or nonclinical role - this episode is for you.
    In this episode of The Career Rx we’ll discuss:
    The similarities and differences between the main kinds of recruiters and why it matters to youHow a recruiter can help you, and why they would want toWhat companies want from their retained search firms, and how this impacts your job search When and why you should consider connecting with a recruiterToday’s episode is a Q&A style interview I hosted live in my Women Physician Facebook Group with a physician recruiter. Listen to get the full lowdown on how physicians can best work with recruiters, particularly physicians who are interested in transitioning to nonclinical roles in biotech and in pharma. This advice is applicable and eye opening for any physician anywhere who is engaging with recruiters for the purposes of either getting ahead professionally or making some kind of a change. There are lots of myths and misinformation about recruiters, and today, we’re hearing the truth directly from the source!
    By the end of this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of what recruiters can actually do for you, how they get compensation (and how that impacts you), the LinkedIn culture of recruiting, and a few red flags to look out for when getting to know recruiters. 


    In this Episode: 
    [02:24] What are the different kinds of recruiters, and what are the differences ? 
    [08:03] How can recruiters help candidates? Why should you use a recruiter?
    [15:18] Red flags that may indicate an unethical recruiter
    [17:54] Is the recruiter the gatekeeper for the job? 
    [20:27] The real scoop on LinkedIn and keywords
    [22:27] Can applicants initiate contact with recruiters? 
    [26:47] Everything's confidential, right? 
    [28:35] Does the recruiter’s fee take a % of the candidate’s compensation offer?
    [31:53] What does a company generally consider to be a ‘successful hire’?
    [45:49] Pros and cons to ‘open to work’ on LinkedIn
    [54:56] Is there truth to the idea that ‘the best jobs don’t need recruiters’? 


    If you love this episode, you’ll really want to check out my top 2 career transition resources:
    TransforMD - the once-a-year, truly life changing retreat for women physicians who want more from their careers and their lives - limited spots are open right now!
    Industry Insider - learn exactly how to land a rewarding nonclinical career without a new degree, connections on the inside, prior experience, or a pay cut
    Also, be sure to listen to the Nonclinical Careers Playlist for key episodes on this podcast related to resumes, networking, success stories, and more. 

    • 57 min
    #72 - Should You Take A Pay Cut for a Nonclinical Job?

    #72 - Should You Take A Pay Cut for a Nonclinical Job?

    Is financial fear preventing you from making a career change? Do you wonder if you have to take a pay cut to leave clinical medicine? How much do nonclinical jobs pay, anyway?
    If you feel trapped by student loan debt or the perception that you won’t be able to make a good living as a nonclinical physician, but you desire to pivot into more fulfilling work - this episode is for you.
    In this episode of The Career Rx we’ll discuss:
    Myths and fears about pay cuts and nonclinical opportunitiesWhy getting an offer before you decide can change your perspectiveEntry level nonclinical careers, and their trajectoriesToday’s episode was inspired by this question from a listener:  “Is it worth it to take a big pay cut for a position in industry, just to ‘get in’...and then do some time and move on up?” 
    Let’s have some real talk about whether it is ‘worth it’ to take a pay cut to make the kind of career shift or change that you hope to make - and, whether you have to take a pay cut at all!
    By the end of this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of nonclinical salaries, whether the fears around pay cuts are mostly myths, and the tradeoffs you may find in nonclinical career. 
    In this Episode: 
    [1:15] Have a question you’d like me to answer on a future episode? 
    [4:00] Salary numbers don’t reflect your true compensation in a nonclinical job
    [5:47] A hematologist, a rheumatologist, and an anesthesiologist walk into a room
    [9:00] The ladder of opportunities for promotion in industry
    [11:30] What about all that student loan debt?
    [13:50] Breaking down some self limiting beliefs
    Links and Resources: 
    TransforMD - a life changing retreat for women physicians who want more from their careers and their lives - it’s time, right now!

    • 15 min

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32 Ratings

DrDee77 ,

Must listen!

Short , sweet and to the point - but very helpful and tons of great information with practical advice. Must listen if thinking of transitioning.

waitingdoc ,

big help for career transition

great podcast with practical tips to improve job search strategies. Thanks Dr. Stiegler!

Dermnc ,

Concise memorable lessons each episode

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