188 episodes

Are you a physician who’s questioning your career path? If you’re at the white coat crossroads, for whatever reason, this podcast is for you. We’re going to help you find your best path forward, whether it’s to be happier in patient care, transition to a nonclinical career, or do something completely different.

In the weekly podcasts, we’re bringing you all the good stuff:

-Actionable tools and resources to help you start making positive changes.

-Interviews with physicians who’ve found new and fulfilling ways to practice as well as those who’ve transitioned into nonclinical careers.

-Concrete advice for applying to jobs, using LinkedIn, interviewing, negotiating, and much more.

Your host, Dr. Heather Fork, is a former board-certified dermatologist who transitioned into full-time career coaching for physicians over 10 years ago. She is a master certified coach who has been helping hundreds of physicians find ways to be happier both in medicine and beyond.

Come visit us at www.doctorscrossing.com to learn more!

The Doctor’s Crossing Carpe Diem Podcast Heather Fork, MD

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    • 4.8 • 143 Ratings

Are you a physician who’s questioning your career path? If you’re at the white coat crossroads, for whatever reason, this podcast is for you. We’re going to help you find your best path forward, whether it’s to be happier in patient care, transition to a nonclinical career, or do something completely different.

In the weekly podcasts, we’re bringing you all the good stuff:

-Actionable tools and resources to help you start making positive changes.

-Interviews with physicians who’ve found new and fulfilling ways to practice as well as those who’ve transitioned into nonclinical careers.

-Concrete advice for applying to jobs, using LinkedIn, interviewing, negotiating, and much more.

Your host, Dr. Heather Fork, is a former board-certified dermatologist who transitioned into full-time career coaching for physicians over 10 years ago. She is a master certified coach who has been helping hundreds of physicians find ways to be happier both in medicine and beyond.

Come visit us at www.doctorscrossing.com to learn more!

    Don’t Wait for Doors to Open, Get Scrappy in Your Career Quest

    Don’t Wait for Doors to Open, Get Scrappy in Your Career Quest

    In today's episode, we'll explore how taking initiative and creating your own opportunities can transform your career. I'm thrilled to welcome our guest, Dr. Georgette Chekiri, a family medicine physician who has navigated a successful and unconventional career path. Dr. Chekiri's journey is a testament to the importance of transferable skills and being proactive. From her early career aspirations to her diverse job experiences, including a stint at Disney World and working in a chicken processing plant, Dr. Chekiri has embraced every opportunity with determination and resilience. Now, she serves as a medical director in life insurance medicine, a role she discovered through her resourcefulness and willingness to explore non-traditional avenues.
    You can find the show notes for this episode and more information by clicking here:
    www.doctorscrossing.com/episode187 
    In this episode we’re talking about:
    Dr. Georgette Chekiri's early career aspirations and her path to medical school. The significance of "getting scrappy" and proactively seeking opportunities. Diversifying skills and having side gigs for career security and fulfillment. Pursuing unique job opportunities and not being deterred by rejection. How you can find job satisfaction in unlikely places. How Dr. Chekiri had to let go of worrying what others thought of her The impact of networking and mentors in successful career transitions.
    Links for this episode:
    Episode #8: Life Insurance – a Hidden Gem of a Nonclinical Career

    Episode #121: Love Your Job And Use Your Clinical Knowledge In Life Insurance Medicine

    Chart Review: Chart review is a great way to use your medical knowledge, earn side income, and develop new skills. This guide includes more than 50 chart review companies and a sample email template for reaching out to recruiters.
    Check out our Free Resources! Under the Freebie tab on our website, you can find free resource guides on a variety of topics including resumes, interviewing, LinkedIn, medical writing, pharma, chart review, time management, and telemedicine. There is also a starter kit to he

    • 34 min
    Earn Extra Income, Fire Up Your Brain, and Find A New Direction With Physician Side Gigs

    Earn Extra Income, Fire Up Your Brain, and Find A New Direction With Physician Side Gigs

    In this week’s episode, we're diving into an exciting and fun topic with a physician mover and shaker, Dr. Nisha Mehta. Dr. Mehta is the founder of the very active Facebook group, Physician Side Gigs, and has created a vibrant community of over 111,000 members in this group. She is also a practicing radiologist, keynote speaker, physician community builder, and advocate whose work has been featured in numerous media outlets. Dr. Mehta will share insights into the wide variety of side gigs physicians can pursue, offering the opportunity to use our skills in new areas, make extra money, and prevent burnout.
    You can find the show notes for this episode and more information by clicking here:
    www.doctorscrossing.com/episode186
    In this episode we’re talking about:
    The various reasons physicians pursue side gigs.   The growth and impact of the Physician Side Gigs Facebook group.   Steps to find and start both medical and non-medical side gigs.   The benefits of diversifying your income streams.   Preventing burnout and increasing financial security through side gigs.   Tips for being intentional about career pathways.   Opportunities available in consulting, expert witness work, chart review, teaching, medical writing, and many more.
    Links for this episode:
    Physician Side Gigs

    Facebook group

    https://www.nishamehtamd.com

    LinkedIn for Physicians Course 

    This fun course shows you how to create a stand-out profile on LinkedIn and use the powerful features to advance your career goals. The short video lessons guide you step-by-step on how to grow your connections, network successfully, and search for and apply to jobs. Included are cheat sheets for each lesson, examples of physician profiles, and a bonus PDF on how to rock your informational interviews.

    • 36 min
    Shake things up with Unconventional Clinical Careers

    Shake things up with Unconventional Clinical Careers

    In this episode, we dive into unconventional career paths for physicians with Dr. Sylvie Stacy, author of "50 Nonclinical Careers for Physicians" and the newly released "50 Unconventional Clinical Careers for Physicians." Dr. Stacy shares her journey from traditional medicine to exploring various roles in both clinical and nonclinical settings. We discuss the diverse opportunities available, such as working on cruise ships, in correctional facilities, and internationally. Dr. Stacy highlights niche practices and innovative fields like addiction medicine and clinical research, emphasizing the value of leveraging medical skills in unique ways. This episode is packed with insights for physicians seeking to reignite their passion for medicine and explore fulfilling career alternatives.
    You can find the show notes for this episode and more information by clicking here:
    www.doctorscrossing.com/episode185

     
    In this episode we’re talking about:
     
    Insights into Dr. Stacy’s career journey and her motivation to help physicians explore diverse career options.
    Dr. Stacy's inspiration to create resources for physicians seeking non-traditional roles.
    The importance of exploring fulfilling career options beyond traditional clinical roles.
    Dr. Stacy’s emphasis on the high value of physicians’ skills, experience, and credentials.
    Resource recommendations for physicians looking to practice abroad.
    The concept of niche medical practices and how they can lead to fulfilling and specialized careers.
    The gray area between nonclinical medicine and clinical medicine.
     
    Links for this episode:


    50 Unconventional Clinical Careers For Physicians: Unique Ways to Use Your Medical Career Without Leaving Patient Care by Dr. Sylvie Stacy

    PhysicianLeaders.org - 50 Nonconventional Clinical Careers (discount for AAPL members)

    PhysicianLeaders.org - 50 Nonclinical Careers (discount for AAPL members)

    Hippocratic Adventures - A Website for Physicians interested in Working Abroad

    PearsonRavitz empowers healthcare professionals to protect life’s most valuable financial assets—their income—and life’s most important people—their families. The company is led by its founders, Dr. Stephanie Pearson, an OB/GYN disabled in the prime of her career, and Scott Ravitz, an insurance expert to the medical community. You can book a complimentary consultation to discuss your disability insurance. 

    • 35 min
    Sometimes You Have To Leave To Know If You Still Love Medicine - A Surgeon’s Story

    Sometimes You Have To Leave To Know If You Still Love Medicine - A Surgeon’s Story

    Orthopedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Megan Brady, recounts her inspiring journey from burnout to fulfillment. Leaving behind a challenging work environment, Dr. Brady explored nonclinical career options before rediscovering her passion for patient care in a different type of surgical model. Despite facing gender biases and grappling with self-doubt, she learned the importance of setting boundaries and seeking support. Dr. Brady's story underscores the significance of resilience, adaptability, and self-discovery in navigating career transitions and finding professional fulfillment.
    You can find the show notes for this episode and more information by clicking here:
    www.doctorscrossing.com/episode184
     
    In this episode we’re talking about:
    Dr. Megan Brady, an orthopedic trauma surgeon, shares her journey as she navigates through adversity, grappling with the fundamental question of if she should return to practice, and if so, under what conditions?
    The process of leaving a challenging environment and exploring career options.
    How gender biases and self-doubt added to her challenges.
    How seeking support and setting boundaries can be crucial for our well-being.
    Why your next job doesn’t have to be the perfect answer. 
    The great satisfaction Dr. Brady has found practicing in a new surgical model. 
    The value of taking time for healing and self-discovery in career transitions.
     
    Links for this episode:
    SAMGI - Surgical Affiliates Mangagement Group, Inc
    Private 1:1 Consultations - If you would like some confidential help with your career situation, I offer an hour-long consultation via Zoom. This session may be all that you need to gain clarity and have some steps for moving forward. If after this consultation you prefer additional support, there is the option of doing one of my coaching programs (subject to availability). For more information please reach out to Kati at team@doctorscrossing.com.

    • 33 min
    Making Sure You Have The Right Disability Coverage - Just In Case

    Making Sure You Have The Right Disability Coverage - Just In Case

    In this episode, we explore the often overlooked yet critical topic of disability insurance for physicians. Dr. Stephanie Pearson shares her personal journey of facing a career-ending injury and the financial challenges it brought. We debunk common misconceptions surrounding disability coverage, stressing the importance of financial literacy and thorough policy review. Dr. Pearson provides valuable insights into navigating the claims process, understanding insurance costs and benefits, and empowers us to make informed decisions about our financial future. 
    You can find the show notes for this episode and more information by clicking here:
    www.doctorscrossing.com/episode183
    In this episode we’re talking about:
    Dr. Pearson’s career-ending injury, the financial impact, and the need to fully understand your disability insurance.
    Why Dr. Pearson co-founded a disability and life insurance company. 
    The importance of comprehensive disability insurance due to the unpredictable nature of injuries and illnesses.
    Common misconceptions among young physicians about the necessity of disability insurance.
    The need to thoroughly review disability insurance policies, understand terms like "own occupation," and ensure coverage aligns with your specialty.
    Navigating the claims process, being transparent, and seeking expert guidance.
    Factors influencing insurance costs, including age gender, and health.

    Links for this episode:
    PearsonRavitz empowers healthcare professionals to protect life’s most valuable financial assets—their income—and life’s most important people—their families. The company is led by its founders, Dr. Stephanie Pearson, an OB/GYN disabled in the prime of her career, and Scott Ravitz, an insurance expert to the medical community. You can book a complimentary consultation to discuss your disability insurance. 

    A Career-Ending Injury Leads to a New Direction with Dr. Stephanie Pearson

    Check out our Free Resources! Under the Freebie tab on our website, you can find free resource guides on a variety of topics including resumes, interviewing, LinkedIn, medical writing, pharma, chart review, time management, and telemedicine. There is also a starter kit to help you move forward when you’re feeling stuck at the crossroads. Please help yourself!

    • 36 min
    How to Negotiate Like A Boss! Advice From An Expert with guest Kyle Claussen

    How to Negotiate Like A Boss! Advice From An Expert with guest Kyle Claussen

    Join me in this episode as I explore the intricacies of physician contract negotiations with Kyle Claussen, an experienced attorney specializing in healthcare law. We cover topics such as the art of negotiating without offending, when obtaining legal assistance is recommended,  and why doctors often leave money on the table. From salary negotiations to clauses about intellectual property and tail coverage, Kyle provides invaluable insights. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or just starting out, this conversation offers practical advice to help you navigate the world of physician contracts with confidence. Tune in to gain valuable knowledge and resources for securing fair and favorable terms in your next employment agreement.
    You can find the show notes for this episode and more information by clicking here:
    www.doctorscrossing.com/episode182
    In this episode we’re talking about:
    Why physicians are often reluctant to negotiate their contract
    How and when to engage an attorney when negotiating your employment contract
    Ways to ask for your contract without explicitly indicating that you're considering leaving
    Negotiation strategies regarding salary and additional benefits
    Restrictive covenants, required notice, tail coverage, and other key terms
    Clauses regarding intellectual property and your ability to do outside work
    Addressing maternity or parental leave with the employer's HR department
    Links for this episode:
    Kyle Claussen's LinkedIn
    If you want to see more data you can visit the salary data page and create a free account.
    Resolve's Twitter
    Resolve's Instagram
    Resolve's Facebook
    AI Webinar - How to use AI to rock your career transition - Ready to make your career transition a whole lot easier? Whether you're exploring nonclinical options, converting your CV to a resume, or gearing up for interviews, this webinar has you covered! Join us May 22nd, 2024 at 6 pm EST/ 5 pm CST / 3 pm PST - save your seat!
     
     
     
     

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 Ratings

Doc in Austin ,

You don’t need to see where you’re going…

The information in Healthers podcasts are real, raw and realizing-after practicing ER medicine for 27 years, I’m ready to pivot to a more consistent and comfortable, non-clinical position that allows me to have creativity, consistency, and calm. Thank you Heather for guiding us to discuss in a safe and positive light our concerns and curiosities. We CAN pivot and thrive and make a difference in a career in non-clinical Medicine. Grateful that Heather gives us the platform to do so.

AUDIguy26 ,

Out of medical practice for two years in transition.

I love the clear information provided by Heather Fork and her guest. I am in transition and this topic was perfect to help with decision making about my license renewal. What the options are and what to think about in this situation. Thank you very much.

bourgy ,

Reassuring about physician struggles

Yes physicians struggle now days and it is widespread - we are not defective - it is related to the system and this show gives hope and discusses numerous ways to contribute to healthcare without simply being a cog in someone else’s system - very warm and approachable

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