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Resources For Transitioning To Non-Traditional Medical Careers Category: Job Search by - December 15, 2014 | Views: 30181 | Likes: 1 | Comment: 3  


Several physician career coaches have experience with guiding, advising and mentoring physicians through the career transition process. Heather Fork, MD, CPCC, is the owner and founder of the Doctor’s Crossing. As an ICF certified coach, she works with physicians who are seeking to renew and reinvigorate their careers and avoid burnout. She helps doctors tap into their natural abilities and passion for creating new and inspiring opportunities within clinical medicine or through non-clinical options. Through a structured process that includes assessments, personality testing, and custom designed exercises, doctors clarify their goals and develop and implement a concrete plan for moving forward.

Michelle Mudge-Riley DO,MHA, a physician career coach, and mentor says that deciding between a fully self-directed transition and one in which you use a coach or mentor to help you is often difficult.  She says that conferences and coaches can be expensive — from $300 per hour to over $10,000. Dr. Mudge-Riley describes some benefits of using the coaching method, including accountability. She says if you need help with keeping the “big picture” in mind and keeping the details of the wavy road of a transition straight, using a coach may be beneficial for you. ‚Äč

Coaching provides support, she says, ‘To whom do you talk with about your transition?  Is it other people who are also trying to transition or people who don’t “get it”?  Is family members, a spouse or parent?  If you don’t have one or two people in your life who know a lot about a career transition and who are emotionally removed from your choice and transition, you should strongly consider hiring a coach to help you.’ 


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