The Entrepreneurial Physician's Contemporary Career Map

I am a big believer in evolution, whether it's of the world, of human beings over the span of a life or of a professional career. As a current entrepreneurial physician and business owner, I'm acutely aware that to thrive, I must evolve.

I am a big believer in evolution, whether it’s of the world, of human beings over the span of a life or of a professional career. As a current entrepreneurial physician and business owner, with a zig zagging career spanning more than 25 years, I'm acutely aware that to thrive, I must evolve.

When I was a kid, our family doctor was a crusty, opinionated, spry man who loved his patients and who'd given his life to his general practice. I recall him sitting at my brother's bedside for an entire night during an attack of croup, ready to do a tracheotomy if needed... as he later confided to my mom.

He kept his practice going until his late 70s and I doubt if he ever reconsidered his decision to go into medicine. Even though I had not planned a career as a physician (but that is another story!), I think deep down he was my role model for a doctor.

Most of my readers know my story of career change, but you probably don't know that even now, my career continues to evolve. I recently took on a project as a consulting medical director to a company engaged in evaluating the impact of physician continuing medical education on how doctors' practices change after an educational program, and how patients are ultimately impacted by this new or refreshed knowledge.

These are questions I've been asked, and I've given them all some thought.

Why did I embark on this project? Am I giving up physician coaching? Am I moving on from my business?

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