Where to go for help: Your career resource guide

February 5, 2001

Your Career Guide

Jump to:Choose article section... BURNOUT RECOVERY CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING CAREER ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS CAREER PLANNING FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS COMPENSATION INFORMATION CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS FELLOWSHIP/GRANT PROGRAMS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE JOB SEARCH, INTERVIEWING, AND NETWORKING NONCLINICAL OPPORTUNITIES PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP RETIREMENT

BURNOUT RECOVERY

Organizations

Center for Professional Well-Being
21 West Colony Place, Suite 150
Durham, NC 27705
919-489-9167
www.cpwb.org
Promotes well-being among health care professionals and in their dealings with others. Services include education and advisory programs, as well as personal consulting.

Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal
"Restoring the Heart and Soul of Medicine" program
PO Box 316
Bolinas, CA 94924
415-868-2642
ishi@igc.orgwww.commonweal.org/ishi.html (Click on CME curricula.)
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of the best-selling Kitchen Table Wisdom (Riverhead Books, 1997) and My Grandfather's Blessings (Riverhead Books, 2000) designed this program to help physicians contribute to each other's healing. The curriculum is taught in three residential workshops and offers 25.5 Category I CME credits toward the California Medical Association's Physicians Recognition Award.

Consultants

Kay Gilley
5 Chelan Court
Durham, NC 27713
919-572-2879
kaygilley@intentional-leadership.comwww.intentional-leadership.com

Gilley is an associate of the Center for Professional Well-Being, the head of her own consulting firm, Intentional Leadership Systems, and author of several books on leadership. She offers hourly consultations and three-day intensive programs for physicians who want to revitalize themselves.

Kernan T. Manion, MD
Work/Life Design
1620 Sudbury Road, #5
Concord, MA 01742
978-369-0368
kmanion@pol.netwww.worklifedesign.org
Manion, a psychiatrist, provides consulting services for individuals and organizations interested in identifying and resolving occupational stress and promoting well-being. Services for individuals also include career transition planning.

Books

Compassion Fatigue: Coping With Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder in Those Who Treat the Traumatized, Charles R. Figley, editor (Brunner/Mazel, 1995).

Leaving the Bedside: The Search for a Nonclinical Medical Career (American Medical Association, 1996).

Six Months Off: How to Plan, Negotiate and Take the Break You Need Without Burning Bridges or Going Broke, Hope Dlugozima, James Scott, and David Sharp (Henry Holt & Co, 1996).

The Burnout Companion to Study and Practice, Wilmar Schaufeli and Dirk Enzmann (Taylor & Francis, 1998).

The Truth About Burnout: How Organizations Cause Personal Stress and What to Do About It, Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter (Jossey-Bass, 1997).

CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING

(see also Career Assistance for Residents, and Career Planning for Medical Students)

Physician coaches*

Peter P. Farmer, MD
Center for Performance Dynamics
PO Box 1572
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
888-480-2622
drpete@warriorcoaching.comwww.performancecoaching.net
Farmer, an emergency medicine physician, specializes in executive performance coaching.

Francine Gaillour, MD
PhysicianCareerVentures
15600 Northeast 8th St., Suite B1-173
Bellevue, WA 98008
425-646-5121
info@physiciancareerventures.comwww.physiciancareerventures.com
Gaillour, an internist, specializes in working with physician executives, entrepreneurial physicians, and those in transition.

Gigi Hirsch, MD
MD IntelliNet
99 Babcock St., Suite 2
Brookline, MA 02446
617-713-3688
info@mdintellinet.comwww.mdintellinet.com
The firm helps place physicians interested in diversifying into nontraditional areas such as integrative medicine, and nonclinical areas such as pharmaceuticals/biotechnology, medical devices, health care finance, and information technology. It also offers career counseling.

Ahnna Lake, MD
International Health Consulting
PO Box 119 Stowe, VT 05672
802-253-9369
alakemd@aol.com
Lake, a family practitioner, focuses on optimal wellness and career satisfaction.

Kernan T. Manion, MD
Work/Life Design
(see listing under Burnout recovery)

Peter S. Moskowitz, MD
Center for Professional and Personal Renewal
555 Bryant St., Suite 160
Palo Alto, CA 94301
800-377-1096
pmoskowitz@cppr.comwww.cppr.com
Moskowitz, a radiologist, emphasizes career transitions and work-life balance.

Todd D. Pearson, MD
The Center for Physician Renewal
37922 55th Ave. South
Auburn, WA 98001
253-351-8577
mdrenew@aol.com
Pearson, a pediatrician, helps physicians reconnect to their sense of purpose and live a life more aligned with their deepest values.

Books

Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals, Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul (Academic Press, 1997).

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (HarperCollins, 1991).

Strategic Career Management for the 21st Century Physician, Gigi Hirsch, MD (American Medical Association, 2000).

The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense, Kevin W. McCarthy (Navpress, 1992).

The Career Chase: Taking Creative Control in a Chaotic Age, Helen Harkness (Consulting Psychologists Press, 1997).

Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design, Laurence G. Boldt (Penguin USA, 1999).

CAREER ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS

Organizations

American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
Patrick C. Alguire, MD
Director, Education and Career Development
190 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-351-2400
palguire@mail.acponlinewww.acponline.org/careers
At ACP-ASIM's online Career Resource Center, the information is organized according to a timeline, explaining what to do and when, from writing a CV to assessing the capitation rates in a managed care contract.

American Academy of Family Physicians
11400 Tomahawk Creek Pky.
Leawood, KS 66211
913-906-6000
fp@aafp.orgwww.aafp.org
Resources for FP residents include information on the AAFP's resident scholars competition and placement service, an online, interactive program that matches family physicians or medical educators with professional opportunities. The site also contains a national listing of career opportunities.

CAREER PLANNING FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

Organizations

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
202-828-0400
www.aamc.org/medcareers
The AAMC's comprehensive new MedCAREERS program guides medical students through the process of selecting a specialty. The site also provides a thorough list of other online career planning resources.

American Academy of Family Physicians
Student Interest Department
11400 Tomahawk Creek Pky.
Leawood, KS 66211
800-274-2237
fp@aafp.orgwww.aafp.org
This site offers articles addressing the demand for FPs, income levels, scope of practice, and training, and provides links to the Web sites of specialty organizations.
The Virtual Family Medicine Interest Group (fmignet.aafp.org) supplies information and resources that help students explore career choice, role models, leadership development, the Match program, clinical resources, and other relevant topics.

Books

From Medical School to Residency: How to Compete Successfully in the Residency Match Program, Roger P. Smith, MD (Springer-Verlag, 2000).

Financing Medical Education, 1999-2000, National Association of Medical Minority Educators, c/o Charles Terrell, 617-638-5130.

From High School to Med School: The Definitive Guide to Accelerated Medical Programs. Jason Yanofski and Ashish Raju (Xlibris Corp., 2000). Find it at www.tbook.com/m/Medical_School_Guides.

COMPENSATION INFORMATION

American Medical Group Association
1422 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-0033
www.amga.org
The AMGA exclusively surveys physicians in large multispecialty groups. Its 2000 Medical Group Compensation & Productivity Survey costs $175 for members and $250 for nonmembers.  

The Healthcare Group
Meetinghouse Business Center
140 West Germantown Pike, Suite 200
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
800-473-0032
www.thehealthcaregroup.com
Produces an annual Physician Starting Salary Survey. The 2000 survey costs $175.

Medical Economics magazine
5 Paragon Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645
www.memag.com
The magazine publishes the results of its annual Continuing Survey, a series of reports on physicians' practice incomes, fees and reimbursements, etc.

Medical Group Management Association
104 Inverness Terrace East
Englewood, CO 80112
877-275-6462
www.mgma.com
The MGMA gathers data from its member organizations, which represent groups of all sizes, for its annual MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey. Buy the survey online or by calling the MGMA service center at 888-608-5602 or 303-397-7888. The cost is $225 for MGMA members, $275 for affiliates, $375 for nonmembers.

Cejka and Company
222 South Central, Suite 400
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-726-1603
www.cejka.com
This health care consulting and search firm does a biennial Physician Executive Compensation Survey in collaboration with the American College of Physician Executives. A summary of the survey is available at the Resources section of their Web site. The cost for the complete survey is $100 for members and $250 for nonmembers. Contact Geoff Staub at 800-678-7858.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Organizations

American Medical Association
515 North State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
312-464-5000
www.ama-assn.org
For help with your employment agreement, consult the AMA's Annotated Model Physician Employment Agreement, and Contracts: What You Need to Know, both available atwww.ama-assn.org/ama/priv/category/2207.html(for AMA members). To request a free hard copy of the Annotated Model Physician Employment Agreement, AMA members can call 312-464-4978.

AMA ConsultingLink
(Provided by AMA subsidiaries)
800-366-6968
www.amalink.com(Click on Consultants & Attorneys.)
If you're looking for legal assistance, try AMA ConsultingLink, which will provide for free the names of two or three health care attorneys, as well as other business consultants, in your area.

Books

Physician Employment Contract Handbook, Maria K. Todd (McGraw-Hill and the Medical Group Management Association, 1999).

Physician Compensation, Models for Aligning Financial Goals and Incentives, Kenneth M. Hekman, Editor (McGraw-Hill, 2000).

FELLOWSHIP/GRANT PROGRAMS

(for midcareer transitions)

Bush Foundation
Bush Medical Fellows Program
301 Second St. NE
New Prague, MN 56071
952-758-8122 or 952-442-2420
bushmed@bushfoundation.orgwww.bushfoundation.org/programs/medicalfellowsprog.htm
Each year, about a dozen physicians in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin are awarded fellowships, allowing them to take a leave of absence from practice to pursue personal and professional goals that address the health care needs of their communities.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Organizations

American Holistic Medical Association
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
703-556-9728
info@holisticmedicine.orgwww.holisticmedicine.org/index.html
AHMA provides professional support to physicians who practice holistic medicine. In December 2000, the American Board of Holistic Medicine offered its first certification examination, a step toward recognizing this as a specialty practice.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
5820 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-937-5514
www.medicalacupuncture.org
The AAMC claims to be the sole physician-only professional acupuncture society in North America. Members represent all the disciplines of medical acupuncture practiced in the US and Canada.

National Integrative Medicine Council
5151 East Broadway, Suite 1095
Tucson, AZ 85711
520-571-1110
info@nimc.orgwww.nimc.org
This nonprofit membership organization hopes to promote integrative medicine by engaging in advocacy work in the legislative arena and creating new models for health profession education.

Professional training programs

Center for Mind-Body Medicine
5225 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 414
Washington, DC 20015
202-966-7338 (ask for Marty Cathcart)
www.cmbm.org
Mind-Body Spirit Medicine: The Professional Training Program, run by psychiatrist James S. Gordon, includes one week-long session, a three-day practicum, and a one-day program on protocols for establishing a mind-body program.

The University of Arizona
Program in Integrative Medicine
Attn: Fellowship
PO Box 245153
Tucson, AZ 85724
integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/fellowship.html
Choose from a two-year, on-site fellowship for DOs and MDs interested in becoming leaders in the field of integrative medicine, or a distance-learning associate fellows program that requires only three one-week sessions on-site. The associate fellowship is open to licensed physicians and nurse practitioners.

Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA School of Medicine, Acupuncture Program
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512
310-794-2620
cme@medsch.ucla.eduwww.medicalacupuncture.org/cme/cme5.htm
The primarily home-study course has been taught since 1983 and is open only to licensed physicians. Requires some on-site supervised clinical training.

Books

Alternative Medicine Resource Guide, Francine Feuerman & Marsha J. Handel (Scarecrow Press, 1997).

This lists training programs across the country and includes a selective bibliography of related books, journals, and newsletters.

JOB SEARCH, INTERVIEWING, AND NETWORKING

Medical associations

American Academy of Family Physicians
AAFP Placement Services
11400 Tomahawk Creek Pky.
Leawood, KA 66211
800-274-2237
placement@aafp.orgwww.aafp.org/placement
The academy offers online placement services, an interactive program that matches family physicians (or family medicine educators seeking a position) with professional opportunities.

American College of Physician Executives CareerLink
9200 East Panorama Circle, Suite 120
Englewood, CO 80112
877-700-0195
acpe@artofsearch.comwww.acpe.org/career/index.html
Members can use the ACPE career link to post their resume, look for openings, or research employers.

Medical practice management consultants

For a list of consultants in your area, contact:

National Association of Healthcare Consultants
1255 23rd St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
800-313-6242 or 202-452-8282
consultants@healthcon.orgwww.healthcon.org

The Society of Medical-Dental Management Consultants
3646 E. Ray Road., B16-45
Phoenix, AZ 85044
800-826-2264
www.smdmc.org

Publication-related resources

Annals of Internal Medicine. Go to www.annals.org and click on "Classifieds," or go directly to www.acponline.org/jobs/index.htm for a comprehensive listing of openings for physicians from Annals of Internal Medicine and other publications.

Medical Economics. You'll find the magazine's new Career Center at www.hospitalhub.com/medec. Or go to the magazine's home page (www.memag.com) and click on the Career Center badge. You can search or post available physician jobs, obtain one-on-one career counseling, and post your CV.

The New England Journal of Medicine (www.nejm.org/careerlinks ) gives registered members the option to receive e-mail alerts of new job openings before they're listed online or in print, or to access them as they become available. Also provides links to some recruitment firms and related articles on careers.

Recruiters

Cejka and Company
www.cejka.com
Offers a list of job openings, a career development library, and the opportunity for a live consultation with a career counselor. You can also post legal questions to an attorney.

J & C Nationwide
www.jcnationwide.com
Formerly Jackson & Coker and Nationwide Medical Services, the firm lists openings for permanent and locum tenens positions, along with articles on career basics.

Merrit, Hawkins & Associates
www.merritthawkins.com
This large physician recruitment company in Irving, TX, lists job openings, best places to live, housing information, etc., plus related links.

National Association of Physician Recruiters
World Job Bank
www.napr.org/wjblogin.htm
Posts permanent and locum tenens positions available in the US as well as in Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The NAPR's membership includes physician recruitment firms, hospitals, medical groups, individuals, and vendor organizations.

Pederson & Freedman
ilw.com/pederson/toc_mdjb.htm
Includes links to medical journals with job ads, recruitment firms/organizations, and Internet employment advertising. Intended as a resource for foreign physicians but useful for all doctors.

Trapani & Associates
www.webdoc.com
This New Orleans-based firm offers an integrated online network system, database of over 700 practice opportunities by specialty, and employment-related articles.

Weatherby Health Care
www.weatherbyhealthcare.com
Weatherby, another major recruitment firm, lists practice and locum tenens opportunities and offers a career guide with articles on career basics.

Worldwide Medical Services
www.wwmedical.com
The site provides job listings for locum tenens and permanent placement, along with an area for client registration.

Books

The Physician in Transition: Managing the Job Interview, Donald L. Double (American Medical Association, 1997).

The Physician's Job-Search Rx: Marketing Yourself for the Position You Want, Javad H. Kashani, Wesley D. Allan, and Kate Kelly (John Wiley & Sons, 1998).

The Overnight Job Change Strategy, Donald Asher (Ten Speed Press, 1993).

60 Seconds & You're Hired! Robin Ryan (Penguin USA, 2000).

NONCLINICAL OPPORTUNITIES

Educational Programs

Patient Advocate Certificate Program
McGregor School at Antioch University
310-246-0828
pfpa@pacbell.net
In partnership with the Porrath Foundation for Patient Advocacy, the McGregor School at Antioch University in Ohio will offer a professional Patient Advocate certificate program in the fall of 2001. The distance-learning program will offer CME credit and include individualized case supervision.

Patient advocates help cancer patients and families sort out options and make medical treatment and other life decisions.
Placement Services for Nonclinical Jobs
MD IntelliNet
99 Babcock St., Suite #2
Brookline, MA 02446
617-713-3688
info@mdintellinet.comwww.mdintellinet.com
See listing under Physician coaches.

Books

Strategic Career Management for the 21st Century Physician, Gigi Hirsch, MD (American Medical Association,1999). See Chapters 5, 7, and 8 for information on clinical opportunities. The following list of potentially useful organizations is excerpted from the chapter on "Navigating Vertical Market Sectors":

Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry
www.aoop.htm

American Academy of Insurance Medicine
www.aaimedicine.org

American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians
www.aapp.org

American College of Legal Medicine
www.aclm.org

American Medical Informatics Association
www.amia.org

American Telemedicine Association
www.atmeda.org

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
www.aami.org

Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy
www.academyhealth.org

Association of Management
Consulting Firms
www.amcf.org

Institute of Management Consultants USA
www.imcusa.org

National Association of Healthcare Consultants
www.healthcon.org

PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP

Organizations

American College of Physician Executives
4890 West Kennedy Blvd., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33609
800-562-8088
webmaster@acpe.orgwww.acpe.org
Provides a variety of career development programs and services for licensed physicians with full or part-time responsibilities in health care administration or management. Yearly dues are $185, plus a one-time $30 processing fee.

Academic programs

Hopkins Business of Medicine Program
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Turner Building
720 Rutland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21205-2195
410-955-3988 (ask for Mary Jeter)
cmenet@jhmi.eduww2.med.jhu.edu/cme/events/busofmed.htm
This graduate certificate program takes 10 to 11 months to complete and carries 12 graduate credits, which may be applied to a 48-credit MBA degree. Concentration in medical service management. For each course, students meet one evening a week for 10 weeks.

Physicians Executive MBA Program
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
711 Stokely Management Center
Knoxville, TN 37996
888-446-5458
mstahl@utk.edu (Michael J. Stahl, PhD, program director)
www.pemba.utk.edu
Applicants must be MDs or DOs from a US-accredited medical school. This is a 12-month distance learning program that requires four on-site residency periods of one week each.

Books

Leading From the Heart: Choosing Courage Over Fear in the Workplace, Kay Gilley (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997).

Women and Leadership in Health Care, Catherine Robinson-Walker (Jossey-Bass, 1999).

RETIREMENT

Organizations

Doctors Without Borders USA
6 East 39th Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10016
212-679-6800
or:
2040 Avenue of the Stars, C-21
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310-277-2793
office_volunteers@newyork.msf.orgwww.doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/officevol.htm
DWB, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, is the world's largest independent international medical relief agency aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and others who lack health care due to geographic remoteness or ethnic marginalization. It operates independently of all governments, institutions, and political, economic, or religious influences, and depends on volunteer health professionals. When medical assistance is not enough to save lives, Doctors Without Borders will speak out against human rights abuses and violations of humanitarian law that its teams witness in the course of providing medical relief.

Physicians for Social Responsibility
1101 14th Street Northwest, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
202-898-0172
psrnatl@psr.orgwww.psr.org
According to its Web site, PSR is "committed to eliminating nuclear weapons and the reversal of the arms race and the national budgetary priorities fueling that race, to the detriment of our nation's health, social, and economic needs." It also seeks to reverse the domestic arms race and to encourage ways to find peaceful solutions to interpersonal and local disputes, as well as international conflicts.

Harris County Medical Society Retired Physicians Organization
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004-7126
713-524-4267
www.hcms.org

Books

Creating a Successful Retirement: Finding Peace and Purpose, Richard P. Johnson (Liquori Publications, 1999.)

The Healing Journey Through Retirement, Phil Rich, Dorothy Madway Sampson, Dale S. Fetherling (John Wiley & Sons, 1999).

Retirement is Over-Rated, Donald R. Germann (Leathers Publishing, 1998).

*See "Could a 'coach' get you motivated about medicine?" Jan. 10, 2000.

 





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