career transition and life coaching for physicians

Career Resources

Below I have provided books and websites which may be of interest.  From time to time I replace them with new recommendations, so be sure to come back and see what is new.

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Financial  and wealth manegment for medical professionals.  We have a strong history of delivering result driven financial solutions for medical professionals and organizations. Long ago we realized that most physicians chose ambitious lifestyles that leave little time to concentrate on financial matters. This lack of attention resulted in wasted time and money in attempting to reach long-term financial goals. MEDIQUS created a solution.

practicelinkEmployment services and job listings for physicians.  Established in 1994, PracticeLink connects job-seeking physicians and advanced practitioners in all specialties with opportunities at more than 5,000 health systems, hospitals, medical groups and private practices.

physempPhysician employment and career planning.  Physicians Employment has been connecting talented physicians with job opportunities for two decades. Now, it’s easier than ever to search!

helpguide-logo-new An excellent resource for information about professional burnout, and strategies to avoid it and/or deal with it.  Help Guide offers free online resources that are motivating, balanced, backed by proven research—and focused on information you can use to help yourself. The goal is to give you the tools you need to overcome your problems and make healthier choices.

seak_logoProvides extensive courses and training for physicians interested in transition to non-clinical careers. SEAK is a continuing education, publishing and consulting company.  We have trained well over 25,000 expert witnesses, physicians, lawyers, nurses, and other professionals.  SEAK is the leading provider of Expert Witness Training and texts.  We publish professional directories for Expert WitnessesIME Doctors, and File Review Consultants.

simply_hiredExcellent search engine for jobs in heathcare.  Simply Hired appeared in Forbes “100 Best Career Websites, 2013”.  Explore millions of jobs… with just one search.



Baum NH, Blau JM, Moskowitz PS, and Poprocki RJ. The Three Stages of a Physicians’s Career: Navigating from Training to Beyond Retirement.  Phoenix, MD. Greenbranch Publishing, 2017. Today’s medical graduates are superbly trained to practice state-of-the art clinical medicine. However, only in rare instances are they trained to self-manage their careers and medical practices. This new book from Greenbranch Publishing has been planned to fill that gap in training and knowledge.  To assist students, interns, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians manage the many challenges of their career, the authors have divided physicians’ careers into three stages: Early, Mid-Career, and Late-Career. The goal of this book is to provide a “go-to” resource on strategic career and practice management, highlighting the unique issues, concerns and challenges doctors face during these three, very different stages of their career from medical school through post-retirement.


Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam, 2005.  Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman’s brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny. Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.  The best news is that “emotional literacy” is not fixed early in life. Every parent, every teacher, every business leader, and everyone interested in a more civil society, has a stake in this compelling vision of human possibility.

the_adult_years_mastering the art of self developmentHudson, Frederic M. The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991.  The Adult Years is a compelling look at adulthood as an opportunity for continual revitalization, reorientation, and positive change. In this revised edition, Frederic Hudson updates and refines his vision, reflecting the extraordinary challenges we all face in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing society. Whether you are eighteen or eighty-eight, this classic best-selling guide will inspire you to unlock the power of personal renewal.Praise for the First Edition”The most compelling book ever written on personal transition and transformation. If you are concerned about your own renewal and the renewal of our planet, you must read this book.”-James M. Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge, Second Edition

The Seasons of a Man's LifeLevinson, Daniel. The Seasons of a Man’s Life. New York: Knopf, 1986.  The first full report from the team that discovered the patterns of adult development, this breakthrough study ranks in significance with the original works of Kinsey and Erikson, exploring and explaining the specific periods of personal development through which all human begins must pass–and which together form a common pattern underlying all human lives. “A pioneering and radical theory of adult development.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE


your_money_or_your_lifeDominguez, Joe & Rubin, Vicki. Your Money or Your Life: Transferring Your Relationship with Money & Achieving Financial Independence, 2008.  “The seminal guide to the new morality of personal money management” (Los Angeles Times(on the first edition) In an age of great economic uncertainty when everyone is concerned about money and how they spend what they have, this new edition of the bestselling Your Money or Your Life is an essential read. With updated resources, an easy-to-use index, and anecdotes and examples particularly relevant today-it tells you how to.


the_fatigue_prescriptionThe Fatigue Prescription.  Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health, and Life.  Clever, L.  Cleiss Press.  Berkeley, CA. 2010.  Dr. Linda Clever has developed a do-it-yourself tool kit with The Fatigue Prescription, based on years of medical practice, life experience, and the success of RENEW. Filled with easy self-assessments, informational charts, and sound advice from a physician who healed herself, this book will help you avoid illness, reset priorities, and most importantly, regain your health and happiness.


finding_balance_in_a_medical_lifeFinding Balance in a Medical Life.   Lipsenthal, L. Finding Balance, Inc. San San Anselmo, CA. 2007.  The system of medicine, world-wide, is in a state of rapid change. This has left physicians in a state of anxiety, fatigue and even burnout. Finding Balance in a Medical Life is the culmination of the authors years of working with large physician groups, evaluating physician health research and delivering workshops to physicians and their families. It is intended to help physicians, healthcare professionals and their families to understand how they find themselves ‘stuck’ in their work lives and even in their personal relationships. It explores the ramifications of the physician personality structure and helps the reader to analyze their own personality. It clarifies the effect of medical training and practice on the physicians’ health and relationships. It teaches the reader various tools and techniques to manage stress, enhance performance, and improve communication as well as how to plan their futures in by identifying their life purpose.


the_relaxation_stress_reduction_workbookThe Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, Davis, M, Eshelman, E, Mackay M. New Harbinger Publications.   Oakland, CA. 2008.  The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its sixth edition, this workbook, highly regarded by therapists and their clients, remains the go-to source for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.  This new edition is updated with powerful relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy.



Medical Practice Divorce  –  February 15, 2001 by Joel BlauSteven HarrisPeter Moskowitz, Ron Paprocki. This practical guide, written by a CPA, an attorney, and a physician, illustrate the many reasons why physicians choose to leave practice, teaches physicians how to get out gracefully, and provides important in formation on how to set up a practice the right way to avoid later conflicts and problems.



answering_your_callAnswering Your Call.  A Guide for Living Your Deepest Purpose.  Schuster, J.  Berrett-Kohler Publishers.  San Francisco, 2003.  This spiritual how-to book helps readers discern what they are called to do, find the courage to respond to that call, and stay on course to make that vision a reality.  Author John P. Schuster first explains what it means to be called to something larger than ourselves — to find the life that best fits us because it uses our talents to the fullest and adds the most lasting value to the world. He then shows how we can respond to that call in any area of life from career to family to community. Answering Your Call includes exercises, models, and guidelines for creating a life of meaning, illustrated with concrete and practical real-world examples.


non_clinical_careers_for_physiciansNon-Clinical Careers for Physicians.  Babitsky, S, Mangraviti, J.   SEAK Press.  Falmouth, MA.  2009.  Would you like a more regular schedule so you can spend more time with your family? Do you find practicing medicine repetitive? How can you recapture the career passion you once had? Would you like to finally be paid what you are worth not what the government or insurers say you will be paid? Will you make less money or more money if you leave clinical medicine? Here are just some of the questions SEAK s groundbreaking work Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians answers: What are the many traditional and non-traditional options available for physicians beyond treating patients? What precisely are employers in multiple non-clinical fields looking for? Am I too old or too young to transition? Do I need to go back to school for an MBA or other advanced degree? Which non-clinical career options and work environments would be a good fit for me? How much money can I expect to make short and long-term? Do I need to complete my training before transitioning? What are the proven strategies for positioning myself for and safely executing a transition to a non-clinical career? What will life be like in a non-clinical career? Will there be culture shock? Where are non-clinical opportunities posted online? How do I turn my CV into a stand-out resume? What talking points should I use at my interview? How can I network myself into a non-clinical position? What will my job satisfaction be like if I am not seeing patients? Can I still make a difference? Also see


transitionsBridges, William. Transitions. Reading, Mass. Addison-Wesleyr 1980.  Whether it is chosen or thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Since first published 25 years ago, Transitions has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope with these issues by providing an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. With the understanding born of both personal and professional experience, William Bridges takes readers step by step through the three stages of any transition: The Ending, The Neutral Zone, and, in time, The New Beginning. Bridges explains how each stage can be understood and embraced, leading to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future. With a new introduction highlighting how the advice in the book continues to apply and is perhaps even more relevant today, and a new chapter devoted to change in the workplace, Transitions will remain the essential guide for coping with the one constant in life: change.


life_launchHudson, Frederic M. & McLean, Pamela. Life Launch: A Passionate Guide to the Rest of Your Life. Santa Barbara: Hudson Institute Press, 2011.  A LifeLaunch is the beginning of a new chapter of your life. Each LifeLaunch requires a fresh new vision, new plans, and inner courage as you shift gears from yesterday’s commitments to tomorrows possibilities. Each LifeLaunch is a graduation from one era of your life into the next. Society used to tailor our LifeLaunches for us, and guide us down established paths of adult life. No more. Today you must design your own path, and take charge of all your LifeLaunches no matter what your age or situation.


the_paradox_of_successO’Neil, John R. The Paradox of Success: When Winning at Work Means Losing at Life. A Book of Renewal for Leaders. Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1993.  The bestselling book for leaders looking for renewal.  In all fields, many leaders feel that the costs of their professional victories outweigh the rewards. With nearly 30,000 copies sold, The Paradox of Success has helped leaders achieve balance in their lives. John O’Neil, a well-known consultant to top business executives, draws on his fascinating studies of long- distance winners’ psychological and business strategies to show the way out of this dilemma, and help readers find steadiness, renew their lives, and reinvigorate their organizations in the process.


7_habits_of_highly_ effictive_peopleCovey, Steven. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. New York, Fireside, 1990.  One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.