If you are a physician who would like to explore the numerous non-clinical opportunities open to you, this is the conference for you.
Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22, 2017 Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center, Rosemont, IL.
Benefits of SEAK’s Non-Clinical Careers Conference:
• Find out what’s out there, how to get it and how much it pays
• One-on-one mentoring
• Meet with employers and recruiters
• See with your own eyes that switching to a non-clinical career has more financial potential than clinical medicine and is in fact a step forward, not a step backwards
• Learn from numerous doctors who have successfully made the switch and hear how it is done
• Become empowered by knowing that you are far from alone in your desire for change
• Network with faculty, speakers, mentors, recruiters and fellow attendees
• Get your process of career change moving into high gear
• Form a customized action plan to position yourself for and successfully make your career transition
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Location/Hotel Accommodations: Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in the Village of Rosemont, IL. This full service “fly in fly out” property is easily accessible to Chicago’s O’Hare airport and provides complimentary 24 hour shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport. SEAK has secured a special group rate of $149/night for single occupancy. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on October 11, 2017. To make your reservations, please call 877-337-5793 and refer to the SEAK Group rate or click here.
Registration Information: Tuition is $1295 until August 16, 2017, $1395 August 17, 2017–October 11, 2017, $1495 After October 11, 2017
Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing prior to October 11, 2017 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling on or after October 11, 2017 will receive a full tuition credit.
Included in Your Main Conference Registration:
• All main conference sessions with your choice of breakout sessions.
• Networking at provided breakfast, lunch, and breaks each day as well as the Saturday evening reception.
• The opportunity to meet one-on-one with employers, speakers, mentors, and recruiters.
• A detailed and informative course book.
• A free copy of the book Do You Feel Like You Wasted All That Training?: Questions from Doctors Considering a Career Change, by Michael J. McLaughlin, MD.
RECRUITERS & EMPLOYERS
We will once again be inviting recruiters and employers to interview at the conference. Our recruiters and employers traditionally conduct many hundreds of interviews onsite and hire many of our physician attendees. Recruiters and exhibitors looking to attend should contact Alex Babitsky at (508) 457-5150 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How much non-clinical opportunity is out there for physicians?
A. More than you can imagine. Our 40+ faculty will be providing information on dozens of non-clinical career paths. Your biggest challenge will likely be deciding which of many possible roads to follow.
Q. Will work from home positions be discussed?
A. Yes, many of the fields covered offer remote based opportunities. In fact, many of our faculty work remotely.
Q. Do attendees find jobs at the conference?
A. Yes! We will once again be inviting recruiters and employers to the conference. Our recruiters and employers traditionally conduct hundreds of interviews onsite and hire many of our physician attendees. Last year industries represented included pharma, consulting, insurance, education, independent review and others. Additionally, attendees find jobs through their networking at the conference.
Q. How does the free mentoring/networking work?
A. Attendees have the opportunity to sign up for 15 minute 1-1 mentoring sessions with our large and diverse panel of mentors. You will have numerous opportunities to network with faculty and fellow attendees during the conference.
Q. What is the age of your typical attendee and why do they come to the conference?
A. It runs the full range. Each year we have 375+ attendees and this will include interns, residents and physicians in their 70s. Our attendees come for many reasons including wanting to make more money, have more control over their schedule, looking for new challenges, a physical disability that prevents them from practicing medicine, or simply no longer enjoying the practice of medicine.
Q. Are there opportunities for physicians without Boards, Residency or even a US License?
A. Yes. Many of the fields discussed have positions that do not require current Boards.
Q. How many of the main conference attendees attend one or more of the preconferences?
A. Over 50%, as the information contained in the preconferences is not covered in the main conference.
7:30–8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters
8:30–9:30 The 7 Essential Travel Tools for Your Successful Journey to a Non-Clinical Career
Philippa Kennealy, MD, MPH, CPCC, PCC
Dr. Kennealy will share powerful insights for a successful career transition based on her own experiences and those of the numerous physicians whom she has coached. Dr. Kennealy will provide practical and nuanced advice on determining your professional objective and passion, marketplace mapping, transferable skills analysis, communication strategy, networking, interviewing success, and how to negotiate your package. Questions & Answers
Philippa Kennealy, MD, MPH, CPCC, PCC is President of The Entrepreneurial MD. As an ICF-Certified coach and Certified Physician Development Coach, she works with physicians and healthcare leaders to unleash their leadership potential and transform the organizations, departments or companies they lead. Through her Physician Odyssey Program, she helps physicians further their non-clinical careers. She also coaches physicians to thrive as entrepreneurs and business owners. Dr. Kennealy is a Family Physician who left private practice in 1996 to embark on an administrative career as first Medical Director and then CEO of UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center. Subsequently, she served as Executive VP in two internet start-up companies, before launching her coaching and speaking business. Philippa is passionate about professional development for physicians that permits them to reinvigorate their careers and overcome burnout.
9:30–10:15 Introduction of the Mentors and the Recruiters. The conference mentors and recruiters will introduce themselves and briefly describe their background and areas of interest.
10:15–11:00 Break and Mentoring and Employer Sign Up Time. Attendees will sign up for individual sessions with recruiters and mentors.
11:00–12:00 Tips for Success in a Non-Clinical Environment
Alexander Ruggieri, MD
The keys to professional success in a non-clinical environment can often be much different than those found when working as a clinical physician. Dr. Ruggieri will provide insights into what you can expect to be different in your new non-clinical environment. Most importantly, Dr. Ruggieri will provide tips for professional success in a non-clinical environment. Questions & Answers
Alexander Ruggieri, MD is the Managing Medical Director at Wellpoint/Anthem Care Management. Dr. Ruggieri is well traveled in the non-clinical career journey having experience in health insurance, informatics and pharma. His past experience includes CMO for Cerner Corporation and Medical Director for Safety and Pharmacovigilance at Amgen. His clinical training and experience is in internal medicine and rheumatology and includes a National Library of Medicine Fellowship in Medical Informatics. He received his MD from Georgetown.
12:00–1:00 LUNCH (Provided with Faculty, Mentors, and Recruiters)
1:00–1:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians with Life Insurance Companies
Gretchen M. Bosacker, MD
Dr. Bosacker will discuss the intellectually challenging and lifestyle friendly (including work from home) opportunities available to physicians working as medical directors in life insurance companies. She will discuss the day-to-day responsibilities of physicians at life insurers which include underwriting, investigations, and supporting other team members. Dr. Bosacker will provide insights onto compensation, working conditions, and career advancement. Most importantly, she will provide practical suggestions for breaking into this highly desirable field. Questions & Answers
Gretchen M. Bosacker, MD is the Chief Medical Director for Securian Financial Group. She started at Securian in 2011 as an Associate Medical Director. Dr. Bosacker is Board Certified in both Family and Insurance Medicine. She is a mother of five who prior to transitioning worked as a clinical physician for several years and also served as a General Medical Officer in the US Navy. Dr. Bosacker is a SEAK alumna and an accomplished public speaker – see http://www.doctorgretchen.com/.
B. The Physician Inventor: Achieving Success and Making a Difference
Bruce Saffran, MD, PhD
Dr. Saffran will discuss how physicians can achieve success as a physician inventor and make a difference in the lives of patients. He will explain how to turn problems that physicians encounter in their clinical practices into viable ideas and patentable and successful products. He will review how to protect your ideas/concepts, obtain financial backing, and create products that are lucrative and can help patients worldwide. Questions & Answers
Bruce Saffran, MD, PhD is a senior emergency radiologist at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and CEO of Life-Link Medical Informatics. Life-Link is focused on reducing hospital admissions, repeat diagnostic testing and inefficiencies, and decreasing costs. Dr. Saffran invented the mechanism of drug delivery for the drug-eluting vascular stent. This is the seminal patent for the drug-eluting vascular stents in use today. He litigated and won patent infringement actions against Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson resulting in jury verdicts of $431 million and $482 million respectively.
1:50–2:00 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
2:00–2:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians in Patient Safety/Quality
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
Dr. Shook will describe the enormously rewarding opportunities available for physicians in the fields of patient safety and quality. She will discuss what physicians in these roles may do on a day-to-day basis, part-time versus full time, responsibilities, opportunities for advancement, and compensation ranges. Dr. Shook will provide practical advice for how to position yourself for and land your first position in patient safety or quality. Questions & Answers
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA is the Chief Safety Officer and Deputy Chief Quality Officer at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Shook, a pediatric emergency physician, continues to see patients in the emergency department at Texas Children’s. Dr. Shook has over 15 years’ experience in administration and over 30 years’ clinical experience. She received her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, her MBA from the University of Houston, and trained in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
B. Opportunities for Physicians with the Federal Government
JP Ahluwalia, MD, MPH
Dr. Ahluwalia will provide an overview of the diverse and interesting opportunities available to physicians with the federal government at agencies such as FDA, CDC, HHS, CMS, FAA, and the US Public Health Service. He will provide examples of some of the many roles that physicians may play at these agencies and discuss pay, qualifications, benefits, hours, working conditions (including remote work options), and opportunities for advancement and moving into private industry. Dr. Ahluwalia will offer practical suggestions for those considering employment with the federal government. Questions and Answers
JP Ahluwalia, MD, MPH is a Medical Officer with the FDA where he deals with vaccine safety. He is also a Commander with the US Public Health Service. Previously Dr. Ahluwalia served as a Medical Officer for the Coast Guard where he was a senior reviewer for the 4,500 members who fly. Dr. Ahluwalia spent 8 years in the Army, including a tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Preventative Medicine, and Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventative Medicine. He received his BA and MD from Ohio State and his MPH from Johns Hopkins.
2:50–3:00 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
3:00–3:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians with Medical Device Companies
John B. Pracyk, MD, PHD, MBA
Dr. Pracyk will provide insights into the rewarding opportunities for physicians with medical device companies. He will describe what physicians working on the device side may be doing on a day-to-day basis including research and development, regulatory, interacting with key opinion leaders and inventors, teaching, innovating and many other different roles. Dr. Pracyk will discuss working conditions including travel and hours, compensation, types of physicians most in demand, whether or not you can still maintain a part time clinical practice, and how to maintain your clinical skills and credibility. Dr. Pracyk will provide practical suggestions for positioning yourself for and landing a position with a medical device firm. Questions & Answers
John B. Pracyk, MD, PHD, MBA is a Board Certified Neurological Surgeon who serves as Franchise Medical Director, Spine with DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to joining J&J, Dr. Pracyk was a practicing clinician and physician consultant. His expertise spans multiple medical niches including: Medical devices, Supply chain value analysis, and Programmatic development of multi-disciplinary neuroscience centers. Having received his BS, along with his MD & PhD from Duke University, Dr. Pracyk completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, neurosurgical residency at The George Washington University, a clinical spine fellowship at the University of Iowa and earned his MBA at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee. He is an experienced national speaker and a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians as a Medical Writer
Tina M. St. John, MD
Medical writing offers physicians an intellectually stimulating, and personally and financially rewarding primary or supplementary career path. Dr. St. John will describe the breadth of opportunities available to physicians in this challenging, dynamic field, which typically requires neither an active medical license nor board certification, and can often be performed in a home-based work environment. Dr. St. John will explain the wide variety of projects medical writers may work on, such as articles, web content, fact sheets, slide decks, brochures, etc. She will also discuss compensation, work setting, available training, what clients are looking for, overhead, start-up costs, liability and, most importantly, how to best position yourself to break into this field and find your first position or assignment. Questions and Answers
Tina M. St. John, MD is the owner and principal of St. John Health Communications & Consulting, a health and medical communications company that provides medical writing, editing and consultation services. She has more than 16 years of experience as a medical writer and editor. Dr. St. John received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida. Dr. St. John’s past professional experience includes more than 6 years working as medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a 4-year tenure serving as the Executive Director and Medical Director of a national nonprofit organization.
3:50–4:00 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
4:00–4:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians with Health Insurers
Rich Berning, MD
Dr. Berning will describe the intellectually stimulating opportunities for physicians as medical directors for health insurers. He will explain what medical directors may do on a day to day basis including utilization review, case rounds, integrated case management, consults, peer to peers, and many other functions. Dr. Berning will offer insights into hours, working conditions (including the growing number of work from home opportunities), compensation, benefits, and the varied roles beyond utilization management. Dr. Berning will discuss part time opportunities, appropriate specialties, opportunities for advancement and most importantly, how to break into and succeed as a health insurance medical director. Questions & Answers
Rich Berning, MD is a full time medical director with Athem in Albany, NY. He originally started with Anthem on a part time basis while maintaining his private practice in the field of pediatric cardiology. Prior to transitioning, Dr. Berning practiced clinically for 20 years, most recently in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. He trained at Stanford and UCSF and received his MD from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Berning is a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians as an Entrepreneur
David Best MD, MBA
Starting a business has many powerful advantages. The business can be based in a place of your choosing and can involve a subject you are passionate about. You will be your own boss and call the shots. Your earning potential is unlimited, you can build value in the business that can realized in a later sale, and usually a license or boards are not needed. Dr. Best will discuss both the benefits and drawbacks of starting, growing and running your own business. He will provide insights into how to identify niche business opportunities, mitigate risk, raise money, build tremendous brands, and succeed as a physician entrepreneur. He will provide practical advice for any physician who is considering starting his/her own business. Questions and Answers
David Best, MD, MBA is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and Co-Founder of the MDea family of companies, including BESTMSLs (BESTMSLs.com), a contract medical science liaison organization, The Doctor’s Channel (TheDoctorsChannel.com), the world’s largest short form video site for doctors including CME, The Almost Doctor’s Channel (TheAlmostDoctorsChannel.com) for premeds, med students, residents and fellows, MDea (MDeaNY.com) a medical communications agency and Dr. Cruiter (DrCruiter.com) a physician placement service. Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, David went on to Franklin & Marshall College, Temple University School of Medicine for his MD, Lenox Hill Hospital for his surgical residency, Pitt for ENT, and Baruch College for his MBA. He entered the world of pharmaceuticals in 1982 with Saatchi & Saatchi, where he served as Medical Director and Sr. VP, Account Supervisor. Subsequently, he was Medical Services Director for Bristol-Myers Squibb and on July 10, 1989, started the first scientifically credentialed Medical Science Liaison (MSL) group in the industry. He went on to create Colleague Medical, a peer-to-peer dinner meeting company for Reed Elsevier. In 1995, he returned to the Saatchi organization and started BESTMED, a medical education company with the slogan, “the most creative med ed company in the world.” You may recognize David as he starred with his Jack Russell Terrier, Elvis, in the CBS hit reality series Greatest American Dog.
4:50–6:00 NETWORKING RECEPTION WITH COLLEAGUES, FACULTY, MENTORS, RECRUITERS, AND EMPLOYERS
Day 2: Sunday, October 22, 2017
7:00–7:30 Continental Breakfast with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters
7:30–8:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians in Pharma
Herman Weiss, MD, MBA
Dr. Weiss will provide a broad overview of the structure of pharmaceutical companies and explain how physicians fit into various roles such as medical affairs, regulatory affairs, clinical research, drug safety, marketing, and communications. He will provide insights into what can be expected from a career in the pharma industry in terms of typical projects and responsibilities, hours, work setting (including the growing number of work from home positions), travel requirements & opportunities, job security, potential relocation requirements, opportunities for maintaining a clinical practice, compensation structure and benefits. Dr. Weiss will provide insights into what pharma companies are looking for from physicians as well as suggestions regarding how to develop and showcase these skills so that you can break into this fascinating field. Questions and Answers
Herman Weiss, MD, MBA is Vice President of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Juniper Pharmaceuticals in Boston. Previously, he served as Global Medical Director of Women’s Health Global Branded Products at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd Israel and as the Chief Medical Officer of a biotech startup. Dr. Weiss actively consults with multiple venture capital firms in New York City and has consulted for multiple medical device companies. Prior to his transition, Dr. Weiss practiced clinically as an OB/GYN where he also lectured for many pharmaceutical companies. He received his BA from Ramapo College, his MD from Ohio State, and his MBA from George Washington.
B. Opportunities for a Physician as a Coach
Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA, RD
Dr. Mudge-Riley will provide insights into the extremely rewarding field of coaching/mentoring. She will explain what coaches do on a day to day basis, how they get paid, how to get clients, how to get started in this field and the keys to excelling. In addition, Dr. Mudge-Riley will discuss education and certification requirements, fees, working conditions, how to promote your practice and land clients, how you can be a coach and still practice clinical medicine as well as the transferable skills you will develop when coaching and how these can make you a better communicator, leader, physician and person. Questions and Answers
Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA, RD is the President of Physicians Helping Physicians and DocRD (www.phphysicians.com and www.thedocrd.com). She is a highly experienced and sought after coach who has spent the past 10+ years mentoring other doctors in their career strategy and helping physicians with all aspects of a non-clinical transition. Dr. Mudge-Riley received her osteopathic medical degree (DO) from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School and her masters degree in health administration (MHA) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a licensed, registered dietitian (RDN) and a Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT).
8:20–8:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
8:30–9:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians with Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
Kelly K. Curtis, MD
Dr. Curtis will provide an overview of the opportunities available to physicians as a medical monitor and other roles at CROs. He will discuss what physicians at CROs do on a day-to-day basis including answering questions on adverse events arising on studies, analyzing drug safety data, assisting investigators with managing toxicity, helping the company bid for new studies, and training/teaching of support staff. In addition, Dr. Curtis will explain the many advantages to these positions including the possibility of working from home and flexible schedules. He will also cover travel and training requirements, possibilities for advancement, compensation, benefits, and why he finds this work more intellectually stimulating than clinical practice. Dr. Curtis will provide advice for how to position yourself for and break into working at a CRO. Questions & Answers
Kelly K. Curtis, MD is a home based (Phoenix, Arizona) Medical Director with the CRO INC Research (headquartered in Raleigh, NC). Previous to joining INC, Dr. Curtis practiced Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Mayo Clinic where he was principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials. Dr. Curtis received his MD from Albany Medical College and his BA from Siena College. He is a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
Gregg Davis, MD, MBA
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are rapidly expanding and enjoy bipartisan support. Each one of these entities will need a Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Davis will explain why ACOs need physicians to help run them and what ACO CMOs do on a day-to-day basis including interacting with C-Suite Executives, strategic planning, oversight of quality, making presentations, physician alignment and other challenging and rewarding functions. Dr. Davis will provide practical advice for positioning yourself for and landing your first role within an ACO. Questions and Answers
Gregg Davis, MD, MBA became the Chief Medical Officer at Illinois Community Care Organization, LLC in 2014. This ACO is comprised of 25 rural hospitals. Dr. Davis is Board Certified in Family Medicine and maintains a part time clinical practice. He is a frequent presenter on population health and physician alignment. Dr. Davis received his BS from Illinois State, his MD from Illinois, and his MBA from UMass. He is a SEAK alumnus.
9:20–9:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
9:30–10:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Medical Science Liaison
Savi Chadha, MD, MPH
Dr. Chadha will describe what medical science liaisons do on a day to day basis in their role of supporting a medication and being the point person to meet with treating physicians and key opinion leaders. He will explain that these are home based positions that exist all over the country and that an active license and boards are not required. Dr. Chadha will discuss compensation, working conditions and travel and provide insights as to how to break into this field either directly with a pharma company or through an MSL contracting company. Questions & Answers
Savi Chadha, MD, MPH is a medical science liaison with Tardis Medical Consultancy and is based in Chicago. He received his BS in Marketing from Loyola and his MD from St. James School of Medicine. Dr. Chadha is a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Medical Administration
Tracy Eskra, MD, MBA, CPE
Dr. Eskra will describe the varied opportunities available for physicians in medical administration. She will explain what physicians in these roles typically do on a day-to-day basis. She will also discuss compensation, career paths, and working conditions. Most importantly, she will provide practical advice on how to position yourself and break into these fulfilling roles. Questions & Answers
Tracy Eskra, MD, MBA, CPE is Vice President of Medical Affairs for Clinical Efficiency & Documentation at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. This is one of the largest academic medical centers in the country. Prior to transitioning to medical administration, Dr. Eskra was a practicing internist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Eskra received her MD from Penn State, her BS from Pittsburgh, and her MBA from Alvernia. She is a SEAK alumna.
10:20–10:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
10:30–11:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Hospice Medical Director
Timothy McCurry, MD
Dr. McCurry will provide insights into the growing field of hospice medical director. He will discuss work setting, day-today responsibilities, advantages, required skills set, drawbacks, full time v. part time, compensation and how this can be a viable and rewarding option for any specialty. Dr. McCurry will provide strategies to obtain certification relatively quickly and easily and for how to break into and excel in this field. Questions & Answers
Timothy McCurry, MD is Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer for Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care in suburban Chicago. He has over 25 years of Hospice Experience. In addition, He is a long time medical educator and speaker and has been on the Faculty of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine for over 20 years. Dr. McCurry is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics and in Hospice and Palliative Care. He is a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in the Disability Insurance Field
Randall Updegrove, MD, MPH
Dr. Updegrove will explain the opportunities available to physicians in the intellectually challenging and collegial disability insurance field, both working in-house (including remote work from home positions) and as a part time contractor. He will discuss the role of the physicians, how they analyze records, write reports and provide assistance to other medical professionals. Dr. Updegrove will describe working conditions, lifestyle, benefits, CME, hours and compensation. He will explain how and why working in the disability insurance field can be both an interesting and fulfilling career for physicians. Questions and Answers
Randall Updegrove, MD, MPH is a full time, remotely based medical director for claims for CIGNA. Prior to joining CIGNA, Dr. Updegrove’s experience in this field involved working as an independent contractor for several vendors. He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and received his MD from Brown, his BS from URI, and his MPH from San Diego State. Dr. Updegrove practiced clinical medicine for 33 years before making his successful transition. He is a SEAK alumnus.
11:20–11:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
11:30–12:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians in Medical Communication and Advertising
Nicholas Squittieri, MD
Dr. Squittieri will discuss the many and varied opportunities for physicians in communications and advertising. He will describe the positions available, where they tend to be concentrated, what the day-to-day work consists of, dispel common myths and misconceptions, and explain compensation structure. Dr. Squittieri will offer practical suggestions for breaking into the industry, what these employers are looking for from physicians and how to land your first position in a medical communication/advertising firm. Questions and Answers
Nicholas Squittieri, MD is Medical Director, Oncology for Sun Pharma. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in medical communications including VP/Medical Director with Virtuoso Healthcare Communications, EVP at Evolution Medical Communications LLC, VP, Management Supervisor at Ogily & Mather, and VP Clinical Services at Access Communications, Inc. He received his education at Univerita degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza.” Dr. Squirttieri’s skills and expertise include medical education, medical communications, Pharma, healthcare, and publication planning.
B. Starting and Running a Weight Loss Practice
Jessica Lee Amorosino, MD, FAAP
Dr. Amorosino will describe the opportunities for physicians of all specialties to start and run a 100% insurance free weight loss practice. She will discuss capital requirements, overhead, franchisee v. independent, earning potential, practice development, equipment required, amount of direct physician involvement required, call, scheduling, and other issues. Dr. Amorosino will give practical advice to those considering entering this lucrative and family friendly practice. Questions & Answers
Jessica Lee Amorosino, MD, FAAP is a Board Certified Pediatrician who is the Co-Founder of MetTrimMD Beverly on Boston’s North Shore. She runs MetTrimMD Beverly with her husband Mark, who is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Amorosino is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University Medical School and is a mother of 4 children. She is strongly committed to promoting female professional leadership opportunities and healthier lifestyle practices. Her vision is to encourage physician colleagues to lead, advise, innovate and help shape the future of their medical profession. More information about her career can be found at jessleeMDboston.com. Dr. Amorosino is a SEAK alumna.
12:20–1:20 LUNCH (Provided with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters)
1:20–2:10 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians in Healthcare IT and Medical Informatics
Brian Young, MD, MBA
Dr. Young will provide an overview of the large and growing number of opportunities in healthcare IT and medical informatics. He will discuss the varied classes of employers that typically hire physicians including vendors, providers, insurers, and governmental agencies. Dr. Young will explain the various types of projects physicians involved in medical IT may work on and will provide practical advice for breaking into this field. In addition, Dr. Young will recount his own inspirational story of overcoming adversity and breaking into a rewarding non-clinical career. Questions & Answers
Brian Young, MD, MBA is a Physician Informaticist with Dignity Health in Phoenix, Arizona. Dignity is the 5th largest integrated health system in the US with $12.7 billion in annual revenue. His previous role was in the Duke University Health System implementation (5 go-live waves over 2 ½ years) of the EPIC system as a provider trainer for the inpatient, ambulatory, and transplant applications. Dr. Young received his MD and BS from Wake Forest, his Masters in Predictive Analytics (MS) from Northwestern University, and an MBA degree from the University of Cincinnati. Previously, Dr. Young practiced as an emergency room physician following both surgical and internal medicine residency training. Dr. Young is a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities as a Physician Advisor
Timothy Owolabi, MD
Dr. Owolabi will describe the opportunities available working as a physician advisor. He will explain what physician advisors do on a day to day basis and the core competencies required. Dr. Owolabi with cover the different employers who hire physicians to do this work including providers, vendors, and payors. He will also cover expected compensation, advancement potential, as well as part time and work from home opportunities. Finally, Dr. Owolabi will provide practical advice for how to position yourself and break into being a physician advisor. Questions & Answers
Timothy Owolabi, MD is full time Physician Advisor for Summit Health in Chambersburg, PA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has special expertise in coding and compliance. Dr. Owolabi received his BS from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and MD from the University of Maryland Baltimore.
2:10–2:20 Break and Networking Opportunity
2:20–3:10 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians Teaching
Philip E. Newman, MD
Dr. Newman will discuss the diverse opportunities for physicians in the rewarding and fun field of teaching. He will discuss the varied settings where these jobs exist (including full time, part time and contract), how to find opportunities and how to secure your position. In addition, Dr. Newman will discuss compensation, schedules/working conditions, and opportunities for advancement. He will provide practical suggestions to break into the field of teaching and succeed and excel as a physician teacher. Questions and Answers
Philip E. Newman, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California – Irvine where he teaches cardiology fellows. Prior to his teaching career Dr. Newman practiced clinical medicine as an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Newman is a SEAK alumnus. He received his BA from Brown and his MD from the University of Virginia. Is addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Newman maintains a successful expert witness practice. Dr. Newman served in Vietnam in the US Army Medical Corps and he was awarded the Bronze Star.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Work from Home Telemedicine
Eki Abrams, MD
Dr. Abrams will explain the exciting and growing number of opportunities to practice telemedicine. She will discuss how you are paid (per diem v. salary) and how much you are paid, charting, and malpractice/liability. She will also explain scheduling shifts, the substantial advantages to this type of work, the types of cases you can and can not see, the specialties which can do this work (you might be surprised at this), regulatory considerations and the future of this exciting field. Dr. Abrams will provide practical advice for breaking into and excelling at telemedicine and will recall the personal life event that inspired her to ignore her fear and follow her heart. Questions & Answers
Eki Abrams, MD is a board certified internist who currently practices telemedicine while she raises her family and pursues her other professional interests of music and writing. (see www.ekishola.com). Dr. Abrams received her MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and her undergraduate degree from Cornell. She comes from a family of musicians, has been performing nearly her whole life and recently released her jazz/jazz soul album Final Beginning. In addition to her clinical work in telemedicine, Dr. Abrams also serves as a locum tenens physician.
Eki Abrams, MD is a board certified internist who currently practices telemedicine and serves as a locum tenens physician while she raises her family and pursues her other professional interests of music and writing. (see www.ekishola.com). She comes from a family of musicians, has been performing nearly her whole life, and recently released her jazz/jazz soul album Final Beginning.
Mark Amorosino, MD is a Board Certified Gastroenterologist who runs (along with his wife Jessica Amorosino, MD) the weight loss practice MetTrimMD Beverly on Boston’s North Shore. He has a full time Gastroenterology practice on Boston’s North Shore and is an active physician leader, having served on several committees and Boards for his local hospital over the years.
Rishi Anand, MD is Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Anand also serves as a medical legal consultant/expert witness and is a successful real estate investor. He is a SEAK alumnus.
Rich Berning, MD is a full time medical director with Athem in Albany, NY. Prior to transitioning, Dr. Berning practiced pediatric cardiology clinically for 20 years. Dr. Berning is a SEAK alumnus.
David Best, MD, MBA is the CEO and Co-Founder of the MDea family of companies, including BESTMSLs (BESTMSLs.com), a contract medical science liaison organization, The Doctor’s Channel (TheDoctorsChannel.com), the world’s largest short form video site for doctors including CME, The Almost Doctor’s Channel (TheAlmostDoctorsChannel.com) for premeds, med students, residents and fellows, MDea (MDeaNY.com) a medical communications agency and Dr. Cruiter (DrCruiter.com) a physician placement service.
Joe Bormel, MD, MPH has served in many roles in the medical IT field including Vice-President, Medical Informatics at Healthline Networks, Medical Officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at The US Department of Health and Human Service, Vice-President at QuadraMed, and Chief Architect, Medical Management at Cerner Corporation. Dr. Bormel currently serves as the Principal of the consulting firm JIBB Enterprises, LLC.
Gretchen M. Bosacker, MD is a senior executive in the life insurance industry. She is currently the Chief Medical Director for Securian Financial Group. Dr. Bosacker is Board Certified in both Family and Insurance Medicine, is a SEAK alumna, and a mother of five.
Sally Brooks, MD is a gastroenterologist from Dallas, Texas who has transitioned to a work from home coding and disability consulting practice and is now able to spend more time with her two amazing sons. She is an accomplished home cook and runs the blog thegourmetgastro.com.
Savi Chadha, MD, MPH is a medical science liaison with Tardis Medical Consultancy and is based in Chicago. He received his BS in Marketing from Loyola and his MD from St. James School of Medicine. Dr. Chadha is a SEAK alumnus.
William Cooper, MD is a heart surgeon whose many non-clinical pursuits include speaking and media appearances. Dr. Cooper has appeared on the Steve Harvey show and in many other media.
Cynthia Cuffie, MD, President of Aspire Educational Associates, is an ICF certified executive coach with over 25 years of pharmaceutical development experience. She focuses on leadership and career development.
Kelly K. Curtis, MD is a home based (Phoenix, Arizona) Medical Director with the CRO INC Research (headquartered in Raleigh, NC). Previous to joining INC, Dr. Curtis practiced Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Mayo Clinic. He is a SEAK alumnus.
Gregg Davis, MD, MBA is Chief Medical Officer at Illinois Community Care Organization, LLC. This ACO is comprised of 25 rural hospitals. Dr. Davis is Board Certified in Family Medicine and maintains a part time clinical practice.
Tracy Eskra, MD, MBA, CPE is Vice President of Medical Affairs for Clinical Efficiency & Documentation at Vidant Medical Center. Prior to transitioning to medical administration, Dr. Eskra was a practicing internist. She is a SEAK alumna.
Joseph Estwanik, MD has successfully transitioned from his successful clinical orthopedics practice and now mainly performs IMEs. Dr. Estwanik is a U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor, regularly lectures internationally, has served as a ringside physician in over 10,000 bouts, and is a SEAK alumnus.
Cory S. Fawcett, MD, FACS, CHPC is an award winning author of “The Doctors Guide To” series, key note speaker, certified high performance coach, and owner of Prescription for Financial Success where he coaches physicians on living a great life, having a fulfilling career, controlling debt and becoming financially successful. Dr. Fawcett also provides insight and advice on how to find enjoyable part-time work after retirement.
Judy L. Finney, MD, FACC has been an Associate Medical Director with Allstate Financial in Chicago since 2012 where her responsibilities mainly involve underwriting life insurance. Prior to joining Allstate, Dr. Finney practiced interventional cardiology for more than 25 years in Arizona.
Heather Fork, MD, CPCC is owner and founder of the Doctor’s Crossing. As a CTI certified coach, she works with physicians who are seeking to renew and reinvigorate their careers and avoid burnout.
Helane Fronek, MD, CPCC, ACC is a professional coach who focuses on helping other physicians conquer burnout, become fully engaged in a life they want to be living, and love being a doctor again. She holds multiple coaching certifications including Certified Physician Development Coach, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and Associate Certified Coach. Her clients gain a closer connection with themselves and what they truly desire, skills that enable them to participate fully and powerfully in their lives, and a career they find fulfilling and inspiring.
Daniel J. Isaacman, MD, FAAP is Senior Director, Global Therapeutic Area Leader Infectious Disease, Vaccines and Pediatrics for Parexel. Previously, he served as Vice President, Clinical Development for Infacare, Director of Vaccine Clinical Research for Merck, and Director/Senior Director, Vaccines, for Wyeth. Dr. Isaacman still works clinically on a part time basis as a pediatric emergency medicine physician.
Philippa Kennealy MD, MPH, CPCC, PCC is President of The Entrepreneurial MD. As an ICF-Certified coach and Certified Physician Development Coach, she works with physicians and healthcare leaders to unleash their leadership potential and transform the organizations, departments or companies they lead. Through her Physician Odyssey Program, she helps physicians further their non-clinical careers. She also coaches physicians to thrive as entrepreneurs and business owners. Dr. Kennealy will be mentoring on Saturday only.
Julia Pewitt Kinder, D.O. is a national speaker, best-selling author, physician career consultant, fitness expert, and mom (Ella has Down syndrome and inspired Dr. Kinder’s career transition). Visit www.juliakinder.com and www.physiciancareeropportunities.com for more information.
Kernan Manion, MD is a professional development coach who specializes in helping physicians prepare for career transition within or outside of healthcare, whether due to career dissatisfaction, burnout or a revised lifestyle. He helps clients give voice both to their frustration as well as their vision. Through a concentrated one-on-one distance-coaching format, clients thoughtfully establish an interim transition plan while systematically defining and crafting their desired career.
Timothy McCurry, MD is Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer for Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care in suburban Chicago. He has over 25 years of Hospice Experience. He has mentored over 150 residents and physicians in healthcare practice type, alternative healthcare careers and add-on medical work.
Laura McKain, MD, FACOG is a senior medical director at PPD, a global contract research organization (CRO) with over 12,000 employees. She leads a team of medical monitor/safety physicians and serves as a product development consultant.
Sylvia E. Morris, MD, MPH is a board-certified internist and holistic physician, her non-clinical pursuits include serving as Senior Medical Director on the Revenue Cycle Solutions Team at The Advisory Board Company, contributor to U.S. News & World Reports, and media subject matter expert including guest appearances on the Weather Channel’s Weekend Recharge and CNN International.
Michelle Mudge-Riley DO, MHA, RD has spent the past 10+ years mentoring and coaching other doctors in their career strategy and helping physicians with all aspects of a non-clinical transition.
Philip E. Newman, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California – Irvine, where he teaches cardiology fellows. He also maintains a successful expert witness practice. Prior to his teaching career Dr. Newman practiced clinical medicine as an interventional cardiologist.
Timothy Owolabi, MD is a full time Physician Advisor for Summit Health in Chambersburg, PA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has special expertise in coding and compliance.
Ruben J. Rucoba, MD is a freelance medical writer and practicing pediatrician. He has been a writer and editor for over two decades, is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and has experience in both CME/medical communications and writing for the general public. He is currently Medical Director at Wheaton Pediatrics in Wheaton, IL.
Alexander Ruggieri, MD is the Managing Medical Director at Wellpoint/Anthem Care Management. Dr. Ruggieri is well traveled in the non-clinical career journey having experience in health insurance, informatics and pharma. His past experience includes CMO for Cerner Corporation and Medical Director for Safety and Pharmacovigilance at Amgen.
Nicholas Squittieri, MD is Medical Director, Oncology for Sun Pharma. Dr. Squirttieri’s skills and expertise include medical education, medical communications, Pharma, healthcare, and publication planning.
Charlotte Weeks is an executive career coach and professional resume writer. She is the CEO of Weeks Career Services and the Past President of the National Resume Writers’ Association.
Brian Young, MD is a Physician Informaticist with Dignity Health in Phoenix, Arizona. Dignity is the 5th largest integrated health system in the US with $12.7 billion in annual revenue. Dr. Young is a SEAK alumnus.
Here’s What Last Year's Attendees Have to Say:
“Chicago conference was terrific--inspiring, energizing, practical”
“I wanted to let you know how grateful I am to have attended the conference. What a fabulous group of mentors! I have been on a 2 year transition plan to get to where I am now. I have been practicing for 12 1/2 years and the last 4 1/2 have been solo. I not only do the patient care but manage all the business aspects of the practice including revenue cycle management, staff management/training and payroll/accounting. In 2013, I reached the height of burnout. I have been steadily working on a transition plan since then. I can finally "see the forest for the trees", and I have several great ideas as to where my passion lies as a result of attending the conference and meeting so many wonderful people. Thanks again, and I look forward to attending the conference next year!”
“Dear Steve and Jim, I think the best days I have had this year have been October 22-25. My life and mindset are changed forever. I am moving forward and finding opportunities of which I had previously never dreamed.”
“Your conference was so beneficial and informative. I am truly motivated to develop an action plan for the next phase of my career. I look forward to attending other conferences available from SEAK.”
“Thank you very much for organizing a great conference. The speakers were inspiring, and the mentorship and networking were wonderful. I believe I may have been the youngest participant, as I am a 1st year resident, but this weekend was incredibly important for me as I consider the next steps of my career. I am sure that I will be back for future conferences.”
“I did thoroughly enjoy the conference. I was so encouraged by the stories and the people I encountered this weekend. This conference is truly a wonderful service that you provide.”
“You and SEAK provided a great deal of insight into a challenging process.”
“The conference was great. The advice that you and Jim provided has motivated me to take action to improve my professional situation; sometimes overcoming the inertia can feel oppressive. In addition, I connected with a few like-minded individuals attending the conference, which was reassuring. Thank you both for dedicating your careers to this field.”
“Thank you Steve. I was very impressed how you and your company really understood the needs of physicians and addressed them responsibly and with integrity.”
“Thank you all for putting together such a great conference. It was an eye opening experience and has definitely opened up a new world of opportunity. Looking forward to further conferences in the future.”
“This conference has been one of my favorite conferences. In addition to the invaluable information, support, and camaraderie, I enjoyed the facility and the food. I am formulating a plan for developing my new career. I also plan on attending the writer's conference in February. Who knows I may be a speaker for you in the future! Thank you for providing the tools needed for me to take charge of my situation.”
“It was a fantastic conference.”
“I want to thank you for a very informative weekend. I now have a very long TO DO list and am looking forward to exploring my options in more depth. I enjoyed meeting so many like-minded physicians and I anticipate that I will quadruple my linked-in colleagues by the end of the week.”
“The conference was awesome! I think having mentors was one of the most valuable and unique features. I am planning to attend the Expert Witness session in February, and looking forward to getting the book "A-Z", in the mail soon! Thanks for the opportunities and for doing things so well. “
“Thank you for an amazing pre-conference on Thursday and Friday. Not only was it useful, it was inspiring. Hope to see you in February in Florida!”
“Thank you for organizing such an informative conference. Well worth giving up my week end for.”
“I am glad I finally decided to attend after thinking about it the past few years. It was a great conference and opened my eyes to new possibilities. I appreciate all your work to put on an amazing conference.”
“Great course. An eye-opener in many ways.”
“It was great for me. I am very glad I was able to go. I have a lot of new ideas and contacts. I have a feeling I will attend more of these in the future.”
“I enjoyed the conference much more than I had anticipated. I am a radiologist and enjoyed my career but recently suffered a retinal infarct which left me with a partial blindness and unable to read safely. Anyway I had a good time. I especially enjoyed the insurance medicine breakout session Sunday afternoon. That's what I am going to pursue as my next career.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. It reflected SEAK organizers' thoughtful planning and consideration at every step. Everything about the conference was perfect, from selection of venue (convenient to airport) to great variety of mentors and knowledgeable speakers. I learnt a lot about different career options, overall concept of career transition and personal growth. Attending this conference has made me feel empowered to be able to make changes in my thought process and life in general which I did not realize was possible before. Thanks a lot for doing what you do, Steve.”
“Thanks for all of the interesting and useful information. The meeting gave me many things to think about--overall very enjoyable experience.”
“I found it extremely useful. Great speakers, effective mentors. Even location was fine, no distractions.”
“I really enjoyed the conference, it was really good to see other physicians that have made a transition from full-time clinical and to hear the results of their choice. I found the conference empowering and it really opened my eyes to the options available to physicians especially those of us who have not completely given up on clinical medicine, but want to broaden what we do with our skills. I will pass my experience with the conference on to other physicians who may be in the situation I was in, as well as younger physicians so they can know options prior to the reaching a burnout phase.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. It was a welcome breath of fresh air. The speakers were outstanding. The speaker on Saturday who focused on career options for health insurance companies was the best speaker of the day. She should be invited to speak for future conferences. She was knowledgable, encouraging and experienced. She stayed behind to answer questions in a small group format. She also gave her contact information to about 30 of us who lingered behind and offered to mentor us in our career planning. Loved every part of the conference. It was planned and executed perfectly! Thank you for developing this wonderful and uplifting conference. I no longer feel trapped and the future is bright.”
“Thank you Steve. The conference was filled with good meaningful information. As I take a different path in my career, I look forward to learning a lot from the mentors.”
“Thank you for having it! It was really a life changing event. I knew I wanted to do something to supplement my practice and income and to formulate my exit plan but I just didn't know how. You found a need and did an excellent job of fulfilling it. I so appreciate the flyers that were sent time after time after time. Some years I was on call and could not come. Some years I didn't have the disposable income. This year was just right! I knew I had to come and it was time. The mentors provided a road map to success. The connections and networking provided the springboard needed to start executing my plan and fulfilling dreams. The encouragement from the speakers expressing real life obstacles and how they overcame them was invaluable. Most importantly I appreciated you and your constant accessibility to the attendees. I read your books and never thought I would be able to put a name to a face let alone have an opportunity to meet and talk with that name and face. Your words struck a deep chord within me! I honestly can say, I am no longer afraid to succeed!!!! All my best and a sincere thank you.”
“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. We are both nearing retirement and it was our first time seriously thinking about life after retirement. It was eye opening to see all of the opportunities available to physicians in a non clinical setting. For me the highlight was your presentation on "excelling at your job interview". It opened my mind in terms transferring skills from the clinical to the non clinical arena and focusing on the value I can bring to a future employer. Thanks again for a fun and productive experience.”
“Thanks very much for an informative and inspirational conference. It was indeed useful, and I am certain it will accelerate my path toward increased fulfillment in my professional life.”
“Steve—I wanted to send a thank you to both you and Jim for putting on a fabulous conference in Chicago this past weekend. I have been throwing away your brochures for years but decided to come this year at the urging of my wife as clinical medicine becomes more frustrating and my entrepreneurial spirit is brewing. I must admit I came with some skepticism, but the conference delivered on all fronts beyond my expectations and provided the final spark needed to light my fire, so-to-speak. It was the most well-run conference I have been to in a long time…stayed on time, interesting topics and speakers, plenty of networking time, etc. My final goal is to call you at some point so I can return to the Annual SEAK conference as a success story and mentor, hopefully as early as 2017. I thank you and Jim for the education. It was truly enlightening for me.”
“Dear Steve and Jim, I wanted to thank you again for an amazing conference. I admire your ability to create an environment where attendees were willing to share their dreams. I look forward to seeing you in February.”
“Insightful, excellent conference. A sign of the times, and great help to prepare for the future.”
“Well organized, good ideas/lots of info, good presenters.”
“Invaluable. The contacts and ability to network was priceless. It reassured me and also energized me and catapulted me into action.”
“I came at meltdown and despondent and am leaving with hope, and better yet, options and opportunities.”
“Absolutely excellent, inspirational and hopefully life-changing.”
“Very well done. I felt lost prior to the conference and I now believe I can start to see a path to take toward improving my life.”
“Excellent conference for anyone at any stage of the transition process. I got a lot of ideas and stimulus to put the ideas into action.”
“Welcoming atmosphere with multiple, available and variable non-clinical opportunities and ideas presented in a realistic manner.”
“Excellent program. It is helpful to see you are not alone. I made some valuable contacts. There is hope, I think I have a more realistic concept of the process.”
“Great way to get started on path to non-clinical career.”
“Good information, helpful, collegial – everyone seems willing and interested to help.”
“Excellent, excellent, excellent.”
“Hi Steve - thank you for the wonderful conference you guys put on this year. I was impressed by the number of opportunities, breadth of knowledge, and like-minded people. I was an orthopedic resident [who] got disillusioned. I thought I was alone, but was encouraged by the number of attendees w/ similar experiences. Thank you again.”
“Jim, What you and Steve have created is really special and it was clear that the attendees appreciated the information as well as the experience of seeing they are not alone.”
“Attorney Babitsky and Attorney Mangraviti, I wanted to thank you both very much for the incredible experience I had at the SEAK conference this past weekend. I also attended the pre-conference on Thursday and Friday. I was excited about the conference but had no idea what an incredible experience it would be. The conference exceeded all my expectations. I was relieved to know that I am not the only one who is unhappy in my career. Realizing that there is something I can do about it was even more empowering. I cannot thank you enough for the life changing experience. Thank you!”
“I wanted to thank you for a phenomenal conference. It exceeded my expectations. The speakers/mentors were all warm, welcoming and had practical tips. I knew what I wanted but didn’t know how to attain it and now I have a much clearer idea. It was like I was fumbling around in the dark and you turned on the lights!”
“I just wanted to THANK YOU for the eye-opening, informative conference in Chicago this weekend. One of the best, most helpful conferences I've ever been to!”
“Hi Steven,I was very pleased with SEAK’s 13th annual conference. I found the conference to be very informative, engaging, energizing and certainly well worth my time. Honestly I was not sure what to expect, but I truly left completely happy with my decision to attend. When describing my last 4 days at SEAK to my family and some of my colleagues I artificially broke the experience into 3 parts. First there was the comfort of being surrounded by hundreds of physicians who have the same feelings and experience with medicine as myself. Indicating that perhaps I have not actually 'lost my mind’. Secondly, there was an excellent panel of speakers comprised of prior attendees who ‘made it’, coaches to assist in self discovery and guide introspection, and experts in fields of interest. Thirdly, and in my experience, the most fun and energizing portion was the ability to schedule 15 minute incremental meetings with a variety of representatives from industry, Pharma, insurance, mentors etc. Those 3 experiences taken as a whole offered an excellent experience, and a great deal of comfort, which I found highly valuable in this time of change and uncertainty. I applaud your tremendous efforts. SEAK offers an excellent experience which I would recommend to anyone interested or engaged in this type of transition. Thanks much.”
“Hi Steven, Having just returned from Chicago, I wanted to thank you for creating SEAK and for holding this invaluable conference for physicians. I found your speakers inspiring and courageous, and I enjoyed connecting with fellow attendees in various stages of their careers. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I reconnected with my internal sparks of excitement thanks to you. May our paths cross again in the future.”
“Conference was very well organized and thoughtfully balanced”
“Excellent conference for exposure to the many non-clinical jobs out there.”
“Excellent information. Pointed us in the right direction!”
“Extremely well organized”
“Friendly and helpful mentors”
“Great conference. I am very thankful.”
“Great overview of jobs”
“No idea all these opportunities were out there.”
“Speakers were all wonderful”
“Stimulating, practical information”
“Very helpful and informative”
“Very helpful presenting opportunities for MDs”
“Very informative. Immediately useful information. A great place to begin exploration of non-clinical careers.”
“Very useful and thought provoking”
“Well put together”
“Well thought out”
“Wonderful, eye opening”
“Good mix of speakers addressing how to explore or transition to a non-clinical career and those addressing specific job areas.”
“Lot of information packed in to the conference.”
“Recruiters were interesting and helpful.”
“Warm, engaging, knowledgeable speakers. SEAK has a knack for choosing speakers like this.”
“Exceptionally well organized and helpful.”
“Mr. Babitsky, I would like to thank you and Mr. Mangraviti for creating this conference. I do believe w/o this conference, I would still be wandering aimlessly and accomplishing nothing.”
“Thanks to the entire SEAK team for providing excellent content for meaningful action at the annual conference. This event was life changing!”
“Thanks for putting on a great conference two weeks ago in Chicago. I was concerned about spending that much money, but it was definitely worth it. I came to the conference exhausted, looking for a change due to many negative feelings about my current position; I left invigorated and optimistic for my future.”