How to Find and Land High Paying Non-Clinical Jobs, October 14, 2022, Chicago, IL

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This hands-on, intensive workshop will show physicians contemplating a career change how to locate and land lucrative non-clinical positions.The focus is on finding and landing jobs paying as much or more than clinical medicine. The course will conclude with each physician drafting a customized action plan of how they will find and land their first high-paying non-clinical job. The material in this preconference is not covered in the main conference.

Friday, October 14, 2022, Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center, Rosemont, IL

At the completion of this dynamic interactive workshop, you will be able to:
• Identify and persuasively articulate your strongest, most marketable skills.
• Determine what specific career options are available to physicians with your preferences, values, and skills.
• Learn what non-clinical careers are the best fit to your personality.
• Nail your job interviews.
• Draft a powerful resume.
• Build a constantly-expanding network.
• Form an action plan to start your new career.

Location/Hotel Accommodations: How to Find & Land High Paying Non-Clinical Jobs 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 September 21, 2022. To make your reservations, please call 877-337-5793 and refer to the SEAK Group rate or click here to book online directly.

Registration/Tuition: Tuition is $495 until August 23, 2022, $545 August 24, 2022–September 21, 2022, $595 After September 21, 2022To stream the on demand online version of this course please click here. 

Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing on or prior to September 21, 2022 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling after September 21, 2022 will receive a full tuition credit.

Frequently Asked Questions     

Q.  Is the material covered in this preconference covered in the main conference?  
A.  No, this is unique content not covered in the main conference.    

Q.  How does this preconference fit in with the main conference?  
A.  The preconference sets up the career specific talks in the main conference and "connects the dots." It will also allow you to do a far better job networking at the conference and interviewing with the employers and recruiters.    

Q.  How many attendees also sign up for this preconference?  
A.  A large percentage.      

Q.  Should I just take this preconference and forgo the main conference?  
A.  Not unless you have no other choice.  Only attending the main conference will allow you to obtain specific information on over 50 different careers, provides you the opportunity for 1-1 mentoring, and gives you the opportunity to interview for open jobs with recruiters and employers.     

Q.  Will the main conference recruiters, mentors, faculty and employers be available at this preconference?  
A.  No, they are only available at the main conference.  


donovan-nadine100px.jpgNadine Nasser Donovan, Esq., is SEAK’s lead trainer and consultant. She has coached and represented countless physicians and has vast consulting experience.  Nadine is SEAK’s lead faculty for our annual “How to Start Build and Run a Successful File and Disability Review Practice” CME course. She received her J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School and graduated from Fordham University summa cum laude with a B.A. in French Literature. In addition to her work consulting and teaching for SEAK, Nadine is a Legal Writing Instructor at Boston University School of Law.  Nadine is a thought leader in expert witnessing, report writing, and preparing medical malpractice defendant physicians to testify in their own defense.  She can be contacted at or 617-791-4282.

armitagecircle-new.jpgMandy Huggins Armitage, MD is a successful medical writer who has extensive experience with medical writing and content development in both freelance and employed positions. She most recently served as medical director for health tech start-ups HealthLoop and Doximity where she was also responsible for recruiting and hiring. Dr. Armitage currently serves as a professional resume writer and as a consultant for aspiring physician freelance writers ( and has been a faculty member for SEAK’s “How to Earn Money as Physician Writer” seminar for several years. Prior to transitioning to medical writing, Dr. Armitage practiced nonsurgical sports medicine. She received her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and her BS in Biology from Purdue University.

mangraviti-james100px.jpgJames J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq. is the co-founder and co-seminar leader of SEAK’s annual Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians Conference. He is the co-author of the book Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians ( and the article The Biggest Mistakes Physicians Make When Transitioning to a Non-Clinical Career. Jim is a highly experienced presenter who has trained thousands of physicians on topics including expert witnessing, non-clinical careers, negotiating, writing, and how to supplement clinical income. He currently serves as a Principal of SEAK, Inc. an ACCME accredited continuing education, training, consulting, and publishing firm. In addition to his teaching and writing, Jim has mentored numerous physicians. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College and a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School.


Michael J. McLaughlin, MD, is a writer, entrepreneur, and former surgeon. He received degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and spent four years as a plastic/hand surgeon before transitioning to medical communications and founding Peloton Advantage. He is now a full-time author, with suspense novels including Extinction, Fugue, The Satin Strangler Blogs, and Woods ( He also founded Physician Renaissance Network ( and wrote the physician career change book, Do You Feel Like You Wasted All That Training.



8:00–8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:15 Available Jobs and Where to Find Them
The faculty will review many of the financially and personally rewarding non-clinical career areas available to physicians including: consulting, education, management, biotechnology, public service, insurance, utilization review, forensic examinations and consultation, entrepreneur/business owner, writing, and many more. The faculty will also disclose how to best find high paying non-clinical positions. Each field will be evaluated according to potential earnings, need to travel, location, whether work can be from home, and which physicians tend to be the best fit in the field. Questions and Answers

9:15–10:15 Selling Yourself and Leveraging Your Medical Degree and Experience
In this segment, the faculty will begin by utilizing a demonstration with a volunteer attendee to show the absolute importance of being able to sell yourself. Attendees will then learn specific techniques (with examples) on how to persuasively and confidently articulate how their skills, education, and experience as medical doctors should be characterized as talents that any employer would seek. Attendees will be provided with an extensive set of “talking points” that they can use to help articulate their transferable skills and why an employer should hire them. Questions and Answers


10:30–11:15 The Truth About Non-Clinical Career Transition for Physicians
Dr. McLaughlin will recount his path from a practicing surgeon to a non-clinical executive, to becoming the owner of his own highly successful medical communications company. He will explain his successful methodology for career transition and offer frank comments about the process of transition, the time it takes, what sacrifices need to be made, and common issues physicians run into during transition. Questions and Answers 

11:15–12:00 How You Can Transition and How Others Have Transitioned
This segment will focus on identifying which careers you would most want, positioning yourself for your chosen career and landing your first job. The faculty will utilize numerous concise case studies of physicians who have successfully made the switch to a high paying non-clinical career. Included in each case study is the personal and professional background of the physician, what they were looking for, how they found it, and most importantly, the valuable lessons which should be learned from the examples. Questions and Answers 


1:00–2:00 How to Define Your Personal Brand and Express it on Your Resume
Dr. Armitage will explain what a personal brand is and how a personal brand should be used to distinguish yourself from the competition. She will present a methodology for determining your personal brand and show attendees how to best express that brand on your resume. Dr. Armitage will provide practical, proven suggestions for drafting a more attractive resume. Questions and Answers

2:00–2:30 Networking
The faculty will discuss how to start networking, the process to utilize, getting people to talk to you and help you, the questions to ask during your call, and the methods to use for follow-up. Questions and Answers


2:45–3:45 Excelling at Your Job Interview
This segment will consist of numerous mock interviews with volunteer attendees. The aim is constructive critique to help dramatically improve performance. The faculty will review 12 rules for interviewing, such as 1) “Listen 80%/Talk 20%,” 2) “No negatives about anything,” and 3) “More good than bad.” Participants will learn to use “closing comments” to create lasting positive impressions. The group will review and learn to answer the 25 most difficult interview questions, including 1) “Why did you leave?” 2) “How are you different?” and 3) “What do you earn?” The faculty will discuss strategies for group interviews and learn the full power of thank you notes. Attendees will be encouraged to “start the job before you are hired,” and learn when and how to use references. Questions and Answers

3:45–4:30 Your Action Plan to Land Your First Non-Clinical Job
An action plan is a one-page document detailing how you are going to find your new job. During this module the faculty will review sample action plans that can be used to find non-clinical careers. Attendees will be asked to draft their own action plans which will then be discussed and critiqued. Questions and Answers

What past attendees had to say:

“Absolutely excellent–exceeded my expectation”


“Could not have planned it better to fit my needs”

“Encouraging, more uplifting than I expected”

“Excellent seminar to provide a much needed roadmap for a Non clinical transition”

“Excellent start to transition”

“Excellent, all physicians should attend even if they plan to stay in clinical medicine”

“Excellent, highly effective”

“Fantastic. Really appreciate casual atmosphere and ability/time of speakers to ask questions.”

“I appreciate specific, detailed advice. Pros and cons, do’s and don’ts, specific website/articles/books to refer to.”

“I was very impressed with the content and felt like it helped focus things more for myself”

“Informative, eye opening, motivating”

“Inspirational, wish I was here 20 years ago”

“It was very well delivered, good energy and atmosphere”

“Lots of helpful information on where to start”

“Outstanding, excellent ideas”

“Seminar was informative with concrete information – recommendations from MD who has transitioned as well career counseling was great”


“Thank you! I appreciate all the work and insight reflected in the presentations and smooth organization of the conference.”

“The seminar was inspiring and is a very good starting point to show me how to make my goals more concrete. I fee encouraged that I can make a transition.”

“The supportive attitude was appreciated and made me feel empowered”

“There was a lot of useful information presented to get us going on the way to an alternate career.”

“Very good – dynamic speakers relevant information”

“Very interesting, good speakers, entertaining”

“Very thoughtful, optimistic.”

“Well organized, great presenters”

“Well organized, wealth of information”

“Wonderful, stimulating, useful.”


“Excellent overview and introduction.”

“Excellent presentations.”

“Excellent resource.”

“Excellent suggestions.”

“Excellent, encouraging.”

“Fantastic, I left with a new focus of what I’d like to do.”

“Fantastic. Great information.”

“Good/detailed information to set and achieve a goal of a new job/career.”

“Great instruction and inspiration on how to get started.”

“Great! Lots of value and wisdom from personal stories.”

“I found it very engaging and helpful, faculty very helpful.”

“Info packed, high quality.”

“Informative, helpful.”

“It was a good use of my time and a good entry way to a possible career change”

“Life altering.”

“No-nonsense, practical and useful information.”

“Outstanding – insightful to understand future options.”

“Overall good exposure to some of the many possibilities.”

“Really excellent.”

“The presenters really knew what needed to be done for physicians to enter non-clinical careers and want us to succeed in finding the best job; the one at which we will be the most successful.”

“The seminar was excellent and exceeded my expectations.”

“Very good. Enlightening.”

“Very useful, eye opening.”

“Very well done. A lot of useful information for anyone at any stage of their career.”

“Very well organized. Lots of info.”

“Well organized, extremely informative, opened my eyes to new opportunities.”

“Well organized, focused.”

“Well organized, professional.”

“Excellent, very entertaining, kept my attention.”