How to Find and Land High Paying Non-Clinical Jobs, October 18, 2024, 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 18, 2024 

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.

Registration/Tuition: Tuition is $645 until August 23, 2024, $695 August 24, 2024–September 26, 2024, $745 after September 26, 2024. Your tuition includes continental breakfast and lunch each day and a detailed conference manual. A stream on demand online version of this course can be found here.

Location/Hotel Accommodations: The coursewill be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in the Village of Rosemont, IL. This “fly in fly out” property is easily accessible to Chicago’s O’Hare airport and provides complimentary shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport. SEAK has secured a special group rate of $149/night. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on September 26, 2024. To make your reservations, please call 877-337-5793 and refer to the SEAK Group rate or click here to book online.

Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing on or prior to September 26, 2024 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling after September 26, 2024 will receive a full tuition credit. 


seak-speakercircles-ncc-chicago-2024-armitage.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. 

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.

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.

mclaughlin-circle.jpgMichael J. McLaughlin, MD is co-founder of Peloton Advantage, a medical communications company. He received degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University. After four years as a plastic surgeon and hand specialist, he networked through a career change into medical communications. Along the way, he also founded Physician Renaissance Network (, a free resource for doctors with non-clinical careers and interests, and wrote the book Do You Feel Like You Wasted All That Training? He wrote the medical thriller, Extinction, and collaborated with Dr. N. Michael Caputo on the innovative and controversial story, The Satin Strangler Blogs. 


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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & Answers

What past attendees have 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.”