How to Supplement Your Clinical Income with Well-Paying Home-Based Work, October 17, 2024, Chicago, IL

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There are numerous proven categories of home-based work that you can perform to significantly (and often dramatically) supplement your clinical income. This survey course provides an introduction to: niche consulting, writing/teaching, medical-legal consulting (expert witnessing and IMEs) and performing disability and utilization reviews. For each of the above activities physicians will learn about the advantages and disadvantage of the work, what exactly physicians are expected to do, how much the work can pay, how to obtain the work, and how to excel at the work. In addition, for each of the above activities physicians will learn how to use the experience gained to position themselves for high paying non-clinical jobs. The material in this preconference is not covered in the main conference.

Thursday, October 17, 2024

At the completion of this dynamic interactive workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the well-paying home-based supplemental income opportunities that are the best fit for your experience, knowledge and interests.
  • List potential niches in which you could serve as a consultant.
  • Explain ways to monetize your subject matter expertise through teaching and writing.
  • Describe how and why physicians are called upon to perform disability and utilization reviews and what is involved in doing this work.
  • Explain the most common ways physicians can earn supplemental income through medical-legal consulting.
  • Calculate your supplemental income potential from niche consulting, writing, teaching, file review consulting, and medical-legal consulting.
  • Form and prepare an action plan to supplement your clinical income with well-paying home-based work.
  • Explain how niche consulting, writing, teaching, file review consulting, and medical-legal consulting can position a physician for full time non-clinical employment. 

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.


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-author of 31 non-fiction books whose cumulative sales have totaled several million dollars. Jim’s books have been published by major publishers such as St. Martins, Aspen, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer as well being self-published through SEAK, Inc. Jim is also a prolific teacher. He has designed and taught well over 200 continuing education courses for physicians, engineers, accountants, and other professionals. Jim is an expert on expert witnessing. He is a co-founder of SEAK’s National Directory of Expert Witnesses ( and has trained thousands of expert witnesses. Jim designed and teaches SEAK’s highly acclaimed courses How to Start, Build and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice and How to Be an Effective Expert Witness. Jim also maintains an active consulting practice where he works primarily with expert witnesses. Jim can be contacted at or 978-276-1234.



8:30–10:30 Niche Consulting
A proven way to either supplement your income or transition out of a clinical career is to serve as a consultant. Consulting can be highly lucrative, most of the work can usually be done from a home office and overhead, start-up costs and risks are small. Best of all, consulting can be used to test the waters and position yourself for a new career. In this segment, attendees will be given an overview of serving as a niche consultant. Topics addressed include identifying the best consulting niches, setting (and collecting) your fee, marketing, and pleasing the client. Questions & Answers


10:45–12:00 Writing/Teaching
Writing and teaching can be personally, professionally, and financially rewarding. In this segment physicians will learn how to monetize their subject matter expertise through teaching and writing. Topics covered include evaluating writing ideas, how to price and sell your work, how to obtain teaching assignments, how to produce the highest quality work, and how to market yourself. In addition, attendees will learn how to use their teaching and writing experience to position themselves for a high paying non-clinical job and/or land high-end consulting assignments. Questions & Answers


1:00–2:30 File Review Consulting
Disability and utilization review consulting is a growing and lucrative field. In this segment the faculty will explain what file reviewers do and the specific types of matters physicians will typically be called to work on (e.g. disability reviews, utilization reviews, pre-authorizations, chart reviews, peer reviews, and medical necessity reviews). Physicians will be introduced to the marketplace for file reviews including who typically hires physicians, how to obtain this work, how much it pays, and how to excel at this work such that they can obtain repeat business. Questions & Answers


2:45–4:30 Medical-Legal Consulting (Expert Witness & IMEs)
In this segment the attendees will be introduced to the well-paying opportunities available serving as an expert witness or independent medical examiner. Physicians who serve as expert witnesses typically bill themselves out at $500+ per hour. Successful expert witnesses and independent medical examiners can earn $100,000 per year extra by devoting a few hours per week to medical-legal consulting. In this segment attendees will learn what expert witnesses and IME examiners do, what they don’t do, which clinicians are best positioned to perform this work, the drawbacks associated with this type of work, and what they would need to do to start serving as a medical-legal consultant. Questions & Answers 

What past attendees have to say:

“Very helpful and so thankful for its existence.”

“Another excellent seminar. It gave a great overview of different areas.”

“Very informative. Great ideas for supplemental income.”

“Excellent presentations! Informative, engaging and entertaining!”

“Both speakers were engaging and well spoken. Learned about a variety of opportunities”

“Enjoyed the style of presentation. Was refreshing to have speakers that didn’t need PowerPoint to communicate their information.”

“Enlightening and stimulating.”

“Excellent experience, interactive and informative”

“Excellent introduction to options with practical suggestions”

“Excellent presenters with good sense of humor.”


“Eye opening, promising options, hopeful solutions for me”

“Good overall introduction to these four types of work”

“Good overview of the options presented and the requirement/training recommended to pursue them” “Both speakers were engaging and well spoken. Learned about a variety of opportunities”

“Great job, as SEAK always does”

“Great to understand more opportunities available to me and great for brainstorming”

“Innovative way to help us docs take off our blinders and dare to look outside our silos.”


“It’s been a long time since I’ve learned so much at a meeting!”

“That was another excellent seminar. It gave a great overview of different areas”

“Very eye opening”

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“Very interesting”

“Well done”

“Wonderful sampler of what is out there and feasible”

“You both know what you’re talking about. Was a little leery about lawyers helping doctors transition to nonclinical jobs”

“Another excellent seminar. It gave a great overview of different areas”

“A beneficial overview of options for physicians, without being specialty-specific.”

“Excellent, nothing superfluous, Information is all relevant & specific. No PowerPoints was great!”

“I was impressed by the amount of information and opportunities available.”

“Professional, well run, informative.”

“Very informative, eye opening. A lot of great information that will help me make a good transition.”

“Very motivating. I now know and will have access to file review so can start learning additional income by Thanksgiving or Christmas.”

“Well designed, engaging and delivered.”

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