If you are a physician who would like to explore the numerous non-clinical opportunities open to you, this is the conference for you.
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Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 2022 Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center, Rosemont, IL.
A life changing weekend awaits you!
• Explore dozens of non-clinical and alternative opportunities
• Find out what’s out there, how to get it and how much it pays
• Learn about full time, part time, and work from home opportunities
• 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 40+ 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
Location/Hotel Accommodations: Non-Clinical Careers 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 $1295 until August 23, 2022, $1395 August 24, 2022–September 21, 2022, $1495 after September 21, 2022. Daily continental breakfast and lunch is included in the tuition for each program.
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.
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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 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 members who are physicians working non-clinically will be providing inside 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? How about part time roles?
A. Yes, many of the fields covered offer remote based opportunities. In fact, many of our faculty work remotely. Many of the fields discussed also have part time/contract opportunities available.
Q. Does the conference work?
A. We have been thrilled with the enormous positive feedback we have received with numerous attendees calling their experience “life changing”. See www.nonclinicalcareers.com for hundreds of testimonals. We are also very proud that a large percentage of our faculty consists of conference alumni looking to pay it forward.
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. Past 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 medical students, 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 (including Pharma, Consulting, Writing, Speaking, Coaching, MSL, Investments, Communications, Startups and Teaching) and some of our faculty members do not have 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. The 2 preconferences that will be given are: How to Supplement Your Clinical Income with Lucrative Home-Based Work and How to Find and Land High Paying Non-Clinical Jobs.
Day One, Saturday, October 15, 2022
7:30–8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters
8:30–9:30 How to Start Transitioning to Your Dream Career, Right Now
Julia Pewitt Kinder, DO
Two of the greatest challenges to a successful physician career transition are inertia and fear of the unknown. Dr. Kinder will demonstrate how to overcome each of these. She will explain how to start your transition by analyzing career options and pairing those with your goals. Dr. Kinder will help you recognize potential roadblocks to a career change, and provide practical and inspirational tips to help you transition to your dream career and move forward Right Now. Questions & Answers
Julia Pewitt Kinder, DO is a highly experienced and sought after career consultant who specializes in working with physicians to teach the exact steps to find a new career (www.physiciancareeropportunities.com). She is also a medical director for a national health plan, medical director for a hospice company, and international consultant to families of children with Down syndrome. Dr. Kinder is Board Certified in Family Practice. A SEAK alumna, she now serves as SEAK faculty, co-teaching “How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Consulting Practice.”
9:30–10:30 Introduction of the Mentors and the Recruiters
The conference mentors and recruiters will introduce themselves and briefly describe their background and areas of interest.
10:30–11:15 Break and Mentoring & Employer Sign Up Time
Attendees will sign up for individual sessions with recruiters and mentors.
11:15–12:00 Designing the Future You Deserve
Steven W. Parkes, MD, MBA, MPH, PCC
While the changing healthcare environment has led to unprecedented levels of physician burnout, new opportunities to secure professional fulfillment are expanding more rapidly than ever. Successfully seeing and harnessing those potentials requires new ways of thinking and growing. Dr. Steven Parkes, MD, MBA, MPH invites you to this insightful yet practical exploration of how to climb out of the pressure cooker and decisively evolve your purpose and calling as a physician. Questions & Answers
Steven W. Parkes, MD, MBA, MPH, PCC is the President and Founder of the Clinician Coaching Institute, LLC (www.cliniciancoachinginstitute.com), the leading professional development and coaching resource for physicians. Dr. Parkes is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who successfully practiced and co-managed a busy 40 physician Emergency Department practice, EMPact Emergency Physicians. He first discovered the transformative power of the coaching process from working with his own coach to realize and escape habits leading to frustration and burnout. Dr. Parkes holds five different coaching certifications and is a 15-time finisher of the Ironman Triathlon, including the world championship in Hawaii. He earned his MD from Rush, his MPH from Johns Hopkins, and his MBA from Notre Dame. He is based in the Chicago area where he resides with his family and three children. He is a SEAK alumnus.
12:00–1:00 LUNCH (Provided with Faculty, Mentors, and Recruiters)
1:00–1:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. 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 & Answers
JP Ahluwalia, MD, MPH is the Chief of Occupational Medicine for the United States Coast Guard in Washington, DC, and a Commander with the US Public Health Service. In this role, he is responsible for the occupational health and safety of over 50,000 active duty Coast Guard members. Previously Dr. Ahluwalia served as a Medical Officer with the FDA where he was responsible for monitoring the safety of approved biologic products including vaccines. 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.
B. Opportunities with Medical Device Companies
Christine R. Mauro, MD, MMSc
Dr. Mauro will survey the numerous full-time and part-time/contract opportunities for physicians available in the medical device field. She will discuss what physicians may do on a day-to-day basis including product development, regulatory, safety, education, and recalls. Dr. Mauro will discuss which specialties are typically the best fit for device companies, working conditions (including potential work from home), hours, travel, compensation, and opportunities for advancement. Most importantly, Dr. Mauro will provide advice for how to best position yourself and land your first job in the medical device industry. Questions & Answers
Christine R. Mauro, MD, MMSc is a remote-based Senior Global Medical Director for Stryker. Previously she served as Medical Director, Minimally Invasive Therapies Group for Medtronic. Dr. Mauro received her BA from Arizona State, her MD from Minnesota, and her MMSc from Harvard Medical School. She trained in general surgery and completed a vascular surgery postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard-affiliated institutions. Dr. Mauro is married to a practicing general surgeon and they are the proud parents of two small children. She lives in the beautiful Berkshires of far western Massachusetts.
1:50–2:00 Break and Networking Opportunity
2:00–2:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Medical Writer
Maryam S. Abbasi, MD
Dr. Abbasi will discuss the varied opportunities available to physicians in the field of medical writing. She will discuss opportunities as both an employed medical writer and as a freelancer, including remote and work-from-home opportunities in both settings. Dr. Abbasi will explain the varied projects medical writers may work on such as regulatory writing, CME writing, posters and abstracts, direct-to-consumer marketing, medical editing, slide decks, blogs, patient education materials, writing clinical guidelines, grant writing, and more. She will also discuss compensation, work setting, available training, what employers and clients are looking for, and most importantly, how to best position yourself to break into this field and use proven techniques to find and land your first position or assignment. Questions & Answers
Maryam S. Abbasi, MD is an experienced freelance medical writer. She has worked on a wide variety of assignments including writing hundreds of journal article summaries, creating materials for advisory board meetings with key stakeholders, and editing and reviewing the quality of over 700 research abstracts for a nationwide OB/GYN conference.
B. Opportunities in Health Insurance and Utilization Review
Glenda E Flemister, MD, FACP, FCCP
Dr. Flemister will describe the intellectually stimulating opportunities available for physicians as medical directors tasked with utilization reviews. She will explain the types of utilization reviews that may be needed and 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. Flemister will dispel common myths about health insurers and 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 that physicians may play with health insurers. Dr. Flemister will discuss part time and independent contractor opportunities, who this might be a good/poor fit for, appropriate specialties, opportunities for advancement and most importantly, how to break into and succeed in health insurance and utilization review. Questions & Answers
Glenda E Flemister, MD, FACP, FCCP has extensive experience in the health insurance field including over 10 years as a Medical Director with Aetna as well as experience as a Medical Director for BCBS Association and Chief Medical Officer of a patient management company that became a managed care organization. Dr. Flemister is triple board certified (Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois and her MD from Loyola of Chicago. Dr. Flemister currently serves as a consultant and expert witness. She is a SEAK alumna.
2:50–3:00 Break and Networking Opportunity
3:00–3:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians in the Disability Insurance Field
David J. Berube, MD, MPH
Dr. Berube will share the full time, part time and contract opportunities available to physicians in the disability insurance field. He will describe what physicians do on a day-to-day basis including claim review, research, report writing, peer to peers, and interacting with claims professionals. Dr. Berube will explain why he loves his job and finds it intellectually stimulating and rewarding. He will also discuss hours, compensation, requirements for boards/license, specialties most in demand, work from home possibilities, working conditions and benefits. Dr. Berube will provide advice on how to break into the disability insurance industry. Questions & Answers
David J. Berube, MD, MPH serves as Chief Medical Officer, VP at Lincoln Financial Group. He is also an assistant clinical professor at both Yale and UConn. He has vast experience in the field of disability insurance including Chief Medical Officer, VP, Liberty Mutual Benefits and National Medical Director, Group Insurance at Aetna. Dr. Berube completed his Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellowship at Yale and earned his MD at the University of Vermont and his BA at Wesleyan.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Pharma
Michael DePietro, MD
Dr. DePietro will discuss the numerous roles and opportunities for physicians in the pharmaceutical industry including pharmacovigilance (safety), regulatory affairs, marketing, communication/writing, and research and development. He will provide, for each role, typical day-to-day tasks, travel requirements, credentials generally required, opportunities for advancement, compensation, and need for relocation (and potential work from home). Dr. DePietro will explain how to find the companies developing/selling products within your own therapeutic area and provide practical advice for physicians who wish to position themselves to find and land a position within industry. Questions & Answers
Michael DePietro, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for Airway Therapeutics. Airway Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of biologics to break the cycle of injury and inflammation for patients with respiratory and inflammatory diseases. As Chief Medical officer He is working to help lead the organization in this mission and particularly advance the development of the novel recombinant human protein rhSP-D – an engineered version of the endogenous protein hSP-D – that reduces inflammation and infection while modulating the immune response. He previously served as Respiratory Therapeutic Area Lead, Global Medical Affairs for Teva Pharmaceuticals, and as a Senior Medical Director — Respiratory for AstraZeneca. Dr. DePietro is a Board-Certified Pulmonary Critical Care physician. Prior to his work in pharma he was a partner in a large pulmonary critical care group practice at Christiana Care Health Services were he was an ICU director, clinical investigator, and residency program faculty member, and clinical Assistant professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. He earned his BS at the University of Scranton and his MD at Hahnemnann.
3:50–4:00 Break and Networking Opportunity
4:00–4:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities With Startups
Alisa Niksch, MD
Dr. Niksch will provide an overview of the current healthcare startup environment and will explain the various part time, full time, work from home, consulting, employee, and employee/owner roles physicians play with these dynamic organizations. Dr. Niksch will explain what physicians assisting startups may do on a day to day basis (including advising, regulatory work, training, research and development, etc.) and discuss how physicians working with startups may be compensated. Most importantly, Dr. Niksch will provide practical advice for how to locate and land positions with startups, how to succeed in these roles, and how to position yourself to be attractive to startups. Questions & Answers
Dr. Alisa Niksch is Chief Medical Officer of Genetesis, Inc., a company which has created a novel cloud-connected and AI-powered cardiac diagnostics and imaging platform. She is a trained pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist, practicing at Tufts Medical Center since 2010. She has been an advisor and researcher for multiple digital health startup companies like AliveCor, Inc., Zephyr Technologies, MindChild Medical, and Sproutling. She continues to be a mentor with programs such as MIT Hacking Medicine and MassChallenge HealthTech. She has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals on digital health and wearable technologies, and has spoken on the applications of AI in medicine and the experience of women in the technology sector. She is a graduate of The University of Virginia School of Medicine, and completed her fellowship training at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center and Stanford/UCSF Medical Centers.
B. Opportunities in Life Insurance
Michael H. Wetzel, MD, DBIM, CLU
Dr. Wetzel will describe the rewarding and intellectually stimulating opportunities for physicians with the numerous US Life Insurance Companies. He will explain the underwriting and other interesting work physicians typically do in a life insurance company, hours, work environment (work from home often available), the compensation range that can be expected for new hires, the typical corporate compensation and benefit structure, what the work consists of on a day-to-day basis, opportunity for advancement, certification in insurance medicine, and the specialties and clinical experience which are most appropriate for this industry. Dr. Wetzel will explain how and where to obtain the skills needed to succeed as a medical director at a life insurance company. He will provide practical tips for positioning yourself for such work and landing a first-time position in the life insurance industry. Questions & Answers
Michael H. Wetzel, MD, DBIM, CLU is the Chief Medical Director for Equitable Life. Prior to Equitable Life, Dr. Wetzel was a VP, Medical Director with Prudential and an AVP, Associate Medical Director with the Hartford. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Insurance Medicine. Dr. Wetzel earned his BS at Penn State and his MD from Thomas Jefferson Medical College.
4:50–6:00 Networking Reception with Colleagues, Faculty, Mentors, Recruiters, and Employers
Day 2: Sunday, October 16, 2022
7:00–7:30 Continental Breakfast with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters
7:30–8:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Wellness, Nutrition, and Exercise Coach
Carrie Holland, MD
Many physicians have a passion for wellness, but are unable to best serve their patients with wellness advice because of the way health care is currently structured and financed. Dr. Holland will provide practical advice for how to start, build and run a successful fee for service wellness coaching practice which can be used to supplement or eventually replace a physician’s clinical practice. Dr. Holland will discuss training, fee setting, business structure, choosing services/packages to offer, how to deliver a superior product and numerous techniques for how to land clients. Questions & Answers
Carrie Holland, MD is a health and fitness coach who is the founder of mywhyfitness.net. She is a certified personal trainer who works with busy professionals, parents, and high achievers on diet, exercise and wellness. Dr. Holland is a board-certified family physician who still maintains a clinical practice. She has trained as an Integrative Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Dr. Holland is the mother of 2 small children and is a competitive body builder. She is a SEAK alumna.
B. Opportunities with Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
Bharat K. Kohli, MD, MBA
Dr. Kohli will provide an overview of what CROs are, why they exist and what they do. He will survey the opportunities available to physicians within CROs. Dr. Kohli will explain the many advantages to these positions including the possibility of working from home, flexible schedules, and potentially opening additional doors in the pharmaceutical industry. He will also cover possibilities for advancement, compensation, and what physicians working for CROs may do on a day to day basis. Most importantly, Dr. Kohli will provide advice for how to well position yourself to find and land your first position at a CRO. Questions & Answers
Bharat K. Kohli, MD, MBA has vast and diverse non-clinical experience including CMO for an FQHC, CMO for the boutique CRO Applied Health Resources Management, Medical Director for United Health Care, Global Director Healthcare R & D for Praxair, Associate CMO for Kaleida Health, and Senior Assistant Medical Director for Johnson & Johnson MD&D. Dr. Kohli specializes in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He earned his MD at the University of Toronto and his MBA at the University of Buffalo.
8:20–8:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
8:30–9:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities in Medical Communication and Advertising
Nicole Bamba, MD
Dr. Bamba will provide an overview to the employment and freelance opportunities for physicians in the fields of medical communication and advertising and describe ways that physicians can apply their clinical expertise and creativity in this exciting and dynamic industry, e.g. provide insight on medical strategy, be a trusted advisor, assist with producing deliverables for clients, review communications for regulatory compliance, and more. She will discuss practical matters such as qualifications (Boards and License generally not required), locations, job security, earning potential, a “day-in-the-life”, remote work opportunities, typical client base, career advancement, travel, and lifestyle expectations. Dr. Bamba will describe what medical communication and advertising firms are seeking in physicians and will provide practical advice to help attendees break into these fields and achieve success. Questions & Answers
Nicole Bamba, MD has experience in medical communications as both a freelancer and an employee (Medical Director). She started her career straight out of a neurology residency by working as a senior copyrighter for Grey Healthcare Group. Dr. Bamba’s subsequent experience includes VP, Associate Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Cline, Davis and Mann, Medical Director at Pixacore, Senior Medical Writer at Avant Healthcare, and currently as a home-based Freelance Medical Director at Area 23 on Hudson. Dr. Bamba is the mother of two young children. Her husband is an emergency medicine physician who also transitioned to a work from home non-clinical medical director role with a major insurance company. Dr. Bamba earned her BA from Duke and her MD from the University of Chicago.
B. How to Succeed as a Physician Entrepreneur
Joseph Norris, MD
With healthcare comprising 1/6 of the U.S. economy, Dr. Norris will discuss the tremendous opportunities for physicians who start their own businesses including autonomy, creativity, and earning potential. He will discuss the benefits and risks of starting your own business. Dr. Norris will provide practical tips, based on his own successes and failures, for succeeding as a physician entrepreneur including finding the right niche, protecting and testing your idea, business structure, finance, risk management, and growth strategies.
Joseph Norris, MD is an orthopedic surgeon and founder of several businesses. The two that are currently in a high growth state are Elexr (elexr.com) and MedNav (mednavconsulting.com). Elexr is a digital health and wellness platform that utilizes metabolic testing to determine an individual's metabolic fingerprint of fuel utilized during exercise. MedNav is a revenue cycle management company that drives organic new lines of revenue into medical practices that weren't previously capitalized. Dr. Norris additionally works on a board for a company specializing in alternative investments within the health and wellness sector. This company utilizes Dr. Norris to vet and evaluate companies for early stage investing. Dr. Norris continues to practice medicine part time.
9:20–9:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
9:30–10:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Medical Science Liaison
Jihad (JR) Rizkallah, MD, MSL-BC
Dr. Rizkallah will explain what medical science liaisons (MSLs) do on a day-to-day basis in their role of supporting drug research and development and being the point person to meet virtually and in person with treating physicians, key opinion leaders and digital opinion leaders. He will further provide insights into why the opportunities for physicians in this field are likely to greatly expand in the next few years. Dr. Rizkallah will discuss compensation, working conditions and travel and provide suggestions as to how to break into this interesting and rewarding field and succeed at it. Questions & Answers
Jihad (JR) Rizkallah, MD, MSL-BC currently serves as Director, Team Lead, MSL Neurology West for Sunovion, where he leads a team of MSLs. Dr. Rizkallah is an MSL thought leader who serves on both the Advisory Board and the Certification Committee for the Medical Science Liaison Society. His long and successful career in industry includes stints at Pfizer, Parke-Davis and currently Sunovion. Dr. Rizkallah is a foreign medical graduate with expertise in many disease states. He earned his medical degree at the medical school of Athens, Greece and completed his residency in internal medicine prior to transitioning to non-clinical work in the U.S.A.
B. Opportunities in Health Informatics and IT
Jonathan Lovins, MD, SFHM, MMCi
Healthcare IT/Informatics is a dynamic area that offers numerous roles and opportunities for physicians. These positions could be with a health care organization, industry, academic medical center, or the government. Dr. Lovins will discuss what physicians involved in Healthcare IT do on a day-to-day basis including assisting with quality and safety, process improvement, data literacy, decision support, training, guidance, adoption, and data analytics. He will provide insights on qualifications required (you don’t have to be a computer geek or mathematician) and helpful specialized education options to get you up to speed. Dr. Lovins will discuss possible career paths, compensation, career arc, and most importantly, how to position yourself to break into this field and find and land your first position. Questions & Answers
Jonathan Lovins, MD, SFHM, MMCi is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer at Duke Regional Hospital (part of Duke University Health System). Dr. Lovins is also a practicing Hospitalist. His IT experience includes implementing a $1B EHR for a 1,500 bed, 2,000 physician health system and being the lead physician for EHR adoption, training, content creation, and optimization. Dr. Lovins earned his BA at Clark University in MA and his MD at the University of Connecticut and completed a Masters of Management in Clinical Informatics at Duke University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Clinical Informatics and a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine.
10:20–10:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
10:30–11:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Real Estate Agent
Maureen Watson, MD
Dr. Watson will discuss the advantages of working full time or part time as a real estate agent. She will explain the licensing process, costs, how to get started, how brokers make money on the buy and sell sides, and most importantly, how to leverage the network you have developed as a physician into a lucrative second career or side gig. Dr. Watson will give insights into what successful real estate agents do on a day-to-day basis and provide advice on how you can even be successful by just making referrals and not actually showing houses. Questions & Answers
Maureen Watson, MD has been a licensed Realtor since 2016, first with Century 21 Scheetz and presently with eXp Realty. Dr. Watson’s real estate practice is part of her portfolio career of serving as a physician advisor for the Franciscan Alliance Health System and performing insurance reviews for a major health insurance company. Dr. Watson practiced radiology before transitioning to her non-clinical endeavors. She is currently writing two books on real estate. Dr. Watson earned her BA from DePauw and her MD from Indiana University.
B. Opportunities as a Physician Advisor
Christina Rama, MD
Dr. Rama will discuss the interesting and rewarding opportunities available as a physician advisor. She will cover hours/working conditions and what physician advisors do including meetings with insurance medical directors, staff education, chart review, improving charting, challenging denials, preventing denials, contract analysis, literature searches, and appeals. Dr. Rama will provide insights as to why physician advisor jobs can pay more than clinical medicine and will provide practical tips as to how to best position yourself for a physician advisor role, find and land these positions, and succeed at them. Questions & Answers
Christina Rama, MD is the Chief of Hospital Medicine/Chief Physician Advisor at Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Rama has a team of four physician advisors reporting to her. Dr. Rama started her healthcare career as a nurse, later attending medical school at Wake Forest.
11:20–11:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
11:30–12:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities in Teaching and Educational Administration
Elizabeth McMurtry, DO, FACEP
Dr. McMurtry will discuss the fulfilling and widely varied full time, part time, and contract teaching opportunities available to physicians including teaching medical students, residents and fellows, nurses, advanced practice providers and other health care professionals, pre-med undergraduates, high school students, and others. She will provide tips for how to find and land jobs, expected compensation ranges, time commitment and typical duties. In addition, Dr. McMurtry will survey the interesting and diverse opportunities for physicians available in educational administration including what these doctors may do on a day to day basis and compensation ranges and provide practical suggestions for how to locate and obtain these positions. Questions & Answers
Elizabeth McMurtry, DO, FACEP is an emergency medicine physician who has transitioned to become the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Faculty Development at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is also an adjunct clinical faculty member. Previously, Dr. McMurtry served as the Regional Dean for the Walla Walla Core Site. Dr. McMurtry received her BS from California Baptist University and her DO from Des Moines University. She is a SEAK alumna.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Medical Administration
Tom Whalen, MD, MMM, FACHE
Dr. Whalen will discuss the numerous and varied non-clinical opportunities for physicians in medical administration. He will explain the diverse and exhilarating work both part time and full-time physician administrators may perform. Dr. Whalen will also discuss earning potential, lifestyle, benefits, opportunities for advancement, and how physician administrators can positively impact the lives of both patients and care givers. Most importantly, Dr. Whalen will provide advice for how to best position yourself for transitioning into medical administration. Questions & Answers
Tom Whalen, MD, MMM, FACHE spent 10 years as the chief medical officer of Lehigh Valley Health Network, retiring in 2021. Prior to transitioning to administration Dr. Whalen practiced as a pediatric surgeon with extensive experience in national leadership roles and in academic medicine. He earned his BA/MD from Boston University and his Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Whalen currently serves as a physician executive coach as well as on multiple Boards.
12:20–1:20 LUNCH (Provided with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters)
1:20–2:10 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as an Aviation Medical Examiner
J. Bruce Robertson, MD, FACS, CPE, AME
All commercial and non-commercial pilots in the United States must be medically certified and regularly recertify to maintain their licenses. Such certification must be provided by an FAA trained and certified Aviation Medical Examiner physician. Dr. Robertson will discuss the opportunities for physicians as an AME including certification by the FAA (the FAA provides this training for free), responsibilities, liability, fee setting and the potentially substantial income opportunities. He will provide practical advice on how to get started as an AME and succeed in this area. He will also discuss the additional opportunities that serving as an AME can create such as consulting for the FAA. Questions & Answers
J. Bruce Robertson, MD, FACS, CPE, AME is a board certified urologist with diverse non-clinical experience including utilization review, disability review, being the founder, CEO, and chairman of a 2,000 member health insurance trust, life care planning, and aviation medical examinations. Dr. Robertson still practices urology but no longer performs major surgery. Dr. Robertson earned his BA at the University of Houston and his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is the former vice-chairman of the American Urological Association’s National Legislative Committee. Dr. Robertson is a SEAK Alumnus.
B. Opportunities With Risk Retention Groups/Medical Malpractice Insurance
Peter Perdik, MD
Dr. Perdik will describe how and why he founded and became the CEO of a Risk Retention Group (Physician Owned Medical Malpractice Self Insurance Company). He will explain the opportunities for physicians in these organizations and the interesting and diverse tasks physicians can undertake such as risk management, improving patient safety, provider education, process improvement, claims review and strategy, culture building, underwriting, reinsurance, credentialing and auditing. He will also discuss how the experience gained from working in these areas can position a physician for additional non-clinical roles including in risk management, safety, administration, and expert witnessing. Dr. Perdik will provide practical advice for how to get involved non-clinically with both risk retention groups (including as a founder) and medical malpractice insurance companies. Questions & Answers
Peter Perdik, MD is the co-founder and former President/CEO of Physicians Proactive Protection a Risk Retention Group. In this role he was involved in all aspects of running a medical malpractice insurance company. Dr. Perdik currently practices pulmonology. His current non-clinical professional activities include file reviews, independent medical examinations and expert witnessing. Dr. Perdik earned his BA from NYU and his MD from St.George’s in Grenada where he was present during Operation Urgent Fury in 1983.
2:10–2:20 Break and Networking Opportunity
2:20–3:10 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians in Knowledge Consulting
Robert J. Cooper, MD, FACE, FACP
Dr. Cooper will explain how to supplement your clinical income through consulting with knowledge companies. He will explain how this work can be quite lucrative (three to four figures per hour), can be done at a high volume, and how this work will often improve your clinical knowledge and skills. Dr. Cooper will describe the various forms of assignments that can be obtained including surveys, phone interviews and focus groups. He will discuss how to get the work, turnaround times, compliance issues and will provide practical tips to start, build, and run a lucrative knowledge consulting practice. Dr. Cooper will also provide a list of knowledge companies which utilize physicians. Questions & Answers
Robert J. Cooper, MD, FACE, FACP is very active in non-clinical pursuits including knowledge company consulting, file review consulting, and expert witnessing. He is boarded in both endocrinology and internal medicine, is clinically active and is a graduate of SUNY StonyBrook and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University. He is a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Morayo Fakiya, MD, CPHQ, CPPS, CLSSBB
Dr. Fakiya will survey the opportunities for physicians in the fields of patient safety and quality. She will explain what physicians in these fields do on a day to day basis including reviewing adverse events, process improvement, patient advocacy, quality improvement, professional complaints, and training providers. Dr. Fakiya will cover compensation, working conditions, the ability to maintain a clinical practice and other practical considerations. She will provide practical advice on how to break into these fields and succeed. Questions & Answers
Morayo Fakiya, MD, CPHQ, CPPS, CLSSBB is the CEO and Founder of ORET Healthcare Enterprise which uses multiple innovative strategies (including population health improvement, clinical business intelligence, and capacity building) to promote quality and patient safety. Previously, she served as the Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Howard University Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Fakiya is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a Certified Professional in Patient Safety, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She is board certified in both internal medicine and obesity medicine and is a SEAK alumna.
You will find our faculty very giving of their time and very willing to answer your individual questions after their presentations, at the networking functions and when not presenting. To increase your networking experience and increase one-on-one attention, we have also assembled a team of mentors to be available to talk one-on-one with the attendees (at no additional charge).
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 has experience in commercial real estate. He is a SEAK alumnus.
Deborah Appleyard, MD is an orthopedic spine surgeon, SEAK alumna and mother of 4 children. Dr. Appleyard’s non-clinical experience includes working in the medical device field for Johnson & Johnson, assisting with preauthorizations for a third-party administrator, and owning and managing residential real estate rental properties.
Ankush Bansal, MD is a hospitalist and SEAK alumnus with experience performing file reviews for multiple referral sources, serving as an expert witness, working locum tenens and working direct to consumer telemedicine for multiple services.
Ryan Bayley, MD is a successful physician coach. His company, Bayley Coaching Solutions (solvingcareers.com), focuses on helping physicians find joy again through career change, including transitions to non-clinical opportunities. More recently, his company has expanded its focus to also work with physicians specifically on the transition into coaching and building successful coaching practices. Dr. Bayley 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 is an internist who has broad experience in the healthcare IT/informatics field including industry, regulatory policy, public health and independent consulting.
Robert Brown, MD is a radiologist and SEAK alumnus who has successfully rebooted his clinical practice such that he has ample time and energy to write, blog, teach and appear on television. He would love to help his mentees get control of their lives and find perspective and joy.
Stephanie Brown, MD is a coach who specialized in assisting professional women and physicians who feel there is something more for them in life. Dr. Brown is a family physician with over 20 years’ experience and a SEAK alumna.
Victor Caceres, MD, MPH has been employed as a medical officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1995.
Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FIAIME practiced emergency medicine until 2000 and then switched specialties to occupational medicine. His non-clinical experience includes complex disability case review, workers’ compensation medical direction, remote supervision of worker health and wellness clinics, occupational medicine consultation, and work as a Medical Review Officer and expert witness. Dr. Caruso is a SEAK alumnus.
Savi Chadha, MD, MPH is a senior regional medical manager and medical science liaison with Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He received his MD from St. James School of Medicine. Dr. Chadha is a SEAK alumnus.
M. Kwan Chan-House, MD, FAAP, CPC is a pediatrician and SEAK alumna who has experience with part-time contract utilization review, full time employed UM for Excellus BCBS, and most recently, in remote positions developing health insurance coverage criteria for both public and private medical insurance.
Michael DePietro, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for Airway Therapeutics, and Previously served as Respiratory Therapeutic Area Head Global Medical Affairs for Teva Pharmaceuticals and as a Senior Medical Director – US medical Affairs Respiratory for AstraZeneca. Dr. DePietro is a very experienced pulmonary critical care physician with approximately 20 years of clinical practice experience including roles as ICU director, clinical investigator and medical educator.
Joseph Estwanik, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who now devotes his professional time to conducting independent medical examinations (IMEs). Dr. Estwanik is a SEAK alumnus.
Morayo Fakiya, MD, CPHQ, CPPS, CLSSBB is an internist and obesity medicine physician with significant non-clinical experience in patient safety and quality improvement. She is the CEO of ORET Healthcare Enterprise which provides mentoring, coaching, and wellness support to physicians. She is a SEAK alumna.
Judy L. Finney, MD, FACC has been an Associate Medical Director with Allstate Financial in Chicago since 2012 where her responsibilities mainly involve life insurance underwriting. Dr. Finney is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology.
Glenda E Flemister, MD, FACP, FCCP has extensive experience in the health insurance field, including over 10 years as a Medical Director with Aetna, and currently serves as a consultant and expert witness. She is a SEAK alumna.
John Golberg, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who retired from surgery in 2015 but maintains a part-time clinical practice and has developed a busy consulting business in the area of IMEs, utilization review and medical-legal file reviews. Dr. Golberg is a SEAK alumnus.
Richard Hahn, MD FACC FACP FCCP is an internist and cardiologist and a SEAK alumnus. Dr. Hahn’s non-clinical pursuits include expert witness work as a causation expert and in the medical malpractice arena; social security disability consultant/reviewer; instructor on the local medical campus; and ABIM cardiology test question consultant.
Carrie Holland, MD is a health and fitness coach who is the founder of mywhyfitness.net. She is a certified personal trainer who works with busy professionals, parents, and high achievers on diet, exercise and wellness. She is a SEAK alumna.
Jacqueline Huntly, MD, MPH is a career and leadership development coach (www.thrivetoleadmd.com). She has extensive experience helping physicians bring energy, purpose and joy back into their lives through career transformation both in clinical and non-clinical fields.
Connie Innis, MD is a board-certified radiologist and SEAK alumna. Dr. Innis’ non-clinical experience includes serving as a physician reviewer for Lumetra, working for 3+ years for a startup which facilitated patients receiving 2nd opinions, and working for 3M HIS as a clinical transformation physician. Dr. Innis is currently developing a 1:1 clinician mentor & medical consultation practice.
Lisa S. Jenks, MD is the owner and Medical Director of Genesis MedSpa in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which she founded in 2007. Genesis MedSpa has won numerous awards and been named a Colorado top 100 woman-owned business.
Julia Pewitt Kinder, D.O. is a physician career consultant who specializes in working with fellow physicians to teach the exact steps to find a new career (www.physiciancareeropportunities.com). She is a SEAK alumna, and three-time SEAK keynote speaker. She is board-certified in family medicine and serves as medical director for a national health plan.
Timothy McKnight, MD, MSHM currently is in education and is a SEAK alumnus. Dr. McKnight serves as Executive Director of the Pathway to Practice program at Cleveland State University.
Elizabeth McMurtry, DO, FACEP is an emergency medicine physician with experience in teaching and educational administration. She is a SEAK alumna.
Peter S. Moskowitz, MD, Executive Director of the Center for Professional & Personal Renewal (www.cppr.com), is a certified, nationally-recognized career transition and life coach for physicians, author, keynote lecturer, and workshop facilitator. His book, “The Three Stages of a Physician’s Career: Navigating from Training to Beyond Retirement” is a top seller. Dr. Moskowitz is Clinical Professor of Radiology, Emeritus, at Stanford University School of Medicine and a SEAK alumnus.
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. Dr. Newman is a SEAK alumnus.
Robert Nordness, MD, MPH is a highly experienced pharma physician who has held diverse roles in various-sized companies such as Alexion, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Pfizer. Dr. Nordness is Triple-Board Certified (Emergency Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine).
Shelley Overholt-Thiesen, MD is the Director of Performance and Operations for Aledade. She helps independent primary care physicians provide timely and high-quality care at lower costs through the structure of Accountable Care Organizations.
Steven W. Parkes, MD, MBA, MPH, PCC is the President and Founder of the Clinician Coaching Institute, LLC (www.cliniciancoachinginstitute.com), where he specializes in coaching physicians in career transformation and leadership development. He is a SEAK alumnus.
J. Bruce Robertson, MD, FACS, CPE, AME is a urologist and SEAK alumnus whose non-clinical experience includes utilization review, disability review, being the founder, CEO, and chairman of a 2,000-member health insurance trust, life care planning, and aviation medical examinations (AMEs).
Stanley Sack, MD is a recently retired pediatrician who now works as a freelance medical writer with experience in CME, blogging, and web content marketing. Dr. Sack is a SEAK alumnus.
Karyn L. Tapley, MD is an OB/GYN and SEAK alumnus whose non-clinical experience includes locum tenens, running a successful and growing medical spa, real estate, financial planning, serving as a yacht broker, and coaching physicians on the steps they can take to obtain personal and financial freedom, even if they have student loan debt or other challenges.
Jonathan Terry, DO, ABIHM, IFMCP is an employed and private practice psychiatrist whose non-clinical pursuits include expert witnessing, teaching at multiple medical schools, authoring children’s books, and consulting with non-profits and other physicians seeking to start or improve their private practices. Dr. Terry is a SEAK alumnus.
Maureen Watson, MD is a radiologist and poster child for successful non-clinical career transition. Her portfolio career includes serving as a full-time physician advisor for the Franciscan Alliance Health System, performing insurance chart reviews for a major health insurance company, and being a successful Realtor.
David Yeh, MD is a nuclear physician (still practices part time), investment professional and the author of the book “The Busy Doctor’s Investment Guide.” His Wealthy Doctor Institute, LLC, (www.wealthydoctorinstitute.com) is a registered investment advisor. Dr. Yeh also manages the Praetorian Archimedes, LP hedge fund for qualified investors. Dr. Yeh is a SEAK alumnus.
Here’s What Past Attendees Have to Say:
“I just want to thank you and your colleagues for creating this conference, bringing so many helpful and informative people together, and helping me jumpstart my journey to a new career. I had some ideas going in but this has really helped me focus and proceed in a more organized, logical manner. Thank you so much and have a wonderful holiday season!”
“Thank you for putting on such a great conference. I was happy to learn of the world of opportunities out there for a career in nonclinical medicine. Your organization provides a unique window into these opportunities and has instilled me with hope and confidence. Keep up the great work.”
“Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us at the conference, and thank you for organizing such enthusiastic and influential instructors. I learned a great deal from the mentoring sessions and lectures, and I'm looking forward to putting that education into action in the coming months.
Thank you for putting on such a great event.”
“The meeting was off the chart for so many of us.... It has already helped me move beyond a new paradigm shift, to actively engaging strangers, networking, and relationship building skills. I appreciate the excellence and consistency that You and SEAK deliver. I will return.”
“Thank you for putting together another wonderful conference. SEAK is particularly good for breaking one’s career inertia…”
“Thank you for a wonderful conference. I certainly learned a lot about myself and the unique opportunities in non-clinical careers. I will spread the word to my colleagues about the wonderful programs SEAK offers. Once again thanks for everything!”
“Thank you and your team for putting together an excellent meeting.”
“Many thanks for organizing the conference--it was a great help.”
“This was another successful and informative conference by SEAK. Thank you for putting together a great group of mentors and potential employers.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the SEAK conference, Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians. It was the most worthwhile conference I have attended in the past 5 years. I have told my practice partners and a couple of them are interested in attending in the future. I would recommend it to any physician, even those who want to stay in clinical practice. It was a great networking opportunity. The conference was organized, great facilities, great speakers… Thank you so much for you interest in making the lives of physicians better, that is not the usual career plan for an attorney.”
“Thank you so much for setting up this conference. At least, I have an idea about what's out there now and to quote Dory in Finding Nemo, I need to "Just keep swimming". Thanks again!”
“Compliments on a very well-orchestrated event =) Enjoyed meeting many new and bright people. “
“Thank you so much for organizing SEAK. Before the weekend, I was feeling completely burned out. I knew I needed a change but had no idea where to turn for help. Now I feel inspired and have a vision as to where I should go next. Providing the many comprehensive talks is a phenomenal way to introduce us to all the different roads we could take. But then also having the mentors and recruiters there to talk to us adds a very personal touch and gets us started with the all-important networking. I so much appreciate that they volunteer their time to help us get on a positive and productive track. They were all so kind and made me feel hopeful about my future again. I can't thank you enough. I will pass the word along to my colleagues who are also thinking about making a change.”
“It was a very well run conference. The speakers were inspiring and informative. I really enjoyed attending.”
“I am so appreciative that you created this amazing conference! It not only provided incredibly useful information and mentoring opportunities, but was a truly positive experience for me personally to move forward from a place of feeling lost and depressed. I can't truly express how enormous a gift this is for me, since after losing the profession I enjoyed from an injury a few years ago, I’ve felt that I had lost part of my identity. This conference, the important message that my career is not over, the inspiring people I met, the networking opportunities; all has helped me get some of this back. I left with my head is swimming with ideas.”
“Fantastic Conference! Look forward to doing more with SEAK in the future.”
“Yes, it was a delight to spend 4 days with this motivated and highly intelligent group of individuals. I was most impressed by the participants, presenters and mentors. Thank you for encouraging all of us to find a life outside of clinical medicine and enabling us to do so by your passion in helping us. Hoping to stay part of this wonderful community.”
“Thank you so much for organizing the conference, you are changing lives! I've already passed on the conference information to my other doctor friends…Thank you again, have a wonderful”day!
“I did enjoy the SEAK meeting and am inspired to investigate new opportunities. Your part in the program was particularly meaningful for me.”
“Thank you, Steven for creating this program! It has been really helpful in many many ways. I'm really glad I attended.”
“Thank you for an excellent conference! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm excited about many of the various options out there. I wish I had attended when I first discovered your conference about 9 years ago on Google.”
“It was an excellent conference, done so professionally, and with such a sincere effort to help me and my fellow physicians transition to a new career.”
“I wanted to thank you very much for providing such a well-rounded, informative, and energizing conference. I had such a great experience. The conference really gave me some clarity in terms of where I want to go next in my career (and also importantly where I do not want to go!)”
“Thank you so much! The conference was great!”
“Thanks again for a great conference. I attended both pre-conference sessions, as well. Very helpful and informative. I’ll be attending some of your other sessions in the future.”
“I really would like to express thank you for your company and everything you coordinated at the conference. Not too long ago, I truly did feel lost and completely trapped in my job but now am going to pursue my career transition with a vengeance. I feel uniquely equipped to do this now thanks to your conference. I can't thank all of you at SEAK and your mentors enough.”
“I wanted to thank you and your team for putting together such an amazing conference. I thoroughly enjoyed attending SEAK. I met great people and made connections all over the country. I also have a better sense of my next career path.”
“Thank you, it was terrific, “something for everyone”. Very glad I was at the preconferences too.”
“… thank you very much for all your hard work to make this conference great. I was very pleased with the conference and believe it will aid and ease my transition to a nonclinical career.”
“Thank you for providing the participants (and me!) the wealth of knowledge and the tools to act. The stellar speakers, program, mentors and staff have provided the base for my next move.”
“The conference was great! It exceeded my expectations. I am very glad I attended!”
“The conference was an extremely positive and useful experience for me. Thank you for everything. I definitely have made progress in my search for a non-clinical position. Thank you for all your help.”
“Thank you for all the time and commitment you give to this amazing conference. It was one the best one I have attended. A very empowering and enlightening experience. You are one of a kind.”
“The conference was an eye-opener for me. Thank you for organizing it. I am happy that I attended. Now, I just have to do my follow up homework to find opportunities that fit.”
“We wish to thank you for your time and dedication to the October Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians conference. It was packed with top notch information and was highly appreciated by those of us who are seeking non-clinical paths.”
“Excellent, exceeded my expectations”
“Excellent overview of available opportunities. It opened my eyes to opportunities I never knew existed. This is a good jumping off point for launching a job search.”
“Excellent especially for someone exploring options”
“This was an excellent conference. I learned a tremendous amount regarding ncc options I previously had little knowledge of”
“Excellent-covered important topics to broad range of physicians at different stages of their journey.”
“So supportive and encouraging. So nice to see variety of positions.”
“Thank you for putting on such an incredibly valuable conference. I heard nothing but positive comments about it all weekend long. Take care and feel good in knowing how your conference is changing lives!”
“You do an amazing job of putting on an excellent conference each year and I know those efforts help a lot of unhappy docs find new paths in life!”
“Thank you and Jim and all your family and staff for creating such a terrific conference! Blown away by the amount of dedication, enthusiasm and detail you all gave into creating a wonderfully varied program for all of us docs.”
“Thank you for your letter I work full time for a health tech start-up company. I've been promoted to a growth path where I'll work with 20+ ACOs in 9 states starting next month. Getting this job was a direct result of what I learned while at SEAK in October 2017, and what I implemented immediately after leaving the conference. I first interviewed for this job early January 2018.”
“Almost all the speakers were great.”
“Amazing conference. A lot of useful info.”
“Excellent information, inspiration, and networking.”
“Excellent opportunity and very grateful for the organizers, mentors, and presenters.”
“Excellent, eye opening.”
“Excellent. Could not have asked for better!”
“Excellent. Eye opening to possibilities .”
“Found out what is out there and what I do NOT want to do.”
“Great source of info to get me started.”
“I loved it. Well organized.”
“I wish I came sooner.”
“Incredible amount of information.”
“It is packed with information and the contacts are invaluable. Even if you just meet one person, your eyes are opened to possibilities you didn’t know existed before.”
“It was excellent – informative, well run.”
“It was informative and enlightening.”
“Loved the mentors.”
“Many more opportunities than I expected.”
“Not exactly sure what I expected to gain but pleasantly surprised. Good job.”
“Overwhelmed with the possibilities available.”
“The mentors were very knowledgeable and helpful.”
“This gave me the courage I needed and the tools to act.”
“Very good content, organization.”
“Very helpful and so thankful for its existence!”
“Very helpful especially one on one.”
“Very positive and encouraging.”
“Well run, great panel of mentors.”
“Wish I did this last year.”
“Worth the time and money. Would have been very disappointed it I had only come on Saturday and Sunday.”
“All presenters were great.”
“Mentors were all really friendly and helpful.”
“Thank you for coming in, sharing your stories, and giving hope.”
“Thank you so very much!”
“Thank you to the mentors for sharing their journeys.”
“Thank you! for your time, willingness, and for your expertise!”
“Thanks to mentors for their time and paying it forward.”
“The sincerity of [the faculty’s] engagement in the process really fostered a belief that one could do this. Even if just symbolically you felt they have your back!”
“Very helpful to hear what a typical workday is like, expected salary, pros/cons.”
"Thank you for the wonderful conference! I will be sure to keep you updated on my journey. Have a great day!"
“Thanks! I found it very interesting indeed - and it was great to speak to you a day ahead of the conference.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to open my horizons at the SEAK conference and training in Chicago. Your experts with varying career paths were inspiring. There are many more opportunities than I knew.”
“Many thanks, Steve, for a wonderful conference! All of your efforts and hard work were very much appreciated!”
“Thanks for putting this conference together…brought some light back at the end of the tunnel.”
“Glad the speakers were so open about their own personal life and experiences…didn’t feel like in a medical education conference most of the time…but more like in a therapy toward happiness!!! :)”
“Thanks for a fabulous conference. I enjoyed it through and through. A unique experience and a gold mine worth of terrific information. The recruiters and mentors were extremely resourceful and you and Jim did an outstanding job on the Pre-conference section.”
“I thought that the conference was inspiring and thought provoking. Thank you for providing this useful service. I will keep in touch about my journey.”
“Thank you for throwing an excellent conference. I enjoyed hearing about multiple opportunities and meeting other physicians.”
“Meeting the recruiters was especially helpful.”
“Thank you and Jim and all your family and staff for creating such a terrific conference! Blown away by the amount of dedication, enthusiasm and detail you all gave into creating a wonderfully varied program for all of us docs. I hope to join you soon in one of your other programs!”
“Thank you Steve. I found it to be a truly helpful conference with great practical information to take the next steps in my career. I would highly recommend this conference to colleagues who are also considering a career change.”
“Hi Steven! This was a fantastic conference. I enjoyed myself and met many physicians like me who are struggling with the guilt of potentially leaving clinical practice and yet are needing to transition to something non-clinical to make the most of our long training while, at the same time, prioritizing quality of life. The speaker sessions were very informative and the mentors were fantastic as well! I will most definitely recommend this conference to my colleagues who I sense are reaching their tipping point before burn out sets in!”
“I thought the conference was not only unique, but very enlightening. I have already started taking some “baby steps”. The conference helped me see both my situation and my goals a little more clearly.”
“Attending the SEAK 16th Annual Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians Conference was a truly an invaluable and inspiring experience! I enjoyed learning from you and meeting you at the conference, and I was encouraged by our lighthearted interactions. Your personal actions exemplify your genuine care for each individual present at SEAK events. I am grateful for the vast array of resources, knowledge, wisdom, and insight that you, SEAK faculty and mentors shared with conference attendees. Thank you for the positive impact you have had on my life and the lives of many others through SEAK. I will be happy to keep in touch and update you as my journey continues to unfold! I wish you all the best as you, SEAK faculty, and staff continue to help positively transform the lives of physicians.”
“Thank you kindly for establishing and organizing the SEAK conference. The conference was enlightening and as a result beneficial. After listening to information provided by your speakers, I feel empowered to move forward to carry out my plan to a happier career.”
“Thank you for allowing me to attend your conference. It was an eye-opening experience. The conference provided a lot of information that will help me grow. Please send my sincere thank you as well to your family and especially Jim.”
“I am so glad I went to the conference and had the chance to meet so many great people. I am really excited about taking some steps toward meaningful non-clinical employment using my creative and writing skills.”
“Thank you for the wonderful conference. It really opened my eyes to the multiple opportunities available. I really enjoyed the course and being able to meet with the mentors and vendors. I look forward to updating you along my journey.”
“It was really useful and I made some friends!”
“Wow, what an event we shared last weekend at the Crowne Plaza! I hope this email finds you well and recovering as well as can be expected after 16 years of hosting the nonclinical careers conference.”
“Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to attend the conference. I truly had a wonderful time and enjoyed my conversations with various people I was able to meet. I enjoyed being able to “pay it forward” and I hope I was able to help someone this weekend in their journey for a new career."
“Once again, my compliments on the consistent level of excellence in the programs offered by SEAK, including the seminars I attended from Oct 17-20.”
“The conference was fabulous, thank you for putting it on. I met so many attendees and panelists that have provided great insight for my potential career transition.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the SEAK conference this past weekend. I attended all four days. I left Chicago feeling empowered and just a little overwhelmed. Thank you for taking the time and care to put on a great conference.”
“Thank you. It was a tremendous experience. I tell folks back here that I went to Chicago half expecting to leave with a job offer, but got schooled (in a very positively way) on the fact that this really is a process, and as you put it, a journey.”
“I am happy that I attended the conference. It was a great opportunity to learn and meet a lot of wonderful people."
“I didn't get to fill out the final evaluation form but I do want you to know that your conference is life-changing! First, this conference instantly alleviated my guilt. This was the first time in my 30 year career that I did not feel unappreciative of what I consider God's great gift to me-the ability to touch His greatest creation in ways that most people can not. Second, it dispelled the professional loneliness I felt. Meeting so many, like-minded physicians who have unfortunately found themselves in the same position I am in was strangely satisfying. Knowing that there are people out there who are willing to help me without prejudice is refreshing. And, third and finally, yours and Jim's presentation of the entire topic was clear, precise, comfortable and very easy to absorb. You guys do not seem like attorneys, you seem more like physician who have gone through the same plight! I sincerely thank you for what I believe will save my career.”
“I had a great time and met a lot of great people. I look forward to coming back as a SEAK Alumnae to share my story!”
“Thank you for making my attendance possible as well as organizing I’m the conference. It has opened up a number of opportunities which I had never considered.”
“Was great. You are amazing! So active and in shape.”
“Thank you for a great, eye-opening weekend!”
“Thank you for the conference. It was both informative and engaging.”