May 23, 2017



Do You Feel Like You Wasted All That Training?: Questions from Doctors Considering a Career Change
Michael J. McLaughlin, MD
In this self-published paperback, Dr. McLaughlin uses his own story of leaving medicine to offer an introductory guide for physicians contemplating a career change.  Using a question and answer format, McLaughlin reveals his experience of transitioning from plastic surgery to medical communications, giving the reader valuable knowledge about the process of career transition.
 todds-book Supplement Your Income With Medical Records File Reviews and IME’s: A Guide for Psychologists and Physicians 2017. 
By Dr. Todd Finnety
A great resource for physicians wanting to get started doing chart review work from home, including utilization reviews, disability and workman’s comp. Includes a list of companies and their contact information. Kindle and paperback versions available.
heidi_moawad resize Careers Beyond Clinical Medicine
By Heidi G. Moawad, MD
Written by a neurologist who has done utilization review consulting work and teaching in addition to clinical practice. This book addresses the common questions and concerns asked by physicians considering a career change. Different options are discussed and examples given of those who have made partial or complete transitions.
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Through her stories, Dr. Remen subtly teaches about the art of listening to patients and other physicians, the distinction between curing and healing, and how our losses help us to live more fully.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
A powerful model for personal development and success. This is not a “quick-fix” guide, but a well researched approached that endures because of its effectiveness.  Available on Audio CD.
The Answer to How is Yes: Acting on What Matters
Peter Block
A novel approach to change management that switches the emphasis from prematurely focusing on the “how” to what matters to us personally– our values, our motivations and our commitments.
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Keith Ferrazzi
The ultimate networker reveals how to build a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends and mentors.
Mountains Beyond Mountains:  The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.
Tracy Kidder
This is the story of an amazing doctor without borders.   A gifted infectious disease specialist, Farmer has made it his life’s quest to heal and care for the poorest of the poor.  From his clinics in Haiti, to his global work on drug resistant TB, Dr. Farmer has taken on what others call “the impossible” in his untiring work to help mankind.
neg book small The Physicians Comprehensive Guide to Negotiating
Steve Babitsky, Esq. and James Mangraviti, Jr.
Physicians are often reluctant to negotiate for themselves, whether it be an employment contract, a pay raise, or better working conditions. In this comprehensive guide, two experienced attorneys give step-by-step instructions for doctors on how to become skilled and effective negotiators. They even have a section on how to get the best rates from your lawyer.
I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was
Barbara Sher
A great book for those trying to figure out their next career direction.  Written in an engaging style, this book has many useful and fun exercises for finding a job that you love. This is not for non-clinical careers, but careers in general.
seak1 Non-Clinical Careers For Physicans
Steve Babitsky, Esq. and James Mangraviti, Jr.
A very detailed and well researched coverage of non-clinical career options for physicians.  Sections pertaining to resume writing, interviewing, and negotiating are included as well.
msl resize The Medical Science Liaison Career Book
Sameul J. Dyer, PhD
An excellent step-by-step guide on how to search for, apply and interview for a medical science liaison position. Includes specific instructions for CV and cover letter preparation. Because this book does a good job in addressing the necessary steps to enter a non-clinical career, it could be useful as a guide for those entering other areas, as well.
rsz_power_of_now The Power of Now
By Eckhart Tolle
Most of us struggle to be fully present and in the moment. We know when we can be, we are calmer, more ourselves, and able to experience the simple joys of life. Tolle is a world class teacher who helps us to apply the simple, yet challenging practice of being present, regardless of our circumstances. Available in paperback, kindle, and my favorite, audio CD.


The Vanishing Oath
A documentary film directed by Ryan Flesher, MD
Discouraged ER physician, Ryan Flesher, is on a quest to better understand himself, his profession, and the meaning of medicine.  The film follows Dr. Flesher across the country as he speaks with physicians, medical academics, economists, and the public about our troubled health care system.
Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide
A one-hour, award-winning documentary, featured on public television nationwide.  This film poignantly illustrates the reality of physician suicide and depression through the stories of several physicians and a freshman medical student.  A shorter version is available for outreach purposes.