We know how to follow steps, work hard, and care for others in distress. But how prepared are we for handling the emotions that come up around leaving medicine? It’s easy to get tangled up in the emotional seaweed that inevitably arises. Dr. Morgan Leafe, a pediatrician who transitioned into medical writing and informatics discovered a variety of ways to cope with the challenging emotions around career change. She shares with us 5 strategies she used to make the transition easier and ultimately a success.
In this episode we’re talking about:
- When Dr. Morgan Leafe knew clinical medicine was not for her.
- Why as physicians we’re set up to have trouble dealing with our emotions.
- How therapy can be complementary to coaching.
- Facing rejection in the transition process.
- 5 Strategies for dealing with the emotional aspects of leaving medicine:
- Come to terms with your decision before widely sharing it
- Talk to everyone you can – the power of networking
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Set aside dedicated time to work on your career transition
- Keep. The. Faith
Links for this episode:
Five Tips for Handling the Emotional Side of Leaving Medicine – Blog by Dr. Morgan Leafe
Start Networking to Open Doors – Podcast 43 with Dr. Laura McKain
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