Conferences 2018 – Could One Spark A New Career?






Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe,
Catch a conference by the toe.
If there’s interest have a go.
If there isn’t, just say no!
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.

If you’ll pardon my silly variation on this children’s rhyme, I’m using it to introduce the 2018 list of upcoming conferences. Yay! I’m continuing this tradition started last year to share with you a variety of events that may be of interest if you’re looking for a new career direction or a possible side gig.

I’ve been to a number of the following conferences myself and love the chance to learn something new, make valuable connections, and investigate opportunities for my clients. It never hurts when there’s fun to be had too. So far, nothing has topped the armadillo races and late night boogying at the AAIM Life Insurance conference!

Before even going to a conference, simply perusing the agenda can often give you a clue about your interest level. Are you eagerly consulting your calendar and hitting the “Register” button? Or do you merely give it a “meh” and move on?

I often advise my clients to pay attention to where their energy naturally flows when assessing a career direction. If you have the energy to take the time and spend the money to attend a conference (they aren’t cheap), it says a lot about your interest level. Actually being at the conference will give you a chance to further evaluate this direction and see if these people feel like your “tribe.”

Here are some tips for getting the most out of a conference:

  • Bring business cards with your personal contact info
  • Pump yourself up to network (yes, even introverts can do this well)
  • Join others for meals and social events – don’t hole up in your hotel room
  • Talk with the vendors in the Exhibitor Hall to see if their company hires physicians
  • Take notes and follow-up afterwards with key contacts

Below is a select listing of conferences. Don’t see anything you like? Feel free to recommend others to be added. There’s no need to limit yourself to work-related conferences. It can be quite reinvigorating to go to a workshop related to one of your hobbies or a retreat for personal growth.  Anything that engages your heart and provides a new perspective helps with your career situation – one way or another.

Have fun and let us know what you find out!

Chart Review/Disability
SEAK Seminar: How to Start, Build and Run a Successful Disability and File Review Practice
February 10 – 11, 2018  Clearwater Beach, FL

Coaching – Leadership, Wellness, Health, Lifestyle, Career, etc.
Harvard Institute  of Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference
September 28 – 29, 2018  Boston, MA
Check out the 2017 conference agenda

ENRICH Healthcare Communication Course & Research Forum
May 31 – Jun 3, 2018  Tampa, FL
Check out the 2017 conference brochure

Small Business Expo
Free one-day events at various cities and dates throughout the country

Startup Grind Conference
February 12 – 14, 2018  Redwood City, CA

U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Small Business Summit
Summit and Master Classes in various cities and dates

Expert Witness
How to Start and Build a Successful Medical Expert Witness Practice
February 8 -9, 2018 Clearwater Beach FL

Functional Medicine
Institute for Functional Medicine Conference
March 19 – 23, 2018  San Diego, CA
October 1 – 5, 2018  Washington, DC

Health Policy
National Health Policy Conference
February 5 – 6, 2018  Washington, DC

Informatics/Electronic Medical Record
HIMMS Conference (largest informatics/EMR conference)
March 5 – 9, 2018  Las Vegas, NV
Check out the 2018 conference brochure

AMIA Symposium (smaller informatics/EMR conference)
November 3 – 7, 2018  San Francisco, CA
Check out the 2017 conference agenda

Integrative Medicine
Integrative Healthcare Symposium Conference
February 22 – 24, 2018  New York, NY

International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health
May 8 – 11, 2018  Baltimore, MD

AIHM Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Conference
September 22 – 26, 2018  San Diego, CA

Life Insurance
American Academy of Insurance Medicine Annual Meeting
October 13 – 18, 2018  Seattle, WA
Check out the 2017 conference brochure

Lifestyle Medicine
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference
October 21 – 24, 2018  Indianapolis, IN

Medical Writing/Writing
The Examined Life Conference – Explore Medicine’s Creative Side
October 25 – 27, 2018  Iowa City, IA
Check out the 2017 conference program

American Medical Writers Association Conference
November 1 – 3, 2018  Washington, DC
Check out the 2017 conference session materials

How to Earn Money As A Physician Writer
February 8-9, 2018 Clearwater Beach, FL

Non-Clinical Careers
SEAK Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians Conference
October 20 – 21, 2018  Chicago, IL

SEAK’s ongoing seminars on expert witness, consulting, IMEs, etc

Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference
September 14 – 17, 2018  San Diego, CA

DIA Global Meeting (largest pharma conference in the US)
June 24 – 28, 2018  Boston, MA
Check out the 2017 conference program

World Drug Safety Congress
April 10 – 11, 2018  Philadelphia, PA
Check out the 2018 conference agenda

Physician Advisor
Click here to read about the physician advisor role

National Physician Advisor Conference / SEPAS
April 30 – May 2, 2018  Greenville, SC

Physician Advisor and Utilization Review Team Boot Camp
July 25 – 27, 2018  Los Angeles, CA
Check out the 2017 conference brochure

Physician Leadership
American Association for Physician Leadership
Ongoing Live Institutes throughout the year
Spring Institute April 26 – 30, 2018  (host city TBA)
Check out the schedule from the 2017 Fall Institute

Physician Wellness Retreats
Institute for Physical Wellness Retreat: Self-Compassion and Mindfulness in Medicine
April 6 – 8, 2018  Big Sur, CA

Omega Retreat: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine
March 4 – 11, 2018  Scotts Valley, CA
June 1 – 8, 2018  Rhinebeck, NY
Note: Participants will learn techniques from the University of Massachusetts Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic.

Public Speaking
Toastmasters Annual Conference
August 22 – 25, 2018 Chicago, IL
Click here for the 2017 Agenda

Health Datapalooza Conference
April 26 – 27, 2018  Washington, DC
Check out the 2017 conference agenda

Exponential Medicine Conference
November 4 – 7, 2018  San Diego, CA
Check out the 2017 conference program

American Telemedicine Association Conference
April 29 – May 1, 2018 Chicago, IL
Check out the 2018 conference program

GRIT for Women in Medicine:  Growth, Resilience, Inspiration, & Tenacity
September 20 – 22, 2018  Truckee, CA

A special “Thank you” to my assistant, Dr. Ashley Antony, for her invaluable help in preparing this blog! 

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I remember when she said ‘do your resume before our next meeting’, I was about to push back but she gently nudged me along and I’m glad I did exactly what she wanted me to do. We also did interview prep via Zoom and I was offered a great job in UM. She has continued to follow up even after I was offered this job, helping me with pointers about negotiating. I will totally recommend the Doctors Crossing and Heather to anyone feeling stuck like me and looking for a great coach! Thank you Heather!

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The coaching I have had with you has been life changing."

You helped me find the courage to seek out leadership positions and become a medical director as well as a physician advisor. I am grateful we crossed paths and am a different person because of it. You have inspired me to "believe" in spite of my inner skeptic. I consider you one of my most important mentors and am proud to also call you a friend. This says a lot given the apprehension I felt when I took a chance with our first coaching session. Even though I have already made a successful transition, I still value your ongoing mentorship and can enthusiastically attest that the value of your services is tremendous!

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“I was at a crossroads in my medical career. I asked myself, "Do I stay or do I go?" 

I met Heather at the SEAK conference. She and I revisited this question.  Did I want to quit being medicine completely? She helped me to identify my needs, wants, and my vision for my FUTURE, not just in medicine, but in life!!!

She was able to listen to my "ramblings" about becoming a stand-up comic, lounge singer and voice-over actor and translate them into action steps.  I chose to become a composite of all of these. Now I am a more confident, healthier, happier person. I credit this in its entirety to the tutelage I have received and continue to receive from Heather.  She cares. She listens. She was there for ME.  She will be there for YOU!

- Lynette Charity, MD

Gail Miller

“I am forever grateful to Heather for helping me to recognize, I am more than just my M.D." 

Heather helped me understand that I am more than just a doctor and that my experiences in clinical medicine are valuable in so many arenas.  As a result I realized that there are other ways to use my background, still be able to help people and continue to challenge myself and grow.  To that end I discovered coaching - specifically health coaching.  I am on my journey becoming a health coach and truly loving it!

- Gail Miller, MD

OB/Gyn physician

“Thank you, Heather, for helping me transform my career, my faith and my life."

What started out as an initial thirty-minute consultation call turned into an amazing four-year journey that transformed my life, personally, spiritually and professionally. 

Heather helped me to discover my doing so, I discovered I still had a calling for medicine but it now came from a place of truth... wife and I are opening our first concierge medicine clinic in a community we love. I’m actually excited to have the opportunity to practice medicine the way I believe it’s meant to be, with a focus on the doctor-patient relationship and an emphasis on faith. I know if I had not reached out to Dr. Fork, my life would not be where it is at today.

- Steve Lapke, MD

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Sue Zimmermann

“Heather gave me the confidence to create a new livelihood by following my heart."

She is incredibly knowledgeable about the range of careers available to physicians and provided me with advice and connections which I would not have found on my own.  From the start she encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try different things.  I was laid off unexpectedly in early 2017, and Heather gave me the confidence to create a new livelihood by following my heart and making decisions based on trust, not fear.  Now I am enjoying working part-time in a clinical setting in addition to teaching and writing.

- Sue Zimmermann, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Devki Patel

After months of struggling to find a non-clinical career that matched my values and passion, I stumbled upon Heather's website which truly changed my life."

Heather's insightful and personalized approach to career coaching made me think outside the box since she took the time to evaluate my personality, values, interests, and preferred lifestyle.

Through her encouragement, practical advice, and professional connections, I was able to find a non-clinical position at a state Medicaid agency that aligned with my passion for population health and serving low-income communities. In addition to her coaching sessions, Heather has built a community of like-minded physicians through her blog, and I feel honored to recommend her to friends and colleagues who seek to make positive changes in their professional and personal lives.

- Devki Patel, MD

Jay Macregor

Working with Heather ultimately helped me leave my job in corporate healthcare and find a path that was much more fulfilling."

My career was going reasonably well but I couldn’t shake this nagging feeling I could do better; or at least find a better long-term career fit.  

I was able to find a surgery job that better aligned with my goals and professional interests.  Additionally, Heather helped me start a consulting business which has allowed me to pursue a true passion: helping medical students, residents, and attendings surgeons navigate the challenges of high-stakes standardized exams.    

If you are reading this as a “Type A” surgeon who doesn’t think coaching is for you, I would encourage you to give Heather a shot.  I’m very glad I did!

- Jay MacGregor, MD

Colorectal Surgeon

“I gained the confidence in myself to develop an action plan that blended the best parts of my experiences and interests into a cohesive career." 

Through our work, I learned to trust myself to make good decisions for my own future – something I hadn’t realized I was struggling with because as an emergency physician, I make life-changing decisions with patients every day. 

By feeding my creativity and interests in other realms of my professional life, I’ve found renewed compassion for my patients and myself, making every shift an opportunity to actually care for people. Thank you Heather. I really couldn’t have made these changes without your help!

- Liz McMurtry, DO

Emergency Medicine Physician

The simple truth is - Heather Fork totally helped me change my life."

I never would have had the courage to make the changes I’ve made without her unwavering support, wealth of knowledge and commitment. 

When I first started working with Heather, I was downtrodden...I’d been practicing medicine for 20+ years and yet had never quite found my place.  During the first year I worked with Heather, I left the practice I’d been working at, and recreated an entirely new professional purpose.

I’m now an executive and leadership coach, a university professor, and a Brené Brown Daring Way facilitator, and I have never looked back.  I love what I am doing more than at any other time in my professional life and I credit Heather with seeing in me what I was never able to see in myself, until now.

Don’t hesitate, don’t doubt yourself, schedule your time with Heather as soon as possible- she can help you reconnect to your purpose and reinvent your life.

- Amie Langbein, DO

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"After 30 years in academic medicine, I wanted a career change but had no idea where to start. Medicine was all I knew."

I signed up for coaching with Heather and it transformed my life. She helped me get clear on what I wanted my life to look like. We reviewed my skills, values, and strengths. She instilled hope in me that change IS possible after 50 years! 

The outcome is that I have created a life I love! I practice endocrinology part-time and own a life coaching business! Coaching with Heather is one of the best investments I have made in my life. 

- Karen Barnard, MBBCh, MPH

Endocrinologist and Life Coach

"Heather was my source of hope during a time when I felt stuck and confused. She gave me the permission and confidence to reach higher than I believed I could."

After graduating from residency and starting a family, I lost sight of why I became a physician. I struggled to convince myself to stay in a career that was clearly the wrong fit for me and my family. My anxiety about work was at an all-time high when I reached out to Heather. She provided something that my mentors, friends, and family could not – rather than just offering career advice, she changed the way I think about my life so that I could understand how my career would fit into it. I realized I wasn’t ready to give up on medicine and eventually found a job in academic medicine. I finally feel that excitement for medicine that I used to feel when I was in training. More importantly, I feel like I can be the role model to my young daughter who may one day also face similar challenges between career and family. Thank you, Heather, for all your kindness, support, and skillful coaching! The experience was life-changing!

- Yuri Shindo, MD

Internal Medicine Physician
Camille Gardner-Beasley

"As a Physician, your personal and even professional needs are often overlooked. I learned how to prioritize my career goals by working with Dr. Heather Fork."

She taught me how to put into practice what I knew in theory, that taking care of myself was a priority. I learned to give myself permission to make the career choices that would give me the work-life balance I desperately craved and needed. The process of confronting fears and insecurities was a bit scary, but well worth it in the end. I am now a happier version of myself with a non-clinical job that I truly enjoy!

- Camille Gardner-Beasley, MD

Family Medicine
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"After 10 years in outpatient family medicine I felt stuck and knew I needed a change but I didn’t know where to begin. Thankfully I found Heather and she guided me every step of the way."

She helped me carefully assess my interests, strengths and passions while also providing me with constructive changes to implement in my job search and resume. With Heather’s help, I just landed a fully remote UM position and I am also exploring coaching as well. Now I feel like the possibilities are endless and I’m excited for this next chapter in the nonclinical world! Thank you Heather for changing my life for the better.

- Ana Jacobellis, DO


"I'm truly thankful to have had the opportunity to be coached by Heather, she is not only a resourceful mentor but a wise and supportive friend. I'm honored to recommend Heather to all my friends and colleagues."

I had been a practicing Internist for 20 years when I reached a point when I needed to make a serious change in my career path. While I enjoyed seeing patients, I was not satisfied with my life-work balance. My job was taking me away from my family and left me little time and energy to do other things that are important and meaningful to me. I came across Dr. Fork's podcast; The Doctor's Crossing Carpe Diem Podcast, it is such an informative and enjoyable podcast for any physician who wants to do more with their career and life in general. Then I had the pleasure to get career coaching from Heather, it was truly an amazing experience. Heather has broad knowledge of all the different career paths that are available for physicians, she is so insightful and very easy to talk to. She helped me clarify my goals, examine my own mindset and definition of success. Together we developed a clear plan and actionable steps to reach these goals. I eventually made a career transition to a remote non-clinical position that allows me to do meaningful work which aligns with my personal and professional goals and priorities.

- Abbey Awad, MD

Internal Medicine