The 10th Year Anniversary of The Doctor’s Crossing Blog


Ten years ago I wanted to start a blog but had no idea how to blog or even really what a blog was. 

Enter Don at Panera Bread. 

Don was this friendly, older guy whom I had met back in my “early days” when Panera Bread was my office and I had more breadsticks than clients. Don seemed to know everyone, had a mile-long Rolodex, and loved connecting people. 

I told Don I needed someone to help me start a blog. 

“Oh, I have just the person for you! His name is Fritz. Here’s his number.”

Does he teach people how to blog?

“He’s done pretty much everything. Just call him.”

So Fritz was quite the renaissance man. He’d traveled to over 21 countries as a photojournalist, produced documentaries, and seen a lot of life. My call found him living on a farm somewhere cold, raising chickens, riding a tractor, and being the kind person willing to answer a call from a total stranger. 

I remember more about what Fritz told me about his fascinating life and his kind-heartedness, than I do about his blog advice. But whatever it was, it got the blog rolling. Thank you, Fritz!

So Fritz was quite the renaissance man. He lived on a farm somewhere cold, raised chickens, rode a tractor, and had traveled the world as a photojournalist. 

Right there from Panera bread, I called up Fritz and in a few minutes, I had a new friend and pretty soon, a new blog. 

It’s now 10 years later, and as I get ready to transition from blogging to podcasting, I thought I would share with you a selection of the many blogs you can find on my website. 

Below are some different categories to explore. For more, please feel free to go to the BLOG, have a look, or use the search bar for specific topics. 

Nonclinical jobs 

Pharma – Medical Monitor 

Working For Health Insurance – Is This The Dark Side?

Utilization Review Work Part-time and Full-time

Physician Advisor

Government Job 

Life Insurance Medicine

Meet the Author of The 50 Nonclinical Careers Book

Medical Writing

Medical Writing: How to Get Started and Make Money

Dr. Gigi Reveals Her True Identity and New Career

Transition Story – Medical Editing and Publishing

Dr. Mandy’s Story – From Sports Medicine to Medical Writer

Physician Stories

Do I need to leave medicine?

Dr. Gabriel

Dr. Kay’s Career Exploration

Leaving Medicine – Danielle’s Story

Meet Dr. P

Meet Dr. Rachel


Dr. Susan’s Story – A Triumph Over Anxiety

Side gigs

From Fired to Public Speaker – An Anesthesiologist’s Story

A Nonclinical Side Hustle Where You Can Make Money Standing Around

Part-Time Nonclinical Job With Flexibility 

Utilization Review Work – Side Gig


Emergency Medicine Physician Transitions Into Teaching

5 Out of The Box Teaching Opportunities

Mini carpe diem process – 5 steps to move forward on your career path

Stage 1 – Commitment

Stage 2 – Assessment Part A

Stage 2 – Assessment Part B

Stage 3 – Research

Stage 4 – 5 – Preparation and Execution


Shame and Leaving Medicine

Fear vs. Trust in Leaving Medicine

Is COVID Bringing Up Any Guilt In You?

Is This Three-Letter Word Shutting Your Mind Down?

Regret – Is it Your Tormentor or Your Teacher?

Addicted to Perfection – A Surgeon’s Story

Career Nuts and Bolts

Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Applying For Jobs

5 Key Tips to Jump-Start Your LinkedIn Profile 

Networking on LinkedIn

How Prepared Are You For a Nonclinical Job Interview?

Do I Need a CV or a Resume for a Nonclinical Job?

Negotiating Your Employment Contract

Reentry – Know Before You Go


Telemedicine as an Employee

Telemedicine as an Independent Contractor


Nonclinical Career Salaries

Three Key Money Questions To Ask Yourself Before….

Personality Type/Enneagram

Burning Out? Recommendations For Your Personality Type

What Are Your Natural Gifts? Is Your Job Making the Most of Them?

Most Common Personality Type for Physicians

Having Trouble Making Decisions? Try This!

I Was a Sick Superman ( Type 8)

For Fun!

Dating Advice For Your Career – My Brother Dave’s Story

Do Your Pajama’s Spark Joy?

Passion and Work Part 1

Passion and Work Part 2

Hippocrates I Want a Divorce

I hope you’ve found some good reads to help you in your career journey.

I owe a BIG thank-you to my wonderful blog guests who generously shared their stories and expertise. I also want to give a big shout-out to my mom, Patricia, who has been my “editor-in-chief” since the beginning. I think I missed out on a lot of grammar from switching schools, so her job has not been the easiest. 

And lastly, I want to thank all of you who have been such supportive readers. Your comments and encouragement have truly kept me going and made this a great experience. 

The podcast will be coming in about a month! And if you’re more of a reader than a listener, there will be show notes to read as well a transcript for every episode.

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  1. Devki Patel on September 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Heather, congratulations on the 10 year anniversary of your blog. How exciting! I still can’t thank you enough for your coaching support which has left an indelible impact on my life. Hope you can find a special way to celebrate during this pandemic.

  2. Heather Fork on September 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks a million Devki! I really appreciate the support. It was such a joy to get to share in your career journey and get to know you. You have had such a positive impact in my life too. And thank you for your great blog contribution that is listed under “Government.” You’ve done a great job with your transition.

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- Lynette Charity, MD

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“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!

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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.

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Papillion, NE
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“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

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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

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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."

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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.

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Family Physician
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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!

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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