What was the turning point or inspiration for you to make a major shift in your career? What are you doing differently now? In 2012, I had a life-changing experience. A young patient died quite unexpectedly, and I struggled for some time with deep pain and self-doubt around that event. Not surprisingly, malpractice litigation ensued, ultimately resulting in a 3-week trial three and a half years after my patient died. Living through that period of my life was, without exception, the hardest thing I have ever done. In the course of my trial, I became aware of the epidemic of physician suicide and felt strongly that the sort of experience I was having must be one important contributor to that epidemic. Knowing as I do from the ED that any one suicide represents the tip of an iceberg of a much larger number of people hurting, I became acutely aware of the depths of suffering which must exist among the community of physicians around hard patient outcomes and malpractice litigation.
Schools are packed and working overtime to facilitate the basics, but there is no one reaching out directly to inspire these students to be bold, be brave, and believe they can really become a physician and change the world they see! I feel I need to use my gift to help guide students to seek and soar the highest heights.
TransforMD: What was the turning point or inspiration for you to make a major shift in your career? What are you doing differently now?
Carly: I began writing and connected with a writing partner, who is a G-D send and remains a fixture in my life. He pushed me to submit an essay to the Huffington Post and, shockingly, Arianna Huffington responded within a few days offering me a blog. This email happened to arrive the night before I ran my first NYC marathon, six months after having my third baby - talk about a big weekend!
What was the turning point or inspiration for you to make a major shift in your career? What are you doing differently now? I have two children who are very much wanted and who I waited for for a really long time. Then I went through post-partum depression and delayed care because of the same stigma that I fight against on behalf of patients. After getting the help I needed and the cloud that was keeping me from enjoying motherhood cleared, I realized that this was the population where I want to make an impact. I am collaborating with a local referral network specifically for mothers to give them access to a multitude of services from prenatal to early childhood.
TransforMD is truly what it promises - a transforming conference for women physicians. I was impressed by how it worked for a variety of specialties, phases of life and career and how much or how little one wanted to be in clinical medicine vs non-clinical. I knew I was stagnant - and I needed change - but before attending and starting this journey, I had no idea how. The work is never done, but I feel the conference gave me the tools to figure it out.
What was the turning point or inspiration for you to make a major shift in your career? What are you doing differently now? As much as I loved aspects of psychiatry, in 2007, while pregnant with my son, I first had the thought I didn’t want to remain in medicine forever. I’d heard about executive coaching from a friend, and felt it would complement my skills as a therapist and psychiatrist. While I wasn’t yet ready to leave medicine, while working full-time clinically, I became certified as an executive coach in 2008. But, it wasn’t until 2012 that I KNEW I had to do something differently.
Soon enough, in my traditional medical career, I reached a point where I was thoroughly disillusioned with the healthcare system, frustrated and limited by conventional medicine, and ready for something new, bigger, more free. But I felt trapped because I was making good money in clinical medicine and I had a secure, stable career -- and those things don’t come easily in this world.
What was the turning point or inspiration for you to make a major shift in your career? What are you doing differently now? The major shift in my career was in fellowship when my heart was racing so badly in clinic that I had to take beta blockers and I finally realized that the problem wasn't my heart, the problem was that my heart wasn't in seeing patients.
What was the turning point or inspiration for you to make a major shift in your career? What are you doing differently now?
I finally recognized that I couldn't keep my head down and hammer through life & practice any longer...which was just a few weeks of starting my first job. I did what we tell our patients not to do and I got on the internet and started searching, hunting, seeking answers. I found (or stumbled upon) others who like me where searching. I found help through being professionally coached. Then I realized that I wanted to coach others.
I am Linzy Fitzsimons, I am a momma to a four year old, a wife and an anesthesiologist with a lot of other interests and passions that make up me! As a child, I learned to bake from my mom and it became an incredible passion. When I made the decision in college to go to medical school, I remember thinking, “becoming a doctor is a secure career, but being a baker seems risky.”
Describe your traditional path in medicine I completed a family medicine residency after medical school and spent a few years working in an urgent care center before moving into an academic medical practice at a large city medical center. Since leaving academics, I have worked in a variety of locations, including as medical director of a student and employee health center, working in FQHC's, emergency room fast track, medical director utilization review for insurance companies, camp physician at an internationally known summer arts academy, serving as a volunteer adjunct instructor for two medical schools, volunteer medical director for a homeless women's shelter, and now working as medical director of a large city government organization. My skills as a generalist have taken me far!!
Hi. I’m Dr Heather Hammerstedt and I’m a Health Curator. Perhaps you haven’t heard that term before, as it’s a radical idea. Let’s back up and I’ll tell you about me and how I got here and what I’m curating for all of us today.
I graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1999 and completed my residency in Family Medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando in 2002. To fulfill my National Health Service Corp Scholarship obligation, I served in a Federally Qualified Health Center in the rural town of Immokalee, Florida for four years, and spent another two years there because I was passionate about working with the underserved.
Around 2011 I felt burned out; I simply could not give anymore. I closed the practice and worked in med spas, but unfortunately the work was not fulfilling enough for me. I started looking into other sources of income. During this point of my life, which I refer to as my creative time, I sold a skin care line, designed a scar product, designed and manufactured a lingerie line, designed T-shirts, wrote a book and took some coding and physician review courses.
Life rarely takes you down a straight direct path; however, my journey has always seemed to stay true to my core beliefs and values. For me becoming a doctor was always about my desire to understand how to live a healthy, balanced life, free of chronic illness and stress, so I could improve the lives of both my patients and those I loved most.
Dr Ellie Campbell is far from traditional. A fortune-teller once told her: "You will achieve EVERYTHING in life that you truly desire, but it will likely take you much longer to achieve your dreams than you ever expect." Was she right? Read on, and find out!
Meet Dr Jattu Senesie, mentor and coach for physicians struggling with the transition to clinical practice. Jattu went to Emory University for medical school and for her ob/gyn residency training, and then she returned home to the DC metro area and joined a private practice group in suburban Maryland. Soon after starting clinical practice, burnout took its toll on Jattu. Keep reading to find out how she turned a major career obstacle into a huge opportunity for growth.
Dr Jen Trachtenberg is a pediatrician who has taken her commitment to educating her patients and families to the next level. As she knocks down technology and communication barriers, she provides a priceless service to her patients: giving science-based, concise, reassuring pediatric and parenting information through her comprehensive video guide series.
“I just pressed on, feeling emptiness where my passion for medicine used to be. If I hadn't been saddled with student loans, I would have walked out that day.” Eliza was going along a typical training trajectory, when she experienced a few tipping point and discovered a way out. “Retiring early isn’t for everyone, but financial independence takes the monetary pressure out of the decision!”
Today, we are delighted to showcase Dr. Dana Corriel, the founder of the Doctors on Social Media movement, which includes a Facebook group, a website, and of course, a hashtag (#SoMeDocs) used across all social media platforms. Her story is one that we especially adore, because we know the power of social media and digital branding…
Dr Heidi Moawad graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, then completed her Neurology residency at University of Chicago in 1999, went into private practice in Chicago for a few years, and then joined Case Western's department of Neurology. During her work as an academic clinical neurologist, her career started to took a non-traditional turn, and we asked her about it when we chatted with her recently:
"In this era of burnout, you owe it to yourself to go through the exercise of identifying each and every way your time and energy are spent.Be sure the person who approves that spending is you."
Hi there! I'm Dr Jill Wener, co-founder of TransforMD. I've known my co-co-founder, Dr Marjorie Stiegler, since the first day of Emory Medical School in 1999. She's always been one of those people that makes success look easy…
Have you ever been afraid, like really *afraid*, to make a change in your life? Do you ever look out at what other people are doing and wonder why you can’t be more like them? How are they so fearless?
I'm Marjorie Stiegler, co-founder of TransforMD , and I have absolutely felt this way before. In fact, I felt that mix of amazement and envy about my long-time friend Jill Wener (the other TransforMD co-founder). When she first told me she was leaving her academic job to learn meditation in India, I thought she was crazy.