Physicians’ Pathways to Non-Traditional Careers and Leadership Opportunities

  • Richard D. Urman
  • Jesse M. Ehrenfeld

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. How to Choose a Balanced Career Path

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Katharine M. Nicodemus
      Pages 11-17
    3. Annekathryn Goodman
      Pages 25-34
    4. Steve Alan Hyman
      Pages 35-43
    5. Melvin C. Makhni
      Pages 45-55
    6. Edward L. Amaral
      Pages 57-82
  3. Business, Consulting, and Industry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Stan N. Finkelstein, Richard M. J. Bohmer
      Pages 85-94
    3. Jack T. Watters
      Pages 95-103
    4. Jason Sanders
      Pages 105-113
    5. Richard Marshall
      Pages 115-121
    6. Peter R. Russo
      Pages 123-133
  4. Medicine at the Macro Level: Public Health, Global Health, and Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Paul Biddinger
      Pages 137-143
    3. Rahul Sakhuja, Palak Shah
      Pages 145-152
    4. Lena Ebba Dohlman
      Pages 153-164
  5. Academia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165

About this book


Increasingly, physicians are leveraging their medical training and expertise to pursue careers in non-traditional arenas.  Their goals are diverse: 


·         Explore consulting as a way to improve patient care

·         Lay the foundation for a career in academic medicine

·         Provide leadership in healthcare

·         Strengthen ties between a clinic and the community

·         Broaden one’s experience as a medical student

·         As a journalist or writer, open a window onto medicine for non-experts


Some physicians will pursue another degree, while others may not, in anticipation of moving into public service, business, education, law, or organized medicine. Their common ground is the desire to enhance their professional fulfillment.


Drs. Urman and Ehrenfeld’s book features individual chapters on the wide array of non-traditional careers for physicians, each one written by an outstanding leader in medicine who him- or herself has successfully forged a unique career path.  A final chapter brings together fascinating brief profiles – “case studies” – of physicians who have distinguished themselves professionally outside of traditional settings. 


Suitable for readers at any point in their medical career – practitioners, fellows, residents, and medical students – who want to explore possibilities beyond traditional medical practice, the book also sets out common-sense advice on topics such as work-life balance, mentorship, and the relationship between personality and job satisfaction. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard D. Urman
    • 1
  • Jesse M. Ehrenfeld
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical School, Director, Hosp Procedural Sedation MgmtAssistant Professor of AnesthesiaBOSTONUSA
  2. 2.Assistant Professor of Biomed Informatic, Director, Center for EB AnesthesiaAssistant Professor of AnesthesiologyNashvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0550-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0551-1
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