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2020 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Day One, Saturday, October 17, 2020
7:30–8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters
8:30–9:30 How to Start Transitioning to Your Dream Career, Right Now
Julia Pewitt Kinder, DO
Two of the greatest challenges to a successful physician career transition are inertia and fear of the unknown. Dr. Kinder will demonstrate how to overcome each of these. She will explain how to start your transition by analyzing career options and pairing those with your goals. Dr. Kinder will help you recognize potential roadblocks to a career change, and provide practical and inspirational tips to help you transition to your dream career and move forward Right Now. Questions & Answers
Julia Pewitt Kinder, DO is a highly experienced and sought after career consultant who specializes in working with physicians to teach the exact steps to find a new career (www.physiciancareeropportunities.com). She is also a medical director for a national health plan, medical director for a hospice company, and international consultant to families of children with Down syndrome. Dr. Kinder is Board Certified in Family Practice. A SEAK alumna, she now serves as SEAK faculty, co-teaching “How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Consulting Practice.”
9:30–10:30 Introduction of the Mentors and the Recruiters
The conference mentors and recruiters will introduce themselves and briefly describe their background and areas of interest.
10:30–11:15 Break and Mentoring & Employer Sign Up Time
Attendees will sign up for individual sessions with recruiters and mentors.
11:15–12:00 Designing the Future You Deserve
Steven W. Parkes, MD, MBA, MPH, PCC
While the changing healthcare environment has led to unprecedented levels of physician burnout, new opportunities to secure professional fulfillment are expanding more rapidly than ever. Successfully seeing and harnessing those potentials requires new ways of thinking and growing. Dr. Steven Parkes, MD, MBA, MPH invites you to this insightful yet practical exploration of how to climb out of the pressure cooker and decisively evolve your purpose and calling as a physician. Questions & Answers
Steven W. Parkes, MD, MBA, MPH, PCC is the President and Founder of the Clinician Coaching Institute, LLC (www.cliniciancoachinginstitute.com), the leading professional development and coaching resource for physicians. Dr. Parkes is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who successfully practiced and co-managed a busy 40 physician Emergency Department practice, EMPact Emergency Physicians. He first discovered the transformative power of the coaching process from working with his own coach to realize and escape habits leading to frustration and burnout. Dr. Parkes holds five different coaching certifications and is a 15-time finisher of the Ironman Triathlon, including the world championship in Hawaii. He earned his MD from Rush, his MPH from Johns Hopkins, and his MBA from Notre Dame. He is based in the Chicago area where he resides with his family and three children. He is a SEAK alumnus.
12:00–1:00 LUNCH (Provided with Faculty, Mentors, and Recruiters)
1:00–1:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians with the Federal Government
JP Ahluwalia, MD, MPH
Dr. Ahluwalia will provide an overview of the diverse and interesting opportunities available to physicians with the federal government at agencies such as FDA, CDC, HHS, CMS, FAA, and the US Public Health Service. He will provide examples of some of the many roles that physicians may play at these agencies and discuss pay, qualifications, benefits, hours, working conditions (including remote work options), and opportunities for advancement and moving into private industry. Dr. Ahluwalia will offer practical suggestions for those considering employment with the federal government. Questions & Answers
JP Ahluwalia, MD, MPH is the Chief of Occupational Medicine for the United States Coast Guard in Washington, DC, and a Commander with the US Public Health Service. In this role, he is responsible for the occupational health and safety of over 50,000 active duty Coast Guard members. Previously Dr. Ahluwalia served as a Medical Officer with the FDA where he was responsible for monitoring the safety of approved biologic products including vaccines. Dr. Ahluwalia spent 8 years in the Army, including a tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Preventative Medicine, and Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventative Medicine. He received his BA and MD from Ohio State and his MPH from Johns Hopkins.
B. Opportunities with Medical Device Companies
Christine R. Mauro, MD, MMSc
Dr. Mauro will survey the numerous full-time and part-time/contract opportunities for physicians available in the medical device field. She will discuss what physicians may do on a day-to-day basis including product development, regulatory, safety, education, and recalls. Dr. Mauro will discuss which specialties are typically the best fit for device companies, working conditions (including potential work from home), hours, travel, compensation, and opportunities for advancement. Most importantly, Dr. Mauro will provide advice for how to best position yourself and land your first job in the medical device industry. Questions & Answers
Christine R. Mauro, MD, MMSc is a remote-based Senior Global Medical Director for Stryker. Previously she served as Medical Director, Minimally Invasive Therapies Group for Medtronic. Dr. Mauro received her BA from Arizona State, her MD from Minnesota, and her MMSc from Harvard Medical School. She trained in general surgery and completed a vascular surgery postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard-affiliated institutions. Dr. Mauro is married to a practicing general surgeon and they are the proud parents of two small children. She lives in the beautiful Berkshires of far western Massachusetts.
1:50–2:00 Break and Networking Opportunity
2:00–2:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Medical Writer
Yasmine S. Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP
Dr. Ali will discuss the varied opportunities available to physicians in the field of medical writing. She will discuss opportunities as both an employed medical writer and as a freelancer, including remote and work-from-home opportunities in both settings. Dr. Ali will explain the varied projects medical writers may work on such as regulatory writing, CME writing, posters and abstracts, direct-to-consumer marketing, medical editing, slide decks, blogs, patient education materials, writing clinical guidelines, grant writing, and more. She will also discuss compensation, work setting, available training, what employers and clients are looking for, and most importantly, how to best position yourself to break into this field and use proven techniques to find and land your first position or assignment. Questions & Answers
Yasmine S. Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP is a cardiologist and award-winning full-spectrum physician writer who is dedicated to helping other physicians become writers and authors, and to assisting individuals and healthcare companies in need of medical consulting and writing services across a broad range of health & wellness areas and platforms. Dr. Ali has over 20 years of medical writing and editing experience, including 10 years of editing for WebMD and 3 years of writing for Verywell Health and for MedStudy. Dr. Ali earned her BA, MD, and MSCI from Vanderbilt University, where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine.
B. Opportunities in Health Insurance and Utilization Review
Glenda E Flemister, MD, FACP, FCCP
Dr. Flemister will describe the intellectually stimulating opportunities available for physicians as medical directors tasked with utilization reviews. She will explain the types of utilization reviews that may be needed and what medical directors may do on a day to day basis including utilization review, case rounds, integrated case management, consults, peer to peers, and many other functions. Dr. Flemister will dispel common myths about health insurers and will offer insights into hours, working conditions (including the growing number of work from home opportunities), compensation, benefits, and the varied roles beyond utilization management that physicians may play with health insurers. Dr. Flemister will discuss part time and independent contractor opportunities, who this might be a good/poor fit for, appropriate specialties, opportunities for advancement and most importantly, how to break into and succeed in health insurance and utilization review. Questions & Answers
Glenda E Flemister, MD, FACP, FCCP has extensive experience in the health insurance field including over 10 years as a Medical Director with Aetna as well as experience as a Medical Director for BCBS Association and Chief Medical Officer of a patient management company that became a managed care organization. Dr. Flemister is triple board certified (Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois and her MD from Loyola of Chicago. Dr. Flemister currently serves as a consultant and expert witness. She is a SEAK alumna.
2:50–3:00 Break and Networking Opportunity
3:00–3:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as an On-Air Medical Contributor and Print Journalist
Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD, MS
Dr. Nampiaparampil will provide practical tips on how to approach television news producers and participate in medical news segments. She will explain what producers are looking for, how to do a great job, how ratings impact the process, and how to get invited back. She will review the common pitfalls for doctors. She will also discuss what types of appearances get paid and how appearances can benefit your career in other ways such as increasing demand for your consulting services. She will also discuss how to earn extra income by writing articles as a medical journalist. Questions & Answers
Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD, MS is an on-air medical contributor for Fox 5 New York as well as ITV’s “Good Morning Britain.” She has contributed to over 500 national and international television news segments and has published articles in Newsweek. She and her husband are also the producers of an award-winning documentary. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Nampiaparampil appeared as a doctor on General Hospital and earned her SAG-AFTRA card. Dr. Nampiaparampil is board-certified in Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She runs her private practice in the New York City Financial District, performing minimally invasive spine procedures, and also works as a consultant for medicolegal cases and for direct-to-consumer medical device companies. Dr. Nampiaparampil earned her BA and MD from Northwestern and her MS in Journalism from Columbia. She is a SEAK alumna.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Pharma
Michael DePietro, MD
Dr. DePietro will discuss the numerous roles and opportunities for physicians in the pharmaceutical industry including pharmacovigilance (safety), regulatory affairs, marketing, communication/writing, and research and development. He will provide, for each role, typical day-to-day tasks, travel requirements, credentials generally required, opportunities for advancement, compensation, and need for relocation (and potential work from home). Dr. DePietro will explain how to find the companies developing/selling products within your own therapeutic area and provide practical advice for physicians who wish to position themselves to find and land a position within industry. Questions & Answers
Michael DePietro, MD is the Respiratory Therapeutic Area Lead, Global Medical Affairs for Teva Pharmaceuticals, having previously served as a Senior Medical Director — Respiratory for AstraZeneca. In this role he leads the global medical affairs respiratory activities for the respiratory portfolio including the development of the connected respiratory digital inhaler program. This includes conduct of late phase clinical studies, health and outcomes research, and strategic medical support to other functions within Teva. Dr. DePietro is a Board-Certified Pulmonary Critical Care physician. Prior to his work in pharma he was a partner in a large pulmonary critical care group practice at Christiana Care Health Services were he was an ICU director, clinical investigator, and residency program faculty member, and clinical Assistant professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. He earned his BS at the University of Scranton and his MD at Hahnemnann.
3:50–4:00 Break and Networking Opportunity
4:00–4:50 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities With Startups
Alisa Niksch, MD
Dr. Niksch will provide an overview of the current healthcare startup environment and will explain the various part time, full time, work from home, consulting, employee, and employee/owner roles physicians play with these dynamic organizations. Dr. Niksch will explain what physicians assisting startups may do on a day to day basis (including advising, regulatory work, training, research and development, etc.) and discuss how physicians working with startups may be compensated. Most importantly, Dr. Niksch will provide practical advice for how to locate and land positions with startups, how to succeed in these roles, and how to position yourself to be attractive to startups. Questions & Answers
Dr. Alisa Niksch is Chief Medical Officer of Genetesis, Inc., a company which has created a novel cloud-connected and AI-powered cardiac diagnostics and imaging platform. She is a trained pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist, practicing at Tufts Medical Center since 2010. She has been an advisor and researcher for multiple digital health startup companies like AliveCor, Inc., Zephyr Technologies, MindChild Medical, and Sproutling. She continues to be a mentor with programs such as MIT Hacking Medicine and MassChallenge HealthTech. She has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals on digital health and wearable technologies, and has spoken on the applications of AI in medicine and the experience of women in the technology sector. She is a graduate of The University of Virginia School of Medicine, and completed her fellowship training at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center and Stanford/UCSF Medical Centers.
B. Opportunities in Life Insurance
Michael H. Wetzel, MD, DBIM, CLU
Dr. Wetzel will describe the rewarding and intellectually stimulating opportunities for physicians with the numerous US Life Insurance Companies. He will explain the underwriting and other interesting work physicians typically do in a life insurance company, hours, work environment (work from home often available), the compensation range that can be expected for new hires, the typical corporate compensation and benefit structure, what the work consists of on a day-to-day basis, opportunity for advancement, certification in insurance medicine, and the specialties and clinical experience which are most appropriate for this industry. Dr. Wetzel will explain how and where to obtain the skills needed to succeed as a medical director at a life insurance company. He will provide practical tips for positioning yourself for such work and landing a first-time position in the life insurance industry. Questions & Answers
Michael H. Wetzel, MD, DBIM, CLU is the Chief Medical Director for Equitable Life. Prior to Equitable Life, Dr. Wetzel was a VP, Medical Director with Prudential and an AVP, Associate Medical Director with the Hartford. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Insurance Medicine. Dr. Wetzel earned his BS at Penn State and his MD from Thomas Jefferson Medical College.
4:50–6:00 Networking Reception with Colleagues, Faculty, Mentors, Recruiters, and Employers
Day 2: Sunday, October 18, 2020
7:00–7:30 Continental Breakfast with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters
7:30–8:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Wellness, Nutrition, and Exercise Coach
Carrie Holland, MD
Many physicians have a passion for wellness, but are unable to best serve their patients with wellness advice because of the way health care is currently structured and financed. Dr. Holland will provide practical advice for how to start, build and run a successful fee for service wellness coaching practice which can be used to supplement or eventually replace a physician’s clinical practice. Dr. Holland will discuss training, fee setting, business structure, choosing services/packages to offer, how to deliver a superior product and numerous techniques for how to land clients. Questions & Answers
Carrie Holland, MD is a health and fitness coach who is the founder of mywhyfitness.net. She is a certified personal trainer who works with busy professionals, parents, and high achievers on diet, exercise and wellness. Dr. Holland is a board-certified family physician who still maintains a clinical practice. She has trained as an Integrative Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Dr. Holland is the mother of 2 small children and is a competitive body builder. She is a SEAK alumna.
B. Opportunities with Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
Bharat K. Kohli, MD, MBA
Dr. Kohli will provide an overview of what CROs are, why they exist and what they do. He will survey the opportunities available to physicians within CROs. Dr. Kohli will explain the many advantages to these positions including the possibility of working from home, flexible schedules, and potentially opening additional doors in the pharmaceutical industry. He will also cover possibilities for advancement, compensation, and what physicians working for CROs may do on a day to day basis. Most importantly, Dr. Kohli will provide advice for how to well position yourself to find and land your first position at a CRO. Questions & Answers
Bharat K. Kohli, MD, MBA has vast and diverse non-clinical experience including CMO for an FQHC, CMO for the boutique CRO Applied Health Resources Management, Medical Director for United Health Care, Global Director Healthcare R & D for Praxair, Associate CMO for Kaleida Health, and Senior Assistant Medical Director for Johnson & Johnson MD&D. Dr. Kohli specializes in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He earned his MD at the University of Toronto and his MBA at the University of Buffalo.
8:20–8:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
8:30–9:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities in Medical Communication and Advertising
Nicole Bamba, MD
Dr. Bamba will provide an overview to the employment and freelance opportunities for physicians in the fields of medical communication and advertising and describe ways that physicians can apply their clinical expertise and creativity in this exciting and dynamic industry, e.g. provide insight on medical strategy, be a trusted advisor, assist with producing deliverables for clients, review communications for regulatory compliance, and more. She will discuss practical matters such as qualifications (Boards and License generally not required), locations, job security, earning potential, a “day-in-the-life”, remote work opportunities, typical client base, career advancement, travel, and lifestyle expectations. Dr. Bamba will describe what medical communication and advertising firms are seeking in physicians and will provide practical advice to help attendees break into these fields and achieve success. Questions & Answers
Nicole Bamba, MD has experience in medical communications as both a freelancer and an employee (Medical Director). She started her career straight out of a neurology residency by working as a senior copyrighter for Grey Healthcare Group. Dr. Bamba’s subsequent experience includes VP, Associate Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Cline, Davis and Mann, Medical Director at Pixacore, Senior Medical Writer at Avant Healthcare, and currently as a home-based Freelance Medical Director at Area 23 on Hudson. Dr. Bamba is the mother of two young children. Her husband is an emergency medicine physician who also transitioned to a work from home non-clinical medical director role with a major insurance company. Dr. Bamba earned her BA from Duke and her MD from the University of Chicago.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Work from Home Telemedicine
Tom Davis, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Davis will explain the exciting and growing number of opportunities to practice telemedicine. He will discuss earning potential, charting, technology required, and malpractice/liability. Dr. Davis will also explain scheduling options, the substantial advantages to this type of work, the types of cases you can and cannot see, the specialties which can do this work, regulatory considerations, and the future of this exciting field. Dr. Davis will also discuss how to locate and sign up with Telemedicine providers. Questions & Answers
Tom Davis, MD, FAAFP is a Board Certified Family Practice physician and a SEAK alumnus. Dr. Davis has vast non-clinical experience including consulting to health care providers on risk sharing/value contracts, consulting to venture capital firms, expert witnessing, telemedicine, and Hospice Medical Director — see www.TomDavisConsulting.com. Dr. Davis is the creator of a series of audio courses which teach physicians how to utilize telemedicine for their own benefit and also provides 1-1 mentoring in this field. Dr. Davis earned his BA, MA, and MD all from the University of Missouri — Columbia. When he was in practice, Dr. Davis was regularly named one of the Best Doctors™ in St. Louis.
9:20–9:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
9:30–10:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as a Medical Science Liaison
Swati J. Shah, MD, MPH, FACOG
Dr. Shah will explain what medical science liaisons (MSLs) do on a day-to-day basis in their role of supporting a medication and being the point person to meet with treating physicians and key opinion leaders. Dr. Shah will discuss compensation, working conditions and travel and provide insights as to how to break into this interesting and rewarding field. She will also discuss the skill set and mindset that will enable you to succeed. Questions & Answers
Swati J. Shah, MD, MPH, FACOG is a board-certified ob/gyn who, after 20 years of clinical practice, has successfully transitioned from clinical practice to industry as a Regional Medical Scientific Director, formerly known as a Medical Science Liaison, for the Women’s Health team at Merck. As a field-based employee, she travels and works out of her home in New Orleans and really enjoys her new career. Dr. Shah earned her BA at Johns Hopkins and her MD at Thomas Jefferson. She is a SEAK alumna.
B. Opportunities in Health Informatics and IT
Jonathan Lovins, MD, SFHM, MMCi
Healthcare IT/Informatics is a dynamic area that offers numerous roles and opportunities for physicians. These positions could be with a health care organization, industry, academic medical center, or the government. Dr. Lovins will discuss what physicians involved in Healthcare IT do on a day-to-day basis including assisting with quality and safety, process improvement, data literacy, decision support, training, guidance, adoption, and data analytics. He will provide insights on qualifications required (you don’t have to be a computer geek or mathematician) and helpful specialized education options to get you up to speed. Dr. Lovins will discuss possible career paths, compensation, career arc, and most importantly, how to position yourself to break into this field and find and land your first position. Questions & Answers
Jonathan Lovins, MD, SFHM, MMCi is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer at Duke Regional Hospital (part of Duke University Health System). Dr. Lovins is also a practicing Hospitalist. His IT experience includes implementing a $1B EHR for a 1,500 bed, 2,000 physician health system and being the lead physician for EHR adoption, training, content creation, and optimization. Dr. Lovins earned his BA at Clark University in MA and his MD at University of Connecticut and completed a Masters of Management in Clinical Informatics at Duke University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Clinical Informatics and a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine.
10:20–10:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
10:30–11:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities in the Financial Services Industry
Robert Levin, MD, CFP
Dr. Levin will survey the significant opportunities for physicians which exist in the financial services industry such as wealth management advisor, venture capital consultant, and buy and sell side financial analyst. He will describe what physicians in these various roles may do on a day to day basis. Dr. Levin will discuss earning potential, how to break into the industry, and how to succeed. Questions & Answers
Dr. Levin is currently a Senior Vice-President — Wealth Management and Senior Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Management Program in UBS’s Beverly Hills Office. His team and his UBS partners help manage multi-billions of dollars for their clients. Dr. Levin’s clients are mostly physicians, health care executives and their companies. His team provides comprehensive wealth management including investments, retirement and complex estate/tax planning and insurance advice. They also advise their clients about exit strategies and liquidity events for their companies and shareholders. Dr. Levin practiced pediatrics for 12 years prior to his transition in 2001. His prior financial services experience includes serving as a financial analyst and being medical consultant to a venture capital fund. Dr. Levin earned both his BS and MD from the University of Michigan and later trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
B. Opportunities as a Physician Advisor
Beverly A. Zavaleta, MD
Hospitals who accept Medicare are required to have a physician advisor. Dr. Zavaleta will explain what physician advisors do on a day-to-day basis including problem solving, interaction with colleagues, interaction with medical directors and clinical coordination. She will explain the different ways physicians can serve as physician advisors including on site, home based remote, full time, part time, directly hired by hospital or hired by a third party vendor. She will discuss hours, compensation, intellectual challenge, specialties, opportunities for advancement, the option of working clinically as well, and how to break into this field. Questions & Answers
Beverly A. Zavaleta, MD is a part-time, directly employed Physician Advisor for Tenet Healthcare. She is Board-Certified in Family Medicine and remains clinically active. Her clinical experience includes both owning her own practice and working as a Hospitalist. Dr. Zavaleta earned her BS at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her MD at Harvard Medical School.
11:20–11:30 Break and Networking Opportunity
11:30–12:20 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities in Teaching and Educational Administration
Elizabeth McMurtry, DO, FACEP
Dr. McMurtry will discuss the fulfilling and widely varied full time, part time, and contract teaching opportunities available to physicians including teaching medical students, residents and fellows, nurses, advanced practice providers and other health care professionals, pre-med undergraduates, high school students, and others. She will provide tips for how to find and land jobs, expected compensation ranges, time commitment and typical duties. In addition, Dr. McMurtry will survey the interesting and diverse opportunities for physicians available in educational administration including what these doctors may do on a day to day basis and compensation ranges and provide practical suggestions for how to locate and obtain these positions. Questions & Answers
Elizabeth McMurtry, DO, FACEP is an emergency medicine physician who has transitioned to become the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Faculty Development at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is also an adjunct clinical faculty member. Previously, Dr. McMurtry served as the Regional Dean for the Walla Walla Core Site. Dr. McMurtry received her BS from California Baptist University and her DO from Des Moines University. She is a SEAK alumna.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Medical Administration
Richard A. Parker, MD
Dr. Parker will discuss the numerous and varied management and administrative non-clinical opportunities for physicians in medical administration. He will explain what part time and full-time physician administrators may do, earning potential, lifestyle, benefits, opportunities for advancement, and how physician administrators can positively impact the lives of both patients and care givers. Most importantly, Dr. Parker will provide advice for how to best position yourself for transitioning into medical administration. Questions & Answers
Richard A. Parker, MD is the former Chief Medical Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization, one of the most successful ACOs in the United States. He is board certified in internal medicine and is a former Assistant Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Parker has extensive experience in medical administration and management for a physician organization with 2,400 physicians in both academic and private practices. Dr. Parker is also a very experienced expert witness and has expertise in hospital negligence, end of life care, medical malpractice, care of the mentally ill and electronic medical records. Dr. Parker currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Arcadia Healthcare Solutions an EHR data aggregation and analytics technology company. He earned his BA at Harvard and his MD from the Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine.
12:20–1:20 LUNCH (Provided with Faculty, Mentors and Recruiters)
1:20–2:10 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities as an Aviation Medical Examiner
J. Bruce Robertson, MD, FACS, CPE, AME
All commercial and non-commercial pilots in the United States must be medically certified and regularly recertify to maintain their licenses. Such certification must be provided by an FAA trained and certified Aviation Medical Examiner physician. Dr. Robertson will discuss the opportunities for physicians as an AME including certification by the FAA (the FAA provides this training for free), responsibilities, liability, fee setting and the potentially substantial income opportunities. He will provide practical advice on how to get started as an AME and succeed in this area. He will also discuss the additional opportunities that serving as an AME can create such as consulting for the FAA. Questions & Answers
J. Bruce Robertson, MD, FACS, CPE, AME is a board certified urologist with diverse non-clinical experience including utilization review, disability review, being the founder, CEO, and chairman of a 2,000 member health insurance trust, life care planning, and aviation medical examinations. Dr. Robertson still practices urology but no longer performs major surgery. Dr. Robertson earned his BA at the University of Houston and his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is the former vice-chairman of the American Urological Association’s National Legislative Committee. Dr. Robertson is a SEAK Alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in the Disability Insurance Field
Andrea Savona Brown, MD
Dr. Brown will survey the full time, part time and contract opportunities available to physicians in the disability insurance field. She will describe what physicians do on a day to day basis including claim review, research, report writing, peer to peers, and interacting with claims professionals. Dr. Brown will explain why she loves her job and finds it intellectually stimulating and very enjoyable. She will also discuss hours, compensation, requirements for boards/license, specialties most in demand, work from home possibilities, working conditions and benefits. Dr. Brown will provide advice for how to break into the disability insurance industry. Questions & Answers
Andrea Savona Brown, MD has been a full time employed Physician Consultant with the disability insurer and Fortune 500 Company Unum since 2012. She currently works from home. Prior to transitioning, Dr. Brown served as a primary care physician in Kennebunk, Maine. Dr. Brown is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree at Colorado College and her Medical Degree at Dartmouth.
2:10–2:20 Break and Networking Opportunity
2:20–3:10 BREAKOUT SESSION (Choose One)
A. Opportunities for Physicians in Knowledge Consulting
Robert J. Cooper, MD, FACE, FACP
Dr. Cooper will explain how to supplement your clinical income through consulting with knowledge companies. He will explain how this work can be quite lucrative (three to four figures per hour), can be done at a high volume, and how this work will often improve your clinical knowledge and skills. Dr. Cooper will describe the various forms of assignments that can be obtained including surveys, phone interviews and focus groups. He will discuss how to get the work, turnaround times, compliance issues and will provide practical tips to start, build, and run a lucrative knowledge consulting practice. Dr. Cooper will also provide a list of knowledge companies which utilize physicians. Questions & Answers
Robert J. Cooper, MD, FACE, FACP is very active in non-clinical pursuits including knowledge company consulting, file review consulting, and expert witnessing. He is boarded in both endocrinology and internal medicine, is clinically active and is a graduate of SUNY StonyBrook and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University. He is a SEAK alumnus.
B. Opportunities for Physicians in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Morayo Fakiya, MD, CPHQ, CPPS, CLSSBB
Dr. Fakiya will survey the opportunities for physicians in the fields of patient safety and quality. She will explain what physicians in these fields do on a day to day basis including reviewing adverse events, process improvement, patient advocacy, quality improvement, professional complaints, and training providers. Dr. Fakiya will cover compensation, working conditions, the ability to maintain a clinical practice and other practical considerations. She will provide practical advice on how to break into these fields and succeed. Questions & Answers
Morayo Fakiya, MD, CPHQ, CPPS, CLSSBB is the CEO and Founder of ORET Healthcare Enterprise which uses multiple innovative strategies (including population health improvement, clinical business intelligence, and capacity building) to promote quality and patient safety. Previously, she served as the Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Howard University Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Fakiya is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a Certified Professional in Patient Safety, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She is board certified in both internal medicine and obesity medicine and is a SEAK alumna.