How to Find and Land High Paying Non-Clinical Jobs
October 18, 2013
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center, Rosemont, IL


Executive Summary
This hands-on, intensive workshop will show physicians contemplating a career change how to locate and land lucrative nonclinical positions. The focus is on finding and landing jobs paying as much or more than clinical medicine. The course will conclude with each physician drafting a customized action plan of how they will find and land their first non-clinical job.


8:00–8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:15 Available Jobs and Where to Find Them
The faculty will review many of the financially and personally rewarding non-clinical career areas available to physicians including: consulting, education, management, biotechnology, public service, insurance, utilization review, forensic examinations and consultation, entrepreneur/business owner, media, writing, association and non-profit management, occupational health, and many more. The faculty will also disclose how to best find high paying non-clinical positions. Each field will be evaluated according to potential earnings, need to travel, location, whether work can be from home, and which physicians tend to be the best fit in the field. Questions and Answers

9:15–10:15 Selling Yourself and Leveraging Your Medical Degree and Experience
In this segment, the faculty will begin by utilizing a demonstration with a volunteer attendee to show the absolute importance of being able to sell yourself. Attendees will then learn specific techniques (with examples) on how to persuasively and confidently articulate how their skills, education, and experience as medical doctors should be characterized as talents that any employer would seek. Attendees will be provided with an extensive set of “talking points” that they can use to help articulate their transferable skills and why an employer should hire them. Questions and Answers


10:30–11:15 The Truth About Non-Clinical Career Transition for Physicians
Dr. McLaughlin will recount his path from a practicing surgeon to a non-clinical executive, to becoming the owner of his own highly successful medical communications company. He will explain his successful methodology for career transition and offer frank comments about the process of transition, the time it takes, what sacrifices need to be made, and common issues physicians run into during transition. Questions and Answers

11:15–12:00 How You Can Transition and How Others Have Transitioned
This segment will focus on identifying which careers you would most want, positioning yourself for the career and landing your first job. The faculty will utilize and open for discussion numerous concise case studies of physicians who have successfully made the switch to a high paying non-clinical career. Included in each case study is the personal and professional background of the physician, what they were looking for, how they found it, and most importantly, the valuable lessons which should be learned from the examples. Questions and Answers


1:00–2:00 How to Define Your Personal Brand and Express it on Your Resume
The faculty will explain what a personal brand is and how a personal brand should be used to distinguish yourself from the competition. The faculty will present a methodology for determining your personal brand and show attendees how to best express that brand on your resume. The faculty will provide practical, proven suggestions for drafting a more attractive resume. Questions and Answers

2:00–2:30 Networking
Faculty will discuss how to start networking, the process to utilize, getting people to talk to you and help you, the questions to ask during your call, and the methods to use for follow-up. Questions and Answers


2:45–3:45 Excelling at Your Job Interview
This segment will consist of numerous mock interviews with volunteer attendees. The aim is constructive critique to help dramatically improve performance. The faculty will review 12 rules for interviewing, such as 1) “Listen 80%/Talk 20%,” 2) “No negatives about anything,” and 3) “More good than bad.” Participants will learn to use “closing comments” to create lasting positive impressions. The group will review and learn to answer the 25 most difficult interview questions, including 1) “Why did you leave?” 2) “How are you different?” and 3) “What do you earn?” The faculty will discuss strategies for group interviews, and learn the full power of thank you notes. Attendees will be encouraged to “start the job before you are hired,” and learn when and how to use references. Questions and Answers

3:45–4:30 Your Action Plan to Land Your First Non-Clinical Job
An action plan is a one-page document detailing how you are going to find your new job. During this module the faculty will review sample action plans that can be used to find non-clinical careers. Attendees will be asked to draft their own action plans which will then be discussed and critiqued. Questions and Answers