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I get sent a lot of content, aimed at physicians, to potentially post on The Entrepreneurial MD Blog and most of it is irrelevant or way too cheesy for the likes of you, dear reader. Once in a while however, something piques my interest as it is thoughtful or provocative.
This time it's an "infographic" (contemporary lingo for cool images that are designed to convey information quickly) that caught my eye.
The information is largely "duh" for most of my physician readers (although I found some of it interesting) but I offer it to you as a way to stimulate your thinking about the ways in which you could present complicated information to your colleagues, patients or clients.
I imagine it takes someone with an artistic sensibility to create the actual image - but it's nothing that can't be found as a design on guru.com or elance.com -- the last time I used one of these services, I paid $50 to a smart fellow in India to create something a US national might have charged 4 or 5 times as much for.
Let's see what you think of it.
[Created by: MedicalBillingAndCodingCertification.net - with thanks for your willingness to share]
How about that "doctors are overpaid" bit? Provocative!
Isn't it a more fun way to tell a story and make a point?
What compelling idea do you want your next infographic to convey?
I recently received this communication via my other website (Women Leaving Medicine) and thought it pointed enough of a question and commentary that I decided to share a portion of it and my response with you.
“I am the primary bread winner in our family. We have two boys - 3 and 1. My husband is going back to school for his Masters while he also juggles being the primary care giver for our boys. I left emergency medicine almost three years ago and did a preceptorship in treating a disease that is medical as well as cosmetic.
I now work for a big corporation and the job allows me to be home nights, weekends, and holidays (which was not possible in the ER). For that I am grateful. Ironically I make more now than I did in the ER when I was actually saving lives. We live modestly and try and save as much money as we can.
I feel like I have exchanged the crappy ER hours and feeling unsafe in a busy violent urban ER for now being in corporate medicine’s grip.
I am still amazed at the complete disregard for ethics and the patient-doctor relationship - all for the sake of making money. I fight and try and stand my ground as firmly as possible but I don’t know how much longer I can keep up the fight. I really hate that these people can be like this. My gut is telling me to leave. I have always been good about listening to my gut and know that doing so ensures my happiness in life.
My question is - how do I find a non-clinical job that will pay me at least enough to support my family while my husband finishes school?
My interests are in public health, women’s health, international health, politics, policy making, advocacy, the environment and its effect on our health and our children’s health. I would love to eventually go back to school for a Master’s in International Public Service and work for an NGO or start my own someday- of course, that is on hold until the kids grow a bit and my husband finishes school.
Any advice or networking leads?”
I initially responded this way (I’ve elaborated some since I’ve had time to think more about it):
One of your best tools to securing work in your areas of passion is your Internet access. You can begin by doing the following:
- Thoroughly research the organizations and companies whose mission and work truly appeal to you – play Internet Detective, scouring out the information you really want to know.
- Find out who the key players are in your area of interest. Who are the speakers? Who are the authors? Who is most widely quoted in the press? What are they saying or writing? You are on the path to identifying your next heroes … or mentors!
- Develop your LinkedIn profile, in which you express your interests, along with your experience.
- Become a LinkedIn "super-user" - there is a ton of info out there on how to maximize your use of LinkedIn.
- Using LinkedIn, reach out to those key players or folks in the organization whose profiles you can find on LinkedIn or in other places (try Facebook or Google+) and begin to create relationships. Please note: - This is very different from asking for a job. It is about finding mutual interests, giving, giving, giving - being an excellent listener, making people aware of useful resources, sharing things...
- Do all of this actively, and over time, you will be able to target the places you truly want to work it AND have the people working there begin to KNOW, LIKE and TRUST you. That, at its core, is the basis for getting asked to join organizations.
Since then, I came across this post that I truly believe says it all -- 3 Simple Steps to Making Money From Any Passion by Scott Dinsmore.
So I would add – Don’t be afraid of your passion, and don’t spend the rest of your one precious life wishing for a different one.
I confess that I have long fantasized about writing a book, along with learning Italian and learning to play the piano, or reconnecting with my adolescent guitar-playing self ... for now the fantasies have to remain just that. I guess this blog is my creative outlet for the near future!
But for those of you for whom writing a book is a pressing or deeply engaging matter, the news is good. Help is at hand.
My "Insights from the Professionals" conversation today is with Lisa Tener, a book writing coach, published author, blogger and speaker who is passionate about helping aspiring authors get their message out by helping them write a book and get published.
Not only does she have her own company, but she also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School continuing education course of writing and publishing books.
Lisa is a whiz at what she does - she has helped several of my clients figure out how to express themselves and their expertise or ideas through the written word, and we talk about some of her book-writing success strategies, such as:
... how to overcome those blocks to getting started
... how to know if you really have a book in you
... how to get a first draft done is as little as 8 weeks
... and much more!
Lisa is about to launch yet another of her excellent Bring Your Book to Life programs ... designed to walk you through the process of getting your first draft written by the end of the program. It is the one that several of my clients have participated in and used to get their books written and comes highly recommended by them.
Note: She has generously offered a 40% discount for my readers for the class if using the paid in full option, using the coupon code "SAVE40". This is only available until 3/20/2012 so act quickly if you want a considerable savings.
Listen to my conversation with Lisa and then return here to add your comments or questions.
Kathy Stecco MD is the poster child for the physician career of the next generation.
A general surgeon who trained at Stanford in the hotbed of Silicon Valley innovation, Dr Stecco was soon lured into the world of medical device due diligence, biotechnology startups and venture capital.
Encouraged and aided by remarkable mentors, Dr Tom Fogarty of Fogarty catheter fame, and entrepreneur and venture capitalist Mir Imran, she transitioned into co-founding four medical device startup companies, with plans for more in the near future.
Talk about the patchwork physician career of the future!
She maintains a small concierge-style medical practice to "keep her hand in", while consulting, maintaining her role as an entrepreneurial physician and business owner, and staying sane through her passion for mixed martial arts. Additionally she spends part of the year traveling while supervising global clinical trials.
Listen to my interview with this successful physician entrepreneur and then return to share your thoughts and comments.
And if you would like to be in touch with Dr Stecco to learn more, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.