I just returned from presenting again this year at the 2011 Medical Fusion Conference - what I think is the best conference out there for physicians who are exploring non-clinical career options.
Once again it was a engaged group of docs who brought an openness and curiosity around "what else is out there" for themselves. Held at the beautiful Aria Resort in Las Vegas, it also had a great faculty line-up, which included Dr. Barry Silbaugh, recently retired CEO of ACPE, who gave a great opening talk on "Leaving the Tribe" and why it is so difficult for many physicians to consider a move outside of clinical practice. There was Dr. Ken Cohn, a fabulous speaker and all around great person who spearheads Healthcare Collaboration, got everyone on their feet and doing some hands-on activities during his two talks on "Should I Get An MBA?" and "Independent Consulting". Dr. Greg Bledsoe, the conference founder and Expedition Medicine expert, thrilled and grossed us all out with pictures of his many adventures in different countries and on different mountain tops. Dr. Julie Silver, of Harvard Health Publications and an inspiring cancer survivorship advocate, spoke not only about writing and publishing a book, but she also got people fired up about how to get Information Products out on the web and making a difference! These were just a few of the interesting and enlightening talks that were part of the two days.
My talk focused on the "how" of career transition, giving the physician participants a roadmap for making their process - and non-clinical landing place - a sustainable one. It is always refreshing to get out in front of this group, and to help provide them with some tools for growth.
I think my favorite part of the conference is watching the participant group connect with each other and feel the collective energy they build. Given the fact that transitioning out of clinical practice is still somewhat of a taboo subject among physicians, it is great to see the openness and shared momentum that the group picks up over the course of the three days.
At the end of each conference my hope is that all of the great physicians I meet and talk to are able to maintain the clarity, focus and momentum that they build while they are in Las Vegas. If anything, this conference gives everyone the chance to step back and assess their own professional direction, compare it with other peoples' paths, and think honestly if there is a better road for them than the one they are on... and if there is, start to make progress to make their goals - and true professional fulfillment - a reality.
For all of you that were there, I wish you best of luck in your career exploration and expansion into "post-clinical" work.
For those of you who weren't there, I hope we'll see you there next year!