Personality Types and Physician Burnout with Heather Fork

Guest Post: Burning Out? Recommendations For Your Personality Type

This week’s blog post is a Guest Post by Heather Fork, MD, CPCC, who blogs at Doctor’s Crossing. She provides advice on how to manage our burnout based on our personality types.

Heather is a certified coach and owner and founder of Doctor’s Crossing. It’s there that she works with physicians who are seeking to renew and reinvigorate their careers and avoid burnout.

After practicing for 9 years in her own successful dermatology practice, she made the difficult decision to leave her practice and pursue a calling to serve others in a different way.

Reasons to Pursue a Career in Medical Informatics – Interview with Dr. Brian Young – 014

An Evolving Career in High Demand

In this podcast episode, I speak with Dr. Brian Young about medical informatics.

He is an Enterprise Physician Informaticist with Dignity Health, a 38-hospital system with sites in California, Nevada and Arizona.

Brian received his medical training at Wake Forest, a master’s degree in predictive analytics at Northwestern University, and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

He is a credentialed Epic trainer and has been involved with multiple implementations in both inpatient and outpatient environments.

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I heard Brian speak at the annual SEAK conference on Nonclinical Careers for Physicians in October. I found his presentation to be very interesting. The field of informatics is growing quickly and there should be heavy demand for medical informaticists far into the future. But, it’s also a field which is rapidly changing.

5 Reasons to Discard the Victim Mindset and Start to Lead – 013

For yourself, your family, profession, teams and community

In this episode, we explore the victim mindset. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of complaining about our circumstances. Many of our colleagues jump in and fan the flames of discontent.

[This topic was first addressed in Physicians: Stop Complaining and Start Leading in July  2017 – VPE].

But when we find ourselves wallowing in victimhood, we ought to shift our perspective and make a commitment to lead instead.

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Dr. Serafino Garella’s Community Health Clinic

First – A Physician Podcast Review

This week I want to highlight the White Coat Investor Podcast. Presented by Dr. Jim Dahle, the podcast is a spin-off of the longstanding, ground-breaking blog of the same name.

The podcast was started in January 2017. It presents much of the same high-value, no-nonsense information to help physicians avoid financial blunders and become stewards of their own finances.

To be a bit more specific, according to the notes introducing the podcast, it is intended to:

  1. Help high-income professionals (particularly those who wear the white coat) get a fair shake on Wall Street;
  2. Fulfill [Jim Dahle’s] entrepreneurial spirit (i.e. build something cool and make a few bucks doing it);
  3. Connect high income professionals who need professional financial help with the good guys in the financial services industry.

Meet the Modern Physician Advisor – Interview with Dr. Timothy Owolabi – 012

Stepping Stone to an Executive Position

In this podcast episode, I talk with physician advisor and medical director, Timothy Owolabi. But first, I want to describe an opportunity and a podcast review.


Here’s the potential opportunity: I decided to participate in Michael Hyatt’s goal setting program called 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.

I know it is a great program, and I’m a big believer in setting annual goals. It was something our hospital management team did every year and it generated great results for our hospital. When I’ve prepared written goals for myself, I’ve always been much more effective.

physician advisor smart goals

My plan was to complete the program this year, and then promote it to my blog and podcast audiences as an affiliate program next year. Then we could go through the program together next year with our own private Facebook Group.

But then I got to thinking – why wait until next year? Why don’t I offer it to my listeners and readers and then go through the program with them now?

Small Steps Today Surpass Grand Leaps Tomorrow – 011

Overcome Your Fears and Misplaced Guilt Along the Way

In this episode, we explore small steps that you can take to begin your career transition.

confucius small steps quote

While I generally prefer to bring you interviews with experts or physicians who have completed a career change, today is a solo episode.

The Thanksgiving holiday presented some challenges to the podcasting process.

Break Through the Mindset That’s Blocking You – Interview with Dr. Michelle Mudge-Riley – 010

In this episode, my guest helps you to break through the mindset that’s keeping you from pursuing a new career. But before we get into the interview, let me mention a couple of other important topics.

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PNC Podcast Milestone

First, this post represents a minor podcast milestone – Episode Number 10. As I reflect on these first 10 episodes, I want to thank you for joining me. You’re the reason I’ve created this podcast. I’m still learning, and I hope that I’m meeting your needs.

One thing I try to do is bring resources that you’ll find helpful on your journey to a new career. One of the resources I might not have formally mentioned before is the Facebook Group dedicated to physicians like you. It’s called Physician Nonclinical Career Hunters. It’s moderated by Laura McKain, a physician very well acquainted with the transition to a nonclinical career. I strongly encourage you to join the conversation there if you want to learn more about career options.

I bring it up here, in part, because I sometimes ask the members of the group for advice about this podcast. I’ve recently received feedback that the majority of potential listeners prefer episodes that are 20 to 30 minutes in length. A few of my prior episodes were close to, or exceeded, an hour.

So, I’m going to make a concerted effort to keep my episodes shorter. That’s one reason I broke up the discussion of LinkedIn into two parts.

Since my goal is to meet your needs, I’m sincere when I say that I welcome feedback, so please let me know how I can better serve you.

Other Podcasts by Physicians

Before I get to today’s interview, I want to provide one more bit of potentially useful information. Since you’re listening, you probably like podcasts about physicians trying new things, including new careers. So, I’m going to tell you about other podcasts by physicians for physicians today and in coming weeks. I think you’ll be inspired and entertained by them.

This week’s selection for a formal review is Docs Outside the Box, by Nii Darko.

I’ve been listening to Nii since early 2017. When I found his podcast, he had already posted a dozen or so episodes, so I “binged” and caught up. Now I listen to each to new episode as its released.

Follow These Steps to Create an Awesome LinkedIn Profile – 009

A Starting Point for Your Career Transition

In this episode, I’ll be walking you through the steps to create an awesome LinkedIn profile, as was promised in Episode #8.

But first, I’m going provide a quick book review.

Book Review

I recently picked up a copy of Do You Feel Like You Wasted All That Training?: Questions from Doctors Considering a Career Change.

Written by Michael J. McLaughlin, and published in 2007, it provides answers to dozens of questions regarding the author’s transition from clinician to full-time career in medical communications.

At first, I was put off by the Q and A approach, but McLaughlin did an excellent job making his story engaging and full of great advice. He approached his transition very methodically. And he outlines a 5-step process that many of us should emulate.

Latest Update on the Podcast and Blog

Physician NonClinical Careers and Vital Physician Executive

Hello readers and listeners. I’m presenting this latest update on what’s going on here at Physician NonClinical Careers Podcast and the Vital Physician Executive Blog.

As you’ve probably noticed, I launched the podcast a few weeks ago. The episodes are being posted right here on the blog every week. They’re also accessible on their own PNC Podcast Page.

Each podcast episode has its own post that describes the material for those that prefer to read their content. And the post includes links to important information mentioned in each episode and to iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

latest update work in progress

With all of the work that went into producing the first eight episodes, I had no choice but to take a hiatus from publishing blog material on leadership topics. However, my intention moving forward is to continue to write weekly on such topics.

Top Reasons to Use LinkedIn – 008

A Critical Tool for Job Hunting

In this episode, we explore the top reasons to use LinkedIn.

During the recent SEAK NonClinical Careers for Physicians Conference, I was surprised by the number of times LinkedIn was mentioned as a critical tool when seeking a nonclinical job. In one presentation that I attended, the speaker noted that LinkedIn was the primary method for finding jobs as a medical writer.

In this week’s podcast, I address two of three major issues related to LinkedIn. The third issue will be addressed in the follow-up episode next week.

The three major aspects I’ll describe are:

  • Exactly what LinkedIn is and does;
  • Why it is so important that you create a LinkedIn account; and,
  • How to set up your account and use it.

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a social network designed for the business community. The site allows members to establish networks of people they know and trust professionally.

Burnout and Career Transition – Interview with Dr. Kernan Manion – 007

Understanding Burnout Is the First Step in Overcoming It

I’m very excited about presenting this interview with Dr. Kernan Manion in which he provides his insights on the interplay between physician burnout and career transition.

Dr. Kernan Manion is a psychiatrist, coach and consultant. He provides his coaching and consulting services through his company Work/Life Design. His primary coaching clients are physicians addressing career transition and/or burnout. He also provides consulting programs for hospitals and health systems.

Early in his career he worked with PTSD, stroke and head injury patients. In the interview, he describes his journey from practicing psychiatrist, through his own burnout, to coach and consultant.

physician burnout smoldering ashes

I learned about his work as I was preparing to launch this podcast. I had written about the factors that seemed to be triggering the explosion in physician career transition. And I devoted my second podcast episode to outlining the steps in such a career pivot.

Then I ran across an announcement on LinkedIn for Dr. Manion’s webinar addressing the Four Key Dynamics of Physician Career Transition and it really intrigued me. So, I reached out to him, had a few conversations and he agreed to an interview.