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Explore new fields by attending specialty conferences 

One of the best ways to start exploring new fields, in or outside of healthcare, is to attend specialty conferences.  These are not the clinically-oriented conferences sponsored by your specific specialty society, but meetings and seminars in health policy, clinical process improvement, healthcare informatics, healthcare media and journalism, medical management, healthcare change management, ethics, healthcare marketing, technology and education, mind-body medicine . . . just to name a few.    Once there, your mission is to become versed in the field, learn what challenges the field is tackling, create awareness about yourself as someone interested in “breaking in”, network with others to understand what they enjoy about the field and how they entered, and to get an overall sense of “fit” with your passion, values and purpose.  

Francine R. Gaillour, MD, Business Consultant and Executive Coach for Healthcare Leaders francine@physicianleadership.com, (206) 686-4205


Expand Your Universe by Using News Services 

Let’s suppose you have been contemplating entering the biotechnology industry, or perhaps you’ve been reviewing legal cases on the side and wonder what other avenues exist along that line.  One of the most important steps to take in exploring career possibilities is to understand “what’s happening” in the industry space you are leaning toward. In addition to networking with people who are already doing what you’d like to do (not just physicians), and getting on the Internet to learn more about the companies in that industry, start using email News Services to deepen your understanding.  Free news services abound, and they can be customized to email you a personalized summary of press releases, articles, audiocasts etc.  It’s like having someone clip all the articles and press releases you would like to read from hundreds of newspapers and trade journals. 

Three of my favorites are www.fastcompany.com, www.wsjonline.com  and www.healthleaders.com.  Just go to each website and create your personal profile to receive news about businesses, leaders or ideas in the sectors your interested in.    For example, my Health Leaders profile is customized to send me news on twelve topics, ranging from Biotech, to Pharmaceuticals, to Healthcare Information Technology, to Managed Care.  The news I receive each day via email will contain current press releases, newspaper articles and an occasional trade journal article. For each news service, I take about ten minutes to read the articles that catch my eye.  With five news services feeding me information daily on the healthcare industry, it’s a very efficient way to keep abreast of “what’s happening.”  Note: these news services carry information about the healthcare business and industry, not the results of the latest double-blinded controlled clinical trial.  There are other sources for that type of information.

Francine R. Gaillour, MD, Business Consultant and Executive Coach for Healthcare Leaders francine@physicianleadership.com, (206) 686-4205

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