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Doctors leaving medicine have wasted taxpayers’ money!

One of the most ridiculous comments I hear about doctors leaving clinical practice is “Doctors who leave medicine have wasted taxpayers’ money”. This statement is invariably followed by a guesstimate “Doesn’t it take more than £500k* to train one doctor?”. Whenever someone spends 5-6 years at medical school, plus however many years as a junior doctor, but […]

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Transferable skills: From the Clinical to the Creative

Blog by Dr. Patrice Baptiste During the foundation programme I decided that a gap year was the next step for me; I wanted to take some time out to decide if I still wanted to work as a doctor and if so how I could further my career. I’d always wanted to be a doctor […]

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Why Every Doctor Must Use Linkedin

While more and more professionals leverage the power of Linkedin, most medical doctors remain sceptical – at least in the UK. There are plenty of reasons for this, which I will explore in the near future. In this article, I’d like to share just a few reasons why every doctor should actively use Linkedin.   […]

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How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference (Part 3 of 3) – Networking

Networking For Doctors In this blog you will learn some great ways to make the best out of conference networking, as well as what you should do after attending the event. Although it is the third part of the article entitled “How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference”, networking (and following up) is […]

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How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference (Part 2 of 3) – Presentation

How to Present From Stage and Interact From the Audience Women can feel like they are losing out at medical and leadership conferences, many of which are still dominated by men. In the first part you learnt about how to best prepare for the professional events, even if you are not a speaker. In this […]

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How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference (Part 1 of 3) – Preparation

Preparation Women can feel like they are losing out at medical and leadership conferences, many of which are still dominated by men. Have you ever left a conference with a sense that you could have got more out of it? – “I could’ve asked that question…” – “I could’ve met more people during breaks…” – […]

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Stop Dreaming of Changing Your Life (Start Doing!)

The other day I watched “The King’s Speech”, which is based on the true story of King George VI of England. The movie shares much wisdom with us how to make difficult decisions and create positive changes in the face of uncertainty and adversity. After the death of his father King George V and the […]

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Leaving Medicine? Top 13 Strategies To Fund Doctors’ Career Change

When it comes to considering alternative careers, for many doctors there are two main stumbling blocks. Even if you’ve got the answer to the question “What would I do instead?”, the second (possibly even bigger) obstacle is “Can I afford the transition?”. ‘Doctors and money matters’ is a complex topic, which is not discussed openly, […]

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How Doctors Can Learn Business Basics In 6 Hours

It was a Saturday morning and 30 medics at different stages of their careers, from medical students to retired GPs (and even a dentist!), gathered in central London for the “Introduction to Becoming an Enterprising Doctor” workshop. The event was organised by entrepreneurial physicians who wanted to provide a learning and networking platform for doctors […]

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7 Reasons Why Doctors Can Make Great Entrepreneurs

Originally published on Linkedin in June 2014.   Richard Branson referred to 2014 as “the year of the entrepreneur”, going on to state “From being a dirty word in the past, entrepreneurship is increasingly being celebrated and encouraged – as it should be.” In the past few years, there has been a real explosion of […]

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The Dangers of Alternative Careers Lists for Doctors

Before finally making my career transition, I regularly searched Google for “alternative careers for doctors”. There are multiple sites with lists of alternative options for those with a medical degree. Google search returns nearly nine million articles on this topic! But what if none of the options on these numerous lists seems “right”? Does it […]

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Truth You’d Rather Not Hear About Your Career

When I was leaving Medicine, there were three types of reactions from others: (a) “Are you mad? After all those years of training? What’s wrong with you?” (b) “Mmm… I can see why… I wish I could do the same…” (c) “Amazing! Go for it!” One of the hardest things during my career transition was […]

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7 Reasons Why Some Doctors Will Never Start A Business

As a career advisor, I am regularly approached by doctors who are craving for changes in their personal and professional lives. Some of them are unfulfilled in the NHS and are considering alternative career possibilities. Others say they are OK practising medicine but would like a new challenge to bring a spark of excitement in […]

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Alternative Careers for Doctors: 6 Stumbling Blocks

With the NHS being in the state of flux, there have been fears about a medical “brain drain” (12% Increase In The Numbers Of Doctors Considering Working Abroad and 5000 Doctors Considering Leaving the UK). Yet the NHS continues to survive thanks to the altruism of the frontline staff who put their patients first, often […]

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10 Pointers to Your Passion You’d Be Silly To Ignore

In my ‘previous life’ as a medical doctor, I somehow ‘knew’ it wasn’t my life’s work. And for someone who devoted 11 years of life to ‘helping others’ that’s a pretty scary realisation. Many of my peers looked up to me in awe for getting (first time round) into one of the most competitive training […]

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Alternative Careers for Doctors: 4 Intriguing Examples

Whenever I speak to doctors who are contemplating alternative careers, I recommend that they ask themselves “What would I love to be doing?” instead of wondering “What are my options?” and “Who would want me with my medical degree?”. Despite what you are made to believe in medical school, the truth is that the options […]

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One evening, two inspiring speakers and super-networking for doctors

Have you ever wondered what else you could use your medical degree, other than for patient care at the front line? I have long been fascinated with how some doctors connect their talents, education and skills with passion and leadership, to create truly exciting and diverse careers (while others feel trapped in the daily grind […]

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A Career Development Secret To Stop Doctors Being Struck Off

Earlier this week, a story about Dr Ed Holloway “moonlighting as an international equestrian commentator” sparked a massive debate in the national media (Daily Telegraph 22/10/2014) as well as on Social Media. Watching a video  of Dr Holloway giving a short interview at the Stregom Horse Trials 2012, I observed a young man speaking with […]

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How to stop ticking boxes

How to stop ticking boxes – the secret revealed (part 3 of 3)

So it turned out that bringing out the best in people and helping them realise their potential was my calling all along. I had always wanted to make a difference in the world by “helping people”. My career in Medicine facilitated that to some extent, but something did not sit right with me, despite trying out multiple specialties or working within different teams.

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All boxes ticked

All boxes ticked. In search of a meaningful life (part 2 of 3)

So there I am looking through the glass of the door to the Registrar’s Room. I am about to enter to collect my bag before going home.  I hesitate. I stop. I observe curiously. It is eight o’clock on a Friday evening. Behind that door is my senior colleague, still in her theatre scrubs, sitting crossed-legged on the chair facing away from the door and staring at…

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Ticking the boxes

Being a tick in the box (part 1 of 3)

Do you remember the day when you found out you passed your finals? You are looking at the list of all those in your class who made it. You see your name…

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