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Women physicians thinking of leaving medicine: How can I help?

This blog post is for my women physician readers - or for you to forward to any woman physician you know!


As the host(ess) of the Women Leaving Medicine blog and physician coach owner of The Entrepreneurial MD here, I would love to get your opinion.


I started this Women Leaving Medicine blog over 2 years ago, with an initial post expressing my philosophy and a manifesto. Almost immediately, the blog took on a life of its own as women began finding it and contributing their stories spontaneously. They also began generously supporting one another.


Week after week, I read the posts that appear, and while I am grateful that these women physicians or medical students/aspiring physicians have taken the time to share their stories  -- stories filled with pain, despair, loss of hope, determination and even occasional successes - I am disheartened by their depth of their anguish and size of their struggle.


I so badly want to help women doctors feel better about their lives and professional choices AND find workable solutions.


While I realize each of you has your own unique story, situation and set of needs, I believe there are themes that are emerging: survival; finding joy; embracing your own identity whether you choose to practice medicine or not; balancing the demands of motherhood, spousehood and work; dealing with demanding work environments; coping with deep disappointment as to how life as a physician has turned out for you.


I would love to create an inspiring, affordable, self-paced home study program to provide comfort, inspiration AND solutions, based on my own insights and skills as a physician coach, a working mom (working steadily from home) and as a former practicing family doc who also burned out.


I know you are way too busy for a lot of chit-chat, so this program will not be a big old lecture thing that you'll have to slog through. Instead, I want your input to help me design and offer you exactly what you want.


If you identify with this struggle in any way:

    • Do you want concise nuggets that challenge you to experience and savor your life more deeply?


    • Do you want to learn new skills to help you discover for yourself that next experience that will bring you deeper fulfillment and satisfaction in your professional and personal life?


    • Do you want me to share a ton of resources that point you to non-clinical opportunities?


    • Do you want a bit of everything?

Here is a link to a brief 5-question survey to help you answer these questions (it won't take longer than 3 minutes):  Women in Medicine Survey


Once again, how can I REALLY be of service to you, and help you with your often very difficult choices??


Philippa Kennealy ran a private family practice, and a hospital, before building her coaching business helping MDs launch and run successful practices and businesses. Visit her online to learn more.

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Philippa Kennealy is President and founder of The Entrepreneurial MD. She is a business advisor, coach and teacher to physicians grappling with the challenges of launching, building or growing their own successful practices or businesses.

She is a board-certified Family Physician who left her own private practice in 1996 to embark on an administrative career as first Medical Director and then CEO of UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center. Subsequently, she served as Executive VP in two internet start-up companies, before launching her first coaching and speaking business, Oya Consulting.

Philippa is passionate about professional development for physicians that permits them to reinvigorate their careers and overcome burnout. As reported to her repeatedly, physicians long for more control over their lives. She believes that entrepreneurship is one way to reintroduce physicians to their own creativity and resourcefulness. Her experience of working with physicians has shown her that, with encouragement, a belief in their own abilities, and a pragmatic approach, they are highly capable of making their inventive ideas a reality. They are, after all, a hard-working, dedicated, smart group of people!

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