“Career Change for Physicians: Are You A Candidate?”

from The Physician Executive, p. 88, Nov-Dec 2007

How do physicians change careers? One helpful tool is a Career Change Ability Scale, which identifies the best career practices—hallmark career behaviors and career attitudes—of physicians who have made career transitions to non-clinical occupations.

We call these individuals “career change champions” and their ‘best practices’ provide important information and data on how to change, and helped us create our Career Change Ability Scale. read more…

Thinking about leaving medicine?

Cynthia Starr From Medical Economics (Vol 20, No.5, May 2001, pg.42-51)

Heard about the obstetrician-gynecologist who left practice to become a stockbroker? Would you believe a ballroom dancer? A screenwriter? A seminarian? To hear our readers tell these tales, you'd think they were speaking of medieval knights who chased and won the Holy Grail. Rather, they're enviously recalling colleagues who traded their office duties… read more…

A Rational Approach to Career Change

Celia Paul   From PHYSICIAN EXECUTIVE (Vol.. 21, Issue 10, Oct. 1995, 42-3)

Medicine may have been a rewarding career for you, but you have begun to feel that it is time to move on. But what, you think, will replace your medical career? To properly focus on which nonclinical career might work for you., several steps are… read more…

Career Health: What Is It? Who Has It?


What are the career differences between the following two physicians? The Thoracic Surgeon, highly conflicted about walking away from his medical career, a source of self-esteem and gratification. The Pediatrician-turned-MBA, who moved from being an individual practitioner, healer, and caretaker, to having well-defined business relationships, board-room experiences… read more…

Changing Careers: Is The Grass Truly Greener On The Other Side?

Dr. Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul
From REVIEWS OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (P.44, November 1998)

In a survey of 1,300 physicians done fairly recently, 63 percent said they wouldn't recommend medicine as a career to their children, explaining that society does not value the immense amount of hard work and intelligence it takes. Because of this feeling of… read more…

Is There Life After Surgery?

Stephen Rosen, Ph.D.

It's no longer a surprise that many surgeons are reconsidering their career options. About 63 percent of 1,302 physicians would not recommend clinical medicine as a career to their children… read more…

Recruiter Versus Career Counselors: When To Do What

Dr. Stephen Rosen & Celia Paul
From “CAREER RENEWAL” (1998)

A thermos may have the most resilient and savvy “career” of any inanimate object since it keeps hot stuff hot, cold stuff cold -- and, what's more, knows when to do what. Are you resilient and savvy enough to know when to do what with your career? When do you use search firms or recruiters? When do you use career consultants? And when do you use neither?… read more…

Thinking About Leaving Practice? Read This First

Mark Crane
From Medical Economics

The values you cherish most could be hard to fulfill in other lines of work. Here's how some doctors plan to make medicine fun again. It's no secret that many physicians - perhaps even a majority - become disenchanted with medicine sometime during their careers. The threat of malpractice, growing third-party interference, and escalating paperwork even cause some to look around - to consider switching into something else… read more…

How Healthy Is Your Career?

Stephen Rosen, Ph.D.
From PHYSICS WORLD (May 1998)

In the 5th century B.C., Hippocrates said that it is very important to know what diseases the person has, than what person has the disease. Similarly today it is less important to know what career a person has than what person has the careerread more…

“Proven Survival Strategies For Independent Start-Ups”

Stephen Rosen
From ENTREPRENEUR (April 1987, p. 109)

There are three types of start-up entrepreneurs: those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened. A recent study of 68 surviving new business established by… read more

Making Healthy Career Transitions and Choices

By Stephen Rosen

Do you have a healthy career? If you are confronted with a transition you did not initiate, will you thrive? Most professionals will change direction several times during their career, or even transiform their careers completely. read more…


Occupational Mobility and Personal Fulfillment Are National Resources

Layoffs, quitting, getting fired, and changing career directions may not only turn out to be good for you by presenting opportunities to exercise different ‘muscles’, but they are also good for our economy. Saying “goodbye” to a job or career can reap unexpected benefits, become blessings in disguise, provide a new lease on life, and create genuinely productive outcomes… read more…

Videotape Offers Shock Therapy for Interview-Challenged Applicants

ABAJournal, May 2004 page 55, CAREER AUDIT

Sit up straight. Stop drumming your fingers. If only you could see what you look like.

Job applicants will ignore Mother’s advice at their peril; law firm interviewers are likely to notice. And they are likely to be turned off by habits that signal inattention or a lack of professionalism.

That’s why career counselors are more often videotaping mock job interviews to let lawyers and law students see themselves as others see them—or, more accurately, as potential employers see them…

We do video feedback of practice job interviews with virtually every lawyer who comes to us for career counseling,” says Stephen Rosen. A New York City career counselor, he heads Celia Paul Associates, an outplacement consulting business.

When the videotape is replayed immediately after the mock interview, clients are typically surprised to see how they present themselves… read more…