Non-Clinical Career Interview

Posted on by PRN | 1 Comment recently interviewed career coach, physician entrepreneur, and PRN Expert Panel member Dr. Michelle Mudge-Riley, an expert on non-clinical careers for physicians and physician career change. The interview covered Dr. Mudge-Riley’s reasons for considering a non-clinical career, her transition, and her reflections on her decision. Here is a brief excerpt from the interview:

“In medical school and residency training, I saw a lot of unhappy and angry physicians. I realized I was starting to feel angry and unhappy with the culture of medicine. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life feeling that way or subjecting all those around me to that. I was becoming a not-very-nice person.

I was also really confused. On top of everything else, I also really wanted to understand the “big picture” of healthcare and medicine, and I didn’t know exactly how to figure that out. I had no idea what else was out there, but I really wanted to find out. (I figured it was worth trying, at least.)

It was scary, that’s for sure. Most of my medical friends thought I was crazy and my family did too. But I was the only one who had to live my life and I couldn’t live for other people. The unhappiness motivated me — I just couldn’t live that way. I refused to be that way.”

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  1. SAGADOSHES says:

    I finished my residency 12 yrs ago in internal medicine. I had step 3 to take still. Then I was hit with a dirty divorce, my ex used our dtr as a weapon threatening that I “would never see her again”. After the courts treated my ex like a princess and gave her anything and treated me like some kind of criminal for trying to preserve my relationship with my daughter, I spent as much time with my daughter as possible. At the same time there were numerous health problems I had to deal with. But my priority became my daughter, I knew instinctively that I had to spend as much quality time as possible to make up for the times we were not together…..For income, while I planned to study for the boards and eventually get back on track with my medical career, I took a job as an instructor at a career school, it was humiliating to basically be an instructor of students with the level of anyone off the streets, the pay was not so great, but I figured I would at least refresh my anatomy, physiol. , etc. I loved to teach though, and the job was very flexible, so I could maximize my time with my daughter (now about 5 years old). My ex continued to thwart my efforts to see my daughter with every dirty trick she could. ( I now suspect this is a strategy advocated by her lawyer in order to create conflict and would prompt the courts to deny me more time with my daughter, this is how the courts work in my opinion). There is a double standard for the custodial and “non-custodial” parent…
    My ex was treated like a princess, me like a persona non grata. She requested to move out of state and that was granted without any due process by the judge. Now I had to travel 800 miles a month to maintain my relationship with my daughter. Moreover, I found that I was always bringing work home from my instructor job….. Therefore, numerous attempts to pass step 3 failed. The years went by and now 12 years later I did finally pass part three (after I quit the instructor job), and I also stopped seeing my daughter, to devote all my time to step 3.
    I finally passed last year and was told to apply for my license, even though I wanted to work under a doctor for about a year for retraining….the Pennsylvania licensing committee denied my request for a license, which I perfectly understand, but now they are telling me that I need to appeal the denial. This makes no sense, but I have been told that once the process has begun you cannot cancel it. Now all this involves getting a lawyer, and who knows when all this will end appearantly they take months and months.
    I am 59 yrs old. I desperately would like to get on with my career and use my degree. I would like to know if this is possible to work as a doctor without a license indirectly. as you can’t practice medicine without a license.
    Please tell me what possible options there are.
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