Dr. Sue Zimmermann is an orthopedist with 24 years of clinical experience. She engaged a career coach to help her plan her pre-retirement pivot away from her full-time clinical position. Sue shows us how to balance clinical and nonclinical pursuits using good planning, coaching and networking.
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Dr. Sue Zimmermann Achieves Balance in Her Work
Sue Zimmermann graduated from Medical School at Brown University, then pursued her orthopedic training at New England Medical Center. Then, she practiced orthopedic surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Health system in Nashua, New Hampshire for 24 years.
She began to think about retiring, but with the idea of slowing down and entering a nonclincal career. So, she searched for a career coach, ultimately working with physician career coach, Dr. Heather Fork. Listeners will recall that I interviewed Heather in Episode 18 of this podcast.
In the interview, Sue describes how she was preparing for her transition, when she suddenly lost her position at the hospital where she worked. Fortunately, her planning paid off. She was ready to make the shift. And she networked with colleagues, identifying several opportunities that fit her gaols.
As a result, she is now working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, teaching and writing. Her quality of life is excellent. And her income is meeting her needs for this stage in her life. She has achieved real balance in her professional life.
Resources for Today's Episode
During the interview, we discuss the following resources:
- Drop Out Club for job postings
- PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam)
- PANRE (Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam)
- Association of Women Surgeons
- List of ARC-PA Accredited Physician Assistant Schools
- NetCE, a medical education company that needs physician authors on a per manuscript basis
- Sarah Campbell at NetCE can be contacted using this email address email@example.com
Next week, I present my conversation with a very successful orthopedic sports medicine specialist, Dr. David Geier. He has created a fantastic online platform that helps educate patients, and promote his books, media exposure, and speaking engagements. I know you'll thoroughly enjoy next week’s episode.
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