Do You Prefer Mentoring or Online Courses?

In this episode of the PNC podcast, I try to answer this question: Is the Clinicians Career Cooperative or the Nonclinical Career Academy best for me?

I know this may sound like a 30-minute promotional spot, but I don't look at it that way. I've been creating new resources for “seeking physicians” since I started my podcast three years ago, and, honestly, it gets a little confusing at times. Partly it is because I had these opportunities and went ahead and did them, rather than wait until the perfect moment.

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Is the Clinicians Career Cooperative or the Nonclinical Career Academy Best for Me?

Let’s get into a comparison of the Clinicians Career Cooperative and the Nonclinical Career Academy and answer the question: Which is best for me? When you're starting a new project, you're better off focusing intently on one at a time, and that's definitely what I recommend. But there was a need and I wanted to fill it. So, I didn't really see the point in postponing the Cooperative even though it was right on the heels of the Academy. 

First, Principles That I Believe

Before getting into the comparison, I want to explain what drives me to create these and other resources for you.

Physicians Are All Members of a Profession, Guild, or Family

I consider it more of a family. You could call it a guild. You can call it whatever you want, but we all have a shared experience. Unfortunately, some of the more recent experiences we've shared often include burnout, being taken advantage of, and being taken for granted. Since I feel we are family, I don't like seeing you suffer. I don't like seeing you wandering around trying to figure out what to do.

The other reason why I want to facilitate this process for you is that the jobs that most of you have often mean spending 50, 60, 70, or 80 hours a week working. And you don't have a lot of time to spend learning about nonclinical jobs.

We All Deserve a Career and a Life That Brings Us Joy and Fulfillment

You've spent years working hard to become a physician, delaying gratification, and sometimes taking on an enormous amount of debt. Some of you have put off buying a house or starting a family. And after entering your new career, you shouldn't be suffering.

Physicians Are Natural Leaders

I don't think you're a born leader. But I believe you're a natural leader. You're a leader because of your training. A lot of what we learned while in medical school and then in residency is how to lead, how to manage, and how to make important decisions. Hence, people look to us for leadership in almost any environment we find ourselves.

Given these beliefs, I created the Academy and partnered with Dr. Tom Davis to develop the Cooperative.

Is the CCC or the NCA Best for Me?

There a few similarities between these two resources. They both address career transition. They are both structured as a membership site. And they both allow for 24/7 access. But that is pretty much where the similarities end. Below is a table that lists the differences between the two programs.

cooperative versus academy best for me



When you're starting a new project, you're better off focusing intently on one at a time. That's definitely what I recommend. But I didn't really see the point in postponing the Cooperative since it was so sorely needed.

With today's comparison, I think you will better understand the features fo both of these programs. And you will be able to answer the question “which is best for me?”

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The Clinicians Career Cooperative Is Live

This is the ONLINE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS for nonclinical, and unconventional clinical, jobs and side gigs. We have started with some of the most influential names in clinical career transition to mentor members in the Cooperative, including:

  • Maiysha Clairborne
  • Michelle Mudge-Riley
  • Tom Davis
  • Marjorie Stiegler
  • Phil Boucher
  • Mike Woo-Ming
  • Jarret Patton
  • Jill Wener
  • Christopher Loo
  • Lisa Jenks
  • Mandy Armitage
  • Brent Lacey

There is an automatic 7-day Free Trial. So, this is a no-risk opportunity to connect with experts and begin your career transition today.

To check it out, head to the Clinicians Career Cooperative.

Follow 4 Easy Steps:

After clicking the link and heading to the Cooperative and watching the Welcome Video…

  1. click the Teal Colored JOIN NOW button, then,
  2. select the annual or monthly membership by clicking the Sign-Up Link, then
  3. add your registration information, and
  4. click REGISTER HERE to join the Cooperative.

It's that simple.

Imagine what it will be like 6 to 12 months from now to start a fulfilling career, and leave behind the headaches, long hours, and constant threat of a lawsuit. Joining the Cooperative is the first step on that journey!

So head over to the Clinicians Career Cooperative.

The Nonclinical Career Academy Membership Program recently added a new MasterClass!

I've created 16 courses and placed them all in an exclusive, low-cost membership program. The program provides an introduction to dozens of nontraditional careers, with in-depth lessons on several of them. It even includes my full MSL Course. There is a money-back guarantee, so there is no risk to signing up. And I'll add more courses each and every month, addressing:

  • Mike Woo-Ming's 4-Part Masterclass about freelance consulting.
  • Writing Masterclass with Charlotte Weeks.
  • Locum Tenens Masterclass  with Dr. Andrew Wilner
  • Nontraditional Careers: Cash-only Practice, Telemedicine
  • Hospital and Health System Jobs
  • Pharma Careers
  • Home-based jobs
  • Preparing for an interview, and using LinkedIn
  • And more…

And to make it even easier, listeners to this podcast can get a one-month Trial for only $1.00, using the Coupon Code TRIAL at

Thanks to our sponsor…

Thanks to the UT Physician Executive MBA program for sponsoring the show. It’s an outstanding, highly rated, MBA program designed for working physicians. It is just what you need to prepare for that fulfilling, well-paying career. You can find out more at

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