Interview with Dr. Nisha Mehta

On this week’s episode of the PNC podcast, Dr. Nisha Mehta explains why engaging in an interesting side gig may be the best way to ensure a long and fulfilling medical career.

Dr. Mehta is a writer, speaker and physician advocate who focuses on issues related to life in medicine and the changing healthcare landscape. Her missions include:

  • addressing the physician burnout epidemic through physician empowerment and cultural change in medicine, and
  • increasing business and financial literacy of physicians in order to promote career longevity and satisfaction. 
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Pursuing Your Passion

Dr. Mehta is a radiologist with subspecialty training in musculoskeletal and breast imaging. She received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University, and her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Then she completed her radiology residency at NYU followed by fellowship training at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Nisha is also the founder of the Facebook group Physician Side Gigs, with over 50,000 verified physician members. This group is an online community that aims to bring physicians together to discuss and promote business and financial skills. It also encourages physicians to think outside the box to create the life in medicine that they want.

In this episode, Nisha explains how she, unintentionally at first, expanded her career to include nonclinical work. Though she knew early in life that she wanted to be a physician, she always had a passion for writing. It was through that hobby that she stumbled onto an audience interested in the little-talked-about topics she was tackling.

A Changing Culture

Nisha found that the culture of clinical medicine discouraged the discussion of factors that affect professionals’ careers. But her audience proved that people like her wanted to approach subjects like:

  • professional women's issues,
  • the changing culture of medicine,
  • the need for more flexibility in the workplace, and
  • other stressors like student loans.

Interesting Side Gigs Prevent Burnout

Through Physician Side Gigs, she created a resource where she and other medical professionals could ask and answer questions surrounding those topics. And it enabled physicians to discuss their passion projects and alternative revenue streams.


Whether physicians join the group looking for sources of additional income or tips for pursuing a deprioritized passion, Nisha encourages them to find their own interesting side gig. Such side businesses and hobbies reduce burnout by bringing joy and novelty to their lives. This leads to longer and more fulfilling clinical careers.

There are other aspects of who we were before we went into medical school that I don't think should be lost just because we have a very demanding career.

Dr. Nisha Mehta

Nisha offers advice for making the most of the Physician Side Gigs Facebook Group, including:

  • Search the group for topics of interest, and get a feel of previous discussions and advice.
  • Do research before posting and keep your questions as specific as possible.
  • Use as an additional resource for your questions.

Listen to this complete episode using the player above to hear Nisha's expert advice for making the most of your medical career by exploring your own interesting side gigs. 

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