Dr. Tom Davis is a board-certified family physician who transformed himself into an author, consultant and online authority. Today's interview is one of the most compelling I've done since starting the podcast.

Tom describes his transformation, and shares the lessons he's learned in the process.

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OK, let’s get to today’s interview.

Enter Dr. Tom Davis, the Online Authority

Dr. Tom Davis is a freelancer based in St. Louis, Missouri. A board-certified family physician, he joined a three-doctor single-specialty group right out of residency. He practiced in the same small town in rural Missouri for twenty years.

Using one of the first total-risk Medicare Advantage plans in the country, he grew his practice over 16 years into a regional health system. Then he merged with a competitor in 2012 for $130,000,000.

He discovered that he and corporate medicine were not a good fit. So, he quit to become a freelancer and author. He now advises physicians and groups on how to succeed under Medicare Advantage. In the process, he has developed his online authority.

He also serves as an expert witness on medical malpractice and healthcare fraud. He mentors young clinicians on their contract negotiations and transition into employment. And he has written two books. The most recent, Telemedicine Confidential – Keeping Your Family Safe, will be released on September 1st, 2018.

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I strongly recommend you listen to the entire interview. The insights were awesome and kept on coming. We talked about developing a new career, writing and publishing a book, creating an online presence, and much more.

Using Telemedicine as a Bridge Job

Near the end of our conversation, he provided valuable advice about where telemedicine is going. And he described how you can use it as a bridge between your clinical and nonclinical careers.

I was blown away by all the gems that Tom laid on us.

Here are some of the topics we discussed during the podcast:

  1. How he created his website and his online authority..
  2. His philosophy about providing free value, in the form of his newsletter, daily blog an other resources, for his customers.
  3. How to use consultants and freelancers, such as those on Upwork.
  4. The concept of 100 True Fans as written about by Kevin Kelly.
  5. The upcoming release of his new book Telemedicine Confidential: Keeping Your Family Safe.
  6. How he used a writing coach and whether you should, too.
  7. How to address a writer's most common challenge, and the fallacy of writer's block.
  8. Captain Jack Sparrow and Yoda provide sage advice.
  9. Tom's next three books are in the pipeline.
  10. How Tom plan's to use a literary agent and traditional publisher for his fifth book, Medicare Advantage Confidential.
  11. His thoughts about using telemedicine as a bridge from your clinical to nonclinical career.

Tom covered so many topics. His inspiration and actionable advice were amazing. You really must listen to the entire episode; perhaps more than once!

I’m also offering  a transcript of the episode. To get that,  Click here to download a TRANSCRIPT.

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Coming Up

Next week I’ll be presenting a conversation with an orthopedic surgeon who has created a balance between her clinical activities and two side-gigs. I know you’ll find her story very interesting.

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