Transform Your Career

If you’re unfulfilled, burned out, or simply unchallenged by your current clinical career, and you long to enter a new phase of your profession that’s exciting and satisfying, then Physician NonClinical Careers Podcast is the place to start. Each week I present another interview, or personally address a topic, that will give you the tools needed to pursue that new career.

If you want to embark on a career as a physician leader, the VITAL Physician Executive blog will provide inspiration and practical advice. Here is where you’ll acquire the skills, and identify the resources you need to become a successful physician executive..

Here’s My Promise

You’ll be inspired by my guests, as we talk about overcoming fears, addressing burnout and embarking on a new career. You’ll learn the specific steps from experts about pursuing careers in:Hospital-based Careers

  • Pharma Careers including MSL, Medical Monitor, and Medical Director
  • Medical Writing and Communications
  • Expert Witness
  • Insurance Medicine: Life, Disability and Health / Utilization Management
  • Telemedicine
  • Locum Tenens
  • Online Businesses

My Story

John V. Jurica, MD, MPH, CPE

You can learn more about me by listening to this interview of me, by David Draghinas at Doctors Unbound:

I’m a successful board certified Family Physician. I had a very busy practice and was respected and admired in my community.

But something was missing. I was drawn to committees and projects that addressed population health issues, and quality and patient safety at my hospital. I was driven to lead such activities. Six years into my practice, while working full-time, I felt compelled to complete a master’s degree in public health.

With the help of a mentor, I came to realize that I could have a MUCH bigger impact on the care of patients by taking a leadership role at my hospital. I became involved with the Accreditation Council for CME, and helped to promote high-quality education for practicing physicians. Shortly thereafter, I began taking business courses through the American Association for Physician Leadership.

about vital physician executiveI volunteered with nonprofit organizations, and served on the boards of my hospital, the county health department and a local hospice. And I experienced the satisfaction of positively impacting the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of patients.

My greatest impact occurred after I became Vice President for Medical Affairs and then Chief Medical Officer at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois. This is a highly rated, 300-bed, full service community hospital.

And, along the way, I completed the requirements as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE), through the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.

You can learn more about me by listening to this interview of me, by David Draghinas at Doctors Unbound:

My Mission

I now use this blog and podcast to inspire, inform and support physicians who wish to pivot to a nonclinical career. I focus my efforts on those careers that build on, and often require, medical and residency training, board certification and 3 to 5 years of clinical experience.

I especially enjoy working with physicians pursuing a career in hospital or medical group management.

My vision is to eliminate burnout in physicians and to inspire them to take a leadership role in whatever nonclinical career they choose.

Personal Stuff


My wife, Kay, is my biggest supporter. We've been married since May 2000. She is an entrepreneur and owner/operator of an in-home care company called Home Helpers of Bourbonnais. She and I have five grown children. We live outside of Chicago.

My other interests include competing in track and field events (the 50-, 100-, and 200 meter dash) through the National Senior Games and USATF Masters events, playing bluegrass guitar, and studying foreign languages (I’m working on Spanish now).

Here are some comments from those I have already helped:

“I just listened to podcast with John Jurica and I found it so liberating and refreshing. I feel like for the first time I now have much better insight into what I am feeling as newly minted early career physician in clinical practice.” – Anonymous

“I am an avid listener of your podcast. I have truly enjoyed hearing all of the interviews you’ve had with physicians who have non-clinical careers. I hope to be one of them one day, even in a part-time role.” – N.A.

“I’ve been listening to your podcasts with great interest, always gaining more knowledge and wisdom from each episode. Thank you for sharing your insights and for interviewing incredible and inspiring people who shed light on this much needed topic.” – C.V.

“It has been a pleasure listening to your podcast for the past two months. As a third year-medical student already considering non-clinical work, I was worried that I was turning my back on what I came to school for. You helped me recognize the magnitude of ways an MD can serve and impact lives – just without a white coat on.” – S.L.

Anonymous, keep looking up

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