Interview with Dr. Heather Fork

In this week's PNC Podcast episode, Dr. Heather Fork describes why your resume is so important and how to optimize it.

Heather completed her medical degree at the University of Texas and her residency in dermatology at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Program. And she is a Master Certified Coach through the Coaches Training Institute.

But after running her practice for 9 years, she found that it just wasn't a good fit. 

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Heather's Journey

Heather took some time off to regroup once she decided to leave clinical practice. After considering several vocations, she sought training as a life and career coach long before it was a popular thing to do. Her clients were mostly physicians. She founded The Doctor's Crossing in 2010. And she has been helping physicians find careers that bring them more joy and fulfillment ever since. Along the way, she became an expert at converting your CV into a resume.

Pay attention to what you're doing that nobody's paying you for, because that could be a clue to a career direction.

One-on-one coaching was very fulfilling, but it only allowed her to reach a small number of physicians. So she created The Carpe Diem Resume Kit to reach a larger audience with her CV to resume conversion advice. With that now completed, her next step is to create a LinkedIn Kit.

The Black Holes of Your Resume

During this episode, we discuss a number of issues that can reduce the effectiveness of your resume. And that will prevent you from getting that all-important interview.

  1. The recruiter doesn't see your resume. It didn't pass the applicant tracking system (ATS).

  2. The recruiter sees it. But she doesn't see what she's looking for. She clicks to the next one.

  3. Your resume looks good. But the other applicant did a better job of translating their skills in a compelling way.

In addition to crafting a well-written resume, it's beneficial to find someone inside the company to send it to. It could be the recruiter themself, or a physician already working there. Then the physician can put in a good word, and make it more likely for your resume to be read and acted on.

Finally, if you're early in your career, you may need other experiences to fill in gaps in your skills. Some ways to do that could be serving on a committee, taking a course through a professional society, or doing some nonclinical work on the side such as chart review. This will demonstrate your commitment and bolster skills that can be applied in that new job.


In this episode, Heather Fork describes how to make your resume stand out. And that may be the most important step on your journey to land your first nonclinical job. Get your FREE CV to Resume Checklist from Heather Fork at

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