All Posts by Ore Ogunyemi, M.D.
The largest certifying board for physicians, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), is responsible for certifying over 200,000 physicians. The vast majority— 85% of practicing physicians elect to become board certified. Not obtaining board certification— or maintaining it— is a tremendous faux-pas. The majority of patients and hospitals consider uncertified physicians near incompetent, despite an average of a decade of training and the multiple standardized tests necessary to obtain the MD designation.Read more
For many of us, medical training helped suppress our EI; burying emotions was a self-protective mechanism to get through the long days and nights and the emotionally stressful highs and lows of caring for the ill and dying while building a wealth of medical knowledge and developing procedural skills. As a collective, physicians are starting to realize that this attitude has led to an increase in burnout, fatigue, and even physician suicide.Read more
You’re flipping through the classifieds section at the back of your specialty’s national journal, and you catch sight of a sign-on bonus package that makes your jaw drop to the floor. Before you start dreaming about around the world vacations, a summer home, or simply paying off your student loan debt, you’ll need to take a little time to research if that bonus is really too good to be true.Read more
Finding a new job can feel overwhelming— you have to consider the impact on your career, uprooting your family, novel work-place politics, and the list goes on. Figuring out how to organize your search can seem like a shot in the dark, especially if you are at a transition point in your career, want to cast a wide net, or are unsure of the job market.
The job search is where physician recruiters shine; they have years or decades of experience managing these painful— but rewarding— transitions, and can provide you with valuable insight. After you’ve done your research and chosen a reputable recruiter, he or she will go to bat to help you land the job you want…Read more
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) refers to any therapy that is not a part of standard Western medicine. Despite increasing interest from patients – up to a third of Americans use some form of CAM – western medicine has historically vilified these practices as not evidenced based and without much merit. Despite this, many CAM practices are beneficial to patients and can safely be integrated into your medical practice.
Read on to see why your practice should start incorporating CAM…Read more
View your first job as a potential life partner and plan accordingly- you want a sense of contentment when you wake up knowing you will spend more time at this position than with your significant other. Viewing your job in this way, it is easy to understand why you must be clear about your likes, and dislikes as well.Read more
You have the knowledge and training to provide the best care to your patients, but do you know how to maintain and grow your medical practice? While medicine is a calling, healthcare is very much a business.
Here are a several essential strategies you’ll need to grow your medical practice and keep it off life support.Read more
As a second-year resident with only a few weeks of urology experience, I was used to introducing myself whenever entering the ER, hoping to summon a façade of expertise and bravado that was not entirely familiar to me. However, on this occasion, as soon as I passed through the double doors of the ER, I was summoned urgently to the first trauma bays by a frantic looking ER attending. I walked by a very uncomfortable looking police officer standing just outside before entering the trauma bay to find the entire trauma team assembled next to the patient.Read more
To be clear, multiple streams of income does not necessarily mean multiple jobs. Your investment portfolio and real estate holdings may already serve as a great side gig. Rather, find opportunities that are enjoyable and do not usurp too much of your time, educational or financial resources. While stepping outside of clinical medicine may initially seem daunting, these side gigs not only boost income, but also offer leadership skills, increased work-life balance, a creative outlet and may even augment your ability to care for your patients.Read more
Whether or not physician work-life balance is possible, it is highly coveted. Younger generations of doctors (those 35 years old and younger) and an increasingly female workforce have spearheaded this movement towards balance. Women make up about half of all medical students and residents and many – along with an increasing number of their male colleagues – value raising a family and pursuing other life interests. While older generations accepted that the calling to become a physician would limit other areas of life, and the medical profession overall has a poor record of self-care, times are changing, and this newer generation is looking for a change.Read more