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  • A Day in the Life of a Private Practitioner: James Stevens, MD

    • Oct 4, 2017

    AAN President James C. Stevens, MD, FAAN, senior neurologist at the Fort Wayne Neurological Center, acknowledges that private practice isn’t for everyone. But he believes it’s a strong career option that newly-trained neurologists don’t always consider when setting their course after residency or fellowship. Indeed, it wasn’t Stevens’ goal either but he was persuaded by the opportunity to practice with a small group after his residency at Indiana University.

  • Strength-based interviewing

    • Jan 15, 2015

    Interviewing, like almost everything humans undertake, is a skill that improves with practice. Unfortunately for busy neurologists, interview “practice” is more likely to happen during the first round of meetings with future employers, and not in a leisurely strategy session with a career counselor. There just isn’t enough time sometimes to prepare as much as you’d like...

  • Sports Neurology—Beyond Concussions

    • Apr 13, 2020

    Looking back, it may seem surprising that sports neurology is such a young discipline. But it’s only recently—perhaps as recently as 2008—that the field of sports neurology has become its own recognized discipline.

  • Working the Room(s)—Job Search Networking Tips for Professional Conferences

    • Apr 8, 2020

    Picture this: You’ve come to the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting, or any other neurology conference, on a mission of sorts. You want to meet up with your colleagues, yes, and of course you want to learn about new developments in neurology. But in the back of your mind, there’s another thought brewing. What if you were to find a great job this week, or at least the lead for one?

  • The Physician Onboarding Experience—Gateway to Your New Job

    • Apr 8, 2020

    Starting a new job can be exciting, challenging, and nerve-wracking all at the same time—and even more so if it’s your first job out of training. Luckily, there’s a process called “onboarding” to help you through the transition into the new position.

  • The Introvert’s Guide to Job Search Success

    • Apr 8, 2020

    If you’re an introvert, chances are job searching makes you uncomfortable. Not that anyone really likes to look for work. Most people would rather skip this process if they could, but for introverts that sentiment seems to count double.

  • The Benefits of Practicing Neurology in a Rural Setting

    • Apr 8, 2020

    When you think of practicing medicine in a rural setting, what comes to mind? For neurologists who have lived and trained in densely populated urban areas for most of their lives, the mental image can be full of misconceptions. But you may be surprised to learn that salaries for rural neurologists frequently exceed those of their colleagues in the city.

  • Take 10 (Minutes, that Is) to Conduct an Effective Job Search—or to Build Your Career

    • Apr 8, 2020

    The trick is in the setup. By organizing a few key tasks for yourself (yes, this process will probably require a rare few hours, rather than minutes), you can create a series of mini projects that can be pursued at a moment’s notice. If you store the projects on your phone or in the cloud, you’ll be able to access them no matter where you are. Following are four steps to help you make use of this great organizing strategy.

  • Making the Move into Private Practice

    • Apr 8, 2020

    According to the American Academy of Neurology, the percentage of US AAN member neurologists in solo practice dropped from 23 percent in 2008 to 13 percent in 2018. Reasons for the decline are not surprising: everything from the complexity of billing to the increased costs of insurance to the rise of hospitals as employers has played a part in the career decisions made by individual doctors.

  • Is It Time to Look for a New Job? Six Ways to Know, and Six Steps to Take

    • Apr 8, 2020

    A lot is written about job search for new graduates, and that’s a good thing. After a dozen or more years of education and intensive training, the last thing most residents and fellows feel prepared for is CV writing or interviewing with an HR panel.

  • The Gender Gap in Neurology

    • Jan 28, 2020

    If you’re a woman practicing medicine in a neurological specialty, chances are good that you’re not earning as much as you could be. More pointedly, you may not be earning as much as male counterparts doing the same work.

  • Take Two Fellowships and Call Me in the Morning--Neurologists Describe Their Decision to Add a Second Fellowship

    • Jan 21, 2020

    Statistics are not plentiful on the number of fellowship double-dippers, but the anecdotal evidence suggests there has been an increase in doctors extending their training through multiple fellowship experiences. The choice itself can’t be easy. While there’s the obvious advantage of adding credentials and skills, it can come at a steep cost, both financially and personally.

  • From Residency to Practice: Getting Started Without a Fellowship

    • Jan 21, 2020

    With the practice of neurology becoming more complex by the minute, there’s a lot of pressure on physicians to follow up their neurology residency with even more specialized instruction in the form of a fellowship. Reasons to advance to this next level of training range from the desire (or need) to become an expert in a specified area of practice, to the fear of not being hired for key positions without one.

  • Leveraging Your Specialty in the Job Search

    • Jan 21, 2020

    This comes back to the question of what you’re willing to give up to reach your goals. Multiple scenarios could be developed to describe any number of strategies that parlay your specialty training into a productive part of your next job. For the sake of simplicity, let’s look at three. Then, you can adjust the strategies if your own situation falls somewhere between these options.

  • Making a Career Transition

    • Jan 21, 2020

    Career transitions for medical professionals can be tricky. You’ve invested tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in your career already, not to mention years of study and apprenticeship.And yet, if you’re not happy, what’s the point in pretending you are? Unhappy workers don’t tend to invest further in their work, which means they risk getting stuck at just the place that makes them the most unhappy.

  • A Day in the Life of Pharmaceutical Medical Affairs: Meet Kathleen Hawker, MD

    • Jan 21, 2020

    What happens when you ask a busy neurologist to keep a journal for two weeks, cataloging her work activities and daily routines? Well, if the doctor you’ve chosen for this experiment is a pharmaceutical executive like Kathleen Hawker, you’re likely to get a peek inside a whirlwind of travel and meetings, with the journals hand-written on the airplane seat tray in-flight. 

  • A Day in the Life of a Chief Neurology Resident: Dr. Ali Daneshmand

    • Jan 21, 2020

    If it’s 7:00 a.m. and you’re the chief resident in neurology at Tufts Medical Center, you know where you’re going to be: Standing bright-eyed and alert with the float residents to learn what happened with neurological patients overnight. Even if your call the night before robbed you of some sleep while you coached a junior resident through a difficult case, you’ll be ready for a day of meetings, rounds, and patient care.

  • Networking for Neurologists: Use a Three-ring Approach to Create Contacts, Friends, and Mentors

    • Jan 21, 2020

    If you’ve read any career or job search advice lately, then you know how frequently networking is prescribed as the solution to your problems or the pathway to your goals. When you add up all the curative powers of this one process, it’s almost as if networking were the career equivalent of eating your apples and broccoli to stay healthy. There’s just one problem: Knowing about networking isn’t the same as knowing how to network.

  • Annual Meeting Networking: Good for All Stages of Your Career

    • Jan 21, 2020

    If your purpose for attending is to present information to fellow neurology professionals, learn from others who are presenting, meet up with friends and colleagues, or make the acquaintance of neurologists you haven’t met yet, you’re about to engage in networking without needing to call it that. So in fact, you may be thinking deeply about this important career-building process

  • Exclusively for Fellows and Residents: Free Salary Calculator Tool

    • Jan 21, 2020

    Pay structures vary and can be confusing, especially for someone just starting their career. Use the Salary Calculator Tool as a starting point in your negotiations before signing an employment contract. This tool is ONLY available to AAN member residents and fellows, and it’s offered at no charge! All you need to enter is your member ID and password, and this insightful information is at your fingertips.