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  • 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

  • Interviewing Then and Now: How Job Interviews Differ from Fellowship Interviews

    • Jan 21, 2020

    If you’re a medical resident or fellow, you may have wondered if your future job interviews will be any different than the interviews you participated in for your current role.

  • Phone Interviews and Site Visits—What to Expect

    • Jan 21, 2020

    If you received a call from a practice or hospital interested in hiring you, would you be prepared for the interview? Many physicians today find themselves unaware of how to successfully navigate the physician interviewing process. By understanding what to expect and how to prepare, you can significantly increase your chances of making the right impression and standing out against the competition.

  • 5 Most Common Interview Questions

    • Jan 21, 2020

    Luckily, some questions are so commonly asked that you can expect to encounter them in most, if not all of your interviews. These “evergreens” serve as multi-purpose queries for employers, as useful when hiring residents as they are for evaluating the next chief of staff.

  • Questions to Ask in an Interview

    • Jan 21, 2020

    If you’re preparing for interviews, you might be wondering about the questions you’ll be asked. That’s a good start— you need to anticipate interviewers’ interests and your answers to their queries. But what about your questions? Is it ever appropriate to come with your own list of items to be clarified or explained? In a word: Yes. Not only is it appropriate to ask questions of your own, but not doing so puts you at risk for looking disengaged from the process.

  • Winning Over the Screener - First Interview Strategies

    • Jan 21, 2020

    Are you ready for your screening interviews? This first-level conversation with an employer is the source of much anxiety for candidates, and for good reason: The purpose of the conversation is to decide which candidates can be moved forward in the process, and which ones are not a good fit. In other words, you can be as easily screened out as in—so of course, that can be nerve-wracking.

  • An Interview Guide for First-time Candidates

    • Jan 21, 2020

    If you’ve never interviewed for a job, or if it’s been quite awhile, you’re probably feeling a little nervous about the prospect of facing a potential employer or panel of future colleagues. That’s a good sign—not feeling nervous means you’re not paying attention.

  • A Day in the Life of a Hospital-employed Neurologist

    • Apr 8, 2019

    One of the most difficult decisions most fellows and residents face is what type of practice setting to enter after training. Academic? Private practice? Clinic or hospital?

  • Career Center Upgrades and Your Job Search Are a Winning Combination

    • Jul 14, 2018

    For Career Services Senior Manager Amy Schoch, the uptick in candidate responses to Career Center job postings is very gratifying since it confirms the Career Center remains a relevant member program. Having the AAN membership embrace the changes by making even more use of the Career Center lets her know the Academy is making good choices in serving members’ career needs.

  • The Job Seeker Perspective: Nirali D. Soni, MD

    • Apr 10, 2018

    When Nirali D. Soni, MD, completed her residency at the University of Arizona last June, she knew she needed to keep a tight schedule to meet her goals: At the same time, of course, she would be mastering her duties as an epilepsy fellow at the University of Arizona. Does that sound stressful? Soni admits to feeling some strain but says that, for the most part, it wasn’t over the top.

  • Anatomy of a Career Transition: Steven L. Lewis, MD, FAAN

    • Apr 4, 2018

    “If you had told me three or four years ago that I would land in Allentown, I would have been quite surprised,” he says. “It wasn’t on my radar. But I’m very happy here.”

  • Ben Tolchin: One Job Seeker's Perspective on the Job Hunt

    • Jan 5, 2017

    Job search can be full of surprises, as well as ups and downs. For Ben Tolchin, a clinical epilepsy fellow in his last year of training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the search for employment has taken some interesting turns. 

  • Interview strategies for the mid-career professional

    • Apr 16, 2016

    For neurology professionals at mid-career (or later), job interviews can be a mixed bag. On the one hand, they’re an opportunity, as always, to present your strengths and learn where you’d fit in an organization, whether that’s a hospital, practice group, or somewhere in private industry.

  • One Doctor's 15-year Perspective on Networking at the Annual Meeting

    • Apr 7, 2015

    For Natalia Rost, MD, FAAN, associate professor of neurology for Harvard Medical School, there’s no place she’d rather be each spring. A veteran of at least 15 Annual Meetings, Dr. Rost first attended as a medical student, urged on by advisors who saw her interest in neurology. Once there, Dr. Rost quickly connected with the newly forming Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) and began affiliations that have lasted her career.