Career Transitions

  • Just in time for the safe distancing requirements of the COVID-19 response: Teleneurology is ready and able to deliver remote health care to some of medicine’s most fragile patients. 
  • Job search is a daunting task for nearly everyone. But for introverts, launching a reach-out-and-talk-about-yourself campaign is akin to torture. Lucky for the introverted MD, there are quite a few workarounds to make the process less onerous—and maybe even fun.
  • Some residents and fellows already have job offers—or contracts signed—soon after their training begins, or even before. For those in search phase, some good news: the job search can be relatively straightforward. And adhering to a process can help to ensure that you land the coveted position for...
  • “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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 neurologist...
  • 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...
  • 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 ris...
  • 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.
  • 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 crede...
  • 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) ...
  • 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...
  • As a neurologist, or neurologist-in-training, you are likely aware that pursuing a career in academics is one of your choices. But do you know how many different ways you might build that career path? Ralph F. Józefowicz, MD, FAAN, has given that a lot of thought. Having established his own caree...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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? S...
  • 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.