The Ongoing Personal Need for Relevance…

An Unspoken But Common Impediment to Ending Your Career.

The anticipation and the actual experience of the end of one’s career is a major life Transition for which traditionally there has not existed the means to prepare for in a comprehensive manner. Beyond the usual concerns most of us think about, there are others that are profound, often unspoken and commonly experienced.

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Reasons I encounter frequently

As I mentor colleagues, consult and speak publicly about end of career Transition, I find that there are several obstacles that prevent many from exercising the opportunity to end one’s career and Transition to the next phase of life. These are some prominent reasons:

The Practice Transition Course for Physicians – Open for Registration!

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for The Practice Transition Course for Physicians.

I introduced it at the recent 60th. Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons.  My thanks to so many of you for your kind compliments, encouragement and support of this endeavor.

This is an innovative, insightful and valuable course that prepares you to design and execute your personal Transition plan.

It is comprehensive and conveniently available to you online. I am confident that it will provide you with tremendous benefit by helping you create a positive Transition characterized by renewal and fulfillment!

Click here for more information.

I was privileged to be interviewed for a three part series of articles appearing in Plastic Surgery News (PSN) that discuss what plastic surgeons experience as they prepare to end their career.

I discuss my methodology of helping colleagues though this major life event by mentoring in a way that is innovative and unique.

This comprehensive method is based on the perspective of a colleague who has been through a sudden end of career.  It includes a new way of thinking about personal, and professional concerns as well managing as a myriad of practice issues.  This includes planning and implementing a staged execution of your end of career.  The benefit is anticipating and living a positive experience that I characterize as a Transition that results in lasting personal renewal and fulfillment.

Date: December 5, 2016
Appearance: Retiring from practice requires an exit strategy
Outlet: Plastic Surgery News - PSN December-January Edition
Format: Newspaper

The Practice Transition Course for Physicians – Coming in early December!

I am pleased to announce that I will be releasing my new online course in the next few days: The Practice Transition Course for Physicians.

I learned from my personal Transition experience, in depth study as well as from mentoring other colleagues that there is a real need for a method to learn how to design and execute your Transition plan.  Where one has not previously existed, now it does in the form of this innovative and comprehensive online course.

Well before the projected end date most of you are aware that you have not had the means to prepare.  Most of us also feel the uncertainty and anxiety that goes along with knowing that the end of our professional career is a very challenging life Transition. This convenient course will guide you to create a positive Transition characterized by renewal and fulfillment!

Check here over the next few days for complete information.

I will be presenting a workshop based on my new online course: The Practice Transition Course for Physicians. The end of your professional career is a very challenging life Transition for which a comprehensive method of preparation has not been previously available. The topics presented will help you begin to design a Transition that will be characterized by renewal and fulfillment! I look forward your participation!

Click here to learn about my online course, just released: The Practice Transition Course for Physicians

Date: December 8, 2016
Time: 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Event: 60th. Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons
Topic: How to Transition from a Career in Plastic Surgery
Sponsor: Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons
Venue: Naples Grande Beach Resort
Location: Naples, FL
Public: Private

The Physician’s “Retirement” Question: “If I Want to, How do I do it?”

The Impediments are Much More than Financial

For a number of my colleagues, the anticipation of their end of career is anticipated joyfully but with significant concerns. For many others, it is dreaded for a variety of reasons. For both, the impending end of career is a challenging time.

The stresses and worries begin years before the actual anticipated end date. There is a heavy awareness that there are numerous serious considerations that must be managed and tasks that must be completed. We know about many of these. We also know little about numerous other necessary preparations and duties that must be accomplished. That lack of knowledge can make the process unpleasant and bewildering.

The Difference Between “Retirement” and Transition

Transition is Worth the Wait

Life comes to us and presents us with a full menu of future transitions. We are naturally prepared for some but not all.

We experience natural preparation as we grow from infancy and our genetic encoding expresses itself as we learn to eat, crawl, walk, run, etc.

As we grow a little older we begin to learn from our parents, our various schools and colleges. We learn early on that we have to work and devote focused effort to succeed at achieving a myriad of milestones. These are the transitions for which there are organizations and systems that help prepare us.

There are challenging life transitions for which there is no real preparation. They are life’s exclamation points.

Life Transitions and the Power of Knowing Your Who, Why and What

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

That could be if you had past unpleasant experiences and you allow them to define your future.  I prefer to think that the mass of men can lead lives of resonant inspiration!

What was does not have to be perpetuated. Your past and your present do not have to be your future.

The end of a professional career, whether planned or unexpected, creates many challenges for the individual, his family, patients and staff.  I will be joined by other distinguished colleagues on this panel to discuss this important topic.

Date: June 15, 2016
Time: 10:30-12:00pm
Event: 59th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Topic: Transitioning Your Practice Panel
Sponsor: Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Venue: Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Location: Orlando, Florida
Public: Private