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Can You Avoid These 4 Fatal Career Mistakes? Advice From a Physician Life Coach

As a physician and practicing Physician Life Coach, I can teach you how to avoid the four fatal career mistakes plaguing medical doctors today.

College. Medical school. Residency. Fellowship. Practice. The path to becoming a physician is long, expensive, and paved with your blood, sweat, and tears. The last thing you want after this long journey is making a mistake that ends your medical career.

 Read on while we examine what these 4 mistakes are, and how you can avoid them in your practice.

Skipping the Negotiations

You will never get what you want if you don’t ask for it. This is true for every physician—from a brand new resident to a seasoned veteran. Everything is (and should be) negotiable.

The sky’s the limit if you are joining a group practice. Without the inertia of a corporate framework, you can ask for things like childcare stipends, personal assistants, and even free lunches (yes, there IS such a thing as a free lunch!).

Negotiations are a bit more limited within a hospital or healthcare group, but that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t negotiate. While most of these corporations offer standard packages tailored to experience level and specialty—you need to understand that you are a valuable asset and should treat yourself as such. 

As a Physician Life Coach, I always tell my clients that it doesn’t hurt to ask. The worst they can say is no, and that hiring manager or hiring physician will respect you for advocating for yourself.

Failing to Clean-Up Your Web Identities

77% of consumers use online reviews as the first step in finding a new physician. And part of that research involves simply Googling the physician’s name.

Google yourself and see what pictures, posts, and videos come up. Could they be offensive to some? Could they be alienating? Are they oversharing? This may sound obvious, but this simple oversight can be a career-ender.

Putting Your Trust In The Wrong People

This is a difficult lesson to learn, but it is important. You need to create a circle of trust that comprises people with integrity, good intentions, high capabilities, and proven results. In short: physicians of a feather stick together, so make sure you’re putting your trust in people with the highest ethical and moral standards.


Most—if not all—physicians are perfectionists. It comes with the territory when lives are at stake. But as a physician and Physician Life Coach, I can tell you that mistakes are an inevitable part of this high-stakes, high-reward career. Accept that you are going to make career blunders, learn from the mistakes when they happen, and don’t let them break you.

Avoid Fatal Mistakes By Seeking Guidance From a Physician Life Coach

I want to help you avoid these and other career mistakes so you can focus on taking your medical career to the next level. Let’s have a quick chat about what my physician coaching program can do for you. Your career aspirations are 100% attainable. Contact me today.