“As I approached retirement from medical practice, I had an epiphany to take up writing and attended the Harvard CME course on Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals. I met some extraordinary people working in the health care universe who wanted to share their insights. Through my writing as an advocate for patients and physicians on popular social media platforms, I landed a new job. I was recruited by the CEO of a health care startup to become the director of digital health communications. Sharing my experiences as a physician and helping tell the stories of the many professionals with whom I collaborate, I feel a new sense of pride in the work that I do. I am no longer personally delivering medical care, but I know what physicians go through. I intend to make their insights known to a broader audience than might be heard in grand rounds at a hospital. That is my new mission, communicating the connection between patients and physicians, a relationship that requires trust above all else.
It’s never too late.”
Paul Pender is an ophthalmologist and can be reached at his self-titled site, Dr. Paul Pender. He is the author of Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare: A Doctor’s Prescription for a Post-Pandemic America.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “It’s never too late for physicians to change directions and land new jobs.”
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