What if you don’t know anyone who’s made such a move? Pick up the phone and make some calls, Dr. Pensak said. Ask colleagues if they know of anyone who’s moved from a predominantly clinical practice to a role in hospital or academic leadership.
Another resource is the Triological Society. “A cornerstone of the society is that you have a group of senior, highly experienced, diversely backgrounded individuals who are available to tap into,” Dr. Pensak said. “Try people within the [American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery], and people in your residency programs. If you’re already in an academic medical center, seek out the wisdom of your chair, or the head of your department at your hospital.”
—Myles Pensak, MD
Experience You Need
Taking on a role in administrative leadership at an academic medical center, hospital or specialty society requires more than just a good mentor. It calls for experience beyond the surgical suite and clinical practice. Such experience is actually fairly easy to get if you’re willing to donate your time.