John Jurica is a board-certified family physician who began doing nonclinical side jobs early in his career as UM physician advisor and occupational medicine medical director. He then transitioned to hospital administration, first as VP for Medical Affairs, and then as Chief Medical Officer.
He completed a master’s degree in public health while in practice and certification as a physician executive (CPE) through the American Association for Physician Leadership. He left his CMO position to partner in an urgent care start-up in 2014, where he continues to serve as owner and part-time medical director.
In 2017, John started producing the weekly Physician Nonclinical Careers Podcast, where he presents interviews with physician entrepreneurs, medical directors, hospital executives, managers, coaches and other experts in physician career transition. His podcast was listed as a Feedspot Top 20 Physicians Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020 and 2021.
He is the “Admin” for the Physician Nonclinical Career Hunters Facebook Group with 16,000 physician members and he created the Nonclinical Career Academy (nonclinicalcareeracademy.com), an online membership site with video courses designed to help physicians accelerate their career pivots.
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John Jurica’s Prescription for Success:
Number 1: Be a lifelong learner. Not just medical, but management skills, leadership skills, technology, finance. But I also think people should remain curious in their interpersonal relationships.
Number 2: Consistency is the outcome. Whatever you do, if you have made a commitment to follow a path, to start a business, to start a new advocation, try to do it with consistency.
Number 3: Say yes to things that push you outside your comfort zone. You don’t want to say yes to everything, you want to be a little bit picky, but try to say yes to the things that push into a new area outside of your area of comfort. That’s where most of the growth occurs.
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Physician non-clinical careers podcast
Physician non-clinical careers hunters group on Facebook
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Notable quotes from John’s interview:
I always thought in my mind medicine was about taking care of the whole family.
We are pretty much kids when we decide to go into medicine. For the most part, even if we are 20 years old. And there are many people I talk to, particularly guests I have on my podcast, that say ‘It wasn’t what I thought it was.’
I’ve had some times in my life where my relationships kind of suffered. My first marriage failed. I decided I was going to learn how to better communicate with my family and my kids, so that was something that I learned.
Be curious, consistently.
People need consistency if they want to rely on somebody. And to be successful takes consistency