Massachusetts Medical Society: Episode 19: Career Development

Episode 19: Career Development

Career Development

Course Overview

At the beginning of this episode, Marie acknowledges to Les that she is continuing to mull over Dr. Green’s paradoxical suggestion (episode 18) that one way to overcome a sense of powerlessness is to embrace it. In today’s discussion with Dr. Liebschutz, they consider the possibility that some physicians may be able to overcome their sense of being overwhelmed and downtrodden by actually taking on more. Dr. Liebschutz, an accomplished physician leader at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, proposes to Marie that she may be able to overcome the frustration of being a “cog-in-the-wheel” generalist by “leaning in” and embracing a subspecialty area, a teaching role, or committee work that might open up the path to medical leadership. When Marie conveys her skepticism to Dr. Liebschutz, they then consider the possibility that Marie might leverage her value to her clinic by pushing for a temporary sabbatical or by reducing her work effort. They also discuss practical ways for getting more help at home. It is clear throughout this podcast that Marie is paying close attention to Dr. Liebschutz’s every word. Dr. Liebschutz comes across to Marie as a wise and experienced veteran physician, wife, and mother who has crafted a meaningful career by overcoming many of the same obstacles that are daunting to Marie. By the end of the conversation, Marie comes across as energized and inspired, ostensibly ready to put into practice many of the tips and strategies offered by MedPEP’s experts. All three physicians seem to share the view that going forward, Marie is going to chart the course of her career.  

Learning Objectives

  • Describe different career development strategies that physicians may employ to diminish the tediousness and stress of day-to-day clinical practice.
  • Thinking ahead, apply one or more of these strategies to one’s own career.


Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH   
I’m the chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh, where I am also a visiting professor of medicine and the director of the Center for Research on Health Care. I’m a primary care internist who also practices addiction medicine, and I’ve cared for hundreds of patients with substance use disorders. My clinical practice has focused on the care of underserved populations. I am particularly interested in caring for patients who have experienced the triad of trauma, pain, and substance misuse. I enjoy employing my Spanish language skills with Latin American immigrants.

I have developed and researched interventions to combat the current crisis in opioid use disorders. Additionally, I have studied violence and its health impacts, and I utilize what I’ve learned in my academic work to help patients with substance use disorders. I often speak about my research and its clinical and professional applications at national and international conferences. My topics have ranged from intimate partner violence and chronic pain management to physician work-life integration.

I have directed a wellness initiative for five years, and some of my research and publications are in the field of burnout and wellness. I hope to continue to develop the data to support interventions to decrease burnout and improve vitality and physician resilience among primary care physicians and academic medical faculty. I received my MD from Harvard, my MPH from Boston University, and my BA from Yale. 

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: Free       
Non-MMS Member: Free       
Allied Health Professionals: Free



CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Physician Health Services, Inc. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Exam/Assessment: Please respond to the reflective statement at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

 MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

Activity Term

Original Release Date: January 24, 2019        
Review Date: January 24, 2021           
Termination Date: January 24, 2022

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

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iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 


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