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Physician NonClinical Careers with John Jurica

Nov 28, 2018

I enjoy speaking with physicians who have found a nonclinical career they love. I’ve seen that in life insurance medicine, teaching, and now in medical communications.

The other aspect of this career that excites me is that it’s one in which you can express your creative side along with your scientific and technical side.

Dr. Dana Carpenter is Senior VP, Director Medical & Scientific Affairs at CDM New York, a leading healthcare communications agency. She's an experienced OB/GYN, medical director and health communicator, combining expertise in medicine, management, and medical communications within the health communication/medical marketing arena.

She's recognized as a subject expert and strategic consultant in women’s health, with additional marketing experience across numerous therapeutic areas. She obtained her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Working with Dana as a guest on this show was a real pleasure. She has so much enthusiasm for what she does. She really loves her career.

And she was so easy to work with. She graciously accommodated a scheduling hiccup as we were planning our interview.

The very day that we were to connect, my 85-year-old father had to be hospitalized. He collapsed at home from what we later found out was a run of ventricular tachycardia. So we had to postpone our conversation.

Once things settled down with my father, we rescheduled and had a great interview. I was thankful to Dana for being so accommodating. I knew that you’d be inspired by her story. 

You can download a transcript and links to resources mentioned today by going to the show notes at

You can also download a copy of the image on the show notes called MM&M’s Agency Solar System. It lists over 100 healthcare communications agencies and their holding companies.

If you’re interested in learning more about this field, you should look at the graphic, select a few of the companies listed, and do some online research.