The latest installment of Inside the Doctor's Studio, an ongoing series in which Einstein medical students interview a variety of practicing physicians about their specific disciplines, recently addressed a new topic: alternative careers in medicine. On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, three Einstein alumni sat across from three second-year student interviewers to share how they've found success outside of traditional medical practice, while still putting their medical training to good use.
To begin, Drs. Jay Feingold, George Fulop and Elizabeth Stoner were introduced to nearly 50 medical students in Robbins Auditorium who were eager to learn about the alumni's career pursuits within the business side of medicine.
Dr. Feingold, who graduated from Einstein with an M.D. and a Ph.D. in 1986, is currently vice president of medical affairs for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company; Dr. George Fulop, an M.D. from the Class of 1980, now serves as a director at Stuyvesant Capital Management, an independent investment advisory firm; and Dr. Elizabeth Stoner, an M.D. from the Class of 1977, is presently a managing director and chief development officer for Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and Vascular Pharmaceuticals at MPM Capital, a private equity firm.
The student interviewers, who served as representatives for the Einstein student body, asked the alumni questions based on topics selected from an online poll conducted before the event. These questions prompted discussions concerning different day-to-day responsibilities that the alumni face in their alternative medical careers, about the lengthy transition from clinical studies to industry work, and about the fondness for Einstein that unites alumni and current students.
The overarching theme of the conversation, however, was opportunity. "When you come to a fork in the road, take it," noted Dr. Fulop, quoting baseball great Yogi Berra, when asked how he has handled the opportunities that have arisen in his career. He then described those opportunities and how they shaped his career.
All three alumni agreed that, while they hadn't foreseen their medical careers heading in the directions that they had, they were pleased with the results. Following the discussion, student interviewer, Joshua Cho, observed, "I initially was on the fence regarding an alternative career in medicine, but after hearing the experiences of these alumni, I feel more open-minded about opportunities that may arise."
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