An Encore Career: Physicians Making the Third Act Meaningful

Dr. Chris Carruthers and Dr. Mamta Gautam


This workshop/presentation explores the challenges and opportunities for physicians who seek a career transition in the later years of their medical careers - an Encore Career. This is an essential part of their retirement years, a phase often referred to as life’s Third Act, which may or may not include medical practice.

Physicians have always worked later in their careers as compared to other professionals, and their retirement age is increasing. We are all facing an increase in longevity, and the challenge is in how to best plan for these years. By identifying our core values, skills and strengths, we can better understand what we enjoy and are passionate about, and how to best plan for a Third Act. We will identify major emotional, physical, and social challenges in this transition, and address the need to plan ahead to ensure what we do is personally meaningful and relevant. We will offer suggestions for personal, peer, and organizational resources, and discuss how to create an action plan for positive change. The process and challenges of change as one moves forward will be addressed. Rich use of vignettes and case studies will assist in promoting further understanding and future discussion.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop/presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Gain awareness of the changing healthcare environment
  • Identify personal and family challenges during the transition
  • Recognize opportunities, options and resources available
  • Appreciate the need to plan ahead for the transition to succeed
  • Use mentors to help gain information and guide career development
  • Identify resources available
  • Understand and succeed throughout the process of change

Recent Career Transition Presentations

  • The Ottawa Hospital - May 2015
  • Rural Physicians of Canada, Montreal - 2015
  • Ontario Medical Association Women’s Health Care Seminar - April 2015
  • North York General Hospital - February 9, 2015
  • Academy of Medicine Ottawa - October 30, 2014
  • Academic Medicine Forum, Toronto - October 25, 2014
  • Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership, Toronto - April 11, 2014
  • Academy of Medicine Ottawa - October 17, 2013
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre - May 4, 2013

Testimonials From Past Participants

“All speakers were vey articulate, entertaining, and good information.”
NYGH Feb 2015

“Very valuable workshop.”
NYGH Feb 2015

“Exceeded my expectations,excellent evening, many many thanks.”
NYGH Feb 2015

“This is a highly relevant topic for our current demographics.”
LJ, CCPL 2014

“I wish that I had benefitted from this wisdom many years ago. It is never too early to start thinking about this.”
JMK, AMO 2014

“Drs. Carruthers and Gautam know what they are talking about; they are true leaders and experts in this field.”
MN, AMO 2014

“A highly engaging and informative workshop. Don’t miss it!”
AA, CCPL 2014