Philippa Kennealy MD MPH CPCC PCC

philippa-kennealyPhilippa Kennealy MD MPH CPCC PCC is President of The Entrepreneurial MD. As an ICF-Certified and a Certified Physician Development coach, she works with physicians who want to evolve their professional careers by moving into leadership roles, non-clinical positions, and medical practice or non-clinical business ownership and entrepreneurship. Such physicians are usually finding little online support, education and resources specifically attuned to these goals.

She is a board-certified Family Physician who left her own private practice in 1996 to embark on an administrative career as first Medical Director and then CEO of UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center. Subsequently, she served as Executive VP in two internet start-up companies, before launching her first coaching and speaking business, Oya Consulting.

Philippa is passionate about professional development for physicians that lets them reinvigorate their careers and overcome burnout. As told to her over and over, physicians long for more control over their lives. And given a decent chance and mentoring, they also excel in leadership and non-clinical career positions.

Since 2002, she has helped numerous physicians find more satisfying careers, most of which are non-clinical. She has coached physician executives, department chiefs and medical staff presidents to get results as leaders. She believes that capable, thoughtful and insightful physician leadership is essential to the future of healthcare in the USA.

Her own experience as a physician entrepreneur growing a successful business ignited her passion for entrepreneurship and business development and she brings this experience to her business coaching.

What qualifies me to help you?

I’ve been a very happy physician, and an angry one. I never stopped loving medical knowledge (that is fascinating stuff!) and I really enjoyed that intimate, helping relationship I had with patients in the room one on one (most of the time …). I fell out of love with all the nonsense — I think you know what I am referring to. And I worried about becoming a danger because of the detachment I was feeling. I knew I had to move into a “next career”.

There was no help that I could find at the time. I did it alone. I got lucky in some areas, and I struggled in others. I kept on trying different careers and roles until I finally found my happy place.

This happy place took me back to working in an intimate, helping capacity again — this time helping smart professionals  grow professionally and personally. What is not to love about that?

I really do understand the challenges most busy physicians have with time, and timelines. I also recognize the particular problems physicians face when trying to figure out else what else you’re qualified to do, how to preserve a reasonable income, and how to translate your very specific skills into those required for a non-clinical career — even when you can’t for the life of you see how!

But not everyone has the resources of time and money to work with a coach. Fortunately, I’ve been down this path so often with clients (and in my own career changes!) that I have uncovered the pattern – the steps smart physicians can take on their own, with just a bit of support.

What I’ve also discovered through my own experiences and those of clients I’ve coached to success is …

No matter how hard you try, it’s natural to sink back into old thoughts and behaviors that keep you stuck in the same familiar rut. Despite your ideas, information and energy, it’s hard to maintain excitement and motivation.

And yet I know that, if you follow the steps I’ve laid out for a successful career transition, you WILL get there … no matter what speed you choose to move at!

And with this insight, the Physician Odyssey Program was birthed!

Here is what fiercely believe about working with my physician clients:

MY COMMITMENT is to to help you thrive as a physician in career transition, and to provide, in a very affordable way, the encouragement, accountability and support to help you advance to your dream career.

MY DESIRE is to have you experience the creativity, challenge, and aliveness of determining your future with confidence!

MY GOAL is to provide the guideposts to help you navigate the steps to your next “best career option”.

MY WISH is to have all you motivated physicians say, “I never suspected it could be that doable!”

Philippa loves to write and speak on the topics of physician professional development, physician leadership and physician entrepreneurship.

She has another life too – she lives and loves in Los Angeles with her (fulfilled) physician husband and her daughter. And yearns to spend more time in South Africa!

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