Episode 16

Navigating Career Transitions in Medicine: Lessons from OB-GYNs

by OBGYN Business Institute | February 16, 2023

In today’s episode, we discuss switching careers within the OB-GYN field. Our co-host, Dr. Nihira, has a chat with Dr. Deanah Jibril, a colleague, and friend who has long held roles of leadership, academic prominence, and private practice. Dr. Jibril shares her journey of self-discovery, which began with recognizing the indications of burnout, which led to exploring various career moves and finding a position that suited her interests. 

Dr. Jibril talks about how challenging it is to keep a private practice in the current healthcare system and also emphasizes how crucial it is to recognize the situations in which a career change may be necessary. Dr. Jibril shares valuable insights on choosing a new career path that aligns with your interests and abilities as a doctor. 

If you’re interested in changing careers within the OB-GYN field, stay tuned for more tips on how to make a successful transition.

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Key highlights

  • 00:00:46 – Introduction to Dr. Jibrill – Burnout in the medical field, how it’s impacted her career 
  • 00:03:03 – Journey to self-discovery, & different options explored before pursuing an MBA
  • 00:04:27 – Factors led to the transition from private practice to other healthcare roles? 
  • 00:09:55 – Balancing a career in medicine and the path to starting a private practice
  • 00:15:44 – Triggers for Dr. Jibrill’s career transitions
  • 00:22:28 – Knowing when it’s the right time and having the right resources to change your career path

Background of Dr. Jibrill

Dr. Deanah A. Jibril is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Frisco, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Centennial and Medical City Plano. She received her medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Mikio Nihira

Host Dr. Mikio Nihira

Dr. Mikio Nihira is the Medical Director of SevenStar OB/GYN and a former Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California at Riverside.

Dr. Nihira is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a subspecialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the National Association for Continence.

He has authored numerous scientific journal articles and textbook chapters in gynecology and urogynecology. He is a nationally recognized expert in female pelvic floor disorders and has been quoted in such publications as the Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News and Shape magazine.

He is passionate about improving patient care experiences through efforts such as Enhanced-Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) pathways. Critical to this effort is training physicians on how to minimize opioids to manage pain and identify and address substance abuse in patients.

Dr. Nihira is a highly respected and experienced physician, having been in practice for over two decades. His medical career began in 1994 when he graduated with a medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. To further specialize in the field, he finished an urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery fellowship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and the University of Maryland. A Southern California native, Dr. Nihira is dual-boarded in obstetrics/gynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Additionally, he serves on several national boards for his specialty and chairs UC Riverside’s institutional review board for research projects.

Dr. Nihira is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. He is a Professor of OB/GYN in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UC Riverside. He currently serves as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a subspecialty examiner for Urogynecologic surgeons.


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