Amy Derick, M.D.

By PracticeLink Staff | Fall 2011 | Snapshot


Amy Derick, M.D. dermatologist

Amy Derick, M.D., started her dermatology practice fresh out of residency. She credits a supportive family—including husband Michael and sons Henry and Charlie—with helping her achieve success. Photograph by Peter Wynn Thompson

Board-certified dermatologist at Derick Dermatology, LLC, in Barrington, Ill.

Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2002
Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals, 2006 (Chief resident final year)
in practice since: 2006

Family includes husband, Michael Derick, and two sons, Charlie (3) and Henry (1). Derick enjoys spending time with her family and supporting the Women’s Dermatologic Society.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search?
You have two basic career choices: be an employee, or be an entrepreneur. Each career choice has pros and cons. Your decision will be shaped by how much capital you have to invest, your appetite for risk, your natural talents and preferences, and overall luck and timing. My key advice is to be honest with yourself, choose the position that naturally fits you, and try to achieve overall balance in your life.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job or job search?
I started my practice from scratch immediately after residency. What surprised me most was how much “business” is involved in running a dermatology practice. Just mastering the non-clinical elements of practice administration is a full-time job.

What do you wish they had taught in med school but didn’t?
An increased focus on the practical side of dermatology would have been helpful. Learning how to deal with conflict, understanding how to develop relationships with patients, and grasping the nuances of billing issues are the key areas that come to mind.

Anything particularly unique about your job search?
The launch of my practice was a team effort. My parents and husband were supportive of my decision and were helpful in the process. I think it would be a lot for someone to take on individually, both from a financial and administrative perspective. I encourage younger physicians to seek out mentors for guidance and support.

Any other advice?
The reason my practice works so well for me is that it fits my style and priorities. I like to be in control of my environment, and I have extremely high expectations for myself and my staff. The extra effort required to manage my own practice is well worth it from my perspective.


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DeVry Anderson, M.D.

By PracticeLink Staff | Snapshot | Summer 2011


DeVry Anderson, M.D., Chief medical officer, CEO, owner: Quick Care Walk In Clinic; brigade surgeon, Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood, TX



Chief medical officer, CEO, owner: Quick Care Walk In Clinic; brigade surgeon, Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas


MEDICAL SCHOOL: Thomas Jefferson Medical College, 2000

INTERNSHIP: Completed an orthopaedic internship in 2000.

RESIDENCY: Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas

IN PRACTICE SINCE: Practiced as a military surgeon until returning to family medicine residency in 2006. more »


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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O.

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Joshua Lenchus, D.O.


Assistant professor of clinical medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; associate program director, Jackson Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Training Program; associate director, UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety.

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
INTERNSHIP: Broward General Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
RESIDENCY: Internal medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami
IN PRACTICE SINCE:  2004 more »


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Akash Sharma, M.D.

By PracticeLink Staff | Snapshot | Winter 2011


Akash Sharma, M.D., with his daughters

Assistant professor, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Ross University School of Medicine, West Indies
RESIDENCY: Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn.
FELLOWSHIP: One-year fellowship in nuclear radiology after general radiology residency

Married with three daughters, including a set of twins. Hobbies include travel, photography, reading, being a tech junkie and studying. Sharma just finished an MBA program and plans to study finance and writing next. more »


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Dr. Obinna Egbo

This physician’s job-search advice? Make sure you make the effort to really understand your job description before accepting a position.

By PracticeLink Staff | Snapshot


Practice group leader for IPC at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Practice group leader for IPC at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Honored as a Hospitalist of the Year in 2009.

Med school: College of Medical Sciences and Dentistry, University of Nigeria
Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
In practice since: 2005

Married with five children, and living in Phoenix. Hobbies include soccer and watching all sports on TV, reading and travelling.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search?
Before beginning a job search, take the time to assess the type of medical practice that will suit you. Think about the potential long-term consequences of your choice, and decide if you will thrive as a hospitalist, outpatient clinician or in a traditional practice that combines both. Regardless of what type of practice that you choose, a basic understanding of the business aspect of medicine will be invaluable—so, make sure that you have it. more »


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