Top 10 Mistakes that You Will Make When You Switch Jobs and How to Avoid Them

Most emergency physicians will change their jobs at least once in their career. Whether you are taking your first job out of residency, or making a mid-life career change, these phases of transition can present unique difficulties and challenges for the emergency physician. This course will use real world examples from coping with new ED information systems and charting platforms to working with new colleagues and staff to identify the top ten mistakes you will make and offer strategies to help you avoid them.


  • Describe typical stressors associated with making a job change.
  • Review the top 10 mistakes emergency physicians make when switching jobs.
  • Provide strategies for avoiding these mistakes.

James G. Adams, MD, FACEP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was formerly Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He was also a Major in the United States Air Force and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

His academic work is related to ethics, professionalism, quality management and organizational performance. He has been a member or led national quality committees that have promoted national standards in medical care, working with the National Quality Forum, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the Joint Commission, the American College of Emergency Physicians and other national organizations. He has led numerous national ethics committees, task forces, and writing groups related to professionalism and ethics in emergency medicine.

Dr. Adams has over 75 scientific publications, has been visiting professor, speaker, and distinguished lecturer at over 200 universities and national conferences.

He is on the board of directors of the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and is Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. He has served on the Professional Standards Committee of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and formerly served on the board of the Northwestern Medical Insurance Captive.

Nationally, has been elected to the Boards of Directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine, for which he is currently Secretary-Treasurer. 

He is Senior Associate Editor of the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, the main academic research journal in the specialty, and an editor of the most widely used textbook in the field, "Rosen’s Principles and Practice of Emergency Medicine." He serves as Executive Editor of the new textbook "Adam’s Emergency Medicine," an innovative major work oriented toward contemporary learning styles.


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