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Physician Side Gigs
with Dr. Nisha Mehta
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews Dr. Nisha Mehta, a radiologist and founder of the Physician Side Gigs online community.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2023, March 31). Ep. 49 – Physician Side Gigs [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Nisha Mehta
Dr. Nisha Mehta is a radiologist and the founder of the Physician Side Gigs online community.
Dr. Aaron Fritts
Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Mehta traces her journey from being a radiologist between jobs to managing and advocating for one of the largest grassroots physician communities, with more than 162,000 online members. She started Physician Side Gigs as a private Facebook group with a few doctors to get advice on managing finances for her paid writing and speaking engagements. Overtime, the size and scope of the group grew so much that there was a branch point where a separate group, Physician Community, formed. Both groups remain active today– while Physician Side Gig still centers around business and personal finance education, Physician Community is more free flowing and fosters a variety of conversations about the healthcare environment, clinical practice, and physician advocacy. This advocacy really came into the spotlight during the peak of COVID-19, when members of the online community collaborated to create a list of physician demands for the federal government and were successful in securing $70 billion for physicians in a stimulus package. Dr. Mehta cites the lack of bureaucracy in the group as factors that helped contribute to this outcome. The groups’ goals are to provide members with peer support and bridge them to opportunities to pursue other interests and revenue streams.
We also discuss Dr. Mehta’s personal career trajectory and how her priorities shifted throughout the years. In the beginning stages of Physician Side Gigs, she was able to balance a full time clinical practice and manage the online group in her free time. However, as the group grew in audience and partnerships, she re-evaluated her priorities and saw that fostering the community gave her more energy and allowed her to make more impact than her clinical practice did. She now practices radiology on a per diem basis and devotes most of her time to Physician Side Gigs and physician advocacy. She has also hired staff members to help moderate the group and ensure that it remains a safe and supportive environment.
Finally, Dr. Mehta speaks about physician autonomy. The decision to pursue a side gig is not always based on revenue maximization. Instead, side gigs can be a way for physicians to dedicate time to pursuing their non-clinical interests and prevent burnout. Her biggest advice for doctors is to be intentional about what they want their lives to look like, and to not get caught up in others’ expectations for them. In the long run, having career autonomy can extend career longevity and allow physicians to navigate their lives on their own terms.
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