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Jeffrey Oxendine

About Jeffrey Oxendine

Jeffrey Oxendine has been an educator, health executive, and consultant, for over 30 years. Jeff’s passion is inspiring and empowering students and health professionals to discover and achieve their authentic health career dreams, lead happy and fulling lives, and optimize their impact on the health of individuals and communities. As an expert, leader, and champion for health workforce and diversity, he is also committed to advancing strategies, programs, and policies to build the next generation of health leaders and professionals.

You Don't Have to Be a Doctor

You Don’t Have to Be a Doctor: Discover, Achieve, and Enjoy Your Authentic Health Career

A Practical Guide to Your Authentic Health Career

Whether you are a student or recent graduate, a health professional, or are considering a career change to the health field, this book provides the framework, exercises and insights you need to advance from where you are today to experience the joy, power, and success that comes from living your authentic life and career.

In You Don’t Have to be a Doctor, Jeff Oxendine guides readers through a proven nine-step process to choose their authentic health career path, secure jobs, and navigate life and industry changes. Readers are empowered to make choices in alignment with emerging industry needs, their values, passions, goals, and what they are good at and enjoy. Readers can develop an action and accountability plan to achieve their goals.

The book does not discourage anyone from being a doctor or pursuing any specific health profession. It emphasizes the importance of critically assessing and choosing a path aligned with who you are and what you want from your life and career and provides proven tips and tools for success.

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Interviews & Articles

Interviews & Articles

NEW BOOK RELEASE: You Don't Have to Be a Doctor—Jenn T. Grace and Jeffrey Oxendine

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

Life is about making choices. This book provides practical advice and a roadmap for you to use today and every day in choosing and working in careers that will improve health and healthcare for all. Over the past 16 years, students and graduates of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health have benefited from following Jeff Oxendine's 9-step framework and you will too. It is more important than ever that we make wise choices that align our talents, goals, and interests to meet the needs of the emerging challenges that face health and social care systems locally and throughout the world.

—Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA Professor of the Graduate School Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Jeff's passion for decades has been to nurture, mentor, and inspire the next generation of health professionals, particularly those from under-resourced backgrounds. This book is full of the wisdom he has gained and imparted from those experiences. It's an invaluable resource for students, and those of us who work with them. I look forward to sharing it with my colleagues, as we work to achieve a robust health workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities and country.

—Nancy Turnbull, MBA Senior Associate Dean for Educational Programs, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A powerful book and tool that parallels my career journey. By working with Jeff at UC Berkeley and Health Career Connection, I experienced firsthand many of the book's concepts: exposure; aligning my education and career with my passions, values, and purpose; the power professional relationships; and risk taking. Thank you, Jeff, for developing this in a way that people of all career stages can benefit from.

—Ikenna Ike Mmeje, MHSA, FACHE Chief Operating Officer Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital

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