Episode 36

The Importance of Flexibility in Career Development: Practical Lessons from Ophthalmology Work in Government, Industry, and Academics.

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | July 26, 2023

In this episode, we are joined by the accomplished Dr. Margot Goodkin, an inspiring medical professional who has navigated various career transitions with resilience and determination. Dr. Goodkin shares her experiences and valuable insights on embracing opportunities, overcoming challenges, and achieving success in different fields.


  • 00:01:37 – Dr. Goodkin’s career path
  • 00:06:31 – Changing career directions 
    • Pivoted away from pursuing a career as an everyday surgeon to focus on research
    • There are other meaningful ways to use your education to help people
    • Working at the FDA allowed them to impact a larger number of people through their expertise in research
    • Each pivot was uncertain at the time; looking back, she realized that each decision was right for her career path
  • 00:10:46 – How did you make your career decisions? Was it a formal process involving consultations with family or colleagues or more of an introspective approach?
    • A methodical approach in decision-making, making pros and cons lists to organize their thoughts
    • Seek input from mentors, family, and colleagues before making important career decisions
    • Ultimate decision-making authority lies with the individual, and you have to take responsibility for making the choice
    • Throughout one’s career, the person has been guided by the principle of knowing what they do not want, which has helped them make clearer decisions
  • 00:18:58 – What about the industry excites you and has led you to such diverse experiences?
    • Help patient population and colleagues every day
    • Creativity and experience to make products that benefit people
  • 00:21:06 – Strategies to make successful career changes
    • Highly trained individuals can excel in various fields and should embrace new opportunities with confidence
    • Overcoming imposter syndrome and self-doubt, especially as a woman, was an essential part 
    • Open-mindedness and willingness to explore different opportunities


Margot Goodkin, MD PHD

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
PHD Holder in Microbiology
Leader in Pharmaceutical Industry

She is a leader in the pharmaceutical industry and an ophthalmologist with advanced subspecialty training in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. She also holds a PhD in Microbiology. Her experience and expertise span the disciplines of clinical and academic medicine; non-clinical research; government (FDA) service; and global development in the pharmaceutical industry. She is an active member of clinical and scientific research societies.

Connect with Dr. Goodkin
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/margotgoodkin


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