Physicians who have worked in academic research, written clinical guidelines, or worked in quality improvement at their institutions may enjoy working in scientific and regulatory writing conveying safety, regulatory, and clinical summary information.
Medical communications can be a rewarding career for healthcare providers who are natural born communicators seeking a way to combine a love of medical science with a gift for writing and consulting.
If you feel that a traditional job in medicine doesn’t feed you need for creativity, a medical illustrator career or other job within the medical arts may be a great fit.
Though some states permit physicians to put their license in inactive status, there are associated fees and other restrictions. You may be better off keeping your license active.
Medical journalism careers involve communicating health information and news to the general public, and can include a variety of industries.
Temptation bundling is the notion of linking together two activities to accomplish something in our lives. The first activity is something we need to do or should do, but want to avoid or have the tendency to postpone for as long as possible. The second activity is one that we enjoy doing. It’s a hobby we love, a time waster, our “guilty pleasure,” or whatever we do to relax.
For those seeking a change in pace from the rigors of patient care, but who like the intellectual stimulation and teaching aspect of medicine, may enjoy positions in health and medical education.
There are plentiful opportunities in management consulting for physicians. It’s notoriously difficult to be hired as a management consultant at one of the “big 3” consulting firms – McKinsey, BCG, and Bain. There are several programs to consider that are run by these firms, which are designed to give potential applicants a taste of what a career in consulting is like, but also to assist with recruitment and identifying applicants who merit an interview.
Those who love to give advice to others or enjoy being up in front of an audience can look into career options in coaching and public speaking. Healthcare professionals with a particular area of interest or expertise have a great background for this.
Some say the medical resident budget should continue beyond residency. I agree to a large extent. But sometimes living like an attending makes sense and adds value to our lives.
Business savvy physicians who have a general interest in influencing medicine from a more global scale may be interested in working in business consulting or practice management positions. There are a number of global firms working to improve healthcare that seek to hire physicians to serve as consultants to their clients.
We all feel fulfillment from different types of work. There is an overarching perception that doctors help individual patients, and in medical school we are taught how to treat individual patients. However, there truly is so much more to medicine.
Physicians with great financial management skills, an eye for the next great investment, and an interest in consulting may enjoy one of the many ways they can provide financial consulting. Venture capitalism (or another form of financial consulting) can prove to be a great move for physicians looking to make a career shift or supplement their income.
A recent viewpoint article in JAMA suggested that a new specialty may be in order: the medical virtualist. I’m almost sold on the idea.
Physicians with an interest in legal justice may find providing expert medical opinion or advising a legal team for case preparation to be quite rewarding. Many simply find it to be a great way to supplement a clinical career.
One of the ways I’ve earned a bit of extra income over the past few years is with online telehealth platforms. I’ve come across a number of reviews of various online telemedicine providers that are geared toward patients, though I haven’t had much luck finding information online about them from the physician’s perspective. So I thought I’d write a post about the platform I’ve had the most experience with – HealthTap.