Health start-ups with a focus on technology often provide an opportunity to tackle some of the problems facing the entire industry with innovative solutions. As a result, startup and biotech jobs for physicians are increasing in number.
Physicians working in health innovation are often responsible for ensuring that health institutions are on the forefront of health advances and technologies, which currently involves the application of digital health measures to improve patient health outcomes and provider work environments.
Physicians can hold positions working for medical device companies by working in development and safety, traveling to provide training and education, and in marketing and sales of the devices to fellow health professionals.
Physicians with an interest in serving as a type of public safety officer, protecting the public from drugs that could be potentially harmful, may find a career in pharmacovigilance very satisfying.
Physicians or medical professionals in clinical trial and drug development often work in conjunction with a host of other professionals including PhD researchers, marketers, chemists, pharmacists, and others to ensure that drugs in clinical trials that will soon come to market are safe and efficacious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As healthcare institutions continue to grow and the landscape of medicine continues to evolve, there is an increasing need for physician leaders in healthcare administration. Physicians have the insight of working within the system and know the unique challenges that clinicians face in providing care to their patients.
Utilization management physicians assist the healthcare system with preventing overuse of medical resources and keep healthcare costs down. They generally work with health insurers to review pre-authorization requests or review claims submitted by physicians.
Being a physician advisor for a clinical documentation improvement programs provider can be a great opportunity if you enjoy teaching and want a break or a change from traditional clinical medicine.
Physicians, particularly those with public health, global health, healthcare administration, or business backgrounds may find that there is no shortage of positions in nonprofits around the world that could benefit from physician knowledge and training.
Physicians or medical professionals with a strong interest in preventive health and working to improve patient health on a larger scale may enjoy a position in public health. By working at the population versus the individual patient level, physicians can help research and enact public health programming that will affect the health of the general public.
Many jobs in medicine bring on the question of physician employee vs independent contractor. For those working as consultants or with alternative work arrangements, it’s important to understand the differences between various work arrangements.
Although many physicians may dread the bureaucracy, political maneuvering, and protocols involved in government work, it is incredibly important that physicians have a say in the legislation that affects the health of the citizens of the United States, whether nationally or on a local scale.
We’re starting the new year off with a bang here at L4Z by bringing you a marathon series of profiles for non-clinical careers for physicians and other medical professionals.
If you’ve spent any time exploring non-clinical jobs in medicine or physician leadership opportunities, you’ve probably encountered the job title of Medical Director. You may have noticed that medical director jobs span a wide range of position types, pop up in several different areas within healthcare, and have vastly differing job descriptions and requirements.
Physician leadership development programs can be an efficient way to transition from traditional medicine to a rewarding and lucrative career in the pharmaceutical or medical technology industry. These programs are developed and sponsored by large companies that see the value in introducing early-career physicians to the range of roles in the industry that require the knowledge, experience, and clinical expertise that doctors and healthcare professionals have to offer.
There’s a tendency among physicians who are considering leaving clinical medicine to feel that they’re not adequately prepared or lacking the appropriate skill set for the new work. Even if you’ve spent your entire career to date in a clinical setting, you’ve acquired and used skills that are vital for a non-clinical career – even one that is only tangentially related to medicine.
By far one of the most popular non-clinical career choices for physicians is a job in the pharmaceutical sector. Pharmaceutical companies need physicians to help them in various areas including designing research studies, evaluating drug safety, and communicating their message to other physicians.
This resume template goes along with our three-part series on CVs and resumes for physicians pursuing non-clinical and alternative jobs. You may want to start out by reading the intro to this set of articles as well as Part 3, which focuses on resumes.
You may be fine with a generic resume for an entire job search, but only if your job search is within a narrow field. If you’re applying for a job opening or to a particular company, you’ll want to a version of your resume that is explicitly geared toward demonstrating that you’re a great candidate for that specific role. But this doesn’t mean you need to do a total resume overhaul every time you send it to someone.