Medical students interested in exploring nonclinical career opportunities should look into applying for a nonclinical away rotation during their 4th year. A number of medical schools and hospitals have established medical student away rotations in a variety of nonclinical areas related to healthcare delivery. These include quality improvement, clinical informatics, business, law, and others.
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.
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.
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.
I’m hoping to get a job in consulting, and don’t really want a clinical career. Are there adequately paying jobs for physicians without residency?