This is the last article in our three part series. If you haven’t read part one and two yet, you might want to start there. In those two articles, we talked about, in some depth, why someone might want to leave the medical profession, and we provided some insights directly from former doctors who have done just that.
The truth is that there are endless reasons why someone might choose to become a doctor. And there are as many reasons why someone might change their mind. So, even if you don’t find something in these articles that sounds like the next step for you, there are virtually endless other options available.
If you want to do something completely unrelated to your medical education, you can. You’re clearly smart. You know how to learn. You’ve thrived in the academic environment. Those traits mean that choosing a completely different direction for your life and career may not be out of your grasp. It may not happen quickly, and it may not be easy, but hey, how easy was it getting to this stage in your medical education or career as a physician? We’re guessing that, no matter how smart you are, it was pretty tough.
Here are a few more career options for former medical students and former physicians.
Communications consultants are typically self-employed and are hired by organizations, such as insurance companies, media outlets, and professional sports franchises, to provide advice, and bridge the frequent communication gaps between medical professionals and people who work in other types of businesses.
While you’ll be taking on new educational challenges, which may seem daunting after medical school, the field of medical law can be very rewarding. You can work as a consultant, or as an attorney, in a variety of specialty areas.
Your medical education makes research a great option. You can do forensic research, clinical research, or move into other types of scientific or sociological research that are outside of the medical field.
Here are some additional resources to check out if you are considering making a change:
That brings our three-part series on alternative careers for medical professionals to an end. Regardless of where you go after your medical education, you’ll definitely want to use the latest technology, like the XebraPro App, to make the most of the education you are getting right now.