I talk to a fair amount of physicians who are frustrated with their current job situation. Many are curious about what kind of non-clinical career they would be eligible for and how long a transition would take. According to Dr. Joseph Kim, founder of nonclinical jobs.com, only about 5% of physicians make the complete transition to a non-clinical career.
And the change can often take a number of years.
What are your options if you don’t want to wait to enjoy your work more?
There a number of ways physicians find more career satisfaction while they explore non-clinical options. Some of the approaches I have seen that offer benefit are:
1. Determine how you could improve your current situation:
- Hardwire some personal time in your schedule (allows time for career planning)
- Develop a practice “niche” such as wellness, integrative medicine or aesthetics
- Get involved in an initiative in your hospital, e.g. EMR implementation, physician wellness, or social media, etc.
- Save money now to have greater job flexibility down the road
- Join or start a physician support group in your area. For information click here.
2. Explore different clinical positions, which may offer:
- Better work hours/compensation
- The opportunity to learn new skills
- More collegial relationships
- A new geographic location
3. Look for opportunities to develop non-clinical skills
- Participate in Electronic Medical Record implementation in your clinic/hospital
- Volunteer on a committee to gain leadership experience
- Write articles and/or blogs to establish your expertise in a subject area
- Take a course through the American College of Physician Executives, or another institution
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