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What other jobs can you do with a medical doctorate degree?

I do plan on practicing medicine, but I want to know what other options are at my disposal in case that I do not want to do so anymore. #medicine #nutrition #wellbeing #opportunities #family


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Epoch’s Answer

Hi William,

Apart from practicing medicine which gives the highest satisfaction for the doctors, there are few other areas where the medical degree and experience can be very helpful. Pharmacology is the evergreen field when you want to look for opportunities outside of the regular practitioner. Some of my friends with MS degree pursued directly into the clinical research jobs where your skills will be extremely useful be it the Clinical Research Associate or Clinical studies for drug trials. There are also opportunities related to the Micro Biology research, genetics engineering, there are lot of medical device manufacturers employ people with medical degrees for the internal research of clinical trials coordinator.

The opportunities are plenty in the research domain.

Good luck in picking some research area where you can contribute your best.

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Chuck’s Answer

Ola Alejandra:

How Is a Medical Degree Applicable to Different Fields?

Dr. Seema Yasmin trained at the University of Cambridge medical school in England. After graduating, she worked as a hospital doctor in London before moving to the U.S. for a fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After serving two years as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Yasmin made the leap to study journalism at the University of Toronto and then wrote for The Dallas Morning News. She is a poet and book author, teaches health journalism and is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.

She and Morgan say that some components of their medical training are universally applicable in different fields. This includes the experience of listening to a wide range of people and gathering large quantities of information to make practical decisions.

"Medicine taught me how to listen to people, how to be there for someone at their most vulnerable time, to observe a person for the details they weren't sharing verbally, and to lead with empathy and compassion," Yasmin says. "Learning how to take a thorough history, studying how best to ask questions and how best to actively listen – those are skills I learned in medicine that I continue to build on myself and teach to my students."

Adds Morgan, "The general breadth of medical education does provide an excellent foundation for many things, and I wouldn't underrate a lot of the core experience in working with people in challenging and high-stakes situations. Certainly, presentation skills are important. Medicine has good training around the ability to digest a large amount of technical material quickly. It's also a great way to establish a work ethic and self-discipline."

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Kim’s Answer

Most medical device companies hire many people with medical degrees as there are many different positions using that education and experience - research, field support, product development, etc..

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Spencer’s Answer

There are many non-clinical jobs for physicians, but most require some background in clinical medicine. Some examples include industrial research and development, laboratory research, pharmaceuticals, expert witnesses, insurance, hospital administration, product development, and many more.

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Richard’s Answer

There are so many opportunities after medical school... different specialties appeal to different individuals. Or you can follow a nonclinical route in research or even hospital administration.

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Kim’s Answer

Most medical device companies hire many people with medical degrees as there are many different positions using that education and experience - research, field support, product development, etc..

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Alejandra’s Answer

Hi William, I am surrounded of doctors and one of the things I've seen that have give them a fresh air is getting in to Cellular Nutrition. You are still close to medicine but getting knowledge on this can open new opportunities for you including business.

Hope this helps.


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