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    How doctors can find nonclinical jobs

    According to recent surveys, doctors are branching out into non-traditional work more than ever before.


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    Career change for physicians used to mean changing specialties1, whereas now, it means leaving medicine itself. A research study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reported that 9.7% of the 6,695 doctors surveyed between August 28, 2014 and October 6, 2014 planned to leave clinical work for an administrative position in healthcare, while 1.9% indicated that they planned to leave practice altogether to pursue a different career.2 For those who are searching for nonclinical jobs, it can be helpful to know where to find these jobs and how to get hired.

    Nonclinical job trends

    Most nonclinical jobs fall into a few industries that are ready-made for physicians, such as health insurance, pharmaceutical and regulatory agencies.

    Heather Fork, MD, a professional career coach in Austin, Texas, explains that there is a fairly strong demand for doctors in areas such as health insurance, benefits management, worker’s compensation and disability, pharmaceuticals, informatics and physician adviser.

    Fork has noticed that as certain aspects of the health care industry shift, new types of nonclinical jobs are seeing growth.


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    “With all of the data that is being amassed with the EMR, there is a need for physicians in the area of data mining and analytics, in addition to those working with the clinical application of the EMR itself,” she says.

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    Heidi Moawad
    Heidi Moawad is a freelance writer for Medical Economics.


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