The Career Doctor™

by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers? Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of your own, use the anonymous form below, and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here. Contact information is here.

ALTERNATIVE CAREERS FOR A MEDICAL GRADUATE

Dear Career Doctor:

I'm a third year medical student who questions the wisdom of this career choice. I've been top of the class throughout school and doing well at med school, yet now I don't believe this is what will make me happiest in terms of working conditions, pay, family time, and creative satisfaction.

Apologies for an open ended question, but it would be a great help if you could list some feasible and lucrative alternate careers for a medical graduate. I understand management is one.

Doclet

Dear Doclet:

I get one or two letters a month asking how to get into medical school, so it is a refreshing change to answer a letter asking how to get out!

Many medical students who do not want to work the long hours most physicians work opt for dermatology, radiology where hours are more normal. Others choose emergency medicine and earn a six figure income for working three twelve hour days a week.

But if you don't want to go through residency, here are some options. I know a very successful medical malpractice lawyer who went to law school after medical school. I have also heard of Wall Street firms hiring medical school grads to analyze stocks in the pharmaceutical/medical field.

If you are interested in management positions, I would contact the Human Resources department at pharmaceutical firms, insurance companies or hospitals and see what opportunities might be open to someone with a medical degree who has not practiced.

There are many opportunities, it just depends on what you would enjoy. And I agree that no one who doesn't love the field should become a physician!

The Career Doctor

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The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.

Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.