From Bedside to Boardroom: Transitioning to a Non-Clinical Career

Jacqueline Winkelmann, MD guides physicians on transitioning to non-clinical careers, highlighting motivations, transferable skills, strategic planning, job search strategies, and what to look out for.


(This lecture is part of our Non-Clinical Conference: A Beginner’s Guide)


Target Audience: This talk is for students and doctors who want to learn about transitioning from a clinical to a non-clinical career in healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

* Understand the Landscape of Non-Clinical Careers in Medicine: why are more and more clinicians transitioning to non-clinical careers?

* Describe various non-clinical career paths available to medical professionals, including roles in administration, consulting, pharmaceuticals, healthcare technology, policy, and education. Identify key industries and organizations that commonly employ physicians in non-clinical roles.

* Assess Personal and Professional Motivations: Evaluate individual motivations for transitioning to a non-clinical career, such as work-life balance, career fulfillment, financial considerations, and professional growth.

* Develop a Strategic Transition Plan: Outline steps for making a successful transition from clinical to non-clinical roles, including networking, additional training or education, and professional development. Create a timeline and actionable plan for career transition, setting short-term and long-term goals.

* Leverage Transferable Skills: Identify and articulate transferable skills gained from clinical practice that are valuable in non-clinical roles, such as leadership, communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

* Navigate the Job Market and Networking: Explore effective job search strategies for non-clinical positions, including the use of job boards, professional associations, and recruitment agencies. Understand the importance of networking and building professional relationships within and outside the medical community. Identify resources available for physicians considering a non-clinical career, such as professional organizations, online courses, certifications, and mentorship programs.

* Prepare for Non-Clinical Work Environments: Discuss common challenges faced by physicians transitioning to non-clinical roles, such as adapting to corporate culture, managing different types of stress, and finding new professional identities. Develop strategies for overcoming these challenges and thriving in a non-clinical work environment.

* Interviewing and Evaluating a non-clinical contract: prepare for a non-clinical interview, and learn how to identify red flags related to management, company culture, and compensation structure.

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Jacqueline Winkelmann, MD, FAAP

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