Many physicians plan to transition out of clinical practice into non-clinical careers, including education, administration, consulting and communications. Here are my Top 10 tips for surviving the transition successfully.
As much as I love working with entrepreneurial physicians, I recognize that many physicians plan to transition out of clinical practice into non-clinical careers that don't include starting their own business.
Yes, many fantasize about being their own boss, with all the tantalizing flexibility and autonomy. However, the realities of a drop in income, lack of time, and lack of business knowledge and experience wreak havoc with their dreams. And fear doesn't hesitate to show its pinched face too!
Instead, these doctors who are hungry for a change in direction seek out new physician career opportunities in a number of other less risk-prone areas, such as:
... the list and possibilities are huge.
How then can you make and survive the transition successfully to your non-clinical career?
This list is based on my own experience (as a doctor who changed careers a few times!) and that of the many physician clients I have coached over the last eight and a half years:
By the way, here's the full Campbell quote, which I love: "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are -- if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time." This is so true -- it's how I now experience my life!