Saturday, June 28, 2008

Jobs for Physicians with No Residency Experience

For more info, please visit (and bookmark) my other website that is devoted to non-clinical job opportunities:

I've met many medical students considering the non-clinical path. The infamous question that always seems to come up is: "What types of non-clinical jobs can I get if I don't do a residency?"

The answer is that it really depends on many other factors. The question is not a simple one, since if you're interested in the business/finance side of the world and have an MBA with some real-world work experience, then you may be fine without doing a residency. In fact, many very successful people have gone that direction.

However, if you don't have an MBA and you don't have any real-world work experience, then it may be more difficult (but certainly not impossible) to find some really promising careers that align with your goals and interests. This will largely depend on your geography, your flexibility, and your willingness to learn new things and to explore your talents and capabilities.

Ask yourself a few things:
  • Are you absolutely certain that you don't enjoy clinical medicine? It may be much more difficult to go back to a residency later in your life. Have you explored Preventive Medicine/Public Health? Have you considered part-time work? To get to some of the best opportunities, you may need to start in a clinical career, get some experience, and then transition out of clinical medicine.
  • How important is salary? I realize that it may seem superficial, but it's very practical if you have loans, a family, etc. If you have another source of income or if you're married and your spouse makes plenty, then you're in a totally different category when you're looking for work. This is why some people love part-time or even freelance jobs where they can work from home.
  • What do you really enjoy? Some love/hate business. Some love/hate writing. At the end of the day, your work/life balance may be the most important thing to you. After all, if you have the opportunity to pursue a clinical career, the main reason driving you away from that must be because you don't enjoy that type of work.

For more info, please visit (and bookmark) my other website that is devoted to non-clinical jobs, careers, and opportunities:


  1. Dr. Kim,

    Thank you for your message in this article. I am a 60 year old physician looking to transition out of clinical medicine. I have many years experience in orthopedic medicine as a physician assistant and occupational medicine as a physician. Where can I go to find a position that would utilize my talents aside from clinical employment? My email address is I would appreciate your assistence.

    James Yarusso, M.D.

  2. I will send you a personal email with some suggestions and considerations for someone with your background and experience over the next few days. Best of luck.

  3. Dr. Kim,

    What wonderfully inspiring articles! Thank you.

    I am a medical intern from Barbados who is looking for opportunities outside of clinical medicine. I am interested in working for a pharmaceutical company, in a public health company, or with a medical product development company.

    Do you know whether these entities recognise the MBBS degree? And would I definitely need to do an MPH or MBA for the latter?

    Your advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Eloise Brathwaite, MBBS

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  5. Dr. Kim,

    You have written a very helpful article.

    My brother has done MBBS and now finishing MPH. He has cleared Plab 1 and Plab2. He is interested in non-clinical career without residency experience. He has interest in Information Science. What career options he has and what are ways to get job immediately. He is residing in UK.


  6. I'm so glad that I found this. It's so hard to find this type of information out there. Thanks!

  7. Hi Dr. Kim,

    I just graduated from medical school and have decided not to pursue residency/further training. I am really passionate about teaching. I have a background in biological sciences/biomedical engineering. Do you have any suggestions for where I should try to look for resources? I have been researching different options and seem to only find opportunities for MDs with clinical experience.

    Thanks so much!

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