Leaving the clinic? Discover divergent careers in medicine

Use your experience as a clinician to develop an exciting new career path. Thousands of thriving businesses support the healthcare sector, and your expertise could be precisely what an exciting new venture needs. This isn’t just a minor career change. This is your career reimagined.

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  • So many doctors do not realise their potential, their transferable skills, or what they can do. Very often, doctors think that they only know one particular area of medicine, when in reality, throughout the entire journey of medical school and those first few years of hospital, they've been learning problem-solving, communication, leadership, and management skills, without realising it

    Dr Ashe
    GP and Career Counsellor – Medical Career Planning

Frequently asked questions

Why do doctors pursue a Divergent Career in Medicine?

At some point along their medical career journey, some doctors may decide clinical medicine is no longer for them. Others may seek an additional challenge or wish to acquire an alternative skillset to complement their clinical practice

The reasons why vary from doctor to doctor, however, many are hesitant to leave their clinical jobs entirely. This may be due to how long their studies took and how invested they are in their career, commitment to their patients, or perhaps they’re not clear about what possibilities are available to them outside of traditional clinical roles.

The number of doctors with an interest in exploring alternative career paths is growing, especially since the pandemic. According to our research, 72% of doctors are considering Divergent Career in Medicine opportunities.

A medical degree paired with the right skills can open doors to a vast number of career opportunities. 

What alternative career paths are available to me?

Whether you remain in medicine or decide to pursue a career outside of medicine, the opportunities are almost endless. The following are just some of the areas which doctors can move into:

  • Public Health
  • Medical Education & Coaching
  • Health Leadership
  • Digital Health
  • Corporate Medicine
  • Medical Law
  • Telehealth
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Management Consultancy
  • Health Informatics & Technology
  • Medical Journalism
  • Aviation Medicine
  • Medical Finance
  • Career Coaching
  • Civil Service
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Clinical Research
  • Forensic Medical Examiner
  • Health Economics
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Travel Medicine
  • Maritime Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine

It is worth noting that if you wish to remain in medicine, you will still need to be registered with AHPRA and meet professional development and indemnity. 

Healthcare professionals possess so many skills, many of which are transferrable across numerous roles and industries. However, before you decide to pursue a Divergent Career, there are several things to take into consideration such as your skills, your personal situation, interests, training courses available, and so on. But not to worry, we’re here to help! Why not check out some top tips from our experts.

If you are interested in pursuing a Divergent Career in Medicine, get in touch with Melissa today for a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your options.

Will Wavelength with medical registrations, indemnity, visas etc.?

We have an experienced team of regulatory experts and registered migration agents to help you through all of the paperwork associated with the AHPRA and medical college registration process and guide you through your visa and Medicare provider number applications.

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