Do Doctors Ever Leave Their Career?

November 16, 2021

I had a conversation with a peer who voiced about wanting to switch careers but felt trapped.

They had mentioned aspects of why they were stuck that was all too familiar to me.

-How can I leave now when I have student loans to pay off?

-I want to leave but the benefits, security and paycheck is holding me back.

-I have a medical degree.  There is nothing else I can do but medicine.

I asked:

-Can you see yourself practicing medicine for the next 10-15 years?

There was a long pause. 

She reluctantly stated ‘No’

I could hear the weariness in her voice.

I told her about my experience.

She was startled to learn that I pivoted and even more so, there are options out there.

Some doctors choose utilization management, clinical research, biotech, medical writing, expert witness just to name a few.

Other doctors chose to be their own entrepreneurs.

Why?

continue helping others.

-have the flexibility to run a business but also have time to spend with family

-potentially make more than you did as a doctor.

-love your career again.

It is the norm to switch careers in business, corporate, technology etc. 

Why not in medicine?

Just because you have a medical degree doesn’t mean you are stuck being only a doctor. 

There are so many options out there.

Want to learn more on how to transition from being a women physician to entrepreneur? 

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Hi, I am Celia Varghese, psychiatrist and career clarity coach. It is my mission to help women physicians build a career they love and enjoy, whether that’s inside or outside of medicine.

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