While most people assume everyone who graduates from medical school automatically enters a private practice upon graduation, that’s not always the case. With more and more opportunities becoming available to graduates thanks to technology and other advances in the field, a variety of new and exciting opportunities now exist for new doctors and medical professionals. If you’re preparing to graduate from medical school and are wondering where to look for employment, here are some interesting options to consider.
If you enjoy writing and want to share your medical knowledge with others, consider using your medical school education to become a medical writer. With jobs available at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, textbook publishers, and various nonprofit organizations, graduates can use their medical knowledge to create posters, books, and websites for public education.
For medical students who have a head for business, a career in health administration may be the ticket to success. By aligning themselves with an online medical recruiting service, students can often find employment with hospitals and other healthcare facilities, where they can oversee the day-to-day operations while still interacting with patients or residents. A background in Human Resources is a big plus for this one and you might not need to have quite the same medical education to get the job. MedSource Consultants Recruiting says these positions are often attractive because of their benefits as well as connections forged at many different hospitals and clinics.
By choosing a career in public health, medical students can use their skills in numerous ways. For those with an interest in international affairs, they can travel abroad with medical organizations to help impoverished nations, conduct educational programs about better health practices, and provide much-needed medical services to various populations. Or if they prefer, they can work with local health departments to study various diseases and help educate the public on preventive measures.
With healthcare being such a complex issue in today’s society, many healthcare professionals have chosen to work in numerous types of government positions in an effort to make improvements. For some, that may involve becoming lobbyists, where they can work with elected representatives on various levels of government to help key legislation get passed. And in other instances, they may choose to work at colleges or universities, serving as heads of health services centers. In these positions, they work closely with the student population, educating them on various policies and procedures.
No matter which career path they choose, medical students should realize they have a world of possibilities ahead of them. Whether traveling abroad to help third-world nations rid themselves of disease, discussing the latest health concerns with politicians, or being the administrator of a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, medical students can take their knowledge and skills and help change the world.
This article was contributed by guest author Eileen O’Shanassy.