Here Are 3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Starting A Side-Gig As A Doctor

7 days ago   •   2 min read

By Ernesto Gutierrez, MD
Photo by Alice Dietrich / Unsplash
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Most doctors I meet genuinely enjoy clinical medicine.

But enjoying it does not take away from wanting to do other things as well. Unfortunately, we often think our time has to be spent as a clinician, or in a completely non-clinical role. Thankfully, this is not true.

In fact, having a side-gig is advisable for several reasons:

1. It gives your brain a challenge.

Many doctors I've spoken to reach a point in their career where their learning curve is mostly flat.

This can lead to boredom and frustration because our brains naturally crave learning. Having a non-clinical side gig forces you to continue learning and developing your creativity. Which is not only healthy for your brain, but allows you to disconnect and recharge your clinician brain.

Your patients will thank you for it!

2. It gives you a different perspective.

Being able to engage in a different activity allows you to see things from a different vantage point.

The way you interact with your patients, and how you approach your day to day problems will inevitably change after this. So far, I've never heard a doctor say their clinical skills have suffered because of a seemingly unrelated side gig. In fact, it's always the opposite…

3. It forces you to develop different skills.

New activities require new skills.

Maybe you had these skills years ago but now they're rusty. Or perhaps they're brand new to you. Either way, when you spend time honing a different set of skills, you grow intellectually and cognitively.

And finally, a side-gig can be an additional source of income, not tied to clinical medicine.

How many doctors lost their jobs or their ability to practice during the pandemic?

As highly skilled professionals, we often only make money when we can provide our services. But when you have a side-gig, not being able to practice clinically is not as bad as it could be.


Since you're obviously interested in starting a non-clinical side-gig, would you like me to help you come up with a few ideas? Message me for a free 15-min strategy session.

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