I Left Clinical Medicine For A Non-Clinical Role In Biotech - I Should Have Done This Instead.

a year ago   •   2 min read

By Ernesto Gutierrez, MD
Photo by Med Badr Chemmaoui / Unsplash
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It’s no secret doctors are leaving medicine in droves.

Low reimbursements, long hours, administrative burdens, and being told how to practice are the most common reasons cited. But then there’s also the systematic abuse that most doctors endure.

Every step of the way being told to “just wait… it gets easier.”

No, it doesn’t.

“I was driving to the clinic and caught myself fantasizing about having a minor car accident so I wouldn’t have to go to work for a few days.”

Sadly, this is a phrase I’ve heard more than once from different doctors. Maybe the details change a bit, but the essence remains the same.

A non-clinical job is still a j-o-b.

Sure, the hours will be better. And you won’t have to eat hospital cafeteria food anymore.

But you will still have arbitrary metrics to meet. And you will have someone looking over your shoulder. Often a person with no clinical training or background.

If you’re the kind of doctor who resented being told how to practice, you will feel your hands tied as much as you did as a clinician.

Ask me how I know…

It’s never been easier to start your own business.

You already have the skills, the expertise, and the scars to prove it.

Now all you need to do is share these experiences with the world. With billions of people connected through the internet, you’re bound to find your tribe. People who not only value what you have to offer, but who want it, and are willing to pay for it.

But… Starting a business is too risky.

Leaving your financial and professional future in the hands of someone else sounds a lot riskier than taking control of it yourself.

Don’t believe me? Could you make an extra $2k from your job this month? Ask for a raise and you might get 2, maybe 4% if you’re lucky. Not even on par with inflation…

But in your own business? It’s your call.

If you want to leave medicine because you want to be in control of how you work, of your time, and of your income, a different job won’t make you happy.

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