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50 Nonclinical Careers for Physicians: Fulfilling, Meaningful, and Lucrative Alternatives to Direct Patient Care


How Physicians Can Leverage Their Clinical Skills to Transition to Another Career

By the time they realize their career in clinical medicine isn’t everything they thought it would be, many physicians believe they’re too invested in their trade to turn back now. Feeling burned out, disengaged, unfulfilled or burdened by high student debt or compensation incommensurate with the demands of their job, they may feel trapped, without options and with nowhere to turn.

In her book, 50 NONCLINICAL CAREERS FOR PHYSICIANS: FULFILLING, MEANINGFUL, and LUCRATIVE ALTERNATIVES TO DIRECT PATIENT CARE, preventive medicine physician Sylvie Stacy offers physicians an escape from that bleak “trap” by identifying numerous nonclinical career options that could align with their skill sets and individual financial situation.

While providing an escape from the stressors of clinical medicine, the book also allays much of the potential guilt associated with “selling out” their chosen profession or abandoning patients by explaining how each physician’s training and talents directly translate to patient care outside of clinical medicine.

The value of 50 NONCLINICAL CAREERS FOR PHYSICIANS is in its actionable advice, including how to market yourself in job applications and interviews, and the abundance of detail it provides – including responsibilities, range of compensation and stress levels – to help readers decide which alternative career is the best fit for them. And while other authors encourage physicians to start their own business, Stacy focuses on full-time positions that don’t require the reader to begin their own consulting business or find their own clients.

From the Foreword by Peter Angood, MD, CEO & President, American Association for Physician Leadership, “The layout of the book and its chapter design provide focus on the constellation of readily attainable, full-time positions for all types of physicians. It is a must read for those trying to answer their personal question of whether to seek an alternative career path beyond bedside care.”

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Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH, received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a residency in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins. She has held nonclinical jobs in medical writing, medical education, utilization management, and clinical documentation improvement.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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