I had a nice chat yesterday with someone who decided that clinical medicine was not the right fit. This individual is currently looking for various types of opportunities and may have some opportunities within pharma. We chatted for a while and I really hope that he/she gained some insights from our conversation. I emphasized the value of social networking. I don't wish to disclose additional information about this person or get into details about this individual's reasons for leaving clinical medicine. This person did have residency experience, so that's always an advantage when one decides to pursue non-clinical opportunities. I always try to encourage medical students to give residency a chance before completely transitioning out of the clinical world.
Physicians and other healthcare professionals choose not to pursue clinical medicine for a variety of reasons. I'm happy to provide my insights that I've gained over the years through my personal experience and also through meeting individuals who now work in different types of non-clinical settings. If you'd like to correspond with me, I encourage you to join me on Twitter and send me a message via e-mail.