Some physicians (or medical students) discover (or decide) that they wish to avoid direct patient care. You may wonder, "why did you go to medical school?" Well, there could be a variety of reasons why people choose to pursue a career in medicine. That doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to enjoy direct patient care.
If you're a medical student and you discover that you really don't wish to have a career that involves direct patient care, then you're often told to consider some "classic" examples such as:
- Preventive medicine/public health
- Pursue a non-clinical career
I often get approached by medical students who decide they don't wish to pursue clinical medicine that involves any level of direct patient care. What are their options? Where do they start? I hope that this site may be a useful resource for those who find themselves struggling with such career decisions.