I've found that even though I'm now working in the non-clinical setting, I'm still challenged to balance professional work with my personal life. I'm married. I have a family. I have yard work (I was out in the yard all day on Saturday getting rid of many leaves).
I enjoy spending time with my family, but I'm also quite busy with my day job, my blogs, and some formal and informal consulting opportunities. One way to increase my free time at home is to reduce my blogging, so as my the "busy meter" goes into the red zone labled, "way too busy and spread too thin," the blogging will be the first thing to go. I enjoy writing and I can do it fairly quickly, but I'll need to find some technology that will take my thoughts and automatically transcribe them to a blog post.
Some of you are considering non-clinical careers because you think these options will allow you to have more time with you family. What many people don't realize is that some non-clinical careers will reduce your free time even more because you'll be expected to work late evenings and weekends. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Well, the difference is that you won't have partners who can cover your shifts.
Dr. Joseph Kim is the founder of NonClinicalJobs.com, an independent website owned and operated by Dr. Kim. He is also the President of MCM Education, a professional medical education and publishing company that develops continuing medical education (CME) activities in joint sponsorship with medical universities, hospitals, and medical associations. Dr. Kim is a digital entrepreneur and technologist who has a passion for health information technology, mobile health, and social media. He frequently speaks at conferences about non-clinical careers for physicians, continuing medical education, mobile health technology, and social media in medicine. Dr. Kim holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.