What's one of the key reasons why physicians choose to leave a career in medicine? To spend more time with family and to spend less time working, even at the expense of making less money. It's true. Physicians are burning out and they want to have more time for themselves.
Switching to a non-clinical career does not guarantee that you'll work less and have more free time. In fact, in many circumstances you'll be working more. However, you're more likely to have your evenings, weekends, and holidays to yourself. There are a few exceptions to this:
- If you spend a lot of time traveling for work, then you may spend even less time with your family compared to your clinical days.
- Working internationally? Don't expect to have your "standard" holidays off like your U.S. counterparts.
- Consulting or working on deadline-driven projects? Those deadlines may not care about weekends or holidays. You'll just need to get the work done.