One way to gain some experience in the business side of health care (also known as the health care industry) is to serve on the advisory board of various types of companies and organizations. In the past, I've served on a few different boards and I've always enjoyed having the opportunity to guide companies with strategic business decisions. In some cases, your expert opinion could dramatically alter the course of an organization. Some physician executives have created independent consulting businesses after serving on several advisory boards and getting recognized as an "expert in the field."
What types of advisory boards seek physicians? Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Consulting firms. Health information technology companies. Non-profit and public health organizations. Venture capital and investment banking firms.