I spent the weekend "in class" attending business school. I was taking a course on organizational development and we had some great discussions around traditional vs. transformational paradigms in the workplace. Our discussions also made me reflect on my own paradigm shift that occurred when I shifted out of clinical medicine and entered the non-clinical world of business. I use the term "business" very broadly because the non-clinical setting may involve work related to research, medical affairs, health technology, etc. Given that the health care industry is a business, it's important to find the right opportunities that you'll find enjoyable.
If you're thinking about a career transition, you're facing a significant paradigm shift. Are you ready for that? Do you know what kind of world you're about to enter? Before you "jump" out of a career in clinical medicine, make sure you're learning as much as you can about all the different non-clinical options that may be available to you.
I am currently a business school student in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Executive MBA program at Saint Joseph's University Erivan K. Haub School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. The Nationally-ranked and AACSB-accredited Haub School of Business, centrally located in the mid-Atlantic pharmaceutical and healthcare corridor, is able to bring together industry experts and a world-class faculty for a unique industry-focused, immersive executive program.
You can read about my business school experience by reading all the blog posts tagged "Business School Blog."