- Should you maintain a part-time clinical practice if you leave the bedside?
- Should you maintain an active medical license, even if you don't intend to practice medicine?
Here are 3 reasons why you should maintain a part-time clinical practice, even after you land a non-clinical job:
- Job insecurity. Let's face it: these days, job security simply doesn't exist in the corporate or business world. You may have a great job today, but your position may get eliminated or your company may go out of business.
- Boredom. If you left clinical medicine because you were getting bored, you're at risk of getting bored in the non-clinical world as well. It may help you avoid boredom if you maintain a part-time clinical practice.
- Barriers to re-entry back to clinical medicine. Someday, if you choose to re-enter clinical medicine, you're likely going to face a number of obstacles and hurdles to return to the bedside. If you maintain a part-time clinical practice, then re-entry becomes much easier.
- To help during disasters. Natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes often call for medical assistance. You may want to volunteer your clinical skills during these situations.
- To prepare for retirement. Do you have a plan for retirement? You may find it quite fulfilling to work or volunteer in a clinical capacity once you've reached retirement mode. Plus, you may find a nice way to earn some extra income. Part-time clinical jobs will be easier to find compared to non-clinical jobs if you're an older adult (dare I say "geriatric?")
So, there you have it. I can think of several more reasons to maintain a part-time clinical practice, but I'll wait until another day.