Alternative Career Paths after MBBS

It’s a common belief that there are no options for MBBS graduates apart from clinical and teaching practices. Many people still believe that “Without PG MD or MS there is no career”. This is a wrong perception. A career in medicine is not easy at all. So, a few folks might look for alternate careers after MBBS. Moreover, with the growing competition in the medical field, MBBS is no longer considered as the final qualification. In this post, we will look at the best alternative career options after MBBS and top courses after MBBS.

In today’s fast-paced and competitive world many doctors are searching for challenging career paths apart from their clinical practices. The more demanding nature of medical practices has forced many to take bolder steps and more open to changing careers. In this article, we will discuss the various other career paths and courses after the MBBS degree. Here are a few roles open to medical graduates.

Medical / Pharmaceutical Researcher

The medical research field is a dynamic one that is constantly developing. Those who conduct experiments and analyze results to learn more about the human body and potential treatments are medical researchers. The researchers are often required to work in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, hospital labs, and research institutes. They formulate new drugs and clinical approaches via focused research and analysis. Translational Medicine or Translational Research is a great career path for MBBS graduates who wish to combine lab/bench research and clinical duties. 

Medico-Legal Advisor

This field is quite demanding as they deal with the legal angle of the medical cases. This is a highly paid alternative career option for those interested in a medico-legal career. They may even require attending court trials, running workshops as well as holding lectures, and writing articles regarding the same.

Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner

After completion of your MBBS course, one can take up this interesting route to become a Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner. Their role is to deal with examining the living and forensic pathologists are trained to carry out medical examinations on the dead.

Health / Medical Journalism and Medical Writing

Journalism itself is a very wide field, but those with scientific & medical credentials and have adequate experience have the edge over the vast majority of journalists who come mostly from other social science backgrounds. Some medics undertake this as an addition, rather than an alternative to their clinical practice.

As a medical writer, you can work in academia, industry (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, etc.), news organizations, government, or for yourself. You can write manuscripts, reports on clinical trials, news articles, regulatory submissions, meeting abstracts, patient education materials, and even slide decks.

For this alternative career path, you may need to gain extra qualifications to start a successful journalism career. Doctors with a passion for writing, undertake clinical writing and editorial activities for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies which are a lucrative career too.

Public Health Worker

Public health is about promoting and protecting the health of the general population. It is one of the most challenging and honorable jobs since you might work on preventing the spread of infectious diseases or environmental health hazards and work with your government on many crucial projects on saving millions of lives. You could also be involved in strategies to improve the accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness of your health service.

Medical Teacher/ Professor

Medical education is one of the best career paths you can choose after MBBS. With a teaching career, you can always be in touch with your medical world along with many other things. You can support trainee medical students or doctors, educating the public, be it in your home country or abroad. It can earn you a handsome amount as well for your expertise.

 Hospital Administration

One of the most lucrative career alternatives after MBBS is to get into the hospital Administration. The administrative jobs are the long-standing options for doctors, especially for the senior and elder doctors. It’s a fact that clinical experience makes doctors better administrators as they understand the health system inside out thus enhancing the hospital’s credibility.

To overcome the challenge of a lack of business acumen, many doctors are opting for this alternative career and taking up business courses and pursuing an MBA (maybe MBA in healthcare management) in an attempt to position themselves for the role of a hospital administrator.

Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner

After completion of your MBBS course, one can take up this interesting route to become a Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner. Their role is to deal with examining the living and forensic pathologists are trained to carry out medical examinations on the dead.

Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic psychiatry is a subspeciality of psychiatry and is related to criminology. It encompasses the interface between law and psychiatry. This field is also closely related to the field of medico-legal study, which involves the treatment and healing of mentally ill criminal offenders.

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