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3 Alternative Career Paths Medical Practitioners Can Take


At some point in medical school or in your career as a doctor, you may want to explore other career options than practising clinical medicine at a General Practice – perhaps you’ve never felt obliged to follow the set path for medical graduates to begin with? Luckily, a medical degree, coupled with the right skills and necessary experience, can open many doors to great, alternative career opportunities.

Keep reading if you’re a highly skilled and qualified general practitioner looking to steer your career in a different direction.

Civilian Medical Practitioner

As a civilian medical practitioner in the Army, Navy, or RAF, you’ll be tasked with maintaining, improving, and restoring the health of the defence force in order to keep the operational effectiveness in order.

To achieve this, you’ll need to be a highly skilled general practitioner who can provide high-quality care to defence personnel at home and/or on operations. Your role as a civilian medical practitioner is diverse and can include aspects of primary care, occupational medicine, sports medicine, expeditionary medicine, prehospital medicine, and acute care – which you’re expected to provide where it’s required, whether it’s on land, at sea, or in the air.

If you’re a GP or doctor who is looking for a new challenge in your career, then this could be the perfect alternative role for you.

Clinical Lecturer

If you’re a qualified GP with experience working in a practical medical environment and find imparting your knowledge particularly enjoyable, you’ll be glad to hear that you can pursue teaching on a much larger scale by becoming a lecturer.

You may remember from your time in medical school that this job is fairly flexible: some medical graduates teach full-time, while others spend part of their working week in a hospital environment and lecture occasionally – so the choice is yours.

Whether you’re motivated by the enjoyment of teaching or you simply want to give back to the medical community and help to raise the next generation of doctors, becoming a clinical lecturer can be a highly fulfilling career path.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer

A deputy chief medical officer in the Army is a fully qualified medical practitioner who has years of experience in leadership, managing a team of lead clinicians and in delegation maximising potential of the team.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need to be accustomed to providing medical advice, recruitment training, and revalidation support. In return, you’ll have the opportunity to use your medical and managerial acumen in a new arena, impacting recruits joining the defence force. In fact, you will be a pivotal decision maker within the Army recruitment process.

If you’re a senior medical officer with an interest in occupational health, keen to explore different ways you can use your skills, then you can find all the deputy chief medical officer roles available in your area

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