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December 15, 1993

Leaving the Bedside: The Search for a Nonclinical Medical Career

Author Affiliations

Sacramento, Calif

JAMA. 1993;270(23):2877. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510230119052

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This publication was produced by the AMA's Department of Physician Licensure and Career Resources. Research was performed by Joe Ann Jackson, Project Manager, and the report written by Maija Balagot, a Chicago-based communications consultant. The resulting product is a primer for the practicing physician who is considering leaving patient care or leaving medicine altogether.

Leaving the Bedside first explores the forces pushing or pulling a physician to consider a career change. Actual case histories representative of the reasons physicians have changed to nonclinical careers are presented. Many dissatisfactions of a clinical medical career are discussed in depth.

Next covered are adjustments that can be anticipated in leaving clinical medicine for a nonclinical position: the emotional stresses in changing peer groups and the changing concept of self, determining who you are and who you want to be.

For most physicians, changing careers requires a lot of help from a variety of