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  Published: 28/03/2018




Having a medical degree does not limit you to working solely as a clinician. Some doctors combine their clinical practice with other areas of interest, such as information technology, and others work almost entirely in non-clinical areas. Below are several case studies of doctors who have chosen different career pathways within the health sector or related areas.

Andrew Old
Medical Advisor, Service Integration & Improvement, Auckland District Health Board
It was "an 'idealistic' decision - the system was broken, and I could be more useful working to make it more effective...

Dana Thomas
Clinical consultant and Product Manager, Orion Health
There are only a handful of people in the country that do [what I do]. I like that...

Karl Cole
Clinical Director/Innovation at ProCare and General Practitioner
IT will change the rules of medicine...

Lloyd McCann
Clinical Fellow in Performance Improvement at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust
As I was exposed to more leadership and medical management, I thought, yes, I am interested in clinical medicine, but I am more passionate about how organisations work, and in providing the environment in which people are inspired to do their best work...

Paul White
Barrister specialising in health
I started to think 'I can't see myself doing this for the next 40 years'...

Will Reedy
Nautilus Health (a company he formed in 2008)
People thought I was mad. Now people understand more about the role of IT in health services delivery...

Karina McHardy
Doctoral Programme in Public Health at Oxford University
I was able to see the power and potential of medical skills training. What else could I do with this? What would give me more satisfaction?...