Alternative Careers for Doctors

We at Medic Footprints are all about helping you to see non traditional career paths.

What happens to the doctors that leave medicine? What happens to the doctors that try lots of other exciting things?

We answer those questions!

Working in your current role, you may not have a chance to meet them.

That’s why all of our talks are experiential, so you can hear and see for yourself what other doctors are doing. If they’re doing it, then you can do it too.

Our events provide you with invaluable networking opportunities, whether you’re just curious what’s out there or whether you’re looking to move into a new job.

Coding for Doctors

Teaching Doctors how to Code at our Coding for Doctors 101 Workshop

Do I have to leave the NHS?

The answer is no.

Alternative careers for doctors means many different things.

Doctors, unlike many other professional groups, will often feel the draw back to clinical practice. At the end of the day, you’re making a real difference.

ACW 2016

At our second annual Alternative Careers & Wellbeing Event

Don’t forget:

  • There are other exciting career opportunities within the NHS that you may not know about – have a look at those.
  • Many doctors have portfolio careers – they will continue to have a clinical practice but will also do other things on the side. Such as setting up their own business; setting up a charity; writing. All of these are real life examples!
  • Even if you leave, you can go back again (and many doctors that we know do!) In this case, you are choosing to be there because you want to, not because you feel that you have to.
  • The grass is not always greener! Trying something else may mean that you appreciate that you loved practicing medicine after all.
  • You may well be working a LONG time – the days of guaranteed pensions are over. Do what you love, and try lots of things if you don’t know what you love, so that you can find it.

How do Medic Footprints help?

We are passionate about alternative careers for doctors and helping you to achieve career satisfaction!


At one of our health tech networking events

How do I take the first steps?

  • Browse this site – start off with our main page and/or make use of our search bar at the top of our site – we have a LOT of content that is guaranteed to inspire you.
  • Talk to as many people as possible and find out what they’re doing. This may be your first foot in the door.
  • We have a list of mentors who specialise in doctors and medical students changing careers. This is exclusively available to our paying members
  • Get support and clarity from a career coach
  • Do your homework – don’t just think does this career sound good on paper, think would it suit me?
  • Once you’ve decided what you want to do, whip your CV into shape.
  • Start looking and applying for jobs.

We want to hear from you! Contact us with questions or comments and ideas of what you’d like to see and / or how we can support you in your journey!


If you are an organisation who provides opportunities for doctors and/or wishes to connect with them, we’d love to hear from you.