How To Reinvent Your Career If you Quit Being Doctor

  1. Air Traffic Controller – What do you think being on call is all about?
  2. Drug Dealer – Well, this one is obvious.
  3. Data Processor – You can thank the EMR for this one.
  4. Lawyer – You have been trained in defensive medicine for years.  How about putting it to good use?   Besides, you know which doctors suck in your hospital.  Start handing out your cards right outside their offices.
  5. Consultant – This is just a made up job anyway.  And you have seen all the other idiots who do it.
  6. Surgeon General – I mean really, what do they do anyway?
  7. Administrator – If you can’t beat’em, join’em.  You need to lose some IQ points first, though.
  8. Politicians – They even do less than the administrators but it is a better way to pass around your half-naked pictures on Facebook.
  9. Pharmaceuticals – There are so many choices here to make a living while losing all credibility as a physician.  Jump right in!
  10. Fast food restaurant – No one takes more orders and juggles more items at the same time than you.  Besides, you may make more money than being a doctor.
  11. Chef – Heck, medicine is now a cookbook job anyway.   It can’t be much different than whipping up some crème brule.
  12. Newspaper delivery person – You have been giving news to patients every day of your life so why not continue doing the same.  You still have to get up early but you can now go to bed early and once again, you may get paid more.
  13. Hair stylist/Manicurist – How many nails have you treated or cut off?  How many backs have you shaved to do a procedure?   Now you can do it a nicer atmosphere.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “How To Reinvent Your Career If you Quit Being Doctor

  1. panacea
    January 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Well, you don’t have to be a physician to be #6 anyways…
    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/12/army-first-female-surgeon-general-sworn-in-121711w/

  2. David Rogers
    December 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Drive the Monorail at Disneyworld – Same level of autonomy as medicine today. Two choices, forward or back. Better quality of life, probably higher salary, and probably free access to the park.

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