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What aspects of law might be a good fit for a (former) doctor to practice in?


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CleanHands
  • Articling Student

There was an MD in my JD class and (unsurprisingly) he's articling with a medical malpractice firm.

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Phaedrus
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Are you interested in medical adjacent legal practice? Are you interested in practicing law, or are you hoping for a shift to administrative duties? If you're interested in the latter more than the former, it might be worth considering an MPA or another management related program.

Like @CleanHands said, MD's can end up on either side of medical malpractice firms, counsel for insurance firms (in-house or private), etc. Having an MD may also be an asset for policy gigs and some branches of government.

There's also the question of why you're looking to shift. If you realized you dislike working in the health field, the above suggestions may be unhelpful. If you hate the hours required by being a doctor, you may find little reprieve in practicing in medical malpractice or insurance firms. If it's about money, well you won't make anywhere near what doctors make as a lawyer for a very, very long time.

Reach out to your alma mater's career counselling to discuss alternative career paths.

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Deadpool
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You might also consider doing an MBA and going into consulting, which is a better use of your medical degree than law school.

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Psychometronic
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OP was intentionally vague in the other thread as to what their “healthcare training” was so I wouldn’t assume they necessarily have an MD. 

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1 hour ago, Psychometronic said:

OP was intentionally vague in the other thread as to what their “healthcare training” was so I wouldn’t assume they necessarily have an MD. 

Meh. Being vague about your qualifications is perfectly fine in the context of this forum - folks value their anonymity and "Dr" can apply to a number of professions which are all inside the same ballpark of services.  

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