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Side Jobs for Medical Doctors

by Shailynn Krow, studioD

A physician’s income can fluctuate for many reasons. Some physicians want to supplement their income short-term, while others may seek out long-term side work. Thankfully, a physician’s education and experience may open doors to potentially lucrative side jobs that can not only provide additional income, but give the physician a break from typical day-to-day activities.


Physicians looking to work directly with patients can take on a few moonlighting gigs each month to supplement their incomes. Moonlight at nursing homes, neighborhood clinics and even specialty treatment centers, such as addiction rehab facilities. Moonlighting can be a flexible arrangement, which allows physicians to work a few jobs into their schedule. In addition, moonlighting can introduce physicians to potential new patients for their own private practices.

Reviewing Services

Health insurance companies and law offices sometimes call on medical professionals to review patient records. Medical record reviews can be completed at home, perhaps on a regular day off. A doctor may be able to review records from multiple offices to earn a worthy side income. Some clients may assign deadlines for a claim review or court case, but much of the work can be planned around the physician’s schedule.

Private Services

Physicians can offer private health and beauty treatments outside of the clinic or hospital setting. For example, a plastic surgeon may offer consultations or private Botox treatments to patients in their homes or during beauty parties. Doctors can also serve as private physicians to individuals and families. They examine and treat patients on an outpatient basis from the comfort of the patient’s home, rather than in a clinic or hospital environment.


A doctor can work as a consultant for other medical professionals or companies. For example, a physician may consult with a pharmaceutical company in the development of a new prescription medication or work with a medical device company on a new machine. The physician may help conceptualize a device or monitor a prescription drug trial to determine its effectiveness.

Writing and Fact-Checking

Newspapers, magazines and online publications accept articles and guides written by physicians. Physicians may be hired to write tutorials, answer reader medical questions or author pieces that explain new medications and treatments. If a physician doesn’t have the skills to write, he can still take on a side job reviewing the accuracy of medical publications and articles written by other writers.

About the Author

Shailynn Krow began writing professionally in 2002. She has contributed articles on food, weddings, travel, human resources/management and parenting to numerous online and offline publications. Krow holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Science in pastry arts from the International Culinary Institute of America.

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