The Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC)

An online portal for physicians interested in non-clinical careers

Join the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC) and learn about non-clinical jobs, careers, and opportunities.



Professional Certificate Programs

You can complete professional certificate programs on sites like Coursera and edX on topics such as:

Agile Project Management
Product Management 
Lean Six Sigma
Strategic Management
Corporate Finance
Product Design and Health
Inclusive Leadership
Business Writing
Leadership and Management in Education
Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Data Science
and more

In some cases, you may also earn credit towards a university degree program. Both Coursera and edX offer degree programs (eg, MBA, MS) from universities such as:

HEC Paris
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
Georgia Tech
Boston University
Indiana University
and many others

Rapid Q&A: medical director jobs in pharma

Rapid Q&A:

Q: I'm interested in applying for a medical director job in pharma and biotech companies. Are these jobs only for physicians, or do non-physicians hold medical director positions?

A: It depends on the type of medical director position. In many pharma and biotech companies, certain medical director positions may be held by a range of health professionals including physicians (MD, DO), pharmacists (PharmD), researchers (PhD), advanced practice nurses, and others. Other "medical director" positions may be only for physicians who have subspecialty training and an active medical license.

The following are snippets from several different job postings for "medical director" positions in pharma and biotech companies:

This position requires a minimum of a masters level advanced scientific/medical degree (e.g. MD, PhD, PharmD, MPH or other masters level degree), with experience in Neurology

Physician (M.D. or equivalent) ideally with board certification in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Surgery. Subspecialty training/certification is a plus. Active or eligibility for a US Medical license is required.

MD strongly preferred (PhD or Pharm D level degree or equivalent can also be considered); Board certification or board eligible; Advanced training in the respective therapeutic area strongly preferred

MD, DO, or advanced relevant medical degree preferable with clinical, research and/or industry experience in cellular therapy and Hematology/Oncology.

Advanced degree required (PharmD, MD, PhD) with sleep and psychiatry training or experience preferred.

Medical Affairs Professional Society

The Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) is an organization that is advancing the Medical Affairs profession.

The mission of MAPS is to "elevate the role of Medical Affairs to be a partner with its Commercial and R&D colleagues, and lead the industry in scientific dialogue and the education of stakeholders on the safe and appropriate use of products and to accelerate access to medicine for the benefit of patients."

The MAPS Global 2020 conference is March 8-11 in Miami, FL

Master in Clinical Service Operations (MCSO)

Harvard Medical School offers a program called the Master in Clinical Service Operations (MCSO).

The Master in Clinical Service Operations (MCSO) program provides physicians, clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals and administrators with the operations management training they need to lead teams, optimize efficiency and improve the patient experience.

Given the rapid change across all sectors of health care, the importance of formal training in operational aspects of health care has never been more critical. Health care organizations require high-performing, collaborative teams that can work together seamlessly to deliver value-based care, ensure patient satisfaction and achieve better outcomes.

The program provides learners with clinical operations skill sets and knowledge that are essential to lead health care organizations in the United States and internationally.

Program objectives include:
  • Improve overall clinical operations, manage operational workflows, optimize supply chains and facilitate hospital and system-wide innovation to provide value-care and an outstanding patient-centered experience.
  • Build collaborative teams of multi-disciplinary stakeholders, including physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and administrators who are well equipped to work with a hospital’s corporate functions.
  • Evaluate productivity and financial measures, manage operational, organizational and capital budgets, assess physician and staff compensation and understand regulatory compliance and audits.

NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Program

Apply today for the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Program and pursue a one-of-a-kind opportunity to address important issues in health policy by conducting studies using restricted data from National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data systems and programs.

Statistical information plays an important role in informing actions and policies to improve the health of individuals and communities. With this guiding principal, the National Center for Health Statistics and AcademyHealth developed the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Program

The program is designed to encourage the use of NCHS data systems and programs by the health services research community in response to current health policy questions, and provide a basis for future health policy.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020


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Re-entry issues

Posted by Eric Marc Levin on August 26, 2019 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

I have been retired for 5 years and now wish to get back to work part-time. But what a hassle! When I changed my status to active retired,I had no idea what I would be in for if I changed my mind. A reassessment of my skills after 30 years in Psychiatry! Well ok. Even a remediation program,well ok. But at a cost of anywhere between 8,000-16,000 or more! What is going on?

I thought the country need more Psychiatrists etc., especially in view of recent, not so recent, events! I thought…


MDs / DOs Trainers wanted NOW!

Posted by Kateryna Bilanovych on October 26, 2017 at 10:18pm 5 Comments

Hello Doctors.
If you have an experience with Epic EMRs and open for non-clinical opportunities, please contact me for details. No active license required.

vaccine safety opportunities

Posted by ajit shewale on April 22, 2017 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

Hi all , i am currently working on vaccine safety surveillance with government of India.Currently enjoying this field and want to work more in this area.If you have any opportunity related to vaccine safety kindly suggest me.


We Need Entrepreneurial Medical Schools

Posted by Arlen Meyers, MD,MBA on August 9, 2016 at 3:11pm 0 Comments

Many universities are calling themselves "entrepreneurial". Most; however, are just putting old wine in a new bottle. For them, the goal is to graduate students who can create a viable and sustainable business. Creating a business is but one way to deliver user-defined value and limits the scope of entrepreneurial education and training. For medical schools and graduate training programs, the goal should be to graduate students with an entrepreneurial mindset who can create…




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