Unmatched After Match Day -- What's Next?

Beth Skwarecki

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February 10, 2017

Another avenue for people with a medical degree but no residency experience is legal-medical consulting. In this field, a person might act as an expert witness in court cases or as a legal-medical liaison. The Drop Out Club is sponsored by a company that offers law and business courses to medical school graduates looking to get into this field.

Life Beyond the Match

In short, people with medical degrees are valuable to various businesses whose work involves medical or scientific fields. Park points out that the information technology companies that develop electronic medical records systems need people with medical expertise; pharmaceutical companies also need such individuals for various jobs, such as research and writing related to clinical trials.

So if you fail to match into a residency, or, if like Mazansky you choose not to enter the match, there is a wide array of options for alternative careers and even some chances to get into a residency later. "At the end of the day, not everyone can get the field that they want in their geographic region of choice. One has to compromise," says Park. And compromise may well lead to a happy career.

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