In the current political climate, there’s never been more interest in the previously outlandish idea of ‘alternative’ careers for doctors, so it was an honour to attend the ‘Alternate Careers and Wellbeing’ (ACW) conference organised by the team at Medic Footprints last week. We spoke to hundreds of medical students, junior doctors, GPs and consultants who were looking to do something a bit different with their careers, and it was great being able to speak to these medics, offer some advice and point them to the Doctorpreneurs community where they can learn more about the ‘medical entrepreneurship’ path. 

The event featured talks and seminars on a range of topics – myself, Avi and Vishaal from the Doctorpreneurs team were offering insight and advice on careers as a medical entrepreneur, and we were delighted that our stand and talk on ‘Innovation and Enterprise in Healthcare’ received so much attention (the room was literally packed out!), but there was a huge range of options for delegates ranging from army careers to volunteering abroad, and one stand offering to introduce medics to the concept of mindfulness meditation!

I think the popularity of this event (which was sold out weeks in advance) just shows how much interest there is in this area, and at Doctorpreneurs we’re proud to be the global community for medics looking to get involved in enterprise! Hat’s off to Abeyna and Sara from Medic Footprints for organising such a great event, and we’re looking forward to the next one!

Setting up the stand ahead of the conference

Setting up the stand ahead of the conference

Doctorpreneurs team at the Alternative Medical Careers conference

Doctorpreneurs team members James Gupta, Avi Mehra and Vishaal Virani (left-right) at the Alternative Medical Careers conference

Avi Mehra and James Gupta from Doctorpreneurs talking about Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Healthcare

Avi Mehra and James Gupta from Doctorpreneurs talking about Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Healthcare

About The Author

James Gupta
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James is a medical student currently studying an intercalated MSc in Healthcare Informatics at The University of Leeds. Last year he successfully sold his first company, JumpIn after serving as Chief Technical Officer for 18 months. He is the founder of Synap, an innovative e-learning platform that combines neuroscience research and mobile technology to create a powerful studying method. A self-taught software developer, James is passionate about using technology to solve some of the problems facing healthcare, and believes that doctors and medical students are some of the people best positioned to lead this change.

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