Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Biomedical Postdoctoral Council

Non-Academic Career Paths

The thought of going down a different career path can seem very daunting beginning with trying to figure out what opportunities even exist. The good thing is that you are not alone and many recognize that this first step can be the most difficult. In light of this a number of very interesting fellowships exist that give you the chance to learn about different areas that involve science/medicine. All of these fellowships require an advanced degree in science/medicine before applying. From what many have suggested one key to getting a fellowship is to have that additional depth in your resume showing that you are really interested in pursuing that different career path. This could be by joining any of the groups mentioned above here at Penn or being active within Professional Societies. It could be by volunteering with political action groups, public health non-profits, participating in community service. Many times a writing sample is the key to getting the fellowship or job. You need to be able to convince them that you can take complicated scientific/medical concepts and convey them on a page or less in simple terms that non-scientist will understand. This might be done by writing a position or white paper, maybe even a commentary, for example.

Below you will find 3 categories we have decided to focus on:
(1.) Science Policy
(2.) Public Health
(3.) Consulting