Many physicians are considering leaving clinical medicine to pursue a non-clinical career. These physicians will want to take an inventory of their transferrable skills.

Physicians considering a career change will want to conduct a transferrable skills analysis (TSA).

This TSA should include:

  • Identifying their skills gained through training, education, and work experience that can be applied to other occupations.
  • Consideration of what they are passionate about.
  • Narrowing a list of potential new occupations by their transferrable skills, interest, and passions.

David Best, MD, MBA will be addressing How to Successfully Transition to a Non-Clinical Careers at the SEAK Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians Conference in Chicago on October 20-21, 2018.

How to Successfully Transition to a Non-Clinical Career – From Genes at School to Jeans at Work

David Best, MD, MBA

Dr. Best will recall his inspirational transition from an unhappy surgical resident to a self-fulfilled non-clinical physician who has had success in multiple fields including medical communications/advertising, pharma, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Best will provide insightful suggestions for how to find the non-clinical career that is right for you. He will provide his insights on why physicians leave the bedside, when you know that it is time to leave, how to break into non-clinical work and successfully transition, and how to succeed once you have made the transition. Questions & Answers 

David Best, MD, MBA is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and Co-Founder of the MDea family of companies, including BESTMSLs (, a contract medical science liaison organization, The Doctor’s Channel (, the world’s largest short form video site for doctors including CME, The Almost Doctor’s Channel ( for premeds, med students, residents and fellows, MDea ( a medical communications agency and Dr. Cruiter ( a physician placement service. Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, David went on to Franklin & Marshall College, Temple University School of Medicine for his MD, Lenox Hill Hospital for his surgical residency, Pitt for ENT, and Baruch College for his MBA. He entered the world of pharmaceuticals in 1982 with Saatchi & Saatchi, where he served as Medical Director and Sr. VP, Account Supervisor. Subsequently, he was Medical Services Director for Bristol-Myers Squibb and on July 10, 1989, started the first scientifically credentialed Medical Science Liaison (MSL) group in the industry. He went on to create Colleague Medical, a peer-to-peer dinner meeting company for Reed Elsevier. In 1995, he returned to the Saatchi organization and started BESTMED, a medical education company with the slogan, “the most creative med ed company in the world.” You may recognize David as he starred with his Jack Russell Terrier, Elvis, in the CBS hit reality series Greatest American Dog. Currently he serves on the Executive Board of Bideawee, an animal rescue organization in New York City and is a board member of the National Governing Body to the United States Olympic Committee for Bobsled/Skeleton.