Neil H. Baum, MD, presented “Recalculating Route: Options Besides Clinical Urology” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in May 2021.

How to cite: Baum, Neil H. “Recalculating Route: Options Besides Clinical Urology” May 2021. Accessed Jul 2024.

Recalculating Route: Options Besides Clinical Urology – Summary:

Grand Rounds in Urology Contributing Editor Neil H. Baum, MD, Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School, discusses alternative careers for clinical urologists seeking to switch paths. He lists factors that can lead to a departure from clinical practice and provides five examples of career options that effectively utilize a urologist’s skillset. Dr. Baum highlights decreased reimbursements, increased overhead costs, loss of autonomy, and other pain points like burnout as some of the key reasons why clinical practice may lose its appeal. He then describes alternative careers such as medical educator, pharma and medical manufacturing, legal advisor, healthcare appraiser, or medical writer. For example, a physician may have an opportunity to teach internationally or provide legal advice to defense attorneys in malpractice claims or by serving as an expert witness. Dr. Baum concludes that physicians who leave clinical practice can apply their experience in a variety of ways.

For more commentary on practice management and telemedicine from Dr. Baum, visit his Improving Your Urology Practice page.


Neil H. Baum, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a retired urologic surgeon. Additionally, Dr. Baum serves as the Medical Advisor to Vanguard Communications Group. Dr. Baum is the author of Marketing Your Clinical Practice - Ethically, Effectively, and Economically, which is in its 4th edition, has sold over 175,000 copies, and has been translated into Spanish. He also wrote The Complete Business Guide to a Successful Medical Practice, which was published in 2015. Dr. Baum was the columnist for American Medical News for more than 25 years. Dr. Baum also wrote the popular column, “The Bottom Line,” for Urology Times for more than 20 years. He is a requested speaker each year to the Practice Management Seminar for the American Urological Association (AUA), where he discusses techniques for making urology practices more efficient and more productive. He has written more than 9 books on practice management and over 250 peer-reviewed articles on various urologic topics. Dr. Baum is also the medical advisor to Vanguard Communications Group.