If you’re like me, you probably remember the exact moment you got your first stethoscope.
Whether you were a med student or an actual resident, it’s a big thing for doctors. Equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. On par with the white coat ceremony.
Well what if you could take that feeling a step further by actually helping to make something as big as the stethoscope? It’s not going to happen at your day job, but through consulting, you could team up with a medical device company that’s developing game-changing diagnostic and treatment tools.
What is medical device consulting?
Medical device consultants help manufacturers with a bunch of different things needed to bring a new or improved medical device to market. They provide medical insights and advice throughout the whole process—all the way from the drawing board to the product launch.
And in case you’re wondering, the term “medical device” is super broad. According to the FDA, it’s literally any type of medical equipment used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease, or that affects bodily functioning without using chemicals. It includes things as basic as a tongue depressor and as complicated as an artificial pancreas system.
So yeah, it’s a pretty broad and important category of medical things, and whatever area of clinical medicine you’re in, there’s no doubt you use or prescribe medical devices in your daily work. That hands-on experience with the end-product is invaluable to manufacturers.
What do medical device consultants do?
Like I said, consultants help medical device manufacturers with a broad range of tasks. Whether it’s product development, quality improvement, or marketing, physician consultants are crucial to the process. That’s because no one knows patients and medicine better than you. It’s one thing to understand the end user (i.e., patients), but adding on the deep level of knowledge about physiology and disease that physicians have? That’s worth its weight in gold to these companies.
Here’s three basic job types that you could find on flipMD:
- Product development, testing, & feedback. This one’s pretty self explanatory. In this role, you could provide feedback about what types of features to add or subtract to a medical device in development. You could even be one of the first doctors to test out a new device to help work out the kinks.
- FDA approval process. It should come as no surprise that, like drugs and vaccines, medical devices are heavily regulated. That’s code for lots of red tape. Doctors can help medical device companies explain how the benefits of their product outweigh the risks in a new device application. Or, once a product is on the market, you could help review adverse case reports to help determine if there was some sort of defect going on with the device.
- Marketing & sales. I realize you probably didn’t go to business school. But if you’re reading this, you probably did go to medical school. That’s a huge network right there, and that’s really all you need to get started with a marketing and sales consulting gig. With this type of job, you could serve as an opinion leader to champion a new medical device among practitioners in your field using the network you already have.
I hope you liked hearing about this physician side gig. More and more, medical device companies are using flipMD to hire a medical device consultant. So whether you’re working with fancy surgical instruments and cutting-edge technology every day or you’re more the manual BP and otoscope kinda doc, there’s totally a job out there for you. You just have to look!