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Physician NonClinical Careers with John Jurica

Mar 18, 2020

On this week’s episode of the PNC podcast, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian joins me to discuss a nonclinical career I’ve never considered before: academic consultant.

Shirag was pre-med throughout his college career and planned to be a surgeon. But when the time came for him to apply to medical school, he decided to switch his focus to the area of his research, clinical psychology.

With little direction when he began preparing to attend graduate school, he studied the process that he had to navigate on his own. And he began helping people with their applications 15 years ago. In 2015, he founded Shemmassian Academic Consulting as his way to help more struggling students.

Now he employs dozens of part time consultants, many of whom are young physicians, to help students prepare for the MCAT and the arduous process of applying to medical school.

Learn about this unique nonclinical moonlighting opportunity in today's interview. Go to the show notes for a transcript and links to the resources mentioned in the episode at