Do you enjoy keeping a journal? Do you ever notice egregious mistakes and misinformation about medicine floating around in popular publications? If you have decent writing skills or a sense of proper grammar, you might enjoy writing and editing.
It can be the perfect opportunity for retired physicians who simply prefer staying within the comfort of their home while making some extra money. The amount of medical information online has exploded, and more and more people like to look up their own symptoms on the Internet before even calling the doctor. Web sites that want to provide reliable information might offer freelance work for a retired physician to write online articles or examine other articles for accuracy. Of course, this type of work will require a certain amount of computer literacy.
With their new freedom, other retired physicians choose to flex their more creative writing muscles. Some choose to incorporate their expertise in writing medical suspense novels, for instance. If you can find a publisher for the kind of writing you'd be passionate about, this might be the ideal second career for you.