A great way to continue contributing your expertise to the health care community while maintaining a semi-retired lifestyle is to become a consultant.
Your consulting could go beyond medicine, as well. Some health care facilities take on medical consultants to help plan new facilities. They may take on consulting physicians to take the burden off of their practicing physicians who need time to focus on patients. And you don't necessarily have to become a consultant for a health care facility either. Because medical consultants are needed in so many fields, you have a lot of options.
For instance, companies who manufacture medical devices often require medical consultants for their advice on the product and liability issues. Law firms often seek medical consultants for expertise or testimony in cases, such as those that involve malpractice. Others take on consultants to verify the medical accuracy of their publications or advertisements. Also, consider government organizations like the Social Security Administration, which need medical consultants to help evaluate disability claims.