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Winter 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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46 W INTER 2019 PracticeLink.com OPPORTUNITIES Cardiology-General, Endocrinology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine-Pediatric, Nephrology, Neurology, Orthopedics- Surgery-Spine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Critical Care, Surgery- General, Surgery-Neurological CONTACT MegAnne Townsend, Physician Recruiter White River Health System Batesville, AR 72501 Local: (870) 262-6545 Fax: (870) 698-0950 mtownsend@wrmc.com whiteriverhealthsystem.com YOUR FUTURE AWAITS. YOUR CAREER AWAITS. YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS. Arkansas White River Health System is a regional healthcare organization serving a ten-county area of more than 110,000 that includes Batesville, Mountain View and Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Here you'll find a fulfilling career and a lifestyle well-suited to those who enjoy outdoor activities. The area offers an affordable cost of living, quality school systems, and residents with a friendly, welcoming nature. able to attend required classes on Friday mornings and swapped call schedules with him as needed. "As a department, we'd benefitted from the leadership of my boss, who had attended the same program," D eshu r reca l ls. "S o I t h i n k people thought, 'If we help Mark take on more, that can help our entire group.'" Often, the entire organization benefits when a physician earns an MBA, so your employer may also help pay for it. This is especially true if you're promoted to a role that requires advanced leadership or negotiating skills, such as heading up a department, says Gregg Bass, communication and marketing specialist at Auburn University's Harbert College of Business. And when tuition assistance from your employer isn't available, you might be eligible for financial aid. Auburn's Physicians Executive MBA Program is pioneering a new wave of MBA offerings tailored to busy physicians who go to school while working full time. "The majority of our program is distance learning," Bass says. Physicians can access the curriculum online on their own schedule. Five short residencies on campus at Auburn are required, but students get these dates in advance so they can plan ahead. Chandler believes a physician shouldn't put off pursuing his or her MBA. She says, "It only took me two years of being out of training [and] seeing patients to realize there might be something more I'd want to do later, besides only seeing patients for my entire career. The worst case is you wait so long that you realize the opportunities you've missed." The growing number of flexible MBA programs makes it easier to pull the trigger, even while working as a full-time physician. "They make all different shapes and sizes of MBA programs now," Chandler says. "There are fully online programs, one -yea r prog ra m s, hybr id s, evening-weekend programs — all kinds of options to fit the needs of people." Another reason not to delay: the skills and professional connections you'll develop in an MBA program can open new doors. If you're facing a career change or just feel ready for one, an M BA can be a powerful catalyst. " We've had physicia ns who are taking on leadership roles in hospitals, physicians who want to leave practice to work in pharma" says Bass. "Recently, we had a trauma surgeon with many years of experience who realized he wouldn't be able to do that physically demanding work forever and wanted to prepare for something new." New opportunities might also come in the form of entrepreneurship. Bass says several physicians in the Auburn program turned their class projects into real-life business ventures. Similarly, Deshur says getting his MBA encouraged him to turn a software program he wrote as a resident into a product. Today, hospitals and practices all over the country use his on-call scheduling solution. If you already have a great idea that can really make a difference in the industry, Chandler says you might need business training to make it a reality. "I knew a couple of intensive care docs," she recalls. "They were five to 10 years out of

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