PracticeLink Magazine

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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58 W INTER 2019 features Chesapeake | Norfolk | Virginia Beach | Suffolk Hampton | Newport News | Williamsburg | Yorktown Gloucester | Urbanna | West Point After Hours Care • Allergy • Immunology • Audiology • Cardiology • Central Laboratory • Clinical Research Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery • Dermatology • Endocrinology • ENT • Otolaryngology Family Medicine • Internal Medicine • Geriatric Medicine • Gastroenterology • General Surgery Colorectal Surgery • Hospitalist • Imaging and Breast Center • Nephrology • Neurology • Nutrition Services Obstetrics and Gynecology • Ophthalmology • Orthopedics • Spine • Sports Medicine • Foot and Ankle Pain Medicine • Pediatrics • Physical Therapy • Fitness • Procedure Suite • Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Pulmonology • Rheumatology • Sleep Health • Urology • Weight Loss Medicine Administrative Staff Support Leadership Positions Available Leadership Positions Available Administrative Staff Support Administrative Physician Owned and Operated Leadership Positions Available Leadership Positions Available Physician Directed Quality Care Shareholder Status Available Physician Directed Quality Care Physician Directed Physician Directed Quality Care Physician Directed Accountable Care Organization Leadership Positions Available Accountable Care Organization Accountable Care Organization Autonomy of True Experience Care Contact John Bryant, MD 757.232.8794 Career Opportunities Available work where he completed his residency, says a physician returning home should expect some people to struggle to embrace your new position. "Having the self-awareness to understand your role and how your strengths and weaknesses may affect that will hopefully assist with prevention of burnout and/or dissatisfaction with your decision," he says. And Schmucker says physicians returning home to join an existing practice or hospital should talk with administrators about their expectations. Let your employer know what you hope for in your role and address any concerns ahead of time. He also recommends talking with area doctors to see what the environment is really like. When he did this, Schmucker says, "I could tell they were happy and felt like the hospital was receptive to their concerns." Having this discussion ahead of time has allowed Schmucker to do all the things he wanted to do in practice while maintaining work/life balance. He says one big help has been that the hospital arranged for some hospitalists to come in and share call on the weekends. "That gives me most weekends to spend more time with family, catch up on work at home and travel," says Schmucker. Litton, who opened a solo practice in his hometown, says no matter what specialty a physician chooses, he or she shouldn't ignore the benefits of family medicine. "Sure, you won't make as much money as a neurosurgeon, but if you start out and keep your practice small, then you can have a very good lifestyle with a very comfortable living," he says. The one mistake he says he made many years ago was not saying no enough. "Our practice is pretty much covered up on a daily basis," he says. The heavy workload results in long hours and less free time than he would like, so now he's trying to find balance by not accepting new patients for a time. When Barbe opened his solo practice 35 years ago, he says he had to learn a lot on his own. Then, as now, medical students and residents weren't taught about running a business as part of their training. He says that's something the American Medical Association — of which he's president until June 2019 — is trying to address. The A M A Accelerating Change

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