PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 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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32 S PRIN g 2019 J O B D O C T O R It's free for AAFP members. STP18050802 employer for a contract you had already signed. But for the purpose of simply evaluating a contract before signature, physical location has little bearing. Let experience instead be the deciding factor. Know what's included It is very important to know what actual services will be provided as part of your contract review — specifically how the findings are shared, your access to the attorney, and if you will receive negotiation assistance. Will the attorney simply review your contract and send over their feedback v ia notes? A re you responsible for negotiating on you own? Will you have access to the attorney via phone following the review to discuss the findings? Does the attorney also have access to market compensation data to evaluate the offer from a financial perspective? Avoid hidden fees Most attorney fee structure options will fall into one of two categories: flat rate or hourly. This is especially important to note considering not only the potential back-and-forth between you and the attorney with regards to contract questions, but also the potential back-and-forth between you and the employer if negotiations ensue. That's not to say you should automatica l ly d ism iss hou rly arrangement options; just be aware that the hours can quickly add up and the rate should be evaluated accordingly. You don't want to select an attorney and then be dissuaded from using their services to the fullest out of fear of the running clock. JEFF HINDS, MHA is president of Premier Physician Agency, LLC (, a national consulting firm specializing in physician job search and contracts. Win! Find your next practice— and enter to win a $500 gift card— at

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