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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PracticeLink.com S PRIN g 2019 63 the J ob S earch issue discuss it ahead of time — especially if you have ties to a specific region and plan to stay there even after you leave your employer. You should also research what kind of restrictions are specific to your region, as some states enforce restrictive covenants more so than others. Is partnership an option? Traditionally, physicians in private prac tices a spi red to become partners. But today's changing economic trends have shifted that focus. Now many physicians avoid the cost and headaches of partnership in order to focus on clinical practice. Regardless of your future goals, you should use the interview to discuss partnership potential, as well as the duties and benefits involved. Don't hesitate to ask for details, says Gersten. She lists some good questions to include: "When can you become a partner? How close are some of the senior partners to retiring? What is the buy-in at that time?" Find out if anyone has ever been turned down for partnership — and if so, why. Be sure to ask about financial a r ra ngements a nd pay close attention, especially if something sound too good to be true. As with most parts of your contract, you should ask an attorney to review the details in writing. What is the management structure? An amicable, mutually respectful relationship with management is key to success at any job. So it's important to understand the managerial style and hierarchy at any prospective employer. This will give you a sense of how much autonomy and influence you'll have on decisions. A sk some ba sic quest ions: Do managers come from a m e d i c a l o r b u s i n e s s background? Are all M.D.s involved in decision-making or sitting on committees? How much interaction is there with senior management? What is the procedure for feedback— both positive and negative? Press for details when presented with an offer, encourages a deeti Gupta, M.D. "Many new doctors will hear that the job offers malpractice coverage, and that's it. But ask for details: What type is it, and who is paying?" See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink. PHOTO BY IHNY Don't hesitate to raise any lingering concerns that may have arisen along the way. i t's better to get the information than to head home with an unresolved issue marring your ability to make a decision.

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