PracticeLink Magazine

Summer 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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44 S UMMER 2019 PracticeLink.com features Where Quality of Care Meets Quality of Life Hallmark Health Medical Associates has a new name. www.tuftsmccommunitycare.org Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA), now called Tufts Medical Center Community Care, is a physician-led organization with practice locations in several communities just north of Boston. Current opportunities: • Physicians: Endocrinology, Primary Care (FP, FP w/OB, Internal Medicine), Psychiatry • NPs and PAs: Acute Care/ICU, Primary Care (FP, Internal Medicine), Psychiatry Highlights of our physician-led group: • Competitive benefits and creative scheduling • Full hospitalist support and call coverage • On-boarding and mentoring programs • Ambulatory flow model based upon lean methodology • Long-term talented practice management staff • Career advancement opportunities • Historic communities with short commute times and great schools • Located just 6 miles north of Boston and an easy drive to the ocean, boating, hiking, skiing, museums and more! Contact: Alison Bruyn at abruyn@melrosewakefield.org or call 781-338-7505 is my gut sense telling me? What feels like the right thing to do?'" A s Sh iau considered those questions, she realized that although she liked the field of ophthalmology and the people she worked with, she didn't like the procedural part of the work. In ophthalmology, she explains, "You can't really avoid operating on people's eyes." By the time med students reach their fourth year, they usually know what specialty and practice environment they want to pursue. Most make a straightforward choice and are happy with it, but that's not always the case. Shiau took an extended journey from medical school to the start of one residency to a primary care residency in an academic setting. Two and a half years later, she took a full-time clinician job on the West Coast, and she says she doesn't regret one piece of the circuitous route. The path from medical school to residency to practice isn't always a straight line. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, almost 75 percent of medical students change their specialty choice before residency. Twenty percent of residents and 16 percent of physicians make a change and head in a different direction. The uncertainty can be daunting for medical students, who are steeped in a culture of perfectionism, accustomed to excelling in academic settings and trained not to show any weakness. Mirror, mirror on the wall Taking a long look in the mirror is important for anyone contemplating a new job or career change, but it's especially critical for physicians. Emergency medicine physician a nd associate d i rector of a n emergency department in Hartford, Connecticut, Joyce Perfetti, D. o ., says you can get lost in the job otherwise. She explains: "Doctors love taking care of other people. That's why we went into this profession. It's easy to lose yourself in something that you love." Self-reflection becomes even more crucial when others are involved in

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