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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48 S UMMER 2019 features 4 Consider your strengths and weaknesses (your talents, abilities, skills and character): • What are my strengths and weaknesses? • What is one medical task I love doing even when I'm exhausted and under pressure? • What do I fear when it comes to practicing medicine? • What have I done in my life of which I'm most proud? • Which failure have I turned into my greatest personal achievement? • Do I have a self-limiting belief, and if so, why do I have it? • What do I believe is my highest possible achievement in medicine? 5 Consider your family (your partner, spouse and/or children and what they want): • How will any decision impact my family or loved one? • Will this new work environment benefit my family — or take anything away from them? • Do I have the full support of my partner and family with my new job prospect? By asking probing questions to uncover your deepest personal values and desires, you'll be more likely to find the right practice env i ron ment . A nd i f you're still struggling to answer these questions, ask yourself one more: "Who knows me well enough to help me decide which work environment is right for me?" For Shiau, a big part of her decision to trade an academic setting on the East Coast for a full-time internal medicine clinical setting on the West Coast was her desire to connect with people. "Ultimately, when my husband and I decided to move to California, I decided not to stay in academics because my personal values were to provide good, comprehensive, kind care to my patients," she says. "Two and a half years into my first job, I knew I didn't want to stay in academics any longer. I wasn't dreaming up an educational project or anything like that." Self ‑ reflection beyond the hire In the two and a half years since she completed her residency, Stefanie Gilbert Manuel, M.D., has been practicing emergency medicine in Rockville, Maryland. She says that self-reflection becomes even more important as your career progresses. "The self-reflection piece drives the process of finding a job, while also giving a frame of reference or focus for the next steps a physician takes with future goals," she explains. Without that introspection, Manuel cautions that it's easy to get lost in all the different types of residencies and job environments. Manuel spent time considering both her personality and preferences while searching for her first job. Right out of residency, she looked at a variety of job settings: academic, community-based, mi xed, and those with a teaching focus. She then considered her strengths, weaknesses and values, and she evaluated how different settings lined up with these. "For me, it was important that once I finished residency that I get out on my own and hone my skills, rather than taking an academic setting position where I would be supervising many residents," says Manuel. "I needed autonomy once out of residency. It was important for me to formulate my own treatment plans and procedures for my own growth development, which would build confidence." As she went on to evaluate each employer, Manuel used specific criteria. First, she looked for physicians at each practice with si m i la r backg rou nds to hers, reviewed their track records and asked them for input. Next, she considered the makeup of group practice to ensure they embraced diversity instead of just talking about it. Finally, she evaluated the kind of support each employer gave to physicians working their way up to leadership roles This self-reflection helped Manuel choose her first position. She signed with u S Acute Care Solutions ( u SACS) because the physician- owned group's values and mission aligned with her own. "In addition to the company being open and receptive to feedback, the group practice has a big push for women in leadership and embraces diversity," says Manuel. Now a practicing emergency physician, Manuel carves out time for ongoing introspection. "I have a note on my calendar, set for every couple of months, to go through and update my curriculum vitae. I spend time reflecting on what I've done and then line out the next steps and goals I want to consider."

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