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WINTER 2015

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WINTER 2015 PracticeLink.com 47 2 0 1 5 AN N UAL Quality of Life issue her patients, moving away from a complete reliance on conventional medicine. During her senior year in residency, she visited several private practices that were available for sale and real- ized it would be best if she joined a group practice f rst before going into private practice. So, after residency, she joined a group practice and stayed there for seven years. She called the move "a conf dence-builder." "I wanted to join an established prac- tice f rst, to conf rm that my medical skills were suff cient, before I transitioned into opening my own private practice." Working within an established practice gave Dominguez access to experienced doctors who shared "practical pearls" that continue to help her. "I recommend joining a group practice f rst, for experience," she says. Conf dence built, in 2006 she went into private practice in the suburb of Mission Viejo, California, forming Complete Care Family Medicine. In 2013, Dominguez switched to a hybrid concierge practice as a solu- tion to a fast-growing practice. She gets regular referrals and is able to provide more personalized care to a more manageable number of patients. "[Patients] get better accessibility" to their physician, Time to move? When a new job calls for a new location, ensure your belongings are in the right hands. D epending on where you are moving to, you may want to think about taking or leaving certain items. For example, most home sellers in the Midwest leave their appliances with the home; those in Southern states tend to move them to their new place. The reduction in cost for fl at panel TVs is now so signifi cant that many times, the wall- mounted TVs are considered part of the home unless you specifi cally say otherwise in the disclosure. If a move is in your future, ask a professional mover to visit your home to make suggestions about what to move or leave, and to provide you with a sense of any additional expenses you may incur as a result of moving a particular item. They may also point out items that need special care that you may not be aware of, or items that cannot be shipped, like hazardous or explosive items. (Did you know that all aerosols fall into this category?) How do you fi nd a professional mover? A good place to start is The American Moving & Storage Association (moving.org). Enter your location in their "ProMover" tool, and they will provide a list of reputable movers in your area. On their website, you can also fi nd information about protecting your belongings from "rogue" movers—groups that call themselves movers, but are out to take your money or steal your belongings. They are not professional movers! Many times, these groups will ask for a deposit or partial payment up front. (This is not typical of the major reputable moving companies.) If you fi nd a mover through AMSA and stick to these guidelines, you should be confi dent that your belongings are in good hands. By Eric Everson, vice president of sales with Action Moving Services, Inc. (actionmoving.com). Continued Even if a particular situation meets all your criteria on paper, if you can't imagine living and working there, don't take the job.

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