PracticeLink Magazine

Summer 2017

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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features Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to zero in on the opportunities you'd most like while not damaging the possibility of future work elsewhere. 46  S u MM e R 2017 PracticeLink.com turning down those you're not seriously considering. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to zero in on the opportunities you'd most like while not damaging the possibility of future work. That's the trick to handling mu ltiple ex pressions of i nterest i n a professional manner. DETERMINE YOUR CAREER PRIORITIES "It's kind of a dance," explains Chandler Park, M.D., board-certified hematologist and oncologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. "The key is to remember that there is no perfect job and to keep in mind the factors that are most important to you and your family." Some of the major factors many doctors weig h — a b out b ot h t he job a nd t he city — include: • Salary • Geographic location • Climate • Outdoor activities • Lifestyle fit • Public school quality • Proximity to an airport or train line • Call schedule • Academic practice, hospital employment, or private practice • Research opportunities • Opportunities for mentoring Park says he has heard it said that, of the three overarching things doctors can choose from — money, l i fest yle a nd location — only two are possible. That is, you can't get your desired location and an exceptional salary and lots of free time for hobbies; you must pick your top two. For this reason, he put location — specifically, being closer to his hometown in Kentucky — at the top of his requirements, followed by the lifestyle choice to work in a hospital setting. Money was not a determining factor for him, though it was for several of his classmates. In fact, one colleague moved several states away in order to maximize his starting salary. Regina Bailey, M.D., J.D., facility medical director at First Choice Emergency Room in Humble, Texas, says compensation was her primary concern when she took her first job. But she also knew it wasn't a position she would have to keep long-term. "There is a huge shortage of emergency room doctors

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