PracticeLink Magazine

FALL 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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32 FALL 2017 L E G AL M AT TE RS Explore potential career opportunities with AAFP CareerLink –a powerful, interactive job search engine dedicated to family physicians. Because practicing family medicine is more than a job. AAFP CAREERLINK Any issues surrounding medical licensing should have come up du ring the interv iew process, but there's always a chance that something was missed. Consider using the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FC v S) from the Federation of State Medical Boards when applying for a state license, which creates a permanent, lifetime portfolio of credentials you can use to speed up the process if you ever need to apply for another state license. Step 4: Get settled in your new community Rather than buying a house in a new city, consider renting for at least six months in the area where you and your family may eventually want to settle. By renting, you will be able to save for a larger down payment and determine if an area is the right location for work and play. Additionally, more than 25 percent of new physicians leave their first practice within the first two years. Not being tied up in a mortgage increases flexibility and is one less thing to stress about if there's an early separation from the practice. Step 5: Start building your practice before you start Don't wait until your first day to start marketing yourself. Ask the organization if someone can introduce you to potential referral sources before you even begin. Draft a biography and ask the practice's marketing person to post it online. Volunteer to write an article or blog post for the website or any publication with which the practice may have a relationship. Give yourself a strong start By following these steps, you can limit the amount of unknowns as you find a career and transition into practice. ● MAT T MINGENBACK (MMingenback@ provides executive leadership for the Career Ser vices team at Afferent Provider Solutions (

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