PracticeLink Magazine

Winter 2018

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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C A R E E R M OV E W INTER 2018 21 They have the same meetings here, but the physicians on the committees are military. In a way, I gave up a little bit of control from where I was before. I had input as to the rules and the way things were going to be done. For me personally, it is refreshing to no longer have to deal with that. What advice would you give to physicians who want to pursue a similar career move? I can only speak to Fort Leonard Wood. Even though it's a fairly large military base and hospital, the area is rural. It isn't for everyone. However, if the physician is willing to drive a few hours, they would be in St. Louis. Although a physician can read about the area they are interested in, the number of surgeries being conducted here and other statistics, that's not the same as coming and actually seeing what is available. Also, I would tell physicians not to be afraid to ask questions specific to their military hospital of interest. Anything else? I have found this to be a much more relaxed schedule for me. I realize that might not be what a young physician is looking for. I can only speak for here, as there might be other military institutions that are busier and have a larger surgical practice. One thing I would like to mention: There aren't really malpractice issues in the military. Although patients do have recourse and may file claims in the event they think something is wrong, in the military, the physician is somewhat protected. The physician doesn't have to pay any malpractice insurance. I was previously paying between $75,000 to $80,000. That's one of the other enhancements here and can have some bearing on where a physician practices and the money they can make. That's a real benefit. a recruiter's take Joseph Lanham is a senior medical recruiter from General Leonard Wood a rmy Community Hospital and works with Roam. "The experience that a civilian physician brings to the table is unbelievably useful to the military physicians, and vice versa, and the exchange of that experience only serves to improve the quality of care that a patient receives," Lanham says. He adds that at some point in a physician's career, quality of life becomes an important factor when looking to make a change. "It's always a nice moment when a physician or spouse stops by the office or calls to thank us for the opportunity, because once again, they enjoy their job or have the renewed energy that they were afraid they were losing." Frank Roam, D. o ., is a civilian physician at a military hospital—a career move that allowed him to move back to his hometown and achieve a favorable work- life balance. · Photo by Taisia Gordon See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at

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