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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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the Q uality of life issue PracticeLink.com W INTER 2018 53 balance to allow for more time on the personal side of the equation. She made the choice to transition from a role in private practice to a hospitalist with a leadership role. That change also gave her the time to pursue an MBA degree. Now Haye works three to four 24-hour shifts a month, travels about one night a week, and then works as many as 40 to 60 hours a week from home on administrative responsibilities. "Now I have to be more creative in my scheduling, to maximize the time when I'm not working in order to achieve balance," she says. Finding the right fit What does balance look like for you? What do you want your schedule to look like? What do you want time for? Do you need blocks of time to compete in downhill ski competitions during the winter, or evenings off so you can tuck your kids into bed? When you're clear about that, it becomes easier to find a position that can offer the mix you seek. "The key is early conversations," says Etter. During the initial interviews, "Be upfront about your motivations. Emphasize work-life balance. Set expectations and be honest," he advises. For many physicians, finding the right employment fit is vital to obtaining work-life balance. One way to determine if a position offers enough balance is to ask questions during the interview process to understand the culture, says Eric Dickerson, managing director and senior practice leader, academic medicine, with Kaye/Bassman International in Plano, Texas. Some of the best questions that get at balance and workload expectations are: • What is a typical day like here? Another physician's health scare was a wake-up call for Jill Garripoli, D. o ., to introduce more balance to her work life. · Photo by Timothy Beckford - I h NY Concierge See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink

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