PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 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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42 S PRIN g 2018 PracticeLink.com features are personally as well as where you're headed professiona l ly. Focus not just on your strengths and weaknesses, but also on your personality and preferences. That will help you define what practice type, size, configuration and culture will work best for you. Ask yourself: What do I want my work and private life to look like? Would I thrive as an employee or as an independent practitioner? Do I prefer working with other specialties or just my own? What would make me happy, confident and energetic at work? "I tell residents, 'It's both a good and bad [thing] that you basically can go anywhere because there are so many job options,'" says Heather Gavitt, provider recruiter for AtlantiCare in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Zeroing in on a practice type can narrow the virtually unlimited choices. "It can help you cut down on the places that you're looking at so that you have a manageable pool before you move further and overwhelm yourself." When Joshua Cohen, M.D., wanted a career change, he took inventory of his skills and asked colleagues and friends for input. They told him he had a knack for taking charge and would thrive in a leadership role. Cohen came up with two goals: 1) to help a lot of people, and 2) to tackle a variety of challenges in his day-to-day work. "I wanted something that was going to be different every day," he says. "I wanted a challenge or project that I'd have to learn how to do and then integrate into my job." He found the perfect opportunity at Teva Pharmaceuticals in Frazer, Pennsylvania, as global medical director and medical lead for migraine and headache. This role allows Cohen to be involved in leadership and tackle new challenges every day. Most importantly, he can focus on his passion: improving the lives of migraine sufferers. "I really wanted to do something that would be meaningful to the patients I had treated for all of these years," he says. Question 2: Is the work environment at this practice right for me? Your search isn't over once you find a practice that matches your criteria. You need to evaluate the offer — beginning with the work environment. Do administrators foster a supportive environment? Will you be able to flourish as a physician and maintain a healthy p The culture of the community and practice was an important factor for Michael Antolini, D. o ., in his job search. · Photo by Chris Jackson Photography See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink

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