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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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44 S PRIN g 2018 PracticeLink.com features and gynecology resident at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She's excited to merge clinical duties with teaching, and she also wants to motivate younger doctors to become leaders in their specialties. As president of the American Medical Women's Association resident division and an active participant in American C o l l e g e o f O b s t e t r i c s a n d Gynecology, Patel enjoys being a voice for the profession. Wherever she ends up, Patel hopes to find a practice with colleagues who share her commitment to the underserved. "I want to work with people who understand and are supportive of someone who wants to provide care to patients potentially not able to f i nd it a ny where else," she says. Question 3: Can I be professionally successful here? For a profitable, satisfying career, you need to find a position where your skills are in demand. Consider the local community and its patient population. You'll want to know not only how your competition stacks up, but also basic information about the local economy. Will it support a stream of patients for your specialty? E x a m i n e t h e p r o fe s s i o n a l opportunity at the practice itself. If you're replacing another physician, you'll likely have a patient base ready when you arrive. But if administrators plan to use your skills to grow the practice, you'll likely have to start building your patient base from scratch. In either case, make sure you understand how the group intends to launch you, and if they're willing to invest in equipment and support services. If you're a surgeon with expertise in robotics, for instance, you don't need to bother with a practice that won't purchase the equipment for you to do your job. "You have your skills," explains Jane Born, C eo of Born & Bicknell in Boca Raton, Florida. "You want to bring them to a facility that truly wants and needs them." You should also ask about travel. If you'll be practicing at more than one facility, consider how that travel time might affect your ability to Keep your significant other in the loop AS A JOB-SEEKING CANDIDATE, it's natural to fixate on your own professional development. But don't lose sight of the bigger picture. Your family members deserve to have a say. r ecruiters say physicians sometimes miss this important first step: sitting down to talk about what's important to everyone involved. Factor in your personal and family goals along with your career goals. "I've seen people take positions that they're really excited about and then in two years they find out that the schedule doesn't really work well because they're not spending enough time with their kids," says Gavitt. "So you need to think about the long- term big picture." Consider schools for your kids, professional opportunities for your spouse and activities for your family, along with any other important factors. For instance, when Patel and her husband graduate from residency in 2018, his training will continue in Galveston, Texas. While she'll be ready to find an OB-GYN practice, he'll be just starting a year-long fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia to complement his general anesthesiology skills. The two physicians had to think beyond their short-term individual goals to evaluate their long-term shared goals. "The big question was, "What do we want for the future?'" she says. "We decided that my staying in the area would be great, but if I could find something better outside of Texas where he could also consider working after his fellowship, it would be worthwhile for us both."

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