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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PracticeLink.com S PRIN g 2018 45 the J ob S earch issue see patients. Productivity impacts compensation, and splitting your time among several locations might reduce your efficiency. "You need to ask yourself, 'How much time am I spending in my car or away from the office?'" says Patrice Streicher, associate director and professional development coach at v ISTA Staffing Solutions in West Allis, Wisconsin. "How much of my life will be spent doing that compared to what I really love: practicing medicine?" Zach Lopater, M.D., considered these sorts of questions in his last job hunt. Since radiation oncologists depend on referrals, he wanted to make sure his future employer had enough connections with other providers for him to attract patients. He knew he'd need physicians to send patients his way in order to produce consistent numbers. "The key was: 'Am I going to have enough patients?'" he says. "'Was I stepping into a hostile practice that was going down the drain, or was it a strong practice?'" At Radiation Associates of Macon in Georgia, Lopater found exactly what he was looking for. The practice already had a close relationship with a medical oncology group in the same building, so sharing patients and information was an established routine. "It's been a very strong practice with very good relationships," Lopater says. He now enjoys a steady stream of patients and sees a variety of cases, from breast, lung and prostate cancer to head and neck cancer. Question 4: Is this the right community for my family and me? It's natu ra l to focus on you r employer during a job search, but you shouldn't overlook the town you're moving to. If the area is a total mismatch to your personality or your family's personality, it can deplete your energy and drive — and make everyone unhappy. Ask yourself and your significant other how the setting will work for you and your family. Are there professional opportu nities for your spouse or partner? Plenty of activities for your children? Do the schools in the area offer what you're looking for? Finally, does the place offer the lifestyle you want? "One exam room looks just like the next," Streicher says, "so your questions should be based on what occurs in your life and your loved ones' lives outside of that room." As Patel and her husband, Nikul, look for their next home, they are prioritizing proximity to a major airport nearby. And while they're willing to live outside the Northeast, p Finding a geographic location that supports her family's religious needs is an important piece of post-residency planning for Parin Patel, M.D. · Photo by Four Cameras See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink

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