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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Page 58 of 91 S PRIN g 2018 59 features THE JOB SEARCH ISSUE ▲ ▲ ▲ DEBBIE SWANSON T h e jo B S e A RC h CA N B e a l l - c o n s u m i n g , w i t h countless criteria to consider. But before you begin to think about location or benefits, you should decide what type of practice you'd like to join. Whether you see yourself at a big city hospital, a specialized clinic or a group practice, evaluating where you fit best will help you make up your mind about other factors. Throughout your medical journey, you've glimpsed many practice settings. Rethinking each is valuable as you begin your career search. This overview of practice settings will help illuminate your options as you start looking for a new practice. Solo/private practice Opening a solo practice was once the d rea m for most aspi ri ng physicians, but it's now the road less traveled. Between 1983 and 2014, the percentage of physicians practicing solo dropped from 41 to 17 while the percentage of physicians in practices larger than 25 rose from 5 to 20, according to the American Medical Association. There are many reasons for this drop in private practice. Complying with government regulations can be difficult, and many physicians prefer a setting where they can expect a stable income and steady hours. Additionally, private practice involves more administrative work than some other settings. However, some physicians are still drawn to the autonomy of private practice. Fayne Frey, M.D., a dermatologist based in West Nyack, New York, chose being a solo practitioner for the control she has over her patients' care and her own schedule. "I can see as many or as few patients as I want and adjust my schedule as needed," Frey says. Where should I work? Decide what practice setting is right for you by taking a close look at your options.

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