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 64 of 91 S P ring 2018 65 the JOB SEARCH issue What Kind of Doctor Works in Corrections? Contact Danny Richardson, (916) 691-3155 or Many of our patients have been chronically underserved throughout their lives, often lacking consistent health care. With us, these patients benefit from the quality primary care our doctors provide. And our doctors reap the rewards of serving the underserved while receiving competitive pay and all of the security that comes with State employment. Competitive compensation package, including: Robust 401(k) and 457 retirement plans – tax defer up to $48k per year Secure State of California pension that vests in five years 40-hour workweek – affords you true work-life balance • • • Physicians ( IM/FP ) $271,260 - $284,820 (Time-Limited Board Certified) $257,676 - $270,564 (Lifetime Board Certified) Doctors at select institutions receive additional 15% pay. Some faith-based hospitals restrict care and referrals for certain types of services, such as reproductive and end-of-life services. If you're considering employment at one, make sure you're informed about their policies. Government Many sectors of the government employ physicia ns as well. For exa mple, the Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,245 facilities and serving more than 9 million enrolled veterans each year. Physicians who work for the VA find it rewarding to care for patients who have served our country. "These are some of the best patients in the world," says Shereef Elnahal, M.D., Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value. "I'll never forget some of the patients I have treated." Jennifer MacDonald, M.D., Director of Clinical Innovations and Education in the Off ice of Con nected Ca re, agrees. She says, "The vets are extremely grateful for their care. ...They have a lot of pride, and that makes it very rewarding as a provider." Because many of their patients have undergone physical or psycholog ica l t rau m a , VA physicians are trained to take a holistic approach. They screen for mental health, lifestyle issues and substance abuse among other health concerns. The VA is also highly focused on research and innovation. In 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs ranked 17th on Reuters' list of the world's most innovative research institutions. 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.

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