I am happy to announce that with this issue, Unique Opportunities - A Publication of PracticeLink, is now called simply PracticeLink. Renaming the magazine will more closely link the physician recruitment industry’s leading recruitment website with our publication. By marrying all of PracticeLink’s resources - including our online physician job bank and PracticeLink Magazine - we are even better able to help you navigate your job search.
For 20 years, our unique publication has had one editorial mission: to provide high-quality, practical information to young physicians to prepare you to launch and advance your careers. The name of the publication may be different, but the pages inside will be dedicated to the same mission. You’ll still find articles to help you identify your ideal job, land it, and make it the beginning of a great career.
Another name change you’ll be seeing is that of editor. It’s purely coincidental that the last issue "on my watch" is the first issue as PracticeLink, since the renaming of the publication has been in the works for months. As the founding editor, Unique Opportunities has been my "editorial baby" its entire life, and my feelings of turning in my red pen, so to speak, are somewhat akin to watching a child at college graduation or seeing a daughter walk down the aisle toward her new life with her husband. However, for 15 of my 20 years with the magazine, I have worn two hats, employed both as editor but also as an RN and then for the last 11 years as a family nurse practitioner in an inner-city clinic. As far back as high school, I struggled with whether to work in medicine or journalism and I have been thrilled with the career choices I made. However, the demands of trying to do justice to both have finally forced me to choose, so I am saying goodbye.
I have been blessed to work with a wonderful group of writers - creative, intelligent people I respect greatly and with whom I will miss working, as I will the rest of the PracticeLink staff. You will meet PracticeLink Magazine’s new editor, Laura Jeanne Hammond, in the next issue.
Our three writers this issue have put together a collection of diverse articles. Mark Terry catalogs employment options offered by Uncle Sam that may make you think twice. Marcia Travelstead shares step-by-step guidelines guaranteed to ease relocation shock for you and your family. Finally, Susan Sarver tells the stories of young physicians who realized not long after they’d started their new jobs that they’d made a fundamentally wrong choice. She details how you can annul your job choice and move on without causing career suicide.
It has been my pleasure and privilege to try to make your job search successful and your early career rewarding. Wherever your dreams and ambitions take you, I wish you great happiness and fulfillment.
Mollie Vento Hudson