Obstetrics and the surgical specialties are among those experimenting with hospitalist staffing structures.
The fast-growing specialty offers a variety of career paths, and no small measure of personal and professional gratification.
Contracts are becoming more physician-friendly in some aspects, but trends in income structures, liability, and performance data “ownership” may pose problems for the unwary.
Despite the myriad philosophical concerns and practical considerations, the movement to connect physician performance to pay structures is moving forward.
Myriad issues, from legal and practical considerations to personal details, need to be addressed when leaving a practice.
Compensation models have become less complex than they were in the 1990s, but it’s important to know the basics when evaluating practice opportunities.
One of the main reasons physicians choose to go into the medical profession is because of a desire to improve the health and well-being of others. This impetus also figures as a primary motivator for physicians who decide to pursue volunteer work.
Understanding the basic elements of an employment contract can help physicians emerging from residency evaluate job offers.
Non-specific, vaguely worded provisions can create problems down the road.
Carefully assessing your needs and exploring practice-setting options raises your chances of early-career satisfaction.
Physicians —in both primary care and the specialties— may soon reap benefits from the patient-centered, coordinated care model taking hold.
Physicians heading into the job market for the first time or eyeing a career move in 2007 will find plentiful opportunities and attractive compensation packages regardless of their specialty or preferred setting.
John A. Fromson, M.D., Associate Director of Postgraduate Medical Education, Massachusetts General Hospital and editor of Career Resources for Physicians .