Secret Shopping

    When looking for a job, it pays to be a “secret shopper.”       Make a routine appointment with a physician in the health system at an office where they don’t know you’re applying for a job.       Do the whole thing, the scheduling, the office visit, the exam.       Make it for a limited problem.       Pay cash, it should only cost a couple of...

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Standing on One Leg

    You should be able to explain your compensation formula to a peer while standing on one leg.     If you can’t, your job will demand far more of you than you will expect.     You will be asked to perform more non-clinical tasks than you prefer.     And you will feel less fulfilled than you desire.     There’s also a significant risk that you’ll be cheated.     You...

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How to Navigate the Corporate World

    Medical training does not prepare you for the corporate world.     Yet that’s where you’re probably going to be spending most of your career.     Without the knowledge of how and why things work, the flow of decisions and information will be mystifying.     That lack of understanding is a huge source of burnout and stress.     Interestingly, nurses do better than docs when they become employed clinicians—they’ve spent more...

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Lunchtime and Finding the Perfect Job

    I just got another recruitment pitch with a “30 minute lunchtime, guaranteed.”     Here’s what I know:     If a job offer includes a “guaranteed lunchtime,” then   You won’t get it. You’re gonna need it.     Hard Pass.     On the positive side, it’s a pretty easy screener for a job you don’t want.  

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Outrageous Non-Competes Can Limit Your Life

    I physician I recently worked with came to me with a problem.     She wanted to open her own clinic but part of the non-compete in her most recent employment contract restricted her from owning any medical business of any kind, anywhere for seven years.     Otherwise, she would have to pay her former employer $250k—with interest if it took them time to find out what she had done.    ...

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Put Your Prospective Employer to the Test

    When looking at employment opportunities, ask your employer how much control you will have over your patient schedule?     How many patients am I expected to see?     Get a vague answer? Run.     Get a specific answer, ask them to put it in your employment contract.       If they balk, if they say something like “our contracts are standardized,” then run.       If they say...

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How Much Money Do Your Really Make?

  To figure it out, you’ll need the following information:   1. The number of hours you worked during your last pay period—not how much you’re being paid for, but how much time you actually spent doing your job. That includes your commute, the work you do from home, everything.     2. Your after-tas pay for that pay period—that’s your gross earnings minus the tax that was withheld.     Divide #2 by #1...

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