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by Patrick C. Alguire, MD, FACP
Director, Education and Career Development, ACP
Most residency and fellowship programs do not offer guidance on finding employment after training. Nevertheless, to be successful in securing the best position, you need to complete a number of tasks in their proper sequence. Topping the task list is creating a career strategy, yet the most common mistake made by residents and fellows is beginning the job search without a clear and definite plan. Consider this: somewhere between 40% and 60% of newly graduated physicians change their job after just 5 years. In my own case, it was after 6 months!
A career strategy entails nothing more than making a choice based upon what is important to you. Some important factors to consider might include family priorities, location, financial requirements, and working conditions. To help organize your thoughts, write down the answers to the following 12 questions:
You may wish to rank these 12 factors as most important, important, and least important. Use your ranked list when assessing the desirability of job opportunities, making the best match between the various opportunities and your needs. Meeting most or all of your career needs will not guarantee job satisfaction, but it does represent a rational approach to career planning.
The information in this paper was drawn in part from "Making the Right Practice Decisions in a Rapidly Changing Environment" published by ACP.
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