Life After Residency: The Department/Hospital

This is the final post in a series about questions one of our own physicians felt were important for him to ask as a resident during his interviews.  Some of these questions can be answered with a simple Google search as you’re researching job opportunities and some will have to be answered by the Recruiter or Medical Director.

About the Department/Hospital

  • What is the trauma level?
  • What is the admit rate?
  • What is the ratio of patients, peds v. adult?
  • What type of charting system/EMR is used?
  • Is there a Fast Track?
  • What is the lab turnaround?
  • What is the radiology turnaround and reads?
  • Is there back up call?
  • Is ultrasound used in the ED?
  • What is the ratio of trauma v. medical cases?
  • What are the reasons for transfer?
  • Are there in-house codes?
  • What subspecialties are available?
  • EMTALA Investigations?
  • Who writes admission orders?
  • What is the number of unattached patients?

Feedback request:  How flexible are you with the answers to some of these questions?  Do you have specific practice preferences or are you more open to a range of answers?   Leave your answers in the comments section below.

ApolloMD is a privately held, multispecialty physician practice headquartered in Atlanta, GA that is focused on rewarding physicians with quality of life, top income and ownership incentives that further their career goals while satisfying the emergency medicine, anesthesia, radiology, and hospital medicine needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. For more information on ApolloMD, please visit http://apollomd.com/.

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Life After Residency: The Job

I wrote a post earlier this summer (where did the summer go, btw?) about the questions one of our physicians found himself asking during his interview process.  As I wrote before, it’s important to fully understand the job that you’re interviewing for as a whole.

Don’t hesitate to ask the Recruiter or Medical Director the following questions:

About the Job

  • Sample Contract?
  • Vacation/Paternity/Maternity Leave?
  • Benefit Package if Employee?
  • RVU v. Hour v. Mixed?
  • IC v. Employee?
  • Shift Structure: 8hr v 12hr?
  • Shift number per month?
  • Shift location (if interviewing with a hospital system)?
  • ACEP Dues/CME Costs?

What other questions do you feel are important to ask during the interview process?  Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your answers!

This is Part 2 of 3, stay tuned for what other questions he thought were important to have answered.

ApolloMD is a privately held, multispecialty physician practice headquartered in Atlanta, GA that is focused on rewarding physicians with quality of life, top income and ownership incentives that further their career goals while satisfying the emergency medicine, anesthesia, radiology, and hospital medicine needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. For more information on ApolloMD, please visit http://apollomd.com/.

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Have you hugged your doctor today?

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I (speed) read a lot of articles online: industry-related articles, business-related articles, daily news, and even my fair share of celebrity gossip and fashion trends (because balance).  With this much information overload, it’s not often that something I’ve read weighs heavy on my mind for hours, much less days.  However, yesterday, I came across this post, by Dr. Pamela Wible, on KevinMD.com and I can’t stop thinking about it.

Physicians are seen as the members of our society who are there for us to fix any and everything that ails us, with little thought given to what is ailing them.  Doctors carry a lot of weight on their shoulders, in addition to caring about and healing each of us, they have to contend with patient satisfaction scores, limitations in healthcare, and a myriad of other demands and burdens.

Next time you’re waiting to see a doctor, and start to get impatient, I encourage you to take a step back and appreciate everything that he/she has taken on in order to care for you.  You never know when you may be the one to save your doctor’s life.

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Congratulations 2014 Residents!

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Your combination of hard work, effort and passion is what enabled you to fulfill this dream. Wishing you the best on your tremendous accomplishment and future success!  -ApolloMD

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Life After Residency: The Group

I was talking to one of our physicians the other day about his experience in residency and what was going through his mind as he was preparing to begin interviewing for a job.  While most people put a lot of thought into how they are going to answer questions, you should also put an equal amount of thought into the questions you are going to ask.  It’s important for you to fully understand who the hospital or group is that you are interviewing with.

It just so happens that this physician kept the list of questions he wrote down 7 years ago that he knew he wanted answered by his interviewee.  Most of them are questions that you’ve probably already thought to ask, but there may be a few on here that you haven’t added to your list yet.

About the Group

  • Who pays for malpractice & tail?
  • Patient charges/visit?
  • Who is the billing company?
  • Who is the settlement authority?
  • Is there a non-compete/non-interference clause?
  • Duties of the Group (CQI, QH) Committees, Lectures, Marketing?
  • Length of time the group has had the contract?
  • Malpractice insurance rating?
  • What are the terms of termination?

This is Part 1 of 3, stay tuned for what other questions he thought were important to have answered.

ApolloMD is a privately held, multispecialty physician practice headquartered in Atlanta, GA that is focused on rewarding physicians with quality of life, top income and ownership incentives that further their career goals while satisfying the emergency medicine, anesthesia, radiology, and hospital medicine needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. For more information on ApolloMD, please visit http://apollomd.com/.

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Life After Residency: What’s Next?

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“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” –Marva Collins

For those those of you who will be completing residency year from now, you’re going to begin focusing on job descriptions and applications pretty soon.   If you don’t already know where you want to end up, this can be a daunting task.   You have a lot to consider: location, volume/census, practice setting, and group dynamic, to name a few.  Be sure to explore all of your options and consider all influencing factors.

  • Do you want to live in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, or West Coast?
  • Do you want to live in a metropolitan setting or do you prefer a rural setting?
  • What type of practice do you want to work in: Academic, Hospital, Multi-specialty group, Single-specialty group, Solo practice, or Outpatient clinic?
  • Who will you be working with, are they fast, smart, and nice?

There are many more questions that you’ll need to ask yourself as you explore job opportunities, but these will help get you started.

Best of luck to you as you start the 2014-2015 year!  Check back here for more job search tips and information about the Business of Medicine or contact us with any questions you may have.

 

ApolloMD is a privately held, multispecialty physician practice headquartered in Atlanta, GA that is focused on rewarding physicians with quality of life, top income and ownership incentives that further their career goals while satisfying the emergency medicine, anesthesia, radiology, and hospital medicine needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. For more information on ApolloMD, please visit http://apollomd.com/.

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Life After Residency: Your Options

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“The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.” – John Wooden

I started this blog last year, but unfortunately life happened and it fell by the wayside.  However, in an effort to finish what I’ve started, I’m relaunching the ApolloMD blog, and will be revamping some of the previous posts.  I hope you find it helpful, insightful, and useful.  Enjoy!

As a resident, you undoubtedly have been working toward your goal of becoming a Physician for your entire adult life.  For some, it’s time to begin thinking about the type of practice you want to join once you’ve completed residency.  One of the first questions you’ll want to ask yourself is: “What is important to me about a potential employer”

Whether it’s a Private Group, Regional Group, Independent Contractor, or Incorporated Independent Contractor, it’s important to start with the basics.

Consider the following:

  • When comparing employed vs. self-employed (independent contractor) positions, there are a lot of variables, break each opportunity down for consideration: the basics, the benefits, and the incentives.
  • Calculating what the benefits are worth to you is the most effective tool in comparing financial packages.
  • One thing to note, as an IC, there are a number of practice expenses that you can track as they can provide valuable tax deductions.
  • Basics: IRS Classification, Federal Tax Rate, Annual Hours, Annual Compensation, Hourly Compensation, Malpractice/Tail Insurance
  • Benefits: Maximum Retirement Match, CME/Home Office, Medical/Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance
  • Incentives: At Risk Productivity or Patient Satisfaction Bonuses, RVUs

ApolloMD is a privately held, multispecialty physician practice headquartered in Atlanta, GA that is focused on rewarding physicians with quality of life, top income and ownership incentives that further their career goals while satisfying the emergency medicine, anesthesia, radiology, and hospital medicine needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. For more information on ApolloMD, please visit http://apollomd.com/.

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