Mistakes new physicians make after residency

Residency Program Insider, December 4, 2015

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Fresh out of training, few residents are truly prepared to face some of the challenges of employment, says Sherine Salib, MD, MRCP, FACP, associate professor of internal medicine at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. For the past few years, she has held an annual conference to introduce resident to employment concepts, such as job hunting, interviewing, and contract negotiations. Salib recently discussed post-residency employment with Residency Program Alert.

Q: What are some common mistakes made by new physicians?
Salib: I think one worrisome thing is that when new physicians come out of residency, they’re so excited to be out of residency they’ll jump into the first opportunity offered to them. Or they may interview at several places and find a place they think they like and will sign a contract without looking at any details.

Another thing is, from my experience and talking to colleagues, it takes about three to four job changes for physicians to find jobs or practice settings they truly enjoy. So they need to be careful that they don’t get locked into a particular position that they can’t move out of if they choose to.

So I think the common mistakes new physicians make are not understanding what they’re signing, not realizing this may not be the job they’ll stay in for the rest of their lives, and being offered something and just going ahead and signing.

Source: Residency Program Alert

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