Medical Students and Resident have may questions to ask

If you're a resident or even still in medical school you have many decisions to make about your career, and many options. I know it's hard to find answers, however, to talk with someone who will give you solid unbiased advice. I know, because medical students and residents call me daily, and that's what they say to me. 

More importantly, this is what they ask me:
  • If I've decided I don't want to practice, what are my options with an MD/DO degree?

    • More than you might imagine. A medical degree is indicative of an intelligent person, with a strong foundation in the sciences. The key to this question is not "What can I do," but rather, "What do you want to do." 
    • Check out the Career-FIt™ Assessment to give you tangible, achievable objectives for a nonclinical career. 
  • I'm really confused about which speciality to pursue. How do I decide?

    • The answer is a combination of what do you enjoy and what do you do well. Following your passion and your skill will serve you best. When you do your rotations you'll meet people you like and people you aren't perhaps so sure about. Good or bad, they only represent that rotation, not the entire specialty. And, once you begin your practice, you may be surprised by how isolated you become from colleagues. So, the most important information is to know your own passions and skills.
    • If you're still questioning yourself, consider taking a behavioral work assessment. That's right, behaviorally-based, not skills or interests. I use the Birkman Method® assessment, and I'll be happy to administer it to you if you wish.
  • There are so many choices for practice, working for a health system, a group practice, being in a small group... how do I decide?

    • It's about what is important to you. Each setting has pluses and minuses based on who you are, how you want to work, who you want to work for and how you see your career evolving in the years ahead. In other words, the right answer is different for different people. However, if you consider how you deal with structure, with relationships, with authority, control, and other factors, you'll start to profile yourself. Then you can compare what you want to the realities of your options. And, do be clear about the realities of those options. 
  • I just received my first contract.... what does it say?

    • Your first contract, your first job, read carefully, and be prepared to walk away. In other words, plan to speak with several organizations, regardless of structure. Many organizations look at their contracts as final documents, not to be modified. That tells you two things about the organization, 1) they don't offer what you want and 2) they don't care. 
    • Have a healthcare attorney who works with physicians review the contract. Read those words carefully, not you parents estate lawyer or your roommate's mother. Physician contracts are special. You need an expert.
    • Realize your attorney is your legal advisor, not your business or practice advisor. You need a "business review" of your contract as well. 
I know you have other questions. Just give me a call or send an email. I'm happy to speak with you.
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