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Academics vs. private practice.⁣⁣

Choosing what type of practice you’re going to join is one of the most important conversations you can have with yourself while you’re still in training. Thank you to @amitakundramd for starting the conversation #whymypractice.⁣⁣
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The biggest decision is: academics vs. private practice.⁣⁣
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During my fellowship, I interviewed for both types of positions and ended up choosing a multi specialty private practice which I’ve been a part of for a little over a year. I’m currently employed and part-time (3.5 days a week).⁣⁣
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What it boiled down to:⁣⁣
1️⃣ I wanted to have flexibility to be part-time. It was important for me to feel I could be a wife, mom and doctor without feeling the #burnout.⁣⁣
2️⃣ I wanted the opportunity for growth. I’m the first and only retina specialist at my practice- I liked the aspect of growing a specialty within my group but also being able to keep up my general ophthalmology skills. ⁣⁣
3️⃣ I’m not too interested in research.⁣⁣
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Some misconceptions about private practice:⁣⁣ ❌There are little opportunities for education➡️ in my practice we staff resident clinic at a community based program. I do globe ruptures on call, participate in resident lectures, and staff retina clinic once a month with them.⁣
❌ Being part time means you’re less of a doctor ➡️wrong, see my previous post on being part-time.⁣⁣
❌You’re on your own➡️Being part of a multi specialty group allows us to refer to one another for consults or just curb side during the day which is really nice to have those types of conversations with docs you trust about your own patients.⁣⁣
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A study in 2012 followed 500 physicians- over half of them left their first job after 5 years. I think this is a testament to the lack of understanding and education about how to find a job that aligns with your goals and priorities after training. A few bits of advice:⁣⁣
✅Prioritize choosing quality of a practice over the cosmetics of it⁣⁣
✅Start searching for jobs early (12-18 mos prior to graduating)⁣⁣
✅Make a list of priorities there is no perfect place⁣⁣
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Curious to hear from others how long they’ve been in practice for?

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