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3 Things to Consider when Switching Jobs as a Physician

Leaving one job for another in any field is always a significant life change. You say goodbye to the people, routines and places that you once knew, hopefully to only improve your professional and personal life.

As a physician, changing jobs can seem daunting. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many doctors and APPs are searching for new ways to avoid burnout, including opting for the freelance or locum tenens lifestyle.

Whether you’re switching full-time jobs or looking to become a locum tenens, consider these three things first.

1. Growth: If you’re switching jobs, it’s important to think 5 to 10 years down the road. Will this new position help you grow into the physician you want to be? Will it give you new opportunities and satisfy your research, teaching or leadership goals? Don’t forget to do research into the new potential hospital: are they financially stable? Will they be able to support you for the next 5-10+ years? Be sure to ask the right questions during the interview process to ensure you know exactly what you’re signing up for.

2. Culture: For any job, the culture of the workplace is important to an individuals professional and person success. For physicians, a positive workplace culture could help reduce burnout and increase patient satisfaction. When interviewing at a new hospital or healthcare system, ask these questions that will help you gauge the relationships and culture that currently exists. In addition, try to get an understanding of the new routines that you will be responsible for in this new position.

3. Location: This one is especially important for locum tenens or freelance physicians who are looking to relocate. Location is critical for many parts of a job, so be sure wherever this new job takes you checks the boxes you’re looking for. Spend some time in the area before jumping into a decision. Check out this list of the top ten places for physicians to move to.

What other factors are important to consider when switching jobs as a physician? Let us know in the comments!


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