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Minggu, 22 Agustus 2010

Career Options Available for Family Physician Jobs

By Wanda Edwards


Afters years of hard work getting through medical school, many doctors are excited to begin their medical career. Many medical school graduates will begin looking for family physician jobs in a traditional family practice setting, which may be in a small town, a large metropolitan area, or someplace in between. Because there is very little turnover in these positions, finding a new job in this area of the medical industry can be a challenge. Often those looking to settle into a long-term option will need to be flexible in the location and may not get to live in the location of their choosing immediately after graduation.

Another option that many doctors take advantage of, including new doctors who have not yet settled into a permanent position, is working on a contract basis as a locum tenens. Locum tenens are traveling doctors who work in a variety of settings, ranging from hospitals to small medical officers in locations from rural towns to large metro areas. Essentially, they fill the shoes of the permanent medical professional on staff at times when he or she needs to be away from the office for an extended period of time. This may include a vacation, a maternity leave, or another such event that requires a significant amount of time away from the office. Sometimes when a medical professional needs to take time off work, the medical center has enough staff on hand to cover for him or her. However, other times it is not possible to cover for the doctor and a locum tenens needs to be hired to ensure all patients receive proper care.

When you are considering the family physician jobs available to you, it is important to consider all of the options and weigh them against what you want out of life, such as the ability to travel in your job or the desire to stay in one location for the long-term.

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