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  • The Cover Letter (Sample #1 Introduction Using Key Referral Strategy)

    The Cover Letter (Sample #1 Introduction Using Key Referral Strategy) Below is a sample physician resume cover letter for use when you have acquired a senior physician or professional referral into practice and/or opportunity. This should be a brief letter to supplement and provide further explanation of your interest in the opportunity and your CV. It should also communicate to the reader that you are proactive in your approach and committed to ...
  • Practice Financial Statements

    The biggest medical career decision you will make following your medical training will likely be joining a medical practice. A practice is a small business and you will be entering the business of medicine. Very likely you will have business partners in this enterprise. As with any investigation into a business’s financial health and stability, you must perform a rigorous analysis of the practice’s finances and business metrics. Two ...
  • Physician Compensation Formula Scenarios

    Physician Compensation Formula Scenarios Equal Sharing Some groups base shareholder compensation on an equal sharing methodology. There are some variations, but generally in an equal sharing arrangement, profits are shared equally among shareholders. Of course, this methodology does not reward high producers in the group or hurt low producers. It may work for certain groups, but generally it results in disagreements over time when one or more of ...
  • Productivity-Based Physician Compensation

    A recent study by the American Medical Group Association found that over two-thirds of U.S. medical groups use productivity-based systems to determine at lease half of physician compensation. Many practices, especially single-specialty groups, are finding that productivity-based compensation models can be more fair and equitable than other models, such as capitation or fixed-salary models. Healthcare industry consultants also point out that, for ...
  • Organizational Skills and Tools

    Regardless of where you are in your medical career management, just starting residency, taking on the role of Chief Resident, starting a medical fellowship or starting in a new practice, you will most certainly benefit from enhancing your organizational skills and the tools you use to support them. We've all observed a well-organized professional in our educational, training and work environments - and it's easy to see that a smart and ...
  • 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Negotiating Your First Employment Agreement

    5 things to keep in mind when negotiating your first employment agreement: 1) Always Negotiate: An institution's or practice's goal is always to attract the best talent with the leanest economic and professional package possible. Failure to negotiate for those personal, professional, and economic items important to you and your family will likely have negative long term implications on your time in the role. It is better to "ask in ...
  • What I Wish I’d Known Then – 1st Year Residency

    What I Wish I’d Known Then – 1st Year Residency Contributing authors: Alice Lin, MD (2nd year resident, Case Western Reserve) and Dan Knoch, MD (2nd year resident, University of Wisconsin) “What I Wish I’d Known Then” is a series of reflective articles that will enable young ophthalmologist and senior residents and fellows to provide valuable insights to their younger colleagues engaged in the training experience. ...
  • Academic vs Private Practice Ophthalmology

    Andrew G. Lee, MD Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, Iowa The decision to enter academic or private practice is one of the most important choices that a resident can make. This article compares the advantages and disadvantages of each career choice. Academic ophthalmology, like private practice ophthalmology, generally includes a mix of outpatient clinical medicine and ...
  • How networking can help young physicians land your first position

    Casting a Wide Net How networking can help young physicians land your first position by Wesley Millican Every young physician knows it’s important to keep up with the latest research. But if you’re looking for your first job after a residency or fellowship, extra journal reading may not be your smartest move. Most of the best jobs never make it into the journal classifieds—or into the active files of headhunters. They’re ...
  • Why Are You Afraid To Call?

    In 20 years of supporting the career needs of America's young physicians, residents and fellows, I have learned that the stigmas of residency and fellowship live on for many years post training. Countless numbers of newly minted physicians approach the job market as if they are still subservient figures doomed to forever comply with the nonstop demands of senior attendings or practicing physicians. It is time to realize that at the ...
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