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By: Dr. Alia Nasser.
Medical tourism is booming and countries are now catering to incoming patients who are seeking cheaper care. By the year 2019, the medical tourism market is expected to reach a whopping 19 billion dollars. Countries such as China, Japan, India, Brazil, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, (and soon Dubai), are heavily investing in advanced facilities and services for incomers.
We all know it’s difficult to get experience in the healthcare field, but it’s also necessary in developing a successful career. Worthy experience is more than just padding your resume. It’s also the need to have practical, hands-on experience that allows you to effectively expand your skill set.
Now that you’ve made the decision to gain a career in the healthcare industry, the first step is laying the educational foundation, then obtaining the critical experience you need. But how, you ask? Be prepared to work for free and get creative with your opportunities.
By: Megan Riddle, MD, PhD
After obsessively checking your email every five minutes for weeks, the appearance of your first interview offer brings with it a flood of relief and excitement. All that studying, volunteering, and writing of countless secondary applications has earned you a coveted interview slot. Yet coming on the tail of such excitement is that sense of panic. What now?
By: Eli Baied.
Earlier this year the American Urological Association (AUA) announced their first medical guidelines for management of nephrolithiasis. The 27 guidelines outlined in the AUA review are aimed towards helping healthcare providers in the evaluation, treatment, and follow up for first time and recurrent kidney stones.
By: Michael McDowell, MD
This time last year, I embarked on my own medical residency admissions journey. I realized that the decision-making process involved in the ERAS and residency application cycle can be dauntingly ambiguous to many applicants, including myself. Gone are the lists of medical schools or colleges ordered by objective measurements such as research dollars, student-faculty ratios, and admission statistics of entering classes. While there is significant debate on which criteria should be included in ranking schools, the availability of that data at least allowed for individual interpretation based on personal beliefs.
By: Tom Harbin, M.D., M.B.A.
You’ve finally finished all those years of training and now it’s time to make a decision second only to choosing a spouse—what you will do for the rest of your life. You’re probably thinking about salary and getting rid of debt, but those are secondary issues. First of all, your employment choice should fit with your long-term vision and plan for you and your family. Second, you should fit into the culture of your future practice or organization.
Long-term plan, what long-term plan? I’ve just been trying to make it through all these years of residency. Probably so, but now it’s crucial to think down the road at least ten years. Make sure that what you do next year gets you to your desired future. What do you want to be doing in ten years? Private practice? Hospital employee? Academics? Where? Does the proposed location meet the needs of your spouse and family?
Private practice offers the most freedom and concurrently, the most responsibility. For most urban areas, this will mean a group practice which will allow you to concentrate on building patient volume without having to deal with the administrative aspects of a new practice. Many groups have been acquired by hospital systems or insurance companies, and this means you are a corporate employee, a choice for perhaps 50% of those leaving training. Here you can expect, either soon or over time, an administrator monitoring your schedule and work habits, telling you how much vacation you can take, etc.
Academic medicine offers the satisfaction of teaching and research, but you will be expected to fund most of your income from your practice, so you will be working hard in these three areas. You will be stretched and stressed in several different directions.
What appeals to you? You should do your diligence by serious discussions with physicians in your field who are in all these different practice situations. If possible, follow each one around for a few weeks. Project yourself out a few years to see if this practice setting suits you.
Where? The community you choose for you and your family will make a big difference to your future happiness. Your spouse should have a strong vote here. Many doctors end up leaving their first job because of spousal unhappiness with the first location.