Things to look for in a job

Discussion in 'Dermatology' started by Hoser, 09.28.14.

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  1. Hoser

    Hoser 5+ Year Member

    Resident [Any Field]
    So, I am paring down the list of places where I have been offered a position next year. Just wondering, those of you already out of residency or currently interviewing for position: what are some things about your job you really like and what are some things you would change if you could? I know the answers will be different for different people, but I am curious to hear what hindsight-advice anyone care to share when considering derm positions. Thanks...
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  3. asmallchild

    asmallchild Lifetime Donor SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Attending Physician
    Things to watch out for:

    - If you are pursuing a salary structure that is straight productivity, will you be busy right away? If not, may want to consider a position with a base salary

    - Schedule: 4 days versus 5?

    - How many rooms do you work out of and how many support staff do you have? This seems like a nitpicky thing but you won't want to be the doc running out of 1-2 rooms with 1-2 MAs particularly if you are very busy. How well trained are the MAs or do you have to train them yourself?

    - Benefits: I was surprised to see how much this varied from position to position. Be sure to ask

    - Opportunity for cosmetics / Mohs / path / peds / complex medical derm / research / teaching / etc: If there's a particular area of dermatology you are leaning towards, make sure the practice can offer it to you and can offer it to you in the volume that you desire

    - NPs / PAs: Are you comfortable overseeing them? Does your practice make you do this?

    - Average number of patients seen per day/per hour. I've heard of some practices actually employing Press-Ganey surveys and evaluating their providers much like providers in an Emergency Department would be monitored. Be aware that as your average number of patients seen/day arises, those satisfaction scores tend to drop (and hopefully your pay isn't linked to those surveys)

    - Inpatient consults?

    - Call schedule

    - Who do they refer to for Mohs? For path? If you trained in the area or are familiar with those physicians/labs, do you feel comfortable with those referral patterns?
  4. Dral

    Dral 7+ Year Member

    Attending Physician
    If you're going private, try to predict how much autonomy you want. This differs in different practice structures.

    For instance, if your're partnered up with a few derms, it may be pretty easy to get a new laser. If you're in a multi specialty group, you may have to wait depending on beuracracy...if the Ortho guys/gals are bringing in the bucks, the'll have first crack at a new toy before you.
    DermViser likes this.
  5. sawtella

    sawtella 5+ Year Member

    Thank you for those who have already posted. I find this type of information very helpful. I hope we can keep this thread active, especially as the third years start to interview for jobs.

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