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EM and Mobility...

Baki

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    Hey guys,

    I'm currently a third year and the more I research about EM the more appealing it seems to me :) I've seen it mentioned on some threads that EM is a fairly mobile profession; my question then is how easy would it be for me to end up getting a job in a particular city/region? Do you have to get into a residency in that region in order to work there?

    Anyone out there with any experience with this please reply.
     

    USCDiver

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      Like every question asked in this forum, the answer is going to start with 'it depends'. There are some areas of the country that are practically impossible to get an EM job in. And there are others where there are plenty of openings. Again, it depends on what setting you want to work: small rural hospital, urgent care, mid-sized hospital, tertiary care facility, academics, etc.
       

      keeping-it-real

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        USCDiver said:
        Like every question asked in this forum, the answer is going to start with 'it depends'. There are some areas of the country that are practically impossible to get an EM job in. And there are others where there are plenty of openings. Again, it depends on what setting you want to work: small rural hospital, urgent care, mid-sized hospital, tertiary care facility, academics, etc.
        which places are practically impossible? just curious.
         
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        beyond all hope

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          Lots.

          You can get a job anywhere in the country, or anywhere in the world. Yes, some places are more saturated than others, but there are still job openings. The EM world is still very open for new grads. Because you don't have a specific patient base you can pack it up and move any time you like.

          The most difficult jobs to get are in democratic, fee-for-service groups with a good payor mix in a nice location. Those don't open up very often, and when they do, someone's already told a friend who's got the job.
           

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            beyond all hope said:
            Lots.

            You can get a job anywhere in the country, or anywhere in the world. Yes, some places are more saturated than others, but there are still job openings. The EM world is still very open for new grads. Because you don't have a specific patient base you can pack it up and move any time you like.

            The most difficult jobs to get are in democratic, fee-for-service groups with a good payor mix in a nice location. Those don't open up very often, and when they do, someone's already told a friend who's got the job.

            could you please elaborate on the part where you said you "get a job anywhere in the world" ?..Can the same be said for other specialties? ... thanks
             

            beyond all hope

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              Anywhere in the world:

              I've only looked into England, Australia and Israel, but I'm pretty sure there are jobs elsewhere. (the darn recruiter for Australia won't stop emailing me)

              The reason you never hear about people doing this is because medicine doesn't pay anywhere near as much there as it does here. (about 1/2 to 1/3 as much, or less)

              I'm pretty sure this applies to all specialities, but EM is special because EM started in the U.S. and is most developed here.
               
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