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I've decided to make a big life/career change. I am going on 4 years of practice out of residency, and was approached with a non-clinical position working in evil corporate America that will allow me to work a 9-5 schedule without too much of a pay cut. However, I do not want to lose my clinical skills and become unemployable in the future if things in the healthcare world change and this job does not pan out. I have found a position working 3-4 shifts/month evenings/nights to keep up my skills..

So basically, this is a question for you part-timer's out there (if you exist), How many hours or shifts/month do you think is necessary to keep up your skills and remain employable in the future. Is 30 hours/month adequate?
 
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Do you read minds?

Thanks for all the encouragement guys. Now I know I am making the right choice by trying to match into EM next year . . .

God, it can't get that boring that quick, can it?
 

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Thanks for all the encouragement guys. Now I know I am making the right choice by trying to match into EM next year . . .

God, it can't get that boring that quick, can it?

Boring isn't the issue.
 

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Thanks for all the encouragement guys. Now I know I am making the right choice by trying to match into EM next year . . .

God, it can't get that boring that quick, can it?

You can read what I've said in other threads about being overwhelmingly happy with my EM career choice (only been out 9 months though), but I think there are two huge golden keys to being happy in our specialty...

Don't work too much and don't over extend yourself financially. There is ALWAYS 'another shift to work' to make a couple grand extra but be happy with what you already make. I could afford a 1+ million dollar house if I were to be a slave to my work. Instead I have a house less than half that, spend time with my family, travel, and am building a really nice nest egg...


Good Luck
 

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You can read what I've said in other threads about being overwhelmingly happy with my EM career choice (only been out 9 months though), but I think there are two huge golden keys to being happy in our specialty...

Don't work too much and don't over extend yourself financially. There is ALWAYS 'another shift to work' to make a couple grand extra but be happy with what you already make. I could afford a 1+ million dollar house if I were to be a slave to my work. Instead I have a house less than half that, spend time with my family, travel, and am building a really nice nest egg...


Good Luck

Thanks for the reply.

So let me rephrase it since you mentioned balance. Can one work only 3 days a week and stay sharp? Or can one work only 40% of the year and stay sharp in the field?
 

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Thanks for the reply.

So let me rephrase it since you mentioned balance. Can one work only 3 days a week and stay sharp? Or can one work only 40% of the year and stay sharp in the field?

Full time for me is 3-4 shifts/week. No issues about forgetting/unable to work.
 

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Thanks for the reply.

So let me rephrase it since you mentioned balance. Can one work only 3 days a week and stay sharp? Or can one work only 40% of the year and stay sharp in the field?

YES! I only work approx 3 days a week (12 hour shifts). I work 12 hour shifts, occasional a few extra at a smaller hospital. I think you could work as little as 4-6 per month at a relatively busy place and still 'stay sharp'...
 
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So let me rephrase it since you mentioned balance. Can one work only 3 days a week and stay sharp? Or can one work only 40% of the year and stay sharp in the field?

If I work more than 3 days/week then I feel worn out. I'm sure the rest feel this way. Unfortunately, it's a high stress specialty.
 

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I'd say 3 shifts a month is the bare minimum, and that's for someone who already has 10 years of clinical practice. We don't let people remain partners if they work less than 6. I'd try to do that if I were you. But it would mean not working full time at the other job. Maybe 3 days a week at the corporate job and 1-2 shifts a week in the ED. That would be okay I think.
 
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