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How's this for a career plan: Critical Care / Hospitalist

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TexasBoy

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Critique this plan and tell me if I'm being realistic. IM-->pulmonary/cc fellowship then taking a job as an intensivist and making extra cash as a hospitalist on the side.

2 weeks a month in an ICU as an intensivist
1 week a month working on the regular floors as a hospitalist
1 week a month off.

Am I being realistic that that kindof schedule is available? I'm thinking that I can basically earn an intensivist salary and supplement my income with part time hospitalist work. The 1 week a month of hospitalist work would basically be a "step down" from the stress of the ICU (don't want to get burnt out... and I like hospitalist work anyway), but still a way to make money other than pulmonary/sleep clinic work (I hate outpatient clinics).

Feasible? (I'm thinking that yearly earning would come about to about 300k... if anyone would hire someone looking for this kindof schedule).
 

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Why even bother with the pulmonary part?
 

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I'm sure it can be done. Its just a matter of finding a group of docs looking for someone to work that kind of schedule for them. I imagine you'll probably need to be employed by two separate groups, one for the hospitalist work and the other for the intensivist work. However, you may be able to find a hospital willing to hire you for that kind of set up.
It can't hurt to try. As far as lifestyle goes I think it would be pretty nice. I like both hospitalist and intensivist work also. I don't know which route I'm going to go yet, but I'm starting an IM residency this June.
 

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I've heard of fresh Pulm-cc docs working 26 weeks a year for an easy 250K plus productivity bonus plus benefits.
 

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Heck yeah. I know of hospitals in my town that are hiring just that. There's a movement for ICUs to be staffed w/ intensivists 24/7...probably would want to look into critical care only fellowships rather than pulm/cc if you don't want to have a clinic/consult on the floors.
 

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What would people think of a 1 yr. critical care fellowship after a certain amount of experience as a Hospitalist. I know a lot people are sick of being a resident and want to make some money so they start working as a hospitalist. Then they don't want to go back and do 2-3 yrs Pulm/CC after making a nice salary.

This would draw more experienced docs who prob have most of the intpatient skills to CC medicine.

Any thoughts?

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