varn1x

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I’m a medical student, and I’m planning to apply for IM residency.
I have a passion for international traveling, and I have 2 questions.

1- Are there any IM (or any of its subspecialties) jobs out there that allow like 3 months off (preferably consecutive) each year? Of course I will be willing to take the pay cut.

2- If I ever decide to do locums, would a few months gap between jobs be a problem in my CV when I apply for another job?
 
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You can try to negotiate whatever work you want in a contract. But most places will probably not want a physician gone three months at a time. You might be able to work something out as a hospitalist.

Explained gaps don’t have to be a problem if they are explained. Yeah? Still long regular gaps in work will signal you won’t have great reflexes when you show up.
 
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varn1x

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You can try to negotiate whatever work you want in a contract. But most places will probably not want a physician gone three months at a time. You might be able to work something out as a hospitalist.

Explained gaps don’t have to be a problem if they are explained. Yeah? Still long regular gaps in work will signal you won’t have great reflexes when you show up.
The 3 months don’t have to be consecutive, it was just a preference.
I understand most jobs don’t want a doctor taking that much time off. That’s why I was thinking of the locum route. Is it feasible to set up a locum schedule that allows me to take that much time off?
 

jdh71

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The 3 months don’t have to be consecutive, it was just a preference.
I understand most jobs don’t want a doctor taking that much time off. That’s why I was thinking of the locum route. Is it feasible to set up a locum schedule that allows me to take that much time off?
Probably a month at a time locums? I think pretty easy.

Even a month off in a subspecialty gets dicey because you have out patients to see, follow, and manage.

You could probably arrange that much time off in monthlong blocks as a hospitalist or Intensivist
 

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The 3 months don’t have to be consecutive, it was just a preference.
I understand most jobs don’t want a doctor taking that much time off. That’s why I was thinking of the locum route. Is it feasible to set up a locum schedule that allows me to take that much time off?
Yes...you don’t get paid, but you can do whatever you want in terms of where you work and when you work, etc.
 

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Probably a month at a time locums? I think pretty easy.

Even a month off in a subspecialty gets dicey because you have out patients to see, follow, and manage.

You could probably arrange that much time off in monthlong blocks as a hospitalist or Intensivist
As locums you can just not take an assignment...do 3-4 months, then space out the next assignment to start 3-4 months later.

I took 2 months off to study for boards.
 

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You can negotiate this into your contract. Someplaces wont accomdate but i think most would be willing to