Is it feasible to work part-time as a hospitalist in a primary care specialty?

nebuchadnezzarII

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I'm considering working part-time for several years after residency. I'm curious about what this would mean for me. Ideally, I'd like to work with a hospital system. I live in the largest city on the East Coast and there are dozens of hospitals here.

As a part-time employee (working 20-30 hours), would I still get any benefits? Is this type of schedule possible for primary care specialties? I understand that there must be a massive pay-cut when working so few hours. But how low does it go? Are we talking residency-level salary or something a little above that?

I know that joining a practice or something like that is an option, but I am not sure how I feel about that just yet. Thanks everyone.
 

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Yes, you can do hospitalist as an FM or IM doctor.
No, it's not resident salary.
The rate of pay/hours is negotiated when you are discussing contracts.
Most hospitalists work one week on/one week off.
You can always do hospitalist locums - those jobs are a dime a dozen (locums does not have benefits) but they pay your travel, housing, rental car, and hourly pay.
 

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You may also be able to negotiate part time (ie fewer than 14-16 shifts a month that most 7 on 7 off folks will do) hospitalist positions directly with a hospital or physician staffing agencies. Whether you are compensated in a salary model or as an independent contractor will vary. Benefits would also vary. I currently work somewhere between 6-10 shifts a month and I work it around my husband's schedule. I try to stack at least 2-3 shifts together so I have a little continuity when possible but I also accept that I'm giving up some of that for the flexibility to work part time. It is the choice that works for this season of our lives. I may transition back into more full time work when our children are older.
 
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You may also be able to negotiate part time (ie fewer than 14-16 shifts a month that most 7 on 7 off folks will do) hospitalist positions directly with a hospital or physician staffing agencies. Whether you are compensated in a salary model or as an independent contractor will vary. Benefits would also vary. I currently work somewhere between 6-10 shifts a month and I work it around my husband's schedule. I try to stack at least 2-3 shifts together so I have a little continuity when possible but I also accept that I'm giving up some of that for the flexibility to work part time. It is the choice that works for this season of our lives. I may transition back into more full time work when our children are older.
That sounds pretty cool, actually. I am glad it is working for you. Best of luck!
 

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I do locums urgent care and will start with locums hospitalist at some point in the near future. I also do full spectrum primary care full time
 
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