miamimd07

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Hi,
I was wondering if anyone knows about how private practice in California (specifically southern Cali) is like? I eventually want to end up in or close to LA to practice,and I've heard that compared to other regions, the job market out there is more saturated, you have a lot of competition, and the insurance companies hurt you more in the pocket once you join a group in private practice. Are there less perks, benefits, less flexibility in the hours you want to set up in a group, less opportunity to make partner in groups,etc. in the southern Cali region?
Also, how realistic is it to be able to join a group in a private ambulatory setting where there are less/no night calls and/or weekends?

Is the job market and general private practice of anesthesiology really that different compared to other states out West?

Sorry for asking all these questions, but I am absolutely out of touch with how the private practice worldof anesthesiology works out in California and I would appreciate anyone's candid advice. Thanks
 

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miamimd07 said:
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone knows about how private practice in California (specifically southern Cali) is like? I eventually want to end up in or close to LA to practice,and I've heard that compared to other regions, the job market out there is more saturated, you have a lot of competition, and the insurance companies hurt you more in the pocket once you join a group in private practice. Are there less perks, benefits, less flexibility in the hours you want to set up in a group, less opportunity to make partner in groups,etc. in the southern Cali region?
Also, how realistic is it to be able to join a group in a private ambulatory setting where there are less/no night calls and/or weekends?

Is the job market and general private practice of anesthesiology really that different compared to other states out West?

Sorry for asking all these questions, but I am absolutely out of touch with how the private practice worldof anesthesiology works out in California and I would appreciate anyone's candid advice. Thanks

malpractice is cheaper in california, so you have more people who carry malpractice insurance and just go from hospital to hospital which is what i do .. More independents out here. There are groups out here as well but if you notice some or more than some dont include benefits with your salary. I think it has something to do with the laws out here. so the salary that you see doesnt include malpractice, vacation and and retirement and health insurance. Dont let that scare you. There are many people like me who freelance.... we have a group of 3-5 core places we go and we bounce around, biill on our own, take vacation when we want. I have my own billing co. Pasadena billing which keeps like 5 percent of what i make.. I end up making a reasonable living . we make our availability known and thats what we do. we pay our own mp, health, disability and retirement. sort of like locums but locums is not big here because i think malpractice insurance is so affordable.. i end up doing ok at the end of the year.. probably not as well as someone from the east coast who is in a group.. but you couldnt pay me enough money to join a group out east. Im satisfied dictating what i do without the politics of groups crnas fighting for vacation time etc etc.. but there is plenty of work out here if living in LA is your thing ... Its kind of cool once you get used to it and people are for the most part pretty cool I really have gotten to love it.
 

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miamimd07 said:
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone knows about how private practice in California (specifically southern Cali) is like? I eventually want to end up in or close to LA to practice,and I've heard that compared to other regions, the job market out there is more saturated, you have a lot of competition, and the insurance companies hurt you more in the pocket once you join a group in private practice. Are there less perks, benefits, less flexibility in the hours you want to set up in a group, less opportunity to make partner in groups,etc. in the southern Cali region?
Also, how realistic is it to be able to join a group in a private ambulatory setting where there are less/no night calls and/or weekends?

Is the job market and general private practice of anesthesiology really that different compared to other states out West?

Sorry for asking all these questions, but I am absolutely out of touch with how the private practice worldof anesthesiology works out in California and I would appreciate anyone's candid advice. Thanks
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So Cal is a big place. Most groups hire regularly. The opportunities are really diverse, and it is possible to work exclusively or almost exclusively in surgicenters and surgeon's offices if that is what you like. Overall, the unit value is not great, worse than in NorCal which is worse than the national average. You can make a decent living but you will have to work harder than average for it. If you enjoy work and also enjoy outdoor activities, the tradeoff is worthwhile.
 

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Hey all,

I'm bumping this post because I would like to know how the private practice anesthesiology situation is in Northern and Southern California now. From my friends working as attendings in the SF Bay Area, they say the job market is extremely tight with very few recent hires. Anyone actually working as an attending in California like to comment on the situation there? How about things in the Southern California area? Thanks in advance for any information.
 

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Job market has tightened. But if you are interested PM me. I work for a large group in N cal. We are not hiring at this moment but this may change in a few months. We are looking for people with TEE and CV experience, skill and regional anesthesia experience. You really need to be good at everything, OB, Trauma, peds, regional, hearts, etc. The market outside the bay area is still descent in terms of pay/lifestyle. I am very happy.
 

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Job market has tightened. But if you are interested PM me. I work for a large group in N cal. We are not hiring at this moment but this may change in a few months. We are looking for people with TEE and CV experience, skill and regional anesthesia experience. You really need to be good at everything, OB, Trauma, peds, regional, hearts, etc. The market outside the bay area is still descent in terms of pay/lifestyle. I am very happy.
How would CCM training change an applicant's marketability for a group like yours?
 

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CCM fellowship would certainly benefit you.
 
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