Pediatricians often choose their jobs based on several factors—family needs, spousal considerations, location, recreational and cultural opportunities, friends, size or ethos of the community, lifestyle, income guarantees, and benefit plans. This article examines the most important things to consider when joining or opening a practice.
Personal and Family Needs
Family needs and wants are often at the top of the list when considering where to practice. Many pediatricians who have young children often choose to move closer to family and relatives for support. The location of where a spouse can work is an important factor when determining a location, as well. Also important are the availability of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. Outdoor activities and climate preferences can influence the decision, as well.
Many young physicians seek practice careers offering a balance between work and other life pursuits. This demand has prompted more pediatricians to seek careers that offer job sharing and part-time or flexible work schedules.
To make a decision about where to practice, it is important to assess professional goals.
Clarifying career objectives can prevent a first job from being a detour on a professional journey. Here are some questions to help assess career objectives before starting a job search.
- What kinds of patients do you want to serve?
- Do you want to practice a specific style or philosophy of pediatrics?
- Do you prefer inpatient or outpatient care?
- Do you enjoy working shifts?
- What type of location would you like to be in—rural, suburban, or urban?
- Are you a team player or someone who likes to go it alone?
- Do you want full-time work, part-time work, or job-sharing?
- What are your long term goals?
- How many hours do you want to work?
- Do you mind working a lot of evenings and weekends?
- How often do you want to be on call?
To learn more, view the following resource:
"Seven Job Search Mistakes of New Physicians", Medscape Business of Medicine, Leigh Page, april 2015 (free registration required)
AAP Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP)
The SOECP is a membership group within the AAP. It is a great place to connect with peers and access invaluable guidance and resources for pediatricians transitioning out of residency and fellowship, as well as those in their early years of practice. Join today!
AAP Mentorship Program
You don't have to go it alone. Join the AAP Mentorship Program where you will gain a trusted advisor to help you navigate early career transitions and learn strategic skills to enhance career advancement. The program links you with a mentor to facilitate your career and leadership development.