Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Part-Time (and Flex-Time) Physician Practice on the Rise

There's a great article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) titled, "Part-Time Physician Practice on the Rise." More physicians are recognizing the importance of balancing work and family life. As a result, there's a growing phenomenon of physicians choosing to work part-time. Given that many full-time physicians are working over 40 hrs/week (more like 60+ hrs), those working part-time are working 35 hrs/week and taking regular call.

I know many physicians who have established a blended career model where they spend very little time in clinical practice and they spend a greater amount of time in some type of non-clinical career.

Are you looking for ways to spend more time with your family? Perhaps you're getting burned out and you don't want to work 60+ hours in the clinical setting. Pursuing a part-time practice could be a great option if you're able to find a hospital or group practice that is open to the idea of employing you as a part-time physician. Then again, maybe it's time to significantly reduce your clinical responsibilities and find non-clinical sources of income generation. There's also the idea of job sharing. This is also seen in the corporate setting where two women who are raising a family may share a single job and divide the roles/responsibilities during the week. If you want to share a clinical job, you'll need to find a "partner" who's willing to share the workload with you.

Click here
to read the article in the NEJM.

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