4 Things for EM Physicians to Consider During the Job Search

EM Physician Job Switch

So, you have been out in the real world of emergency medicine for a while now, but you are starting to feel like it’s time for a change. You are not alone.

Many emergency medicine physicians find themselves ready for a career move within the first few years of residency. Rumor is 50 to 60 percent (or up to 60 percent) of residents change jobs in their first two years out of residency. The question is, how do you make sure your next position is a good match?

1. Have a clear idea of your goals and expectations

Before you ever sit down for an interview, it is important that you have a list of questions, concerns and non-negotiables to help guide the conversation. It’s not just about proving yourself as a desirable ED physician, you also need to know this is a position you will enjoy.  

2. Set yourself up for long-term wealth

Many physician groups try to lure new doctors with a large signing bonus and other flashy recruitment tactics. Don’t be fooled by the smoke and mirrors. Ask your potential employers about their comprehensive benefits packages (you can find ours here), and how they plan to support your continued success. Your future self will thank you.    

3. Compare your choices for malpractice management 

We hope you never have to use your malpractice insurance, but unfortunately, malpractice claims are a reality in emergency medicine (in the U.S., one in every 25,000 cases turns into a claim). Some groups only offer coverage while you’re on the payroll. USACS provides medical malpractice with tail, so you are covered forever.  

4. Get to know the company’s mission, values and culture 

There is nothing more discouraging than going to work when your heart’s not in it. And there’s nothing more fulfilling than working alongside a team you truly believe in. It might not seem like a priority when compared to compensation and benefits, but trust us – aligning yourself with a group that shares your same values is the best way to set yourself up for career satisfaction.  

Interested in exploring emergency medicine career opportunities at USACS? View our current ED job openings or talk to a recruiter to learn more.

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