• linkedin
  • Increase Font
  • Sharebar

    Career decisions: Should you start, buy or join a practice?

    The bottom line: Choose what will make you personally and professionally happy.


    What to consider when evaluating an employment offer:

    • Compatibility: First and foremost is compatibility between you and the people and environment you will work in—the physicians, the staff, and management. Does it feel like a comfortable environment to you? Visit the workplace for at least a full day.
    • Check references: Interview physicians with your prospective employer. Call another physician who left employment there and ask about his or her experience. 
    • Income, financial and legal issues: The best approach is to have an independent medical consultant (available at NSCHBC.org or MGMA.org ) review the offer and tell you if it is a good opportunity. A consultant can find many hidden problems that an inexperienced person might miss.
    • Security and risk: What’s your “Plan B” if things don’t work out? If you decide after a few months that the job is not for you, can you walk away without major obligations? Always plan your exit strategy going in.
    • Government and management: Who is in charge of the physicians? Is there a senior doctor, or a lay president? If there are disagreements in the way the practice is run, how are they handled? Is there a protocol for arbitration?
    • Staff considerations: Do employees have clear job descriptions? Do the doctors handle the employees professionally, or are they at risk for a lawsuit? Do the physicians treat the staff with respect and professionalism?
    Keith Borglum, CHBC
    The author is a practice management consultant, appraiser, and broker in Santa Rosa, CA.


    You must be signed in to leave a comment. Registering is fast and free!

    All comments must follow the ModernMedicine Network community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated. ModernMedicine reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part,in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

    • No comments available

    Latest Tweets Follow