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In the Job Search section of MedCareerGuide, you’ll find practical tips to help you succeed in your career. Whether you’re creating or revising a CV, preparing for a job interview or reviewing an employment contract, our Job Search articles give you the information you need. Feel free to start a discussion by leaving comments and questions that can be answered by experts and other physicians.


Confidentiality: Not Just about HIPAA

Confidentiality: Not Just about HIPAA

April 23, 2015 at 07:00 0 comments

Everyone knows that patient records are confidential. What you may not realize is that confidentiality applies not only to nosy relatives but even to you, the patient’s physician. If you leave the hospital or practice where you saw that patient, you can’t take his or her records with you orRead More

How to navigate restrictive covenants

How to navigate restrictive covenants

April 22, 2015 at 18:00 0 comments

You’ve received a copy of your new contract, and you’re eager to sign. You plan to stay with the practice a few years until you’re established in the community, then strike out on your own. Unfortunately, you may not be able to hang out a shingle, at least in thatRead More

Dress for success (and what not to wear to your interview)

Dress for success (and what not to wear to your interview)

April 22, 2015 at 06:30 4 comments

Consider the job candidate who showed up in a rural community in a suit and tie even though he was told dress would be casual. Before a word was spoken, there was already a red flag. “The employer worried that this candidate would never fit in because there’s no Nordstrom’sRead More

Making heads and tails of tail insurance

Making heads and tails of tail insurance

April 21, 2015 at 06:00 0 comments

When you take a new position at a hospital or medical group, your employer typically covers malpractice insurance. It’s easy to assume that if and when you leave, your employer will continue cover you for a malpractice claim related to events that took place while you were employed. But that’sRead More

Hidden traps in call coverage arrangements

Hidden traps in call coverage arrangements

April 20, 2015 at 13:00 0 comments

You’ve recently joined a medical group with 10 physicians. The contract noted that call coverage would be “equally” split among the group, which is fine by you. You’ve done the math, and that translates into three to four days per month. But once you start, you find out that theRead More

“Thou shalt not steal”: understanding nonsolicitation covenants

“Thou shalt not steal”: understanding nonsolicitation covenants

April 15, 2015 at 06:00 0 comments

About to start at a new practice? While you have every intention of staying two or three years, which is the standard life of a contract, all good things must come to an end. Perhaps the thorniest issue you will encounter in signing contracts is the “non-compete clause” that mayRead More

Signing bonuses: more than you signed up for?

Signing bonuses: more than you signed up for?

April 8, 2015 at 11:07 0 comments

You had three job offers, but you were hooked by the rural hospital that dangled the $50,000 signing bonus. Given the size of the bonus, you had no problem signing a three-year contract. But a year later, you’re missing the city, and an urban hospital is interested. You’d like toRead More

Planning for your resignation

Planning for your resignation

April 8, 2015 at 10:51 0 comments

When entering into a new contract with a hospital or medical group, most people hope to stay for two or three years—or beyond. But life holds plenty of surprises, and you may need to leave earlier than you planned. Before you sign the contract, make sure the terms for yourRead More