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Before considering your first job prospect, compile a “Need vs. Want” list. This exercise is integral in keeping your search focused and on track. To get started, identify aspects of your future practice that are mandatory (Need) compared to those that are desirable (Want). A few examples of “Need” may include the ability to perform deliveries, an outpatient practice without inpatient obligations, block scheduling, or opportunity for partnership after the first year in the practice. Other considerations may include student loan repayment, a certain salary, paid malpractice, tail insurance, or health benefits for you and your family. Next, under your “Want” column, devise a list of desirable qualities that serve as an inducement for you to accept a position. These items may sway you toward one position over another during your final practice selection. When creating a list, include your significant other’s and/or family’s wants and needs as well. This will provide you with a foundation for an organized, thoughtful practice search.
Below is a sample list:
Outpatient Only
Base Salary of $250,000 Student Loan Repayment Hospitalist Position for Spouse Within 30 Minutes of Metro Health and Dental Insurance
to Include Family
No Call Obligations Partnership or Practice Equity Signing Bonus
Option for Extra Shifts Coastal Location
Charter Middle School
The next question to ask is, “Where do I want to search for my next position?” Identify preferred states where you would like to start your search. Locations, like requirements, can be altered during your search. The prime benefits of devising an initial plan are that the plan provides a foundation on which to build your search and opens the necessary dialogue with those involved with prospective relocation about their preferences. Honesty and forthright communications between you and

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