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A new look at creative solutions to achieve better work-life balance and patient outcomes

Burnout continues to be a widespread problem among doctors. Medscape’s 2018 Physician Lifestyle Report polled over 15,000 U.S. physicians from 29 specialties and found that 42 percent said they feel burned out. Another 15 percent reported feeling depressed, and 14 percent of all doctors surveyed said they feel both burned out and depressed.

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The program that promised to reduce doctors’ student debt is falling short

The median cost of attending a four-year public medical school is more than $240,000. Private medical school fees can exceed $340,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Most medical students rely heavily on financial aid to fund their education. The median education debt for new med school grads is $180,000, with 14 percent of graduates starting their residency owing $300,000 or more.Read More

It’s not just about salary anymore. How to engage and empower employees in a competitive health care market.

We hate to break it to you, but neither the best bedside manner in town nor the most impressive degrees on your office wall are enough to attract and keep patients. There’s another factor that forms patients’ first impression of your practice, affects appointment scheduling and daily operations, and ultimately impacts your practice’s reputation and bottom line: your staff.

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Whether to avoid burnout or gain new skills, more doctors are opting for temporary staff jobs

Doctor burnout is at an all-time high, and many parts of the country are experiencing provider shortages. Is locum tenens—filling a temporary position in a health care setting—the answer to both problems? Doctors who work locum tenens jobs report increased flexibility, freedom over their schedules, and exposure to new techniques and perspectives that help them grow as clinicians, balance work and life, and rekindle their love of medicine. Is locum tenens right for you?Read More

There’s no clear-cut answer, but here are the main pros and cons to each career path

Health care experts have been predicting the end of independent practices for years now. And their numbers have continued to drop—a report from the American Medical Association showed that the percentage of doctors with an ownership stake in their practice declined to 47 percent in 2016. This is down from 53 percent in 2012, reported Medical Economics, which named “Remaining independent in a time of value-based care initiatives” as one of the top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2018. Read More

Doctors are leaving practices, due to dissatisfaction or a desire to make more of an impact

More doctors are choosing careers that don’t involve directly caring for patients. Are they driven by dissatisfaction with practicing medicine in 2018? Or are these doctors motivated by a desire to make a bigger difference, through technology and innovations? We dug into the data to find out what’s behind this trend toward choosing non-clinical jobs, as well as the wide variety of these positions that are available to doctors seeking a change.Read More