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Balance/satisfaction

Work-life balance easily upset, tough to restore

Doctors sometimes struggle with their own poor health choices, as busy days in the office are carried home. Burnout, depression and stress can lead to smoking, drinking and weight gain. Find a balance that works. More

Learn how to plan a medical volunteering trip overseas

Volunteering overseas may be an appealing, but also intimidating, vacation option for some U.S. physicians. Our Q&A details what's actually entailed in a medical volunteering trip. More

Rural Medicine

Targeting rural health scholars keeps doctors in Kansas

Small-town practice has appeal to physicians who were born and raised in such communities. The Scholars in Rural Health program seeks to expose medical students to underserved areas, nurture a desire to practice primary care and offer incentives such as loan forgiveness. More

Is the generation gap a growth opportunity?
Younger physicians enter medical school and their careers with a much different take on work-life balance than their teachers, mentors and employers. But each generation brings strengths to the workplace.
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Physicians practice putting mind over matter
Meditation techniques help physicians maintain an open outlook (January 2008)

No-frills space gives docs luxury of time (September 2007)

Job-share works as internists balance work and home
It's not for everyone, but limited hours and patient load pays off for one unique practice and its patients. (April 2006)

Rediscovering the need for personal renewal
Physicians who carve out time to exercise and pursue non-medical interests may lead healthier, more balanced lives. (December 2005)

Dual-doctor couples learn to make time for each other
While juggling the demands of career and children, many physicians pay too little attention to their spouse. (July-August 2004)

Physicians reach out to help the underserved
Physician-volunteers rally communities to establish clinics for uninsured patients and use their skills overseas. (April 2004)

Why compassion is such an important part of practice
Physicians needs to use compassion to help heal patients and tap their own source of professional satisfaction. (December 2003)

Letters
More on efforts to revitalize internal medicine. (November 2003)

Young internists: Working part-time works for them
Giving up a full-time schedule means less income, but it can also bring about big lifestyle rewards for some. (October 2003)

Letters
Readers discuss the future of internal medicine. (September 2003)

Feeling worn down? Take a look at your life

Down time, nonphysician friends and a knack for juggling are just some of the keys to stay invigorated. (Annual Session News 2003)

Tales from the trenches: tips to revitalize your career
A panel of physicians described how they reshaped their careers and practice settings to regain a sense of satisfaction. (May 2003)

For female physicians, balance is an ongoing struggle
While few women complain about overt discrimination, tension about their role in the family still runs high (January 2002)

The secret of happiness for internists
Improving physicians' morale can begin by learning the secrets of satisfied internists (July-August 2001)

Five strategies for physicians to overcome burnout
Sick and tired of medical practice? A refreshed self, not greener pastures, may be what's needed. (March 2001)

Write this down: ways to overcome burnout
Keeping a journal can be an ideal way to relieve stress (July/August 1999)

Steps we can take to regain professional satisfaction
Devote yourself to developing thankfulness, empathy, self-care, fun and friendships (March 2000)

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Career advancement

Getting to quality and safety by ‘degrees’

Programs in quality and patient safety initiatives have come to the fore as graduate-level degrees, adding prestige to a new body of knowledge that has emerged in the past decade. More

For physicians in search of an edge, MBAs are an answer
While some want to avoid mistakes that colleagues have made, others are looking for a new perspective (March 2003)

Analyzing job opportunities: a checklist
Tips to make the most of interviews and to determine when a position is a good fit (October 2001)

To succeed in medicine, try learning 'the rules'
Workplace etiquette and politics, as well as financial savvy, can be just as important as clinical skills (October 2001)

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Career options

Learn how to plan a medical volunteering trip overseas

Volunteering overseas may be an appealing, but also intimidating, vacation option for some U.S. physicians. Our Q&A details what's actually entailed in a medical volunteering trip. More

Indian Health Service reaches across borders within the U.S.

A partnership allows staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to collaborate with physicians who serve Navajo Nation, a medically underserved population in New Mexico. More

College Fellow is Navy's new surgeon general

Matthew L. Nathan, MD, FACP, oversees medicine for the Navy. Yes, his personal heroes are Vice Admiral James Stockdale and Teddy Roosevelt, but to make his way through school, he was a magician and musician. More

Sports internists treat players as patients

These internists turned their own athletic pursuits into careers for professional sports teams, treating high-caliber athletes as they practice and play. When working the sidelines, it's just another day not at the office. More

Medical missions in Iraq help train next generation of doctors

U.S. military physicians are helping to train Iraq's next generation of doctors, as well as helping to restore an infrastructure smashed by decades of neglect, then combat. More

Treating HIV, teaching trainees motivate this internist

Harvard Medical School's first African-American full professor, and Mass General's first African-American female professor, finds that mentoring and teaching are her greatest accomplishments. More

Med school debt becomes budgeting burden for primary care

A newly minted primary care physician graduates with a budget that can leave him or her $800 in the red each month. The debt leaves primary care physicians feeling undervalued compared to their subspecialist counterparts, especially since they consider their work to be as hard and as important. More

Years after leaving practice, some doctors choose to return

Physicians sometimes take up the stethoscope again, years or even decades after having involved themselves in other personal or professional pursuits. Programs exist to draw these doctors back into clinical practice, where they are needed. More

Rural Medicine

Targeting rural health scholars keeps doctors in Kansas

Small-town practice has appeal to physicians who were born and raised in such communities. The Scholars in Rural Health program seeks to expose medical students to underserved areas, nurture a desire to practice primary care and offer incentives such as loan forgiveness. More

Hospital medicine meeting offers advice for all internists

In addition to complete coverage of the American College of Physicians’ Internal Medicine meeting, readers can find coverage from the Society of Hospital Medicine’s annual meeting, including a digest of palliative care, consulting as a career and infectious disease control. More

There is a doctor in the ‘House’ (and she’s an ACP Member)

From television news producer to internist to columnist to advisor to one of TV's most popular medical dramas, Lisa Sanders, ACP Member, explains how a career spent considering the stories behind every diagnosis has led her to become one of the real physicians behind House, M.D. More

An internist makes the leap to practice hospital medicine

Internist Peter Nock, ACP Member, describes how the immediacy of treating hospitalized patients prompted him to leave his office-based practice. More

Career Trends

Practice hassles have more docs going locum

Economic factors and bureaucratization are prompting more internists to adopt locum tenens employment as a career path. Read the stories of doctors who have made the switch successfully. More

Women pick up slack as males exit from primary care (October 2007)

Tales from the trenches: tips to revitalize your career
A panel of physicians described how they reshaped their careers and practice settings to regain a sense of satisfaction. (May 2003)

Working part time: Can it fit into your practice?
While a part-time schedule offers career flexibility, you need to consider issues like pay, benefits, call and support staff. (July-August 2002)

Wanted: physicians interested in clinical research
While you'll have to retool parts of your practice to meet new challenges, you can expect payoffs—including new revenues (April 2002)

Fed up, some doctors turn to 'boutique medicine'
Despite ethical and legal concerns, physicians say they love the new model (October 2001)

When clinical practice isn't enough, some physicians find new careers
The job market for ex-clinicians is brisk—if you have the right stuff (March 2001)

How to sell your medical degree in the job market
For physicians to succeed in the business world, education must be coupled with experience (March 2001)

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Employment contracts

Job hunting? College guide offers negotiating tips
While you don't want to seem pushy, you need to work out all the details before you sign a contract (March 2003)

Look carefully before you sign that first contract
Before committing, residents should scrutinize pay, non-compete clauses and partnership options (December 2001)

Getting ready to sign a contract? Read these tips
To protect yourself in employment negotiations, get everything in writing and retain a lawyer to help (May 2001)

Seven things internists need to know about signing contracts
All too often, experts say, physicians fail to examine the details of a contract before signing on the dotted line (September 2000)

Negotiating a doctor-friendly contract
How to avoid unpleasant surprises before you sign on the dotted line (June 1999)

Pay issues to consider before signing a contract
Some advice and warnings for those searching for their first job in today's competitive market (April 1997)

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Residents' career issues

Look carefully before you sign that first contract
Before committing, residents should scrutinize pay, non-compete clauses and partnership options (December 2001)

How to find a job after training that you really want
Tips for finding job leads and evaluating opportunities (September 2001)

Getting ready to sign a contract? Read these tips
To protect yourself in employment negotiations, get everything in writing and retain a lawyer to help (May 2001)

Subspecialty vs. general medicine: Which path is right for you?
Tips to help guide your career choices (October 2000)

A look at five career options in internal medicine
A panel of internists speak candidly about the pros and cons of several career choices (September 2000)

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Retirement

Tips to survive when a physician retires
With an aging workforce and tight reimbursements, practices face some tough choices (September 2002)

Working part time: Can it fit into your practice?
While a part-time schedule offers career flexibility, you need to consider issues like pay, benefits, call and support staff. (July-August 2002)

One doctor's prescription for a healthy retirement
To get the most out of retirement, physicians need to do some serious planning (June 2000)

With retirement, it's never too early to start planning
Looking ahead is key to organizing your financial future and preparing your retirement activities (April 1999)

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