Three Possible Scenarios as you Transition into Practice Post-Training Scenario #1 I completed my residency on Friday and moved a great distance to start my fellowship job on Monday. I had two days to transition into my new role as a fellow. Scenario #2 Upon finishing residency, I took three months off before I began […]

It’s almost that time of the year again! The snow is almost done falling. It’s melting into big puddles for our kids to stomp in. The birds and bees are coming back out. The trees are budding. Spring is upon us. As many residents and fellows are inking their first contract, they are inevitably dreaming […]

On our paths to becoming doctors, we learn in-depth details about many things: the Krebs cycle, how many bones are in the human foot and how to tell the difference between bronchitis and emphysema. But we get very little in the way of learning how to prepare for a career. There’s no instruction in medical […]

Now the fun begins: finding ways to get your CV out to hospitals and practices all over the country. There are LOTS of opportunities, so before giving your CV to anyone, examine what your ideal practice would be. An indecisive answer can cause employers to question whether you are serious about their position and if […]

Earlier this week, I wrote about the ways in which residents’ lives change dramatically during the transition to practice. For many, this transition feels like a complete 180. (If you missed the post, check it out here.) As promised, I’m going to devote today’s post to introducing the concept of a “Life After Residency Alliance,” […]

The more I talk to new physicians who are transitioning into practice, the more I realize how many substantial life and career shifts occur post-residency. I experienced these changes myself several years ago, but it’s taken me a while to fully process them and realize how they’ve affected my life. In fact, it would be […]

It seems counter-intuitive, but your biggest frustrations now can actually make life after residency better. No matter where you’re at in your program — whether you’re in your first or fourth year — it can feel like it’s never going to end. You’ve been in school for the majority of your life, you’re working long […]

Physician relocation is a two-fold situation: On the one hand, you’re starting your career and entering a new phase of life. On the other hand, it can be one of life’s most stressful events. This is especially true if you have a family and are already established in your community, or are moving across the […]

Deciding to take a job in another city or state is a big decision, no matter what career you have. For physicians, though, it’s a common one, especially post-residency. Physician relocation adds to new doctors’ stress (as if there weren’t enough already)! Moving is frequently cited as one of life’s biggest stressors — pair that with […]

Dear Dr. Goodhook, In the next couple of months, I’ll be starting my first post-residency job. My doctor career is finally taking off. I’m incredibly nervous, and feel like I’m going to forget everything I learned in med school and residency (silly, but true). I feel like I need to know everything going in, but […]