As a physician you have invested years of your life and money you did not have focusing on one goal- to practice medicine.  How early in residency should you start to look? If you have an idea of where you would like to live start now!

If you don’t know where you want to live, make a plan. In house recruiters know what the organizations job openings are now and many times will sign candidates up to two years in advance. They also typically know about upcoming retirements and community growth.

The earlier you decide the more time you have to focus on your residency. It is not a good idea to go home for Easter vacation and have to report that you finish residency in 3 months and you don’t have a clue. The earlier you look the more opportunities you can consider.

You will also have more time to interview if you use vacation days in your first years of residency or fellowship. Other advantages of starting early is you have more time to evaluate your options, you can focus on preparing for boards, assurance you will start on time and keep insurance and benefits for your family.

Start your search early and you will make better decisions.


Though the views expressed above are solely the writer’s, MINK supports “The Dose with Dr. Goodhook” and is partnering with Adventures in Medicine to create an open, inspiring and insightful community for residents and physicians. Click here to learn more about ways that MINK is making practice purposeful.