Finding a trusted mentor, or an experienced and trusted advisor, is critical in many professional fields. In modern medicine, there are several ways to practice medicine as an independent physician. Unfortunately, learning about the various practice models is largely driven by the individual – how much do you care to know about the nuances of hospital-employed versus private-practice?
I’m currently in the stage of looking for my first “big-boy” job post-fellowship, and can already tell that I have much to learn. I am blessed to know several experienced and trusted people, aka my advisors, who are imparting knowledge about real-world medicine and pros versus cons of each practice model. This should be a mandatory rotation or course for all senior-level residents and fellows.
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