I've just started my first attending job as a neurologist in an academic medical center, and am feeling like 60 hours a week and 2 hrs/day commuting is going to be increasingly tough as we start a family (which we hope to do in the next year). I love the idea of working part time, ~30 hours, but don't know much about how to pursue that, and I don't think my current employer would be amenable to me working part-time.
Does anyone have any experience with looking for or bargaining for part-time positions they can share? Do those jobs exist?
I am a hospitalist and have worked a job share in the past. I was able to do this because two physicians before me did this in my group and it worked well. They knew each other from residency and presented themselves to employers as a duo. It's probably easier to do a job share as a hospitalist than as a neurologist because hospitalist work is shift work. I think it helps if you can find the other half of your job share (another physician who is interested in working part-time) to make things easier for your employer. You may have an easier time doing part-time/job share in private practice rather than academics. I personally don't know any academic physicians who work part-time. Good luck!
I'm in a similar position to you--currently working in academic medicine, thinking about moving to part-time practice in the community. I don't have any answers for you, but wanted you to know you're not alone. I'm interested to see the responses you get, also.