PS -I am really anal and usually complete all of my charting/messages/etc before I leave for the day so it isn't waiting for me the next day. I currently have no outstanding charts......but...if I don't finish at the office I do it at home after the kids are in bed since we have an EMR...
Love that EMR! I used to stay so late due to huge pile of charts on my desk. Plus I would have such anxiety going in to work, knowing I had not been in the office for a day or two and wondering what had happened...Now I can log in whenever I want on my days off and take care of most things. I generally do not make phone calls from home to families or specialists (maybe three times a year for urgent stuff no one but me can take care of) but at least I can go through things. This really helps me get out on time on my work days! And it does not take long. I love the flexibility!
I'm just wondering for those of you who have part-time jobs, how did you find them? I am in a full-time practice and need to cut back to part time or a job share situation. I have talked to some recruiters and searched every job site including pedsjobs, but haven't been able to find any jobs that are easily listed as part-time or job share. Instead, you have to go through them individually and read all the descriptions. The one recruiter told me they only were interested in finding full-time positions for physicians. Is it better to be less upfront about wanting part-time? Is there a place or website to go to that advertises job-share positions? Thanks.
Try asking for part time in your current job. If they like you and don't want you to leave, you may have a good chance. I've had several part time jobs and in both of them, I cut back after being full-time. You usually have to have a good reason, though, like having kids at home. I don't think either of them would have hired me initially as part-time, but once I was "in" and cut back, we made it work.
As some of the others said, if you can be in the office in some arrangment 3 days a week and if you are willing to share call and do the other things associated with a full-time practice, you probably can be successful.
Also, I found that working half-days wasn't as effective because often the half day would expand into only 1-2 hours short of a full day.
I have my first part time job now. I am paid hourly, which makes them be sure I don't get hungup over time. I work 1 full and 2 half days a week, and an extra half day every third week. I love it-- I feel like I can do the job I like and keep my family life under control at the same time. Also since I am an employee, a lot of stress is off in terms of practice management and whatnot.
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