I have been a long-time lurker but now find myself in need of this group's help. I was in private practice as an endocrinologist for 9 years in Texas. Seven years ago we moved to northern California for my husband's engineering job. I became a SAHM at that time, have really enjoyed it, but 3 weeks ago my husband was laid off. His job search has not yielded any definite prospects yet. Although we have an emergency fund, I feel very anxious and want to try to find work for myself, either clinical or non-clinical, as soon as possible. I do not, do not want to move if at all possible. I have an active California license and am board certified in IM and endo. What are my job options at this point, having not practiced for seven years?
I am just a 4th yr med student. But, I had a lot of engineering expreience before switching to medicine. I just wanted to tell you- it is not uncommon in engineering to have layoffs. Your husband will find something (esp. in CA, there should be jobs for him). Sorry if I upset someone b/c I am not yet a physician and yet posted here. I just wanted to give some encouragement to the OP.
Hi dmdoc, I was in the same situation as an internist 6 years ago. I took 5 years off as a SAHM and after a divorce had to find a job. my first problem was in getting references. most applications for locums positions (which is what I wanted to do locally) required recent references, which I did not have. so I ended up getting a one month position via Indian Health Service in the Navaho Nation in the summer. It was only one month; it was a beautiful location; and my services were highly valued. The doctors there were happy to provide references for me. I eventually worked weekends at an underserved country hospital closer to my home and I was able to earn a decent part time living. Hope this helps!
After a move to a new town and the birth of my second child, I took 4 ½ years off from practicing pediatrics (2001-2006). I never expected to take that much time off, but one thing led to another, and before I knew it, the years had added up. I did write a book during that time, so it’s not like I was completely idle, and I maintained my CME, licensing, board certification, DEA certificate, etc. But I decided if I was going to practice again, it had better be soon. Luckily, I was able to find a job quickly—maybe because pediatricians are often in need and because I hadn’t let any of my professional requirements wither. I’m not so sure I could do the same thing now, however, as more emphasis is being placed on the establishment of criteria for reentry into the workplace after a few years absence, at least in pediatrics, anyway. I think this varies between specialties. You might want to check out your internal medicine board and/or societies and see if they have any formal reentry criteria. The good news is, I found it remarkably easy to transition back in and by the end of my first day, I felt like I’d never left. Ironically, I’m no longer practicing as I’m focusing on writing instead. Good luck with whatever you decide.