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Career Evaluation and the Decision Process for Plastic Surgery Graduates

Davison, Steven P. D.D.S., M.D.; Clemens, Mark W. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: August 2011 - Volume 128 - Issue 2 - p 559-565
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31821b62bd
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Summary: National experience shows that 50 percent of physicians change positions within the first 2 years of practice. Because of market pressures, medicine in general and plastic surgery in particular are shifting away from solo practice. The authors examine the primary reasons for turnover and discuss job search priorities for recent plastic surgery graduates and established surgeons in job transition, with a current analysis of the different job opportunities available, ranging from government to private practice. The advantages and disadvantages of different positions are compared and income data are presented. Academic income is close to that of private practice at a mean of $366,141 annually but requires more work as measured by an overall higher relative value unit of productivity. The concept of creating a personal inventory before seeking the best job match is introduced.

Washington, D.C.; and Houston, Texas

From DAVinci Plastic Surgery, and the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Received for publication March 23, 2010; accepted December 13, 2010.

Disclosure:The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

Steven P. Davison, D.D.S., M.D.; DAVinci Plastic Surgery; 3101 New Mexico Avenue, NW; Washington, D.C. 20016; davisonplastic@yahoo.com

©2011American Society of Plastic Surgeons